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6 Day Auckland to Wellington via Waitomo Caves and Taranaki Private ONE WAY Tour

Experience the best of what the west coast of New Zealand’s North Island has to offer. The mixture of stunning natural scenery and wide range of activities both adventurous and relaxing gives you plenty of options to choose from. See the incredible locations that have been sets for major films and journey through some interesting New Zealand history.
  • Enjoy a middle-earth adventure at the Hobbiton Movie Set
  • Explore one of New Zealand’s most iconic and sacred rivers
  • Visit the incredible Waitomo Glowworm Caves
  • Explore the spectacular ‘Garden of New Zealand’, including seeing Mount Taranaki, one of the world’s most perfectly formed volcanoes
  • Enjoy the drive along the spectacular Surf Highway 45
  • Spend some time exploring the vibrant capital city of New Zealand
6 Day Auckland to Wellington via Waitomo Caves and Taranaki Private ONE WAY Tour
TIME Unlimited Tours6 Day Auckland to Wellington via Waitomo Caves and Taranaki Private ONE WAY Tour
TIME Unlimited Tours6 Day Auckland to Wellington via Waitomo Caves and Taranaki Private ONE WAY Tour
TIME Unlimited Tours6 Day Auckland to Wellington via Waitomo Caves and Taranaki Private ONE WAY Tour
TIME Unlimited Tours6 Day Auckland to Wellington via Waitomo Caves and Taranaki Private ONE WAY Tour
TIME Unlimited Tours6 Day Auckland to Wellington via Waitomo Caves and Taranaki Private ONE WAY Tour
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Detailed itinerary

Day 1: We pick you up in Auckland and head south 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.

We depart Hobbiton and head to Sanctuary Mountain which is the largest pest-proof project in the world and is now home to many rare and threatened New Zealand plants, insects, birds and fish, which are all now thriving in the rejuvenated lush forest.

From here we head to Cambridge which is known as ‘the town of trees and champions’. This is because of its majestic tree-lined town and some of the world's best racehorses have been bred here. There are plenty of parks and gardens that provide a stunning range of colours as the seasons change and are a good place to enjoy a picnic or a leisurely stroll. Or you can wander around the boutique shops and cafes. You could visit the world class Avantidrome and get out riding on the track or just admire the impressive facility.

Cambridge is home to two of New Zealand’s most beautiful waterways, the ‘mighty’ Waikato River and Lake Karapiro, so if you feel like swimming, rowing, kayaking, jet boating, cruising or fishing these are all available within minutes from the town centre.

Accommodation in Cambridge.

Day 2: On the way to our next destination you have the option of stopping at either one of two locations, or even stop at both if you are interested. The first option is 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?

The other option is visiting The Hobbit Film Location, Hairy Feet. You can take a guided tour through the stunning Mangaotaki Valley which became the location for Trollshaws Forest in The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. You’ll get to see where a range of scenes were filmed, get photos taken in the exact spot where characters like Bilbo stood, and hear some behind the scenes stories about the film-making process!

If you prefer, we can leave Cambridge and head straight to the dynamic west coast region of Taranaki which is known as ‘The Garden of New Zealand’ with its rich volcanic soil and warm environment the gardens are truly spectacular.

Accommodation in the Taranaki region.

Day 3: Choose what you’d like to do from the range of wonderful options that allow you to enjoy the best of what Taranaki has to offer.

There are a number of gardens with a diverse range of landscapes and unique plant collections we can visit, including Pukepukra Park, Hollard Gardens and Tupare which are well worth exploring the displays of native and exotic specimens.

Egmont National Park is home to Mount Taranaki, New Zealand’s most perfectly formed volcano which offers plenty of walks through lush rainforests, to waterfalls and eroded rock pools, and spectacular views. We can help arrange the most suitable walk for you if you are interested in exploring some natural beauty. In winter, the mountain offers skiing or snowboarding.

The region has plenty of fantastic golf courses to choose from and no matter where you wish to play, all have guaranteed views of the mountain – provided the weather cooperates.
There is also an amazing collection of museums that are worth visiting if you want to gain some insight to Taranaki’s interesting history. Puke Ariki highlights specific aspects of the region’s culture. Tawhiti Museum is often described as New Zealand’s best private museum and uses hand-crafted life size exhibits and scale models to take you along on an incredible journey through Taranaki’s history.

You can unwind and relax at Taranaki thermal spa, enjoying a private pool and massage if you really want to indulge.
You can also take a heli tour for an unforgettable day enjoying incredible views and landing at an isolated waterfall where you can swim, walk or simply enjoy the tranquillity. Before returning back to base for a celebratory drink, enjoy a delicious feast!

Accommodation in the Taranaki region.

Day 4: We depart Taranaki and here you have a few choices of stopping along the way if you’d like. If you are interested we can drive the spectacular Surf Highway 45 where you can enjoy the views of the coastline and the pumping surf. We can stop off at the westernmost point of Taranaki, at the Cape Egmont Lighthouse which is surrounded by beautiful scenery so be sure to have your cameras ready!

We can then stop off at Whanganui, home to the Whanganui River which is New Zealand’s longest navigable waterway. If you like you can explore the Whanganui River by jet boat, kayak, and canoe or just take a stroll alongside it without getting wet. You could even cruise on the PS Waimarie, the only operating coal-fired paddle steamer in New Zealand. You can ride the historic Durie Hill elevator, built in 1919 it is only one of two earth-bound elevators in the world! At the top you can enjoy stunning views of the city, the mountains and the Tasman Sea. Or you can climb the War Memorial Tower right beside it for even more incredible views! You could also explore the Whanganui Regional Museum and enjoy the outstanding collection of Maori treasures.

If you prefer, we can depart Taranaki and head straight to the capital of New Zealand, Wellington, known for its arts, culture, heritage and natural beauty. There’s plenty to see and do here and you’ll have a great two days exploring the very best Wellington has to offer. We’ll take a drive to the summit of Mount Victoria for you to enjoy the spectacular 360° views of Wellington.

Accommodation in Wellington.

Day 5: 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. 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. 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.

There is plenty of time for us to visit New Zealand’s ‘coolest street’ - 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! If you are interested we can explore key parts of Parliament's buildings including the Beehive and learn about New Zealand’s parliamentary processes. 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.

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!

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.

Accommodation in Wellington.

Day 6: We are happy to leave you in Wellington or drop you off at Wellington Airport, or if you’d prefer you can come back to Auckland with us.

Rate Information: (NZ$)

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

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

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

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

Please note: Accommodation, attractions/entry fees and meals are not included and are at your own cost however we are more than happy to provide you with recommendations and arrange these for you.

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.
6 Day Auckland to Wellington via Waitomo Caves and Taranaki Private ONE WAY Tour
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Additional Information

Tour Inclusions:

Pick-up and drop-off services, our knowledgeable and friendly professional guiding services in a Luxury Vehicle, all guide and vehicle expenses including guide accommodation and guide meals. All taxes are also included. Our Experienced Host-Guides (Kaiarahi) not only become your local host but can lead you to popular local places and share with you our knowledge of New Zealand’s special cultures, cuisine, cityscapes and coastlines along with its unique flora and fauna.

All our private tours can be customised further specially for you. Any of our private tours can start from the final location instead and be enjoyed travelling the other way.         

Please bring: Please bring comfortable clothing/shoes for changeable weather, sun protection, any personal medication, your camera and a smile! Where possible we encourage you to leave behind any unnecessary valuable items.

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:

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 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 at your designated accommodation, airport, cruise ship or other location. Please specify the location when booking. When pickup is from a designated meeting place including cruise ship terminal or airport, we would really appreciate receiving our guest’s mobile phone number with the booking. This helps us greatly to locate our guests just in case 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.
6 Day Auckland to Wellington via Waitomo Caves and Taranaki Private ONE WAY 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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