Getting Around The Thermal Explorer Highway

At just 3 hours from Australia's east coast, you can arrive in Auckland, jump in a car and discover the Thermal Explorer Highway. Read our practical travel advice before you depart for your North Island holiday.

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North Island offers many adventures...

Discover one of the four touring routes below and discover a huge range of experiences, from swimming with dolphins to hiking an active volcano.

The Redwoods – Whakarewarewa Forest, Rotorua


ROTORUA Where nature's power meets Maori traditions.

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  • Mountain Bike Rotorua Redwood Forest
  • Journey through the forest canopy
  • Soak in a thermal spa

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