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Auckland to Rotorua Private Tour

Private tour from Auckland to Rotorua, located about 200km south-east of Auckland. Rotorua is world-famous for its geothermal wonders, lakes and as a centre of Maori Experiences. Travel via New Zealand’s famous Thermal Explorer Highway touring route, taking in the special region of Rotorua in the Bay of Plenty region. In Rotorua there are many attractions and activities, such as a variety of Maori cultural experiences, geothermal parks with bubbling mud pools, geysers, hot springs, bird and wildlife encounters, natural lakes, Redwood Forest, mountains, volcanoes and a variety of adventures. Return to Auckland or drop-off in Rotorua.

  • Pass through the beautiful countryside of the Waikato and King Country regions
  • First stop is Matamata, home of Hobbiton
  • Take a break at Mamaku Blue, one of New Zealand’s only Blueberry experiences
  • See the Rotorua Museum and beautiful Government Gardens
  • Additional activity options available to compliment the tour
Auckland to Rotorua Private Tour
TIME Unlimited ToursAuckland to Rotorua Private Tour
TIME Unlimited ToursAuckland to Rotorua Private Tour
TIME Unlimited ToursAuckland to Rotorua Private Tour
TIME Unlimited ToursAuckland to Rotorua Private Tour
TIME Unlimited ToursAuckland to Rotorua Private Tour
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The sulphur city of Rotorua, over 200 km south of Auckland, is known for its geothermal wonders, lakes and authentic Maori Experiences.

On this tour we travel via New Zealand’s famous Thermal Explorer Highway touring route taking in the special region of Rotorua. Our very experienced and knowledgeable local Host-Guides will tell you about New Zealand and its extraordinary places you’ll see along the approximately 3 hour journey to the Sulphur City of Rotorua – one of New Zealand’s ‘hot spots’ and most visited tourism destinations.

On the way to Rotorua, we drive through some truly beautiful countryside and can incorporate a tour of the Hobbiton Movie Set into this tour as an optional extra. As we approach our destination, if time permits, the Mamaku Blueberry Farm is worth a stop. Here we can have a break at the lovely café to see some real Kiwi ingenuity at work on this Blueberry Farm and Winery.

In Rotorua there are many attractions and activities. There is something for everyone from relaxing spa treatments, geothermal parks with bubbling mud pools, shooting geysers, hot springs, bird and wildlife encounters, natural lakes, the Redwood Forest, mountains, active volcanoes to cultural and adventurous experiences such as Maori villages & evening dinner/concerts and white water rafting/zipline and more! As there is so much to choose from, we are happy to work in with your interests to maximise your time in Rotorua suited to your interests and budget.

The many options available include:

  • A visit to one of Rotorua’s Thermal Parks such as Wai-o-Tapu, Waimangu Volcanic Valley or Hells Gate, where you can experience the full might and majesty of this unique and spectacular volcanic landscape.
  • A Helicopter or Floatplane adventure of a lifetime. If your budget allows, we recommend the amazing Helicopter tour from Rotorua via the crater chasm of the legendary Tarawera volcano which lands on White Island, New Zealand's only active marine volcano with spectacular volcanic features, fumaroles and a constantly bubbling crater lake.
  • A cruise to Mokoia Island, the sacred island and bird sanctuary in the middle of Lake Rotorua, where you can walk in the pristine bush, listen to the song of some of our shy native birds (and spot some of the cheeky ones) bathe in the hot pools and hear the story of Rotorua’s legendary lovers, Hinemoa and Tutanekai.
  • The Buried Village, where you can explore the remains of the Maori village that was destroyed by the eruption of Mount Tarawera in 1886.
  • Skyline Gondolas, which will swing you up to the top of Mount Ngongotaha for a spectacular view and the Luge, which will spin you back down in a thrilling ride.
  • The Polynesian Spa, on the site of one of Rotorua’s historic bath houses in the lovely Government Gardens, is also home to one of the world’s best spas, so here you can steep yourself in luxury and well-being as well as history.
  • Te Puia – the New Zealand Maori Arts & Crafts Institute, where you can watch artists and craftspeople at work, stroll through galleries of exquisite taonga (jewellery, art, carving and weaving) and purchase beautiful individually crafted pieces.
  • Whakarewarewa, a living thermal Maori village that is very interesting to visit.
  • Agrodome, where you can experience all the magic of New Zealand farming, with a fascinating range of agricultural shows and displays, plus thrilling activities such as Zorbing.

Rate Information: (NZ$)

Rates: 01 April & 30 September (Low Season)*

5 or more Adults price per adult: $345
4 Adults price per adult: $395
3 Adults price per adult: $495
2 Adults price per adult: $695

Rates: 01 October & 31 March (High Season)*

5 or more Adults price per adult: $395
4 Adults price per adult: $445
3 Adults price per adult: $545
2 Adults price per adult: $745


Children 4-11 years 50% off adult price

This Tour is available for a minimum of 2 people. If you would like to make a booking for one person click here to enquire.

Tour Type: Private Tour

View our Additional Information section below for a breakdown on the difference between Small Group Tours and Private tours, along with all inclusions explained.
Auckland to Rotorua Private Tour
TIME Unlimited Tours Auckland to Rotorua Private Tour
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Additional Information

Tour Inclusions:

  • Fully guided service in luxury vehicle with pick-up/drop-off within Auckland’s Downtown area including Cruise wharf terminal (for airport transfer please refer to our private tours)
  • Complimentary snacks
  • All taxes
  • Driver/Host-Guide Expenses
  • Optional Lunch Inclusion:
       Note this is a high-quality café/restaurant lunch - $40 pp and MUST be confirmed at time of booking.

Please bring: Outdoor clothing for the day’s weather conditions and sensible flat walking shoes, sun hat, sunscreen, your camera and a smile.

Age Information:

  • Adults are from 12 years
  • Children's age is between 4 and 11 years
  • Infants age is 0-3 years (Please note: we are only able host infants on our Private Tours)
  • Our Private Tours can be for any number of guests

General Information:

  • Accommodation, Attractions/Entry Fees and Meals (unless specified) are not included;
  • All tours are able to be booked as Auckland Shore Excursions from Cruise ships berthed at the port of Auckland;
  • All our Private Tours can be offered in foreign languages such as German, French, Spanish and others but are subject to availability and additional fees apply. Please request this additional service at the time of booking along with any other special client requirements (i.e. dietary requirements, mobility issues, medical information / equipment requests, children’s ages for NZ child seat rules, special reasons for travel, etc);
  • On Private Tours, pick-up and drop-off locations can be from your designated accommodation, airport, cruise ship or other location. Please specify the location when booking. When pick-up is from a designated meeting place including cruise ship terminal or airport, we would really appreciate receiving your mobile phone number with the booking. This will ensure we are able to contact and locate you if required, when we are not picking up directly from your accommodation.

Our Different Tour Types:

Small Group Tours are operated on a non-exclusive basis with other guests min 2 pax and max 15 pax and are priced on a per person basis.

Private Tours
are operated exclusively for our guests and are priced per day per passenger for any group size from 1 pax to any number required.

Please note: when we incorporate visits to attractions on Private Tours (these must be specifically stated as included, otherwise entry fees to attractions are NOT included on our Private Tours), these may or may not be private depending on what is booked. Our Private Tours on the other hand will be private just for your party.

Cancellation Policy:

Click here to view our most up to date Cancellation Policy located on our Terms and Conditions page.
Auckland to Rotorua Private Tour
TIME Unlimited Tours Auckland to Rotorua Private Tour
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Neill Sperath is a passionate New Zealander by choice. He is of Irish and German descent and has become a proud New Zealander and a New Zealand citizen since relocating from Europe many years ago, after falling in love with New Zealand and Ceillhe. Previous to that he lived mainly in Ireland and Germany and is well travelled, having visited over 50 countries so far. Before coming to New Zealand Neill managed several large shopping centres in Europe.
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