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!


The carved entrance to Te Puia, Rotorua

Photo by Destination Rotorua

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Take the time today to discover the unique culture of New Zealand’s native people. Enjoy a unique Māori cultural experience at Te Puia, Mitai or Tamaki Māori Villages, and pay an educational visit to the New Zealand Māori Arts and Crafts Institute (Te Puia). Shop for authentic Māori arts and crafts including pounamu (jade) and carved bone jewellery as well as special beauty products derived from local muds and plants. Many tours take in the main sights and include transport.



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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