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7 Day Coast, Caves & Geysers

Relaxing Journeys Independent Coach Tour starting in Auckland and finishing in Auckland

Tour Description

A leisurely independent coach tour to the Coromandel & Rotorua from Auckland. Along with many included activities in Rotorua, experience a guided tour of Cathedral Cove & Hot Water Beach - two unique popular natural attractions on the east coast of the North Island.

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Independent Tour Information
  • Independent New Zealand Tours

    Independent tours are an ideal way to explore New Zealand if you don't wish to drive. We pre-book all your travel arrangements including coach, rail and ferry transport, accommodation, transfers between your transport and key sightseeing activities. We can add and take off days in the middle, start or end of your tour and you can choose whether to add breakfasts. While the coaches do not have dedicated tour guides, the multi-talented coach drivers provide excellent onboard commentary.

  • Accommodation Levels

    Your tour accommodation is in specially chosen properties, centrally located and of a high standard. Choose from 3 levels of accommodation on every itinerary! Motels & Apartments, Mid Range Hotels & Premium Hotels. All accommodation is subject to availability at the time of booking so get in early!

  • Daily Departures

    Our independent coach tours operate every day, using regular coach, train, airline and ferry services. This provides you with excellent flexibility when planning your tour to fit in with your flights and any other holiday arrangements.

  • Coastal Pacific Train Journey

    If your itinerary includes the Coastal Pacific train, then please be aware it does not operate from May to September and will be replaced by a coach journey during this period. This amendment to the itinerary is factored into our winter pricing.

  • Coach Commentary

    Coaches do not have dedicated tour guides, however the multi-talented coach drivers provide excellent onboard commentary on most routes. There are a few of routes between cities in NZ where no commentary is provided. See FAQ's below for a list of routes without commentary.

  • Transfers

    We organise all your transfers and these are are by shuttle service. If you'd prefer to be picked up by a private driver service please request this at time of booking as prices are not too much more in most cases.

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Tour Itinerary - Day by Day
  • Day1

    Arrive in Auckland

    Welcome to Auckland, New Zealand’s largest city and a hub for shopping and dining. On arrival you will be met and transferred to your accommodation. Auckland has so much to offer, from deserted islands just off the coast, lush native bush out west, and sophisticated inner city streets ideal for shopping and dining. Take some time to explore Auckland's vibrant waterfront this afternoon, and even better if time permits add an extra day in Auckland to experience a slice of what this city has to offer.

    Motels & Apartments: Quest Auckland
    Mid Range: Scenic Hotel Auckland
    Premium: SkyCity Hotel Auckland

  • Day2

    Auckland - Coromandel Peninsula (2 nights)

    Join your coach this morning for your scenic drive to Whitianga on the Coromandel Peninsula. Leaving Auckland behind, you will climb over the Bombay Hills and onto the alluvial flatland of the Hauraki Plains at the foot of the Coromandel Peninsula. Your coach will make a short stop in Thames so you can stretch your legs before you embark on the wonderful coastline drive overlooking the 'Firth of Thames'. Pass through the old gold mining township of Coromandel before climbing over the peninsula to the stunning views of the Whangapoua Harbour. Continue on to Whitianga through the rugged and wild landscapes of craggy mountains and native flora.

    Motels & Apartments: Beachside Resort
    Mid Range: Beachside Resort
    Premium: Beachside Resort

  • Day3

    Cathedral Cove & Hot Water Beach Tour

    This is a great way to explore the most popular natural attractions on the Coromandel Peninsula. From the beach town of Whitianga you venture off and discover the beauty of the surrounding coastlines. From Hahei, walk to Cathedral Cove, an idyllic beach framed by a massive natural rock arch. You can enhance your experience on this pristine Marine Reserve by choosing one of the optional activities: kayaking, snorkelling, diving or glass bottom boat (additional fares apply). Next stop visit Hot Water Beach where you can dig into the sand and sit in naturally heated pools!

  • Day4

    Coromandel - Rotorua (2 nights)

    Board your coach this morning and relax and enjoy the beautiful scenery on your journey to Rotorua. Pass through the quaint town of Paeroa “world famous in New Zealand” and the home of the L&P softdrink, unique to NZ. On your journey you will pass through Matamata well known for its thoroughbred industry, dairy farming heritage, and more recently as one of the locations for the filming of the Lord of the Rings trilogy. You will arrive into Rotorua at midday for your two night stay. Tonight you will attend a hangi (feast) and concert, an authentic and intimate Maori experience. (D)

    Motels & Apartments: BK's Rotorua Motor Lodge
    Mid Range: Sudima Hotel Lake Rotorua
    Premium: Millennium Rotorua

  • Day5


    Rotorua captures the best of New Zealand all in one place. This morning you will experience Maori culture and the amazing thermal wonderland at Te Puia. Te Puia is also home to the Arts and Crafts Institute where the ancient teachings of Maori ancestors have been preserved and continue to thrive. Continue on to the Rainbow Springs Nature Park, an attraction like no other. Set in 22 acres of beautiful native trees and streams you will see a huge variety of New Zealand’s most precious inhabitants including the Kiwi Conservation Centre. New Zealand’s thriving agricultural industry is on show at the Agrodome, where you will witness a sheep shearing display and sheep dog trials.

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  • Day6

    Rotorua - Waitomo Glowworm Caves - Auckland

    After an early morning departure from Rotorua you'll be travelling west through lush farmland towards Waitomo. Enjoy a guided tour through the world famous Waitomo Glowworm Caves with their amazing stalactites, stalagmites and other limestone formations. After the tour you will continue on to Auckland arriving in the city mid-afternoon.

    Motels & Apartments: Quest Auckland
    Mid Range: Scenic Hotel Auckland
    Premium: SkyCity Hotel Auckland

  • Day7

    Depart Auckland

    Your quick tour to our shores has come to an end. We hope that you have thoroughly enjoyed your experiences in Rotorua and the Coromandel. Today you will be met at your accommodation and transferred to the airport for your onward journey.

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Tour Reviews

View all 2 reviews of this tour from past clients of Relaxing Journeys, averaging 4.5 out of 5.

  • 4Some accommodation not up to expectation.

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    - 18/12/2017
  • 5From my arrival, to my final checkout everything was arranged and it all happened exactly as described in my itinerary. As a solo traveller on an independent tour I was on a different schedule to anyone else, but the hotels were very friendly and helpful. The public bus drivers exceptional, always making sure I knew where to get on/off and pick up the next bus. The tours were excellent (although I would have liked a bit more time at the locations) and the guides knowledgable and informative. I would recommend this tour to anyone happy to travel on their own and then join other groups for excursions.

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    - 01/10/2014

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