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Auckland to Waitomo Caves to Rotorua

Starting your journey by heading South from Auckland, the City of Sails, you will embark on a leisurely scenic drive to the stunning Waitomo Caves.

Under Waitomo’s rolling green hills you will discover the labyrinth of amazing limestone caves, sinkholes and underground rivers.

Exploring the dark caves, your eyes will be lit up by thousands of New Zealand’s unique softly shining glow worms who call the caves home. The maze of limestone caves were created over thousands of years as underground streams pushed through the soft rock to create the intriguing caverns.

As you return back to daylight you will continue on your road trip towards Rotorua, the cultural centre of NZ.

Accommodation: Rotorua - 2 nights 

Approximate distance: 193km | 138 miles   Driving time:  2 hours 27 mins

This 4.5 star deluxe property is perfectly situated next to mystical Lake Rotorua and is just a brief stroll from the City centre, close to many restaurants and bars. The hotel offers world class residential style accommodation that is suitable for those travelling on business and for leisure. Restaurant Nikau offers a good range of evening menu choices, from the Restaurant's famous Nikau Burger to fine dining options, while the Brassiere Poolside Restaurant is the perfect place to start your day with an alfresco style breakfast beside the geothermal heated pool.
Millenium Hotel Rotorua


Rotorua sight-seeing and cultural experiences

Start your day with a morning of sightseeing around Rotorua’s friendly village. Another iconic attraction worth a visit is Rainbow Springs Nature Park. Here, you can also delve into a ‘behind the scenes’ tour of a real kiwi nursery.

The ultimate way to experience Maori culture and the geothermal environment is at Te Puia where geothermal wonders are combined with Maori Culture. This afternoon  you will have both the Te Rā Daytime Pass, an exclusive guided tour, plus a banquet of storytelling, entertainment and authentic Māori kai (indigenous food) under lights. 

Approximate distance: 139km | 99 miles   Driving time:  1 hour 54 mins


Explore Rotorua

Enjoy free time in the city your way. Get active and have an adventurous day trying your hand at the world-famous ZORB ball rolling experience, strap on a helmet before biking along one of the many lush forest trails or explore Rotorua’s backyard via the water, by white water rafting amongst waterfalls and gorges.

If you prefer to take it easy, spend your day relaxing and unwinding at the Polynesian Hot Springs, take a scenic flight to Volcanic Island or explore more of the boiling mud pools that Rotorua is well-known for.

There is plenty to discover in Rotorua, with options to suit all preferences and fitness levels. You will then head back to Auckland in the late afternoon.

Accomodation: Auckland - 1 night 

Approximate Distance: 228 km | 163 miles  Total Drive Time: 2 hours 49 mins


Ideally situated in central Queen Street, the Scenic Hotel Auckland is a beautiful four-star hotel with an elegant art deco apartment style accommodation. Enjoy shopping, eating and the city entertainment precinct right at your doorstep. Scenic Hotel Auckland welcomes guests to enjoy stylish inner-city accommodation that offers space and convenience. A lavish renovation of this heritage building blends its fabulous art deco architecture with a contemporary feel and modern comforts.
Old MLC Building



A morning transfer from your accomodation will take you to the Airport where your short but enlightening Rotorua experience ends but the memories you take with you, will live on forever.

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What Christine says about this tour: ”Jump in the car and hit the road on a journey towards the culturally-rich Rotorua. The Central North Island destination boasts lush native surrounds, plenty of activities and the must-visit sights including the city's iconic thermal wonderland. Our 4 day itinerary is packed with all the culture, sight-seeing and relaxation you’ve been looking for, making it the perfect long weekend getaway.”
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