Glowworms, Hobbits, Geysers and Maori culture.
3 days/2 nights. Depart Auckland every thursday year round (Minimum 2 passengers)
Day 1.Thursday. AUCKLAND - WAITOMO CAVES - HOBBITON - ROTORUA (B)
Depart Auckland 7.45am and drive south over the Bombay Hills and along the banks of the Waikato River to Waitomo Caves for a guided tour through the main limestone cave and cruise through the glowworm grotto. (45 minute tour).
Visit Lake Karapiro, home of New Zealand rowing, and the Karapiro hydro dam on the Waikato River, at 425 km this is New Zealand's longest river.
Continue to Hobbiton and the Shires Rest to join your guided tour of the Hobbiton Movie set, made famous by "Lord of the Rings, and "Hobbit" films. Drive through part of the picturesque 500 hectare (1,250 acre) sheep and cattle farm and your guide will escort you through the 10 acre Hobbiton site. See the Hobbit Holes, Bag End (Bilbo and Frodo Baggins home), Party Tree, Lake, The Mill, and the Green Dragon Inn, and learn how this Waikato farmland was transformed into The Shire from Middle Earth. Enjoy a cold drink from the Green Dragon Inn and continue to Rotorua.
Day 2. Friday. ROTORUA (BD)
Enjoy a guided tour of the Te Puia thermal area to see bubbling mud pools, famed Pohutu geyser, and to visit the Maori carving and weaving school. Continue to the Agrodome farm show for an introduction to 19 types of sheep and see the amazing sheep dogs working. Ride the Skyline gondola for a panoramic view over the lake and city, and with luge and lunch options - extra expense. This afternoon enjoy the Redwoods Treetop Walk. You have time to relax in the hot thermal waters of the Polynesian Spa (extra expense) before enjoying an introduction to Maori culture with an exciting concert, and hangi steam cooked dinner.
Day 3. Saturday. ROTORUA - AUCKLAND. (B)
Free time for your own activities this morning with many options available including scenic flying, white water rafting, lake cruise, etc. Return to Auckland late afternoon.
Optional tour to Taupo including visit to Huka Falls and lakefront plus the beautiful thermal area of Orakei Korako before returning to Auckland. Extra cost $200.
Why not fly south and join our BEST OF THE SOUTH ISLAND tour commencing in Christchurch today!