Turn north today, to visit the riverside city of Hamilton.
Here you will find a city carved in two by the mighty Waikato River. With stunning botanical gardens, a fascinating museum and gallery, there are plenty of activities to enjoy in Hamilton. Get up close to some of New Zealand's native birds with a trip to Hamilton Zoo, home to the country's largest free-flight aviary.
For tea lovers, Zealong Tea Estate is a must-do with traditional tea ceremonies and some of the world's purest oolong.
Then make your way back to Auckland and the end of your journey.