Discover another world as you journey deep into the heart of the North Island along the Thermal Explorer Highway.
Explore majestic caves filled with glittering glowworms, feel the thrill of a spine tingling jet boat ride or watch in awe as a mighty geyser erupts before your eyes.
HAMILTON - WAIKATO
Rolling green hills and surf beaches.
From Auckland travel south through suburban scenery and rolling green hills of Waikato to Hamilton, where a myriad of attractions await.
For those interested in New Zealand culture and heritage the Waikato Museum is well worth a visit.
Or visit the laid-back beach town of Raglan, home to one of the longest left-hand surf breaks in the world. Spend the day learning to surf or explore the town with its many cafes, surf shops and galleries.
Rotorua sits squarely on the Pacific Ring of Fire and geothermal activity breathes through every part of the region.
Explore the Whakarewarewa Forest via a network of bike trails, then climb into the forest canopy and discover a whole new world with a Redwood Treewalk. At night, specially designed lanterns light your way.
As the largest freshwater lake in Australasia Lake Taupo is a great place for all kinds of water activities. Take a boat cruise to the giant Maori rock carvings in Mine Bay or hire a kayak and discover the lake for yourself.
At Huka Prawn Park, you can treat yourself to delicious self-caught prawns.
The road from Taupo to Napier takes you through fantastic scenery with rugged hills, beautiful valleys, gentle plains and huge vistas.
Once in the Hawke’s Bay you will discover a fertile wine-growing region that boasts one of the world’s best collections of Art Deco architecture.
End your journey with a visit to region's many wineries on a self-drive, chauffer driven or bicycle tour.