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Auckland to Waitomo, Taupo, Rotorua and Hobbiton 3 Day Private Tour

Experience the highlights of the North Island on this three-day luxury private tour.
Duration: 3 Days
Location: New Zealand's North Island
Group Type: Private
Price From: NZ$1155 pp
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What our guests are saying:
"Holidaying in New Zealand does involve long distances and your guide is taking that load of driving off your shoulders. Great for our honeymoon."

Explore the experiences included in this tour:

Day 1.

Drive through Waikato and King Country

It’s about the journey and the destination

Follow the mighty Waikato River through the rich, rolling farmland of the Waikato Region and the King Country on this 2 ½ hour drive. 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. 

Auckland to Waitomo, Taupo, Rotorua and Hobbiton 3 Day Private Tour - Drive through Waikato and King Country

Auckland to Waitomo, Taupo, Rotorua and Hobbiton 3 Day Private Tour - Waitomo Glowworm Caves

Waitomo Glowworm Caves

A Timeless Twinkle

The Waitomo Glowworm Caves offer a truly magic experience, unrivaled in the world. Waitomo Caves offer various caving options depending on how adventurous you are feeling. For a gentle option, choose a 45 minute tour, which includes a boat ride on an underground stream and a walk. The more adventurous may want to consider a 3 or 5 hour black water rafting option, which may include tubing, abseiling, waterfalls and climbing.


Choose your adventure

En-route to Taupo you can choose to explore the Otorohanga Kiwi House where you’ll see the Kiwi, our national bird and emblem, as well as a host of other native birds and wildlife.  

When we arrive in Taupo you can just relax in your accommodation 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. 

Auckland to Waitomo, Taupo, Rotorua and Hobbiton 3 Day Private Tour - Taupo

Day 2.

A morning in Taupo

Enjoy a morning by the lake

Stroll along the shores of New Zealand’s largest lake or take a dip, if you dare, in its snow-fed waters. Browse in the town’s brilliant mix of local craft and fashion shops, or picnic in its sunny, sheltered lakefront gardens.  

Choose a range of additional tour options (own cost) in this special area:  

  • A scenic cruise of beautiful lake Taupo; 
  • Trout fishing - fly fishing or from a boat - in various locations in or around Lake Taupo, reputed to be one of the world’s best trout fishing spots; 
  • Jet boating along the Waikato River, if you like including a visit to a spectacular thermal area swim in a hot spring! 
  • Huka Prawn Park, where we can also stop for a prawn lunch
  • An afternoon of golf at the famous and fabulous Wairakei Course, voted one of the world's finest golf courses. 
Day 2. - A morning in Taupo

Day 2. - Huka Falls

Huka Falls

Witness mighty rapids and waterfalls

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. 

Thermal Parks

Discover volcanic landscapes

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. 

Day 2. - Thermal Parks

Day 2. - An evening in Rotorua

An evening in Rotorua

Discover the geothermal wonderland of Rotorua

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. 

Day 3.

A Morning in Rotorua

Wander through vibrant Rotorua 

As part of your Private Tour with us, we can show you (all part of our tour):  

  • Rotorua City or Government Gardens 
  • Rotorua Lake Front with view across the to magical Mokoia Island 
  • Time-permitting, Redwood Forest (widely regarded as one of the world’s most beautiful forests) 
  • Stunning lakes such as Blue Lake or Green Lake 
  • Lake Tarawera with the peak of Mount Tarawera towering above the lake.
Day 3. - A Morning in Rotorua

Day 3. - Additional tour options

Additional tour options

Choose your adventure

We can also arrange extra tour options (at your cost) to cater for your particular preferences and abilities. They include: 

  • Helicopter or floatplane flights to see Rotorua and volcanic sights from above. This can include a landing and tour on a currently active volcano, or flight to the most isolated thermal areas in this amazing region 
  • The Skyline Gondola and luge 
  • The Polynesian Spa, on the site of one of Rotorua’s historic bath houses in the lovely Government Gardens and home to one of the world’s best spas. This is also a great option on the evening of day 2 if you prefer this to the Maori cultural evening. 
  • White water rafting, on one of six scenic and challenging local river courses. 
  • Fly fishing or boat fishing for trout on some of the world's best trout fishing waters
  • The Agrodome, where you can experience all the magic of New Zealand farming


Wander through Matamata and consider exploring Hobbiton Movie Set

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 "The Lord of the Rings" are also available. We can easily do this by amending day 2 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 Tours. 

Day 3. - Matamata

Day 3. - Auckland


Arrive back at cultural mecca Auckland

We return you to your Auckland accommodation at about 6pm or to fit in with your requirements.