Auckland - Auckland

Fly total time: 8 days

Auckland kicks things off with island and coastal experiences, and then your client’s will move on to the relaxed seaside environment of Tauranga.

Rotorua entertains visitors with geysers, mud pools and hot springs, and is handy for taking a side trip to Hobbiton. Hamilton's ideal for a relaxed riverboat cruise or stroll through the acclaimed gardens before returning to Auckland.

Best of all, your clients’ won't need a car to get around using this itinerary!

  • Day 1: Auckland

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    Arrive in Auckland and spend the day exploring the inner city.
    Auckland, New Zealand’s largest city, lies between two enormous harbours and is dotted with 48 extinct volcanic cones. It’s a place to enjoy marine adventures, wine trails, forest walks and urban sophistication. Explore the central city on foot, by public transport, or with an organised tour. Waiheke Island, a short ferry ride away, makes for a fabulous outing in the afternoon or for a day of wining, dining and sightseeing.

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  • Day 2: Auckland - Tauranga

    Drive Fly 2 hours 35 minutes if travelling direct by private car 211 KMS 131 MI
    Today your clients will head for Tauranga. Air New Zealand operates domestic flights between Auckland and Tauranga, which takes just half an hour. If they prefer to travel by coach, InterCity and NakedBus run daily services. Alternatively, many Auckland-based companies offer private transfers. 
    Tauranga sprawls along the edge of an attractive harbour and is easily explored on foot. There’s a well-developed café culture, lots of gift galleries and designer stores. As dusk falls, experience the nightlife on the ‘The Strand’ in Tauranga with live music, pubs and clubs.

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  • Day 3: Tauranga

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    Spend the day exploring Tauranga and the Bay of Plenty. 

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    • Take a public bus to Mount Maunganui, a popular beach area just 30 minutes’ drive from Tauranga
    • Enjoy a scenic walk on Mauao Mount Maunganui, choose the summit tracks or the base track
  • Day 4: Tauranga - Rotorua

    Drive Fly 1 hour if travelling direct by private transfer 64 KMS 39 MI
    Today your clients will travel to Rotorua. InterCity and NakedBus offer daily coach services, while Tauranga and Rotorua-based private transfer companies will offer one-way transport services.
    Rotorua is entertaining in any weather, at any time of the year. The city sits squarely on the Pacific Ring of Fire, so there’s evidence of volcanic activity everywhere you look. Explore one or more of the geothermal parks and once you've seen the shooting geysers and steaming pools, wind back and enjoy a therapeutic natural spa.

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  • Day 5: Rotorua

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    Take the time today to discover the unique culture of New Zealand’s native people. Shop for authentic Māori arts and crafts including pounamu (jade) and carved bone jewellery as well as special beauty products derived from local muds and plants. Many tours take in the main sights and include transport.

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    • Enjoy an informative city and lake tour on the Rotorua Duck
    • Visit a geothermal park to see bubbling mud, steaming cliffs and impressive geysers
    • Enjoy a night time cultural experience with delicious Māori food (hangi), singing, dancing and haka
  • Day 6: Rotorua

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    Spend the day exploring Rotorua. Surrounded by mountains, rivers, native forests and 18 fresh water lakes, Rotorua's the perfect place to reconnect with nature.

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    • Try mountain biking in the Redwood Forest (Whakarewarewa). Tours include return transport from Rotorua, bike hire and helmet
    • Spend the morning or afternoon at Skyline Rotorua. Activities include scenic gondola, thrilling downhill luge trips, Skyswing, Zoom Ziplines, and a downhill mountain bike park
  • Day 7: Day trip to Hobbiton

    Drive Fly 1 hour one way 68 KMS 42 MI
    Experience the real Middle-earth with a visit to the HobbitonTM Movie Set, featured in The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit films. Tours depart daily from the Rotorua i-SITE. Allow around 5 hours for this day trip.

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  • Day 8: Rotorua - Hamilton - Auckland

    Drive Fly 3 hours if travelling by private transfer 231 KMS 143 MI
    Turn north today, with Hamilton as your clients’ destination. InterCity and NakedBus offer daily services, or book a private transfer with a Rotorua or Hamilton-based operator.
    The city is carved in two by the mighty Waikato River. Attractions in Hamilton include gardens, riverboat cruising and a giant free flight aviary. Excellent restaurants and cafés can be found at the southern end of the city’s main street.
    Your clients’ may wish to overnight in Hamilton or return to Auckland in the early evening. Flights with Air New Zealand take just 30 minutes, or opt to take a bus or a private transfer. The train is another great option. The KiwiRail Northern Explorer departs Hamilton for Auckland on Sunday, Tuesday and Friday afternoons.

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