7 Days


  • Glowworm caves
  • Zorb, white-water rafting
  • Maori culture


  • By plane: Start your adventure in Auckland
  • By car: Total trip distance: 412km

Kick things off in Auckland with a kayaking trip to an iconic volcano before heading to Waitomo to explore underground natural wonders. Then head to New Zealand’s geothermal and cultural heart – Rotorua and Lake Taupo, also the North Island’s adventure hub.

Day 1, Auckland

Kayak to Rangitoto Island, Auckland


An Auckland icon, Rangitoto is accessible by kayak or a ferry. Climb up to its summit to enjoy panoramic views, exploring lava caves on the hike up.


  • Rangitoto - volcano
  • Cosmopolitan city life
  • Maori culture


Kayak to Rangitoto, a dormant volcano just off the coast of Auckland. Climb though lava fields and native forest to the summit of the volcano for panoramic views before heading back to the city to experience Auckland’s urban adventures, including buzzing food precincts, SkyWalk, Sky Jump and Auckland Harbour Bridge Climb.


Day 2, Auckland - Waitomo

Hamilton - Waikato
Glowworm Caves in Waitomo, Hamilton - Waikato

By Discover Waitomo

The caves under Waikato's green hills are full of wonders, including beautiful limestone formations and galaxies of native glow worms.

Hamilton - Waikato

Hamilton - Waikato

Waitomo accommodation


  • Glowworm caves
  • Blackwater rafting


Explore the labyrinth of caves, sinkholes and underground rivers in Waitomo, just under three hours south of Auckland. Try blackwater rafting here - you'll crawl, swim and float through the caves on a rubber tube. Or you could abseil or zip-line through the darkness. Above the ground, Pureroa Forest provides some great long and short hikes.

Day 3 - 4, Waitomo - Rotorua

Experience the thrill of OGO, Rotorua


Roll down a hill inside a giant inflatable ball, a truly unique Rotorua adventure. You can slip and slide down with 50L of water or enjoy a dry slide.


  • Geothermal wonderland
  • Adventure activities
  • Maori culture


Spend a couple of days exploring boiling mud pools, explosive geysers, natural hot pools and Maori culture in Rotorua. Places like Te Puia combine dramatic performances with delicious Maori food, making the cultural experience here truly unique. Thrill-seekers will enjoy the raft of adventure activities on offer, including zorbing (bouncing around inside a large inflatable ball as it rolls down a hill). If you’re up to it, tackle the world’s largest commercially raftable waterfall (7m) on the Kaituna River or head to the Waiora River to negotiate giant boulders.

Day 5-7, Rotorua - Lake Taupo

Lake Taupo
Maori rock carvings at Mine Bay, Lake Taupo

By Julian Apse

Take a kayak or boat tour around the scenic Western Bays of Lake Taupo to see the stunning Maori rock carvings at Mine Bay.


  • Maori rock carvings
  • Tongariro Alpine Crossing
  • Natural Hot Pools


Drive south from Rotorua to explore Lake Taupo, ideal for a vast array of activities on and off the water. The Maori rock carvings at Mine Bay, seen only from the water, make for a great boat trip or kayak excursion. Thrill seekers may also be keen to try skydiving over this majestic lake. Next day, make your way to the Tongariro Alpine Crossing, an unforgettable day walk combining an active crater, emerald lakes and magnificent views. Lake Taupo’s many naturally heated hot pools are ideal to relax in after your adventures.

View the journey below

Experience another adventure

4 Days of Adventure →

14 Days of Adventure →

Top New Zealand trips →

Choose your own journey →