Use Rotorua as a base and take day trips to Waitomo, Taupo and Hobbiton.
Following a North Island loop, discover crazy thrills, soaring geysers and huge limestone caverns filled with glowworms with this breathtaking itinerary.
Following a central North Island loop, discover crazy thrills, soaring geysers and huge limestone caverns filled with glowworms with this breathtaking 4-day Rotorua and Waitomo itinerary.
Also famous for its weird and wonderful adventure activities, Rotorua is a great place to try zorbing(opens in new window), shweebing or swooping! For a different kind of rush, head to Whakarewarewa Forest for some seriously fun mountain biking.
Journey through an array of farmland, lakeland and forest on your way to Waitomo Caves(opens in new window). Stop at Lake Whakamaru for a spot of trout fishing or explore the beautiful Pureora Forest Park, home to many rare native birds.
At the town of Te Kuiti turn north and enter the ancient limestone region of Waitomo where you will discover vast cave systems decorated with glow-worms. For a real thrill try blackwater rafting, or abseil into the abyss.
As you journey on towards Taupo you’ll encounter the mighty Huka Falls, one of New Zealand's most visited attractions. Stand and watch the raging water or get up close with a thrilling jet boat(opens in new window) ride.
Lake Taupo is the perfect place to get out on the water. Join a boat cruise or kayaking(opens in new window) trip to see the Maori rock carvings at Mine Bay. For more adventure, Taupo has skydiving(opens in new window) and bungy jumping(opens in new window) on offer.
The road to Rotorua will keep you entertained with its unusual, volcanic geography and refreshing tracts of plantation pine forest. If you have an hour or two to spare, take the side road to Orakei Korako geothermal park, where you’ll discover geysers(opens in new window), silica terraces and craters of boiling mud.
Getting around New Zealand is easy with a great range of transport options available.
There are plenty of accommodation options for every budget and travel style.
No matter the season, the majority of our main attractions are open year-round.
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