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!


Whakarewarewa Forest

Photo by David Ashford

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Surrounded by mountains, rivers, native forests and 18 fresh water lakes, Rotorua's the perfect place to reconnect with nature.

Give mountain biking, horse riding or fishing a go today - or, if you're feeling adventurous, why not try one of the uniquely Kiwi attractions on offer? Go Zorbing, Schweebing, ziplining or luging. Rotorua is also home to the highest commercially rafted waterfall in the world.

For families, there's a great range of leisure and wildlife parks - Agrodome, Paradise Valley, and Rainbow Springs to name a few.


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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