4 Day Central North Island Tour
This tour is perfect for those wishing to do a one way tour which includes the thermal & cultural highlights of the North Island. Enjoy a guided tour of the famous Waitomo Caves before continuing on to Rotorua. Experience the Maori culture on a visit to Te Puia and enjoy the Agrodome & Rainbow Springs. With a day at leisure, there is ample time to see what Rotorua has to offer. Your tour continues to Lake Taupo – the largest freshwater lake in Australasia. On your last day relax and enjoy your coach journey to our capital city – Wellington.
|Auckland to Wellington|
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- All transport & transfers
- 3 nights accommodation
- Superior accommodation includes breakfast
- Waitomo Glow Worm Caves
- A delicious picnic style lunch on day 1
- Rotorua Sightseeing Tour
NOT INCLUDED IN PRICE
Expenses of a personal nature such as meals (except where stated in the itinerary), beverages, travel insurance, laundry and optional sightseeing are not included in the tour cost.
TOUR TYPE - INDEPENDENT TOUR
Independent Tours are not escorted group tours - they are for independent travellers. What this means is that it is not the same group of people travelling on their own coach with a tour leader/escort looking after you. You are travelling independently. However, you are picked up and dropped off at your accommodation each morning and evening and interesting commentary is provided on many sectors.
Day By Day Itinerary
DAY 1 - AUCKLAND / WAITOMO CAVES / ROTORUA
Travel south from Auckland through the rich farmland of the Waikato to the region of Waitomo. Enjoy a guided tour through the long galleries and lofty chambers of the world famous Glow Worm Caves. Your tour continues with a boat ride through the Glow Worm Grotto, illuminated by thousands of tiny lights from the glow worms suspended from the cave ceiling. Enjoy a delicious picnic-style lunch as we make our way to east to Rotorua, a thermal wonderland of roaring geysers and boiling mud pools. On the outskirts of the city, we stop at the Agrodome, an organic working farm where you can learn all about farming in New Zealand. Take a tour of the Agrodome farm in an all-terrain vehicle, see how sheep are shorn and watch a live sheep dog trial.
Leaving the Agrodome, we make our way to Te Puia, one of New Zealand’s foremost cultural venues. At Te Puia’s marae (meeting house) you will receive a traditional welcome and be invited to experience a Māori cultural performance, in which ancient and modern stories are told through song, dance, poi and stick games. You’ll gain an understanding of this unique culture and its history and be thoroughly entertained by the talented and charismatic performers.
Next to Te Puia is the famous Whakarewarewa Thermal Valley. Take a guided tour of its active geysers and boiling mudpools. See the world-famous Pohutu geyser unleash vapour jets up to 30 metres high. Your tour also includes entry to Te Puia’s woodcarving and weaving schools, where you can see apprentices being trained in these traditional skills. After this exciting day of activities, you will be taken to your accommodation.
DAY 2 - ROTORUA AT LEISURE
You have today at leisure to explore this fascinating area. Rotorua has it all – the forest canopy, hiking trails, geothermal wonderlands, Maori culture along with spas and natural hot pools for you to relax and unwind. We are happy to including optional activities into your itinerary.
DAY 3 - ROTORUA / TAUPO
Depart Rotorua and travel to Lake Taupo, New Zealand’s largest freshwater lake famous for its Rainbow Trout. You will have the afternoon at leisure to explore Taupo.
DAY 4 - TAUPO / WELLINGTON
Depart Taupo bound for Wellington. Travel through the barren Desert Road where on a clear day you get wonderful views of the towering peaks of Mt Ngauruhoe, Tongariro and Ruapehu. The coach travels via Palmerston North and then along the Kapiti Coast and on to our capital city of Wellington.