4 Days


  • Adventurous Rotorua
  • Blackwater Rafting
  • Huka Falls


  • By car: Start your Journey in Rotorua
  • By car: Total trip distance: 392kms 

Following a North Island loop, discover crazy thrills, soaring geysers and huge limestone caverns filled with glowworms with this breathtaking itinerary.

Following a central North Island loop, discover crazy thrills, soaring geysers and huge limestone caverns filled with glowworms with this breathtaking 4-day Rotorua to Waitomo itinerary. 

Day 1: Spend the day in Rotorua

Hells Gate, Rotorua

Von Fraser Clements


  • Geothermal attractions
  • Adventure
  • Maori culture


Everywhere you look Rotorua is alive with evidence of volcanic activity. Explore the geothermal areas and discover New Zealand's unique Maori culture.

Also famous for its weird and wonderful adventure activities, Rotorua is a great place to try zorbing, shweebing or swooping! For a different kind of rush, head to Whakarewarewa Forest for some seriously fun mountain biking.

Day 2: Rotorua - Waitomo Caves

Hamilton - Waikato
Waitomo Glowworm Caves, Hamilton - Waikato

Von Discover Waitomo

Hamilton - Waikato

Hamilton - Waikato

Waikato Accommodation


  • Glow-worms
  • Blackwater Rafting
  • Caving


Journey through an array of farmland, lakeland and forest on your way to Waitomo Caves. Stop at Lake Whakamaru for a spot of trout fishing or explore the beautiful Pureora Forest Park, home to many rare native birds.

At the town of Te Kuiti turn north and enter the ancient limestone region of Waitomo where you will discover vast cave systems decorated with glow-worms. For a real thrill try blackwater rafting, or abseil into the abyss.

Day 3: Waitomo Caves - Taupo

Lake Taupo
Mine Bay, Lake Taupo

Von Alistair Guthrie

Lake Taupo

Lake Taupo

Taupo accommodation


  • Mine Bay Maori Rock Carvings
  • Hot Springs
  • Skydiving


As you journey on towards Taupo you’ll encounter the mighty Huka Falls, one of New Zealand's most visited attractions. Stand and watch the raging water or get up close with a thrilling jet boat ride.

Lake Taupo is the perfect place to get out on the water. Join a boat cruise or kayaking trip to see the Maori rock carvings at Mine Bay. For more adventure, Taupo has skydiving and bungy jumping on offer.

Day 4: Taupo - Rotorua

Kiwi-Begegnung, Rotorua

Von Chris McLennan


  • Geothermal
  • Rafting
  • Animal parks


  • By car: 1 hour from Taupo

The road to Rotorua will keep you entertained with its unusual, volcanic geography and refreshing tracts of plantation pine forest. If you have an hour or two to spare, take the side road to Orakei Korako geothermal park, where you’ll discover geysers, silica terraces and craters of boiling mud.

Once back in Rotorua you can explore the animal parks, enjoy some more adventure activities or treat yourself to an indulgent spa therapy

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