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5 Day Bay of Islands, Rotorua, Waitomo Caves and Hobbiton Tour from Auckland

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Do and see it all on a five-day adventure from Auckland that takes you to Waitangi, Rotorua, Waitomo and Middle-earth! Your journey reveals the history and natural beauty of New Zealand’s North Island on a dolphin-spotting cruise across the Bay of Islands and a drive along Ninety Mile Beach at Cape Reinga. Enjoy a magical boat ride through the glowworm grotto at Waitomo Caves, and dine at a Maori village in Rotorua. With sheep dogs, kiwi birds and Hobbit holes included, this five-day North Island tour highlights all the must-see sights, and provides a choice of standard or superior accommodation in Paihia and Rotorua.

What You'll Get


Day 1: Auckland – Paihia

Stop At: Paihia Harbour, Paihia New Zealand
After being picked up from your Auckland hotel, cross over the iconic Auckland Harbour Bridge and journey into ‘the winterless North’ to the beautiful Bay of Islands. Along the way, your driver guide will keep you informed and entertained, pointing out sites of interest as you drive through rolling farmland and lush native forest. After stopping for a brief morning tea break in Kaiwaka (own expense), continue past Whangarei to the seaside town of Paihia.
Duration: 4 hours

Stop At: Waitangi Treaty Grounds, 1 Tau Henare Dr, Paihia New Zealand
Take a guided tour of the Waitangi Treaty Grounds, where New Zealand's founding document was signed between Maori chiefs and the British.
Duration: 2 hours

Stop At: Bay of Islands i-SITE Visitor Information Centre, The Wharf 101 Marsden Road, Paihia 0252 New Zealand
Enjoy join a cruise into the Bay of Islands, keeping a lookout for dolphins swimming in the bay, and admire the region’s famous Hole in the Rock landmark. Returning to Paihia, spend the remainder of the afternoon and evening at your choice of accommodation.
Duration: 3 hours

Stop At: Bay of Islands, Bay of Islands, Northland Region, North Island
Experience the beauty of the Bay of Islands
Duration: 0

No meals included on this day.
Accommodation included: Your choice of standard or superior accommodation

Day 2: Paihia -- Cape Reinga

Stop At: Cape Reinga Rd., Cape Reinga New Zealand
Today you’ll travel to the northernmost point of New Zealand at Cape Reinga, where the Pacific and Tasman oceans meet. On the way, stop to explore the Puketi kauri forest with its 1000-year-old native trees. Take a short walk along an elevated walkway and learn about conservation efforts to preserve the forest today. Your tour continues through the rolling hills of Northland's rural countryside, with breathtaking coastal and forest views. Enjoy a drive along Ninety Mile Beach, and try boogie boarding down the sand dunes. Travel to Cape Reinga, a significant site where, according to Māori legend, spirits depart on their journey home to Hawaiki. Enjoy spectacular panoramic views and visit the iconic lighthouse before relaxing on the journey back to Paihia.
Duration: 8 hours

No meals included on this day.
Accommodation included: Your choice of standard or superior accommodation

Day 3: Paihia -- Rotorua

Stop At: Rotorua i-SITE Visitor Information Centre, 1167 Fenton Street, Rotorua 3007 New Zealand
Travel from Paihia back through Auckland and on to Rotorua, traveling through the North Island’s scenic countryside of forests and rolling farmland. In the evening, you might like to visit the Polynesian Spa or Hells Gate thermal area for a soak in a natural spring or mud pool; both are open late.
Duration: 7 hours

No meals included on this day.
Accommodation included: Your choice of standard or superior accommodation

Day 4: Rotorua -- Waitomo Caves

Stop At: Waitomo Glowworm Caves, 39 Waitomo Village Road, Waitomo Caves 3943 New Zealand
Today, experience stunning scenery above and below ground on a guided tour of the fascinating Waitomo Glowworm Caves. Travel through lush farmland to the King Country region to Waitomo, then wander through subterranean caverns and learn how the stalagmites, stalactites and other spectacular limestone rock formations were formed over millions of years. To end your tour, travel through the Glowworm Grotto on a magical boat ride, surrounded by the twinkling lights of thousands of glowworms.
Duration: 4 hours

Stop At: Lake Rotorua, Rotorua New Zealand
Your afternoon is free to explore Rotorua.
Duration: 4 hours

Stop At: Tamaki Maori Village, 1220 Hinemaru St, Rotorua 3010 New Zealand
Be welcomed into an authentic Maori village. Discover Maori art forms, ancient rituals and traditional song and dance, then share a three-course meal with your Maori hosts.
Duration: 3 hours

Meals included:
• Dinner: Share a three-course meal with your Maori hosts
Accommodation included: Your choice of standard or superior accommodation

Day 5: Rotorua -- Hobbiton - Auckland

Stop At: Hobbiton Movie Set, 501 Buckland Road Matamata, Hinuera 3472 New Zealand
This morning you will set out from Rotorua with a scenic drive across the Kaimai Ranges to Matamata for your Hobbiton movie set tour, home to the beautiful farmland that was transformed into the Shire from Middle-earth in The Lord of the Rings and Hobbit movies. Your guide will show you Hobbit holes and other movie structures.
Duration: 5 hours

Stop At: InterCity Sky City Bus Terminal, 102 Hobson Street, Auckland CBD, Auckland 1010, New Zealand
Have a drink in the Green Dragon Inn before boarding your coach back to your Auckland hotel.
Duration: 3 hours

No meals included on this day.
No accommodation included on this day.

Additional Information

  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking
  • Collapsible wheelchairs with removable wheels can be accommodated providing the passenger is accompanied by someone who can assist them board and disembark
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 10 travelers
  • 1x Dinner
  • Accommodation included: 4 nights
  • Hotel pickup and drop off where available (your reservations agent will confirm when booking)
  • Local guides
  • Air-conditioned vehicle
  • 4 nights accommodation
  • Meals as per itinerary (B=breakfast, L=lunch, D=dinner)
  • Entry/Admission - Waitangi Treaty Grounds
  • Entry/Admission - Bay of Islands i-SITE Visitor Information Centre
  • Entry/Admission - Cape Reinga
  • Entry/Admission - Waitomo Glowworm Caves
  • Entry/Admission - Tamaki Maori Village
  • Entry/Admission - Hobbiton Movie Set

  • Food and drinks, unless specified

Departure Point
InterCity Sky City Bus Terminal, 102 Hobson Street, Auckland CBD, Auckland 1010, New Zealand

Departure Time
7:30 AM

5 days

Return Details
Returns to original departure point

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