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Thermal Explorer Snapshot

4 Days / 3 Nights – Auckland > Hamilton & Waikato > Rotorua > Lake Taupo.

Discover the diverse journey of the Thermal Explorer Highway – rolling green hills & Hobbit Holes, geothermal, Maori Culture & Great Lake Taupo.

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 see Hamilton & Waikato Accommodation or activities listings for more information. Following this make your way to Hamilton City to overnight there are a number of accommodation options to choose from please see Hamilton & Waikato Accommodation for full details

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 filmed 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 see 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 on accommodation or activity links 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 or take a full day trip to the Tongariro National Park – which has dual World Heritage Status.  From here you can either return to Auckland which is a 4 hour drive or continue on the Thermal Explorer Highway to the  Hawke’s Bay region.