Recommended Length: 4 Days
Distance: 457 km (286 miles)
Thermal Explorer Highway
Journey through the centre of the North Island on the Thermal Explorer Highway. This drive begins in New Zealand’s largest city, where marine adventures are a specialty. A riverside drive takes you to Hamilton, a city known for its gardens, riverboat cruising and free flight aviary.
The antique town of Tirau is an interesting stop on your way to Rotorua, where you can explore geothermal attractions and discover the unique culture of New Zealand’s Maori people. An hour further south is the trout fishing mecca of Taupo, which sits on the edge of New Zealand’s largest lake. Your final destination is Napier, a place to enjoy Art Deco architecture and fine wine.
The Thermal Explorer Highway is part of the Great New Zealand Touring Route.