North Island trips

Central North Island Adventure Itinerary

4 Days


Rotorua Central to Rotorua Central


  • Adventurous Rotorua
  • Blackwater Rafting
  • Huka Falls

Best time of year

All year

This spectacular circuit offers some unusual sights and adventures. Experience the crazy thrills and soaring geysers of Rotorua before driving to the Waitomo Caves, where huge limestone caverns are filled with stalactites and glow worms.

Lake Taupo is your next port of call, with jetboating, skydiving and watersports of all varieties, as well as hot pools for a long, relaxing soak at the end of the day. The road back to Rotorua provides more opportunities to see geysers, boiling mud and bubbling craters.


Try the Swoop at Agroventures, Rotorua

Photo by Destination Rotorua

Day 1

Spend the day in Rotorua


The city of Rotorua sits squarely on the Pacific Ring of Fire, so there’s evidence of volcanic activity everywhere you look. Explore the geothermal areas and discover the unique culture of New Zealand’s Maori people.

Rotorua is also famous for its weird and wonderful adventure activities. Try zorbing, shweebing or swooping! Or, for a different kind of rush, head to Whakarewarewa Forest for some seriously fun mountain biking.

Steaming lakes and boiling mud in Rotorua

Rotorua Central

Entertaining in any weather, Rotorua will captivate you with its shooting geysers, intriguing Maori villages and thrilling adventure activities.

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