Auckland - Rotorua - Auckland - no driving required

8 Days


Auckland Central to Auckland Central


  • Car-free travel
  • Tauranga/Mt Maunganui
  • Geothermal Rotorua

Best time of year

All year

This route explores the Bay of Plenty, heading south from Auckland to Tauranga, Rotorua, and back to Auckland via Hamilton.

Auckland kicks things off with island and coastal experiences, then you’ll move on to the relaxed seaside environment of Tauranga. Rotorua will entertain you with geysers, mud pools and hot springs, and is handy for taking a side trip to Hobbiton. Hamilton's ideal for a relaxed riverboat cruise or stroll through the acclaimed gardens before you return to Auckland.

Best of all, you don't need a car to get around using this itinerary!


Private Luxury Tour from Auckland to explore the Hobbiton Movie Set

Photo by Hobbiton Movie Set Tours

Day 7 / 8


1 hr

41 mins

132 km

82 mi


Experience the real Middle-earth with a visit to the Hobbiton Movie Set, featured in The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit films. Tours depart daily from the Rotorua i-SITE, and hotel pickups are also available. Allow 5 hours for this day trip from Rotorua.


Be greeted with a Hongi, a traditional Maori greeting, in Rotorua.

Rotorua Central

Entertaining in any weather, Rotorua will captivate you with its shooting geysers, intriguing Maori villages and thrilling adventure activities.

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