Sidharth Malhotra's North Island Adventure


904 km


  • Harbour Bridge Climb
  • Hobbiton Movie Set
  • Waitomo Glowworm Caves


  • By plane: Start your adventure in Auckland
  • By car: Total trip distance: 904 km

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Discover the diversity of the North Island with a Sidharth Malhotra inspired itinerary rich in contrasting natural wonders and adventure.

Begin your journey in Auckland with a bridge climb and bungy jump, journey on to Northland and the Bay of Islands, a region known for its golden sun-kissed beaches, playful wildlife and rich history.

See the real Middle‑earth come alive on the Hobbiton Movie Set, gaze on thousands of twinkling glow-worms in Waitomo Caves and discover Rotorua, where bubbling mud pools and the warmth of Māori culture awaits.

    Day 1: Auckland


    • Bridge climb and bungy
    • Auckland Harbour Jet Boat
    • Sky Tower

    Arrive in Auckland and spend the day getting to know, the vibrant ‘City of Sails’. With outstanding food, natural attractions, and plenty of adventure, Auckland makes for a unique urban experience.

    Climb the Auckland Harbour Bridge and take in the vistas of New Zealand’s biggest city, from the city centre to the island dotted Hauraki Gulf. While you’re there, take a bungy jump off the bridge to touch the ocean below. For more adventure, board a jet boat for a thrilling high speed trip around the harbour.

    Change pace in the afternoon and stroll through the modern Britomart Precinct before savouring Auckland’s lively nightlife scene.

    Day 2-3: Bay of Islands

    Explore Ocean Depths
    Northland & Bay of Islands
    Diving in Tutukaka, Northland & Bay of Islands

    By Camilla Rutherford

    Northland & Bay of Islands

    Northland & Bay of Islands

    Paihia accommodation


    • Dolphin encounters and marine life
    • Waitangi Treaty Grounds
    • Experience Maori culture


    • By car: Auckland to Bay of Islands
    • By : 3 h 10 min | 228 km

    Drive north from Auckland to the Bay of Islands, a sub-tropical paradise known for its coastline, islands, history and wildlife.

    Spend the afternoon exploring the region, starting with the Waitangi Treaty Ground, New Zealand's most important historic site. Soak up the unique charm of Russell, Opua and Kerikeri, before heading back to Paihia for the night.

    Spend the following out on the water, exploring the Bay of Islands’ emerald waters. Join a cruise to the Hole in the Rock, swim with dolphins or take the opportunity to go diving at one of the many dive spots in the region. For something further afield, try taking a trip to the Hokianga to discover Maori legends and gaze on giant Kauri trees.

    Day 4: Auckland


    • Museums and galleries
    • World-class food and wine
    • Harbour cruises


    • By train: Paihia to Auckland
    • By : 3 h 10 min | 228 km

    From the Bay of Islands, drive south to Auckland. On the way take time to enjoy the small settlement of Matakana, a picturesque region just north of Auckland known for its boutique food shops and spectacular vineyards. If you’re visiting on the weekend, don’t forget to check out the Matakana Farmers Market where you can find stalls packed with delicious food and fresh produce.

    Once back in Auckland, spend the rest of the day exploring the city's diverse shopping precincts in Ponsonby, Newmarket and Britomart. Stay in Britomart for your evening meal or take a stroll along the waterfront to The Viaduct or Wynyard Quarter for a wide range of tempting dining options.

    Day 5: Hamilton via Hobbiton

    Hamilton - Waikato

    Hamilton - Waikato

    Hamilton accommodation


    • Hobbiton Movie Set
    • Hamilton Gardens
    • Waikato Museum


    • By car: Auckland to Hobbiton
      2 h 30 min | 176 km
    • By car: Hobbiton to Hamilton
      50 min | 60 km

    Head inland, through the rolling green hills of Waikato farming country to Matamata. Embark on a true Middle‑earth experience with a guided tour through the original Hobbiton Movie Set from The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit trilogies.

    Continue on to Hamilton, a city nestled on the banks of the Waikato River. Enjoy a relaxed afternoon exploring the beautiful Hamilton Gardens, which boasts a stunning display of themed gardens from Grand Italy to tranquil Asia. If you have time to spare, check out the Waikato Museum.

    Day 6: Rotorua via Waitomo Caves

    Journey into magical depths
    New Zealand
    waitomo caves.jpg, New Zealand

    By New Zealand starting from 1200$ - 2000$ usd


    • Glowworm caves
    • Otorohanga Kiwi House


    • By car: Hamilton to Waitomo
      1 hr | 72 km
    • By : Waitomo to Rotorua
      1 h 50 min | 140 km

    Journey south to Waitomo, where a labyrinth of limestone caves lies beneath the green hills. Venture deep into the caves on a Waitomo Glow-worm Cave Tour to see galaxies of New Zealand native glow-worms. Learn about the historical and geological significance of the caves to local Māori from your guide.

    Continue your journey, east to Rotorua the geothermal heart of New Zealand. Spend the evening visiting Te Puia, home to the world famous Pohutu geyser. Then settle in for a night of Māori culture, storytelling and a traditional hāngi (earth oven).

    Day 7: Rotorua


    • Adventure in Rotorua
    • Spectacular volcano & forest hikes
    • Maori culture

    Spend the morning exploring Rotorua's many geothermal wonders such as Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland or the Waimangu Volcanic Valley, the youngest geothermal eco-system in the world.

    In the afternoon, try one of the region's many adventure activities luge at Skyline, bungy jumping at Agroventure or take a zipline tour through the forest canopy. Finish your journey with a relaxing Mud Bath & Spa at Hells Gate, famous for its healing powers.

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