Starts: Auckland, New Zealand
Ends: Auckland, New Zealand
AUCKLAND TO HOT WATER BEACH
?Spend the afternoon walking or kayaking to Cathedral Cove, and then soak in the natural springs at Hot Water Beach!
After visiting the Kiwi Experience office we head towards the Coromandel Peninsula and spend the afternoon at Cathedral Cove; accessible only on foot or by kayak. This beautiful coastal spot is great for swimming, sea kayaking, and spotting dolphins if you’re lucky. We then carry on to Hot Water Beach (rated one of the top ten beaches in the world by Lonely Planet) where you can head out with your shovel at low tide to dig your own hot pool in the sand.
HOT WATER BEACH TO WAITOMO
Check out New Zealand’s gold mining history before travelling on to experience the glowworms, underwater caves and forest walks of Waitomo.
After an early start our first stop is the Karangahake Scenic Reserve to explore a native bush-clad gorge, swing bridges and a bit of New Zealand’s gold mining history. Next it’s onto Waitomo (‘wai’ meaning water, ‘tomo’ meaning hole) where you will get the chance to visit world famous Waitomo Glowworm Caves. If you’re feeling adventurous, here is your chance to go underground and experience one of our top rated NZ activities with The Legendary Black Water Rafting Co.
WAITOMO TO ROTORUA
Last chance to explore Waitomo on the Ruakuri bush walk before heading to Rotorua, the Maori culture capital of New Zealand.
We start the day with a walk through the Ruakuri Reserve and a breakfast stop at the Long Black Café before heading off toward Rotorua. Along the way we will stop at The Shires Rest where you can jump off and take a tour through the enchanting Hobbiton Movie Set. Tonight don’t miss the chance to stay overnight at Tamaki Marae, where you can experience a traditional Maori hangi (feast) and concert with Tamaki Maori Village – a night not to be missed!
ROTORUA TO AUCKLAND
The coach will pick you up on route from Taupo late morning. We will make a quick lunch stop in Matamata (AKA Hobbiton) – feel free to jump off here.
We will then carry on up to New Zealand’s biggest city – Auckland! You driver can recommend a few cool things to doing during your stay in the “City of Sails”.
This is where our Kiwi Experience office is located so feel free to pop down and see us and we can sort you out with onward bookings, merchandise or any questions you might have.