Geysers, bubbling mud, glowworm caves and natural wonders, here's a list of must do experiences on the Thermal Explorer Highway.
Go on your own Middle Earth adventure at Hobbiton Movie Set and experience a little bit of movie magic. Stroll along the lush pastures of the Shire and explore the Hobbit Holes before stopping for a specially-brewed beverage in the the world-famous Green Dragon Inn.
For an experience like none other, abseil, weave, climb and float your way through the glowworm-studded Ruakuri Cave on a Black Water Rafting adventure. Let an experienced guide show you the way on one of the tours, aptly named Black Abyss and Black Labyrinth.
Leave Auckland and head along the rolling hills of the Waikato until you reach Hamilton Gardens, a place of pristine beauty and calm. The themed gardens tell stories from other civilisations, from a peaceful Sung Dynasty Chinese Scholar’s garden to an Italian Renaissance Garden.
Explore world-class exhibitions at one of the many art galleries or wander through a contemporary collection of New Zealand sculptures amid stunning landscapes as part of the Brick Bay Sculpture Trail. Take a guided walking tour of Rangitoto Island or explore the Maori history and traditions at Auckland Museum.