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Head straight to the Coromandel for amazing beaches, surfing, sea kayaking and dolphins before heading to the Maori culture (and geo-thermal) hot-spot of Rotorua. Then cruise past Lake Taupo towards the Tongariro Crossing (one of the most spectacular day-walks on the planet) before heading home via Waitomo for some black water rafting!
Day 1: Fly in to Auckland
Auckland is New Zealand’s biggest city, and there’s heaps of cool stuff to do there. Cruise over to Waiheke Island, explore the Waitakere ranges, or hit the beach (or the shops!)
Day 2: Auckland to Coromandel Peninsula
Get up early and head over to The Coromandel – it’s about 2 hours or so from Auckland and worth getting there sooner rather than later.
Day 3: Coromandel - Rotorua
The Coromandel area is awesome, so why not take an extra day to really enjoy it. There are heaps of beaches, walks and activities to fill in your day before making the short drive down to Rotorua.
Day 4: Rotorua – Taupo
Rotorua is rich in Maori culture - make sure you catch a cultural show and enjoy a traditional Maori hangi meal while you're here. It’s also a geothermal hot-spot (literally), and also has a whole heap of adventure activities to do. After a fun-filled day head down to Taupo for the night to cut down the next day’s drive.
Day 5: Taupo – Tongariro
The Tongariro Crossing really is a must-do, and is widely regarded as one of the most spectacular day-walks on the planet. Consisting of three major peaks, it includes Mt Ngaruahoe (Mt Doom in the Lord of the Rings films).
Day 6: Tongariro – Waitomo
The Ruapehu area (where Tongariro is located) is pretty awesome, so put your feet up and stick around a while (you’ll probably need it after your walk), before heading up the road to Waitomo.
Day 7: Waitomo – Auckland – Home
Waitomo is awesome for one thing…caves! Black water rafting is great fun, with heaps of glow worms to check out and a wide range of activity options from the extreme to the tranquil. Spend the morning underground before heading back to Auckland.