Our Private Luxury Three Day tours in our beautiful Mercedes luxury vehicles offer you the unforgettable experiences across a diverse range of stunning landscapes in the North Island of New Zealand.
Auckland to Waitomo, Taupo and Rotorua Private Luxury 3 Day Tour: our Auckland to Rotorua Private Luxury 3 Day Tour begins at 8am (or another time chosen by you) on day 1 when we collect you in our air-conditioned luxury vehicle from your Auckland accommodation, or at any other time you choose.
On the 2 ½ hour drive south we follow the mighty Waikato River through the rich, rolling farmland of the Waikato region and the King Country. We pass through a string of small, historic river towns, including Ngaruawahia, site of the famous Turangawaewae Marae (traditional Maori meeting place) and seat of Aotearoa New Zealand’s Maori King.
Waitomo Caves is an amazing natural wonderland which offers a vast range of unique sights and experiences. Your range of tours tours (at your cost) will ensure that you experience the full magic of Waitomo. We recommend a 3-4 hour tour where you can decide on a soft adventure option to see both a Glowworm Cave and a cave with Stalactites and Stalagmites, or the more adventurous Black Water Rafting!
The soft adventure options includes:
Black Water Rafting includes:
You can also explore the Otorohanga Kiwi House after seeing the amazing Waitomo Caves, where you’ll see the Kiwi, our national bird and emblem, as well as a host of other native birds and wildlife.
We then set off for the Central Volcanic Plateau with the huge volcanic caldera Lake Taupo as its centerpiece and New Zealand’s largest lake. When we arrive in Taupo you can just relax or have a range of options for relaxation and activities in the evening, including some great restaurant options. You can also have a luxurious swim in Taupo’s thermal pools and/or enjoy a relaxing spa experience.
Accommodation in Taupo.
In Taupo you can stroll along the shores of New Zealand’s largest lake or take a dip, if you dare, in its snow-fed waters. You can browse in the town’s brilliant mix of local craft and fashion shops, or picnic in its sunny, sheltered lakefront gardens.
Here too, you can choose a range of additional tour options (own cost) in addition to our guiding in this special area:
Continuing north past the Craters of the Moon, we stop at spectacular Huka Falls on the mighty Waikato River. Here, safe bush-fringed paths and viewing platforms offer stunning vistas of the river. We can also show you the impressive Aratiatia Rapids, an amazing spectacle when a lock in the Waikato River is lifted and the river is allowed to roar through at amazing force and speed a few times per day.
We then head north towards Rotorua across the volcanic plateau. The region is home to several of New Zealand’s most impressive Thermal Parks and we suggest visiting Wai-o-Tapu, Orakei Korako or Waimangu Volcanic Valley, where you can experience the full might and majesty of this unique and spectacular volcanic landscape, which Rotorua and Taupo are so famous for.
We continue on to Rotorua itself, where we catch our first glimpses of the shimmering blue lake with bush-clad Mokoia Island at its centre.
After settling into our accommodation at our specially chosen hotel (we have a range of hotel and accommodation options for you, depending on your preferences), in the evening we highly recommend a unique Maori cultural experience in Rotorua. Here you’ll enjoy a traditional Kai Maori (Maori food) cooked in a Hangi (earth oven) and enjoy a performance of song and dance in a traditional Maori village setting.
Alternatively, our hotel is perfectly placed close to a range of Rotorua’s finest attractions, offering you the opportunity to explore more of Rotorua on foot at your leisure.
Accommodation in Rotorua.
The next morning on day 3 and as part of your Auckland to Waitomo, Taupo and Rotorua Private Tour with us, we can show you (all part of our tour):
We can also arrange extra tour options (at your cost) to cater for your particular preferences and abilities. They include:
We leave Rotorua at about 3pm. On our way back to Auckland we stop at Matamata, the quiet dairy town which shot to stardom as Hobbiton in Peter Jackson’s famous film “The Lord of the Rings”. The Hobbiton sign in the town centre offers a wonderful photo opportunity. “Hobbiton Movie Set Tours”, of the village and countryside which featured in the film, are also available and we are happy to book one for you. We can easily do this by leaving Rotorua a little earlier and amending day 3 of your Private Tour itinerary to incorporate this attraction about an hour from Rotorua. Please also see our Auckland to Hobbiton Movie Set Private Luxury Tour as a 1-day option from Auckland.
We return you to your Auckland accommodation at between 6pm and 7pm, later if we include Hobbiton.
Auckland to Waitomo, Taupo and Rotorua Private Tours include pick up and drop off at your Auckland city accommodation or other location, plus our comprehensive, expert and friendly guiding during your tour. Also included are all taxes plus guide accommodation during the tour. Entry fees to attractions and accommodation is not included but we will be happy to arrange for you.
Please contact us if you have any special requirements – we are always happy to fit in with your plans to ensure you have “the TIME of your life!”
P.S: Please note that for all our Private Tours from Auckland, you also have the option of booking 1-day or multi-day Private Tours to other stunning destinations such as the Coromandel Peninsula and the Bay of Islands. Please ask us and we’ll be able to advise you, since we know both Auckland and New Zealand exceptionally well and can arrange itineraries, tour options and accommodation to cater to your individual needs. Please email us for larger groups, which we can price individually.
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.
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