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Auckland to Wellington via Rotorua and Taupo 7 Day Private Tour

Learn about the interesting history and culture of New Zealand topped off with some truly incredible views.
Duration: 7 Days
Location: New Zealand's North Island
Group Type: Private
Price From: NZ$2775 pp
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Explore the experiences included in this tour:

Day 1

Waitomo Caves

A timeless twinkle

We pick you up in Auckland and head south through some of our rich farmland to the incredible Waitomo Caves. You can experience the natural beauty of these caves and be left breathless when you see the stunning glowworms that light up the caves like stars. Either take a guided tour where you walk through these magnificent caves and then float gently along on a small boat or for the adrenaline junkies, how about jumping, abseiling, climbing and black water rafting through this glowworm wonderland? 

Auckland to Wellington via Rotorua and Taupo 7 Day Private Tour - Waitomo Caves

Auckland to Wellington via Rotorua and Taupo 7 Day Private Tour - Hobbiton Movie Set

Hobbiton Movie Set

Experience movie magic

After you’ve enjoyed the mighty Waitomo Caves we head to a Lord of the Rings fan’s dream location - the Hobbiton Movie Set, for your very own middle-earth adventure. Explore and learn behind the scenes secrets of scenes that were filmed here from both The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings trilogies. You’ll see hobbit holes and visit the mill, the party tree and plenty of other structures and gardens built for the films. At the end of your tour you can relax at the Green Dragon Inn with a drink and a bite to eat. 


Spend the evening in Rotorua

We then depart Hobbiton and head further south to arrive in Rotorua, which is renowned for its geothermal activity and Maori culture. The city offers a range of different attractions for everyone from adrenaline junkies to those just looking to relax. We can help plan the perfect trip for you based around what will best suit your individual needs. Accommodation in Rotorua.

Auckland to Wellington via Rotorua and Taupo 7 Day Private Tour - Rotorua

Day 2.


Choose Your Day in Rotorua

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 both Rotorua and Lake Rotorua, as well as a huge amount of amazing volcanic sights from above. This can include a landing and tour on a currently active volcano, or flight to the most isolated (and one of the most beautiful) thermal areas in this amazing region!
  • The Skyline Gondola, which will swing you up to the top of Mount Ngongotaha for a spectacular view and the Luge, which will spin you back down.
  • 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. 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 six scenic and challenging local river courses.
  • Entry into Rotorua Museum;
  • 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, with a fascinating range of agricultural shows and displays.

Spend the night in Rotorua

Day 2. - Rotorua

Day 3.

Huka Falls

See the rapids of New Zealand’s most photographed natural attraction

We depart Rotorua and head south to arrive in the town of Taupo which sits on the edge of New Zealand’s largest lake. We’ll stop at the incredible Huka Falls, where you’ll shortly see why its New Zealand’s most visited and photographed natural attraction! 

Day 3. - Huka Falls

Day 3. - Choose your day in Taupo:

Choose your day in Taupo:

Enjoy the water activities in Taupo

The Great Lake Taupo has plenty of enjoyable water activities on offer from; kayaking, jet boating, jet skiing, white water rafting, parasailing, water skiing and wakeboarding. One of Taupo’s many natural wonders are some incredible Maori Rock Carvings that you can go and see either by taking a scenic cruise or sailing, while getting to enjoy beautiful panoramic views of the lake.

Fishermen and fisherwomen could enjoy a fishing charter around Lake Taupo. Or if you want to visit the ‘Trout Fishing Capital of New Zealand’ then we can head out of town to Turangi so you can experience the very best that New Zealand trout and fly fishing has to offer.

Choose your day in Taupo:

Take a leisurely pace

Taupo offers plenty of delicious wine and cuisine as well as boutique shopping if you are looking for a more relaxed afternoon. We can visit the iconic Huka Prawn Park if you’d like some mouth-watering prawn dishes for lunch.

For golf players, there are a range of courses for you to play on, including the famous Wairakei Golf & Sanctuary, which is one of the most popular golfing destinations in New Zealand. Or for anyone who’s interested you can try the Hole in One Challenge where you have to hit a golf ball 100 metres over the lake and onto a floating pontoon.

If you want to relax after a busy day exploring Taupo we can take you to one of its many thermal hot pools, where you can enjoy the beautiful surroundings as you unwind. 

Day 3. - Choose your day in Taupo:

Day 3. - Choose your day in Taupo:

Choose your day in Taupo:

Experience the thrill

There are some world-class mountain biking tracks you could spend the day exploring or for the adventurous, there is also bungy jumping, skydiving, and quad biking. You can take a scenic flight on a helicopter or floatplane for a spectacular viewing experience. Accommodation in Taupo.

Day 4.

Choose your day:

Trek Tongariro National Park

You can spend today exploring the best of Taupo or if you are interested, we can take a day trip and make our way to New Zealand’s oldest national park - Tongariro National Park which stretches around three active volcanoes, Ruapehu, Ngauruhoe and Tongariro.

Tongariro National Park is home to the famous Tongariro Alpine Crossing, the best one-day hike in New Zealand and one of the best in the world. This trek features phenomenal volcanic scenery, where you will walk across a landscape of craters, lava flows, active volcanoes, mountain springs and emerald lakes and marvel at the stunning views of Lake Taupo and Mt Taranaki. The park also offers shorter walks to waterfalls and stunning volcanic features which may be more suitable for some people.

Day 4. - Choose your day:

Day 4. - Choose your day:

Choose your day:

Add a little adventure to your day

Add a little adventure to your day

Partake in some white water rafting, kayaking, fly fishing or mountain biking while getting to explore the diverse and incredible landscape. Golf players may like to play a round at Waiouru golf course, New Zealand’s highest 18-hole golf course and has stunning views of Mt Ruapehu, Mt Ngauruhoe and Mt Tongariro from various parts of the course.

During the winter months you have the option of skiing or snowboarding at any of our three ski fields that Mount Ruapehu has to offer. Two of these ski fields are the largest in New Zealand and provide a wide range of terrain, from beginners to advanced skiers and snowboarders. 

Choose your day:

Have your own Lord of the Rings experience

Lord of the Rings fans, we can organise an incredible tour for you where you can visit some of the locations where the trilogy was shot. Locations throughout Tongariro National Park were used and is home to Mordor, Mount Doom and Emyn Muil. You can also visit the Mangawhero Falls where Gollum caught a fish in the pool at the top of these, and see the locations of Orc Country, Ithilien Camp, the door of Sammath Naur, and the Sea of Boulders. 

Day 4. - Choose your day:

Day 4. - Choose your day:

Choose your day:

Book a scenic flight

You can’t miss taking a scenic flight over Tongariro National Park that will allow you to see into the live craters of 3 mountains and provide you with breathtaking views of the national park's dramatic landscape including some incredible coloured mineral lakes that are situated on the mountains. Accommodation in Taupo.

Day 5 & 6

Wellington Waterfront

Spend the morning by the waterfront

We can explore the waterfront a number of ways including by bike, roller skate or simply have a wander and explore the many unique shops, and take your pick from a range of cafes, restaurants and bars for a bite to eat or a refreshing drink. Keep your eyes peeled for inspiring artworks dotted along the waterfront.

If you want to get out and paddle around in the harbour instead you can hire a kayak, stand up paddle board or even a pedal boat. 

Day 5 & 6 - Wellington Waterfront

Day 5 & 6 - Te Papa

Te Papa

Uncover the history of the city

We can also stop off along the way at Te Papa, our innovative national museum where you can enjoy the interactive displays showcasing New Zealand’s fascinating history, art, and indigenous people.

You’ll also be able to see New Zealand’s largest and grandest wooden building! We can also visit the breathtaking Old St Paul’s, an 1866 wooden cathedral which is one of New Zealand’s greatest heritage buildings and is one of the best examples of Gothic Revival architecture in the world. 

If you are interested we can explore key parts of Parliament's buildings including the Beehive and learn about New Zealand’s parliamentary processes.

Explore the city

Cuba Street, Wellington Cable Car and Zealandia

Visit Cuba Street which provides an inner city slice of Bohemia with plenty of culinary and creative soul and provides a unique place to shop or dine! 

We can take a ride up the iconic and historic Wellington cable car which climbs up to the Botanic Garden and provides incredible views of the city and harbour! 

We can visit Zealandia, home to some of New Zealand’s most rare and extraordinary wildlife and is thriving in a protected sanctuary set around a picturesque reservoir. 

Day 5 & 6 - Explore the city

Day 5 & 6 - Weta Workshop

Weta Workshop

For lovers of cinema

A must visit for Lord of the Rings fans is Weta Workshop for a unique behind the scenes look at how they help craft some of the world’s biggest films. You can get up close to props, vehicles, armour and weapons that were crafted for movies like; Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit, King Kong, The Chronicles of Narnia and more! Accommodation in Wellington

Day 7.

Day 7.

Stay in Wellington or return to Auckland

After spending two nights in Wellington, choose to stay in Wellington or return to Auckland with us.

Day 7. - Day 7.