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Thermal Explorer Highway Experience

6 Days / 5 Nights – Auckland > Hamilton & Waikato > Rotorua > Lake Taupo > Ruapehu > Hawke’s Bay

From Hobbit Holes & Rolling Green Hills to geothermal & Maori Culture, pristine Lakes, Volcanic Mountains & Art Deco Architecture – this is a diverse and exciting tour!

DAY 1:

Depart Auckland and follow the Thermal Explorer Highway. As you depart Auckland city you will notice the rolling green hills and pastureland that are synonymous with the Hamilton & Waikato region. Make your way to Waitomo Caves where you can enjoy a wide range of underground activities – from peaceful glowworm viewing tours to adrenalin-fuelled adventures – please click here for full information. Following this make your way to Hamilton City to overnight there are a number of accommodation options to choose from please click here for full options.

DAY 2:

Enjoy the morning in Hamilton City before making your way further along the Thermal Explorer Highway to Rotorua.  En-route you may wish to divert and visit Hobbiton Movie Set – where they fi lmed the Shire from the Lord of the Rings Trilogy and The Hobbit. On arrival in Rotorua, home to exciting geothermal activity, there are a wide range of accommodation and activity options to choose from please click links above for full information.

DAY 3:

You have most of the day in Rotorua today to enjoy the wide range of activities on offer from a lake cruise, immersing yourself in Maori Culture, visiting the geothermal areas and spas to adventure tourism – Rotorua has so much to choose from.  In the afternoon make your way to the Lakeside town of Taupo. Lake Taupo is New Zealand’s largest lake and dominates the views from this picturesque region. There are a range of accommodation options to choose from please click here for full information.

DAY 4:

You have the day in Taupo today, visit the spectacular Huka Falls or partake in one of the many adventure activities on offer from tandem skydiving, to jet boating and bungy jumping, be prepared to be thrilled. Or if you would prefer a slower pace there are range of activities to chose from please click here for full information.

DAY 5:

Make your way early this morning to the Ruapehu Region, home to the Tongariro National Park, this dual World Heritage Park is home to some superb ski-fields in the winter months and also offers some great hiking and walking adventures. Home to the Tongariro Alpine Crossing which is an outstanding 19km walk (a full day activity) there are also other walking options in the area or you can chose to visit the Whanganui River please see the links below for full information on accommodation and activities in the region. Overnight in Ruapehu.

DAY 6:

Make your way to Hawke’s Bay today travelling along the Thermal Explorer Highway, enjoy this half day drive to arrive in the stunning Art Deco capital of New Zealand, Napier. This afternoon enjoy some of the fresh food and wine that this region is well known for, visit a winery or take a tour to the Cape Kidnappers Gannet Colony.