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!
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Rotorua is entertaining in any weather, at any time of the year. The city sits squarely on the Pacific Ring of Fire, so there’s evidence of volcanic activity everywhere you look. Explore the one or more of the geothermal parks and once you've seen the shooting geysers and steaming pools, wind back and enjoy a therapeutic natural spa.
Start in Tauranga
The sunny city of Tauranga will tempt you with marine adventures. Go sailing, fishing or dolphin watching and soak up the stunning coastal environment.
End in 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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