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Auckland: Northern Hotspots Adventure Tour

4 Days
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US$ 1,253

Experience the North Island’s hotspots on this New Zealand vacation. Beginning in Auckland, you’ll explore the geothermal marvels of Rotorua, take a magical visit to Middle Earth at the Hobbiton movie set, and venture through Kauri rainforests and along stunning coastline on the Coromandel Peninsula.

This 4-day New Zealand vacation takes you from Auckland to the Coromandel Peninsula to experience many of the North Island’s most stunning locations.

Your New Zealand vacation begins in Auckland, the largest city in the country and a metropolis defined by the two natural harbours that frame it. Take some time to get acquainted with urban New Zealand in Auckland and climb the Sky Tower to admire stunning views of the unfolding coastline. Afterwards, head to Rotorua by way of the underground world of the Waitomo Caves, where you’ll see thousands of incandescent glowworms light up the earth.

Rotorua is known for the bubbling mud pools and relaxing hot springs that cover its geothermal landscape. You’ll have some time to explore the natural marvels that attract legions of tourists before using the town as a base to visit nearby landmarks. Begin with a visit to Hobbiton, where the main set from Peter Jackson’s The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit trilogies offers you a chance to experience life in Middle Earth. Afterwards, head to Te Puia to explore Maori culture and learn about the island’s history and traditions prior to European settlement.

After exploring Rotorua and the surrounding areas, head up to the Coromandel Peninsula to witness one of New Zealand’s most stunning regions. Begin with a tour through Coromandel Town to sample its charming blend of cafes, restaurants, and art shops. Then head to Coromandel Forest Park to walk alongside towering Kauri trees and learn about the magical power of these native plants. Take a break from forest treks with a visit to Hot Water Beach, where hot mineral waters seep through the sands. You need only dig into the sand to release the spring water and create your own private spa right on the beach. Close out with a visit to Coromandel’s most famous natural landmark, Cathedral Cove, where you’ll pass beneath the iconic rock archway and explore the stunning beaches of Te Whanganui-A-Hei Marine Reserve. Return to Auckland by way of a cruise along the Hauraki Gulf to see dolphins before your flight home.

This unique New Zealand vacation showcases the natural landmarks of the central North Island.


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4 Days
Prices From:
US$ 1,253

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Day 1

Auckland to Waitomo to Rotorua

Depart Auckland this morning with your friendly guides for next three days for your scenic journey to Waitomo. Descend into the world famous Waitomo Glowworm Caves, be amazed by the thousands of magical glowworms.

Then, head down the spectacular spiral path to marvel and explore the spectacular formations of Ruakuri Cave on this superb guided underground walking tour. Then, enjoy some time at leisure or alternatively, select an upgrade option (additional charge). Sit back, and relax on the journey to Rotorua. You will be dropped off at your accommodation in Rotorua ready to relax or head out and explore.

Meal Plan Breakfast
Duration1 Night

Distinction Rotorua Hotel and Conference Centre

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    Distinction Rotorua Hotel and Conference Centre

    With its beautiful garden setting, Distinction Rotorua Hotel and Conference Centre is the perfect place to relax and unwind after enjoying the wealth of attractions and activities Rotorua has to offer. Distinction Rotorua Hotel and Conference Centre is located just minutes from the city centre, …

    With its beautiful garden setting, Distinction Rotorua Hotel and Conference Centre is the perfect place to relax and unwind after enjoying the wealth of attractions and activities Rotorua has to offer. Distinction Rotorua Hotel and Conference Centre is located just minutes from the city centre, with plenty of complimentary car parking, and is a superb base for exploring the Rotorua area. The heated outdoor swimming pool and spa offer a great place to entertain the kids! Or if you want to get away from it all, venture into the underground private grotto spas for a relaxing soak. The amenities are all free for guests to use.


    • 24 Hour Reception
    • 24 Hour Room Service
    • Bar(s)
    • Bicycle hire
    • Business Centre
    • Conference Facilities
    • Currency Exchange
    • Disabled Facilities
    • Free WiFi
    • Gift Shop
    • Gym/Fitness Centre
    • Hair/Beauty Salon
    • Laundry facilities
    • Non-Smoking Rooms
    • Pool (s)
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Safety Deposit Box
    • Sauna
    • Spa Pool
    • Tour Desk

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Day 2

Discover Middle Earth with Te Puia

Discover Middle Earth with Te Puia, Discover Waitomo and Hobbiton! The famous Middle-earth Trilogy Tour package showcases some of the very best the North Island has to offer. You will be in awe of the diversity of this unique region. Experience Hobbiton Movie Set, the picturesque setting for the Shire, featured in the Sir Peter Jackson directed films, The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit. Visit Te Puia, the home of Maori culture and cuisine. Be mesmerised by the world famous geyser Pohutu, the largest active geyser in the southern hemisphere. After all this excitement, head to the Coromandel.

Overnight at Coromandel Top Ten Apartment Studios.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Dinner
Duration2 Nights
Day 3

Coromandel Town Explorer

Enjoy continental breakfast in your room followed by some time to relax or explore the Coromandel Town, full of charm, this town boasts a full range of fabulous cafe's, restaurants and local art stores.
Driving Creek Railway is one of Coromandel's most popular attractions and suitable for all ages. The one hour round trip on a narrow gauge mountain railway takes you through a replanted forest up to a viewing platform featuring a superb view over Coromandel Town, the harbour and beyond.

Step into the tranquility of the Coromandel Forest Park and enjoy an interpretive guided tour to one of Coromandel's most majestic groves of giant Kauri. Our experienced local guide will unfold the story of these giants bring the story of Coromandel to life. Make your way through the naturally regenerating rainforest, along the well-formed track right into the heart of this spectacular grove - a personal encounter which will leave you rejuvenated!

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Day 4

Hot Water Beach and Cathedral Cove to Auckland

Head out to Hot Water Beach and Cathedral Cove. Your trip to Hot Water Beach is timed to ensure you get the very best out of the conditions on the day. Whether it is the delight of feeling the hot mineral waters filtering up through the sands for a sensational foot spa in the shallows - or joining in the fun and beating the tide for the ultimate self-dug beach spa experience. Your guide will be there to help you find the very best spot.

Cathedral Cove is undoubtedly Coromandel's most famous natural attraction. The majestic arch, stunning beaches and sparkling clear azure waters of the surrounding Te Whanganui-A-Hei Marine Reserve combine to ensure this will be one of the highlights of your trip. Bring your walking shoes and enjoy the spectacular coastal views on the walkway down (approx 35-40mins each way) or perhaps upgrade your trip to include a scenic boat or kayak trip along the coastline (additional cost applies).

Later today, enjoy the two hour ferry trip to Auckland, offering a scenic cruise through the Hauraki Gulf Marine Park. You'll be able to sit back and enjoy the stunning scenery and wildlife - which may even include dolphins if they're in the area. Your tour ends on arrival in Auckland, you'll be ready to relax and tell your favorite stories from your Central North Island experience.

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Wednesday and Saturday*
*Saturday departure operates in a reverse direction


  • Return transport from Auckland
  • 3 nights' accommodation with breakfast
  • 2 hour cruise through stunning Hauraki Gulf with 360 Discovery, Auckland to Coromandel
  • 8 hour tour of Cathedral Cove & Hot Water Beach, Coromandel
  • 1 hour trip at Driving Creek Railway, Coromandel1 hour 45min tour; Guided Kauri Forest Experience, Coromandel
  • The Middle-earth Trilogy Package Including: 45 minute tour of Waitomo Glowworm Caves, Waitomo
  • 2 hour tour of Ruakuri Cave, Waitomo
  • 1 hour 45 minute Tour of Hobbiton Movie Set, Matamata
  • 4.5 hours exclusive guided tour of Te Puia; Maori welcome ceremony, cultural performance & Maori Feast (traditional indigenous dinner), Rotorua


  • Travel insurance
  • International and domestic airfare & airfare taxes
  • Visa fees if applicable
  • Meals and beverages not mentioned
  • Gratuities
  • Items of a personal nature


Prices are "from" per person based on twin/double share accommodation and for travel in low season. Seasonal surcharges and blackout dates may apply. Limited seat/spaces and all pricing is subject to change and availability. Rates for single or triple travellers are available on request - please inquire.

21 Sep 2022
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