Soak up the laid-back vibe at one of Auckland's waterfront cafes or restaurants, then drive south through rich farmland to Waitomo where you can discover some of New Zealand's finest glowworm caves.
Explore Rotorua's geothermal areas and discover the unique culture of New Zealand’s Maori people. En route back to Auckland from Rotorua, be sure to stop at Hobbiton near Matamata, a must for Middle-earth fans.
As you cruise down the southern motorway, suburban scenery gradually gives way to the farmland of South Auckland, an area favoured by bloodstock breeders. You’ll enjoy motorway speeds all the way to Bombay, a major market gardening area.
The Waitomo Caves region is famous for its subterranean splendour. Beneath the surface of this ancient limestone region is a series of vast cave systems decorated with stalactites, stalagmites and glow-worms. Some caves open to the public, and are easy to walk through, others require specialised caving equipment. If you prefer a more relaxed approach take a boat ride through the Glowworm Grotto and marvel at the twinkling illuminations from thousands of tiny glowworms suspended from the cave ceiling.
Start in Auckland Central
This is the heart of Auckland, with a relaxed coastal living vibe by day and a night-time energy shared by the inner-city suburbs that surrounds it.
End in Waitomo Caves
Under the green hills of Waitomo lies a labyrinth of caves, sinkholes and underground rivers. The area's name comes from the Maori words wai (water) and tomo (hole).
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