Starting from Tāmaki Makaurau/Auckland, travel south through suburban scenery towards the laid-back beach town of Whāingaroa/Raglan - home to one of the longest left-hand surf breaks in the world. Spend the day learning to surf or explore the town with its many cafes, surf shops and galleries. Raglan is also home to Wairēinga/Bridal Veil Falls - a 55-metre-high waterfall which looks like a brides vail.
Continue onto Hamilton, where a myriad of attractions await. Visit the beautiful Hamilton gardens or cruise down the river onboard the Waikato River Explorer - experiencing a relaxing cruise on New Zealand's longest waterway flowing through Hamilton.
For those interested in Māori culture and heritage, Te Whare Taonga o Waikato/Waikato Museum is home to Te Winika exhibition, a 200 year-old carved waka taua (Māori war canoe). Discover the story of Te Winika and view beautiful traditional carvings in Te Whare Waka o Te Winika - Te Winika Gallery, overlooking the mighty Waikato River.
End the day with native and exotic animals at Hamilton Zoo - get up close to some of New Zealand's native birdlife in the giant free flight aviary.