This five day independent tour offers the best the North Island has to offer. The tour includes the Bay of Islands with Hole in the Rock cruise, a guided tour of Hobbiton, Rotorua and its many attractions, the famous Waitomo Glowworm Caves and more. Four star hotel accommodation and transportation included.
ItineraryDay 1: Auckland – Bay of IslandsPass By: Paihia Harbour, Paihia, Bay of Islands, Northland Region, North IslandDepart Auckland and travel north via the Hibiscus Coast with its golden sand beaches, through Whangarei and arrive in the beautiful township of Paihia, Bay of Islands.Pass By: Waitangi Treaty Grounds, Paihia, Bay of Islands, Northland Region, North IslandTour the Waitangi Treaty Grounds the site of the historic treaty between the Maori and European pioneers. View a magnificent Maori meeting house and war canoe. Remainder of the day at leisure to explore Paihia.No meals included on this day.Accommodation included: Scenic Circle Hotel Paihia or similarDay 2: Bay of Islands – AucklandStop At: Hole in the RockToday cruise to Cape Brett and Piercy Island and discover the Bay’s highlands from the water with its abundant wildlife. Sea conditions permitting travel through the cavernous Hole in the Rock. Spot dolphins frolicking, seals and more. After, return to Russell for a sightseeing tour of this historic township, returning to Paihia with a mid-afternoon departure for Auckland.Duration: 6 hoursNo meals included on this day.Accommodation included: City Life Auckland or similarDay 3: Auckland – Hobbiton – RotoruaStop At: Hobbiton Movie Set, Hinuera, Waikato Region, North IslandDepart from Auckland by coach for your journey to Rotorua via Hobbiton: the farm that has been transformed for The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit movie set. Tour fairytale landscapes of the Shire, see 44 hobbit holes, the Mill and double arch bridge, the party tree and visit the Green Dragon Inn.Duration: 2 hoursPass By: Millennium Hotel RotoruaOn departing Hobbiton your coach continues through the scenic Kaimai Ranges to Rotorua and drops you off at your hotel.No meals included on this day.Accommodation included: Millennium Hotel Rotorua or similarDay 4: Rotorua: Te Puia, Agrodome & Rainbow SpringsStop At: Te Puia, Rotorua, Rotorua District, Bay of Plenty Region, North IslandHead over to Te Puia and experience Rotorua's famous Maori culture and geothermal activity with a tour of the neighbouring Whakarewarewa Thermal Valley - a place where mud pools bubble and boil and geysers shoot steam high into the air. Duration: 2 hoursStop At: Agrodome, Ngongotaha, Rotorua, Rotorua District, Bay of Plenty Region, North IslandSee Rotorua's agricultural industry in action at the Agrodome: a working organic farm where you can find out all about farming life in New Zealand. Watch a sheep shearing display and see sheep dog trials where the farm dogs show off their amazing skills.Duration: 1 hourStop At: Rainbow Springs Nature Park, Rotorua, Rotorua District, Bay of Plenty Region, North IslandDiscover New Zealand wildlife and natural scenery at Rainbow Springs Nature Park, where you can get up close to native flora and fauna including the famous kiwi - a flightless native bird. Wander through native forest and discover New Zealand birds, fish and lizards (including the ancient tuatara), as well as exotic animals from around the world.Duration: 1 minuteNo meals included on this day.Accommodation included: Millennium Hotel Rotorua or similarDay 5: Rotorua – Waitomo – AucklandStop At: Waitomo Glowworm Caves, Waitomo Caves, Waitomo District, Waikato Region, North IslandTravel from Rotorua to Auckland by road via the Waitomo Glowworm caves with a guided tour of the caves including a boat through the glowworm grotto. Arrive in Auckland mid-afternoon where you will be transferred to your central city accommodation, at which time your tour will conclude. Duration: 6 hoursNo meals included on this day.No accommodation included on this day.