5 Day Rotorua & Waitomo Explorer

5 Day Rotorua & Waitomo Explorer

Explore the geothermal region of Rotorua on this relaxing 5 day tour of the North Island of New Zealand. On your return to Auckland visit the world renowned Waitomo Glowworm Caves.

Book and pay your deposit by 31 December 2018 to receive a 5% discount off your tour price for this month

Tour Info

Tour Type: Self Drive Tours
From: Auckland to Auckland
Departures: May 2018 to March 2019
Price:
From (NZD) $937 per person
Tour Operator: Relaxing Journeys
Duration: 5 Days
Tour Code: GNRW

Inclusions

4 nights accommodation
Rental vehicle of your choice including airport collection charges
Maori Mitai Cultural Evening with traditional Feast
Admission to Te Puia's Geothermal Valley
Admission to Skyline Skyrides
Relax at the Polynesian Spa
Waitomo Glowworm Caves
Travel wallet, comprehensive customised itinerary, bound map book, accommodation & activity vouchers and local travel guides

Conditions

Prices are per person based on twin-share, and are subject to availability. Prices are correct at the time of submission but are subject to change without notice. Valid for travel May 2018 – March 2019. Blackout periods may apply. A non-refundable deposit of $500 per person is required at time of booking.

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Book and pay your deposit by 31 December 2018 to receive a 5% discount off your tour price for this month

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Day by Day Tour Itinerary

Day 1
Arrive Auckland

Welcome to Auckland! Once you’ve moved through customs and collected your baggage, it’s time to sign for your rental car and check-in at your accommodation. You’ve landed on the doorstep of New Zealand’s largest city, an idyllic setting overlooking the forested Waitakere Ranges, the sheltered Manukau Harbour and the island-studded Hauraki Gulf to the north.

No wonder over a million people choose to live here! Beautiful beaches and dreamy offshore islands are just half an hour from the city. In fact, the sea is so much a part of the place that an unusually high number of people own their own boats giving the city its moniker of the ‘City of Sails’.

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Day 2
Auckland - Rotorua

Head south on State Highway 1 to the city of Rotorua. Perhaps you’d like to take the opportunity to visit Hobbiton. The Lord of the Rings trilogy and the Hobbit movie series were filmed on picturesque private farmland near Matamata. There are spectacular views across to the Kaimai Ranges from the rolling green hills of the farm, which is a working sheep and beef unit. The Hobbiton movie set has been completely rebuilt and will remain as it was seen in The Lord of the Rings film trilogy.

This evening you will be picked up and taken to the Mitai Village for a unique and unforgettable cultural experience. Be enthralled by the natural bush setting, see warriors in traditional dress paddle an ancient warrior canoe (waka) down the Wai-o-whiro stream and see glowworms in their natural habitat. See your traditionally cooked hangi meal being lifted from the ground. During the cultural performance, you’ll learn about New Zealand’s past, carvings and ta moko (tattoo art). (D) (2 nights)

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Day 3
Rotorua Sightseeing

Rotorua has been known for its geothermal activity for over 150 years and today you are able to see, feel, smell and hear some of this wonder of nature. At Te Puia, experience the raw power of Te Whakarewarewa geothermal valley with bubbling mud pools, steaming vents and the world famous Pohutu Geyser.

Take a journey into the heart of Maori culture, arts and crafts. Then take a ride on the 8 seater gondola which climbs up the side of Mt Ngongotaha and experience Rotorua’s most spectacular views with Skyline Skyrides. This is a fun, all age, all weather attraction with views of the City and Lake Rotorua.

You can have lunch here at the café or restaurant, and enjoy the fresh air a little more if you decide to ride a cart down the Luge. At the end of the day you can relax at the Polynesian Spa where you have the choice of 7 hot mineral spring pools – or upgrade to some wonderful treatments from the Spa such as the Aix Massage.

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Day 4
Rotorua - Waitomo - Auckland

Head north back to Auckland today. On the way stop off at the Waitomo Glowworm Caves (included in the tour price). For over 100 years Waitomo Glowworm Caves have attracted millions of people from all over the world.

The moment you enter this subterranean wonderland you’ll discover an ancient underground labyrinth of limestone caves and grottos. You’ll experience a boat trip like no other, journeying through the starry expanse of the Glowworm Grotto, while your way is lit by a multitude of tiny glowworm lights.

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Day 5
Depart Auckland

Schedule some last-minute sightseeing or shopping before making your way to Auckland airport. Leave your car at the rental depot located at the airport today for your onward flight.

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4.7/5.0

There are 6 reviews of this tour from past clients of Relaxing Journeys, averaging 4.7 out of 5.

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29/05/2018
Highly recommend!! Our tour was fantastic and an excellent value for the price. Marie was very helpful in helping us add on an additional stop on our self-driving tour, and gave us suggestions on when to leave to get to where we needed to be on time. She was also helpful in allowing us to book the rental car for a few days longer as our flight out was not actually at the end of our tour. The hotels were excellent and breakfasts at each place were wonderful (especially Princes Gate in Rotorua!). We ended up needing to rearrange a few things as we spent way to much time in one place to go to the third activity that day. It was very simple to call each place and rearrange our bookings a bit so everything worked out well. There was a small snafu getting the tour package from the rental car company but the company was very helpful and overnighted it to us in Rotorua and we had no issues along the way not having it. Driving through the North Island was a dream and much simpler than expected. Already thinking about when we can go back and what lovely trip Relaxing Journeys can help us with! Many thank yous!
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25/03/2018
I found the 5-day north island tour very good. Although alot was packed in, I got a very good overview of the best bits and I will definitely be back to see more. The activities you can do are excellent. I found the Maori Cultural evening excellent and a must for any traveller. Mani was very helpful and even added on my trip to Hobbiton with a couple days notice. I would highly recommend this self-drive tour as you see alot of the fantastic scenery and the option of Kruse GPS was helpful as gave good local history to areas you drive through. Thank you for all your work into making my trip such a fantastic one that has left me wanting to return and discover more that New Zealand has to offer.
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30/12/2016
Excellent and easy to follow details for the trip. Felt like we were really on vacation because we just had to do what the instructions told us to do. No issues at any of the stops with any of the reservations or vouchers etc. Vehicle worked out well. Had to remind Thrifty about the picking up the package. LOVED the Kruse GPS. (Sending them a separate email) There was one issue with the address for Hobbiton and the GPS. The address doesn't actually come up in Matamata; I think it is Hineura. Had to get instructions from the iSite in Matamata. Not a big issue! I would (and did already!) highly recommend your services. Thank you and special thanks to Marie for her help.
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21/12/2016
Mani was very accommodating and responsive to deal with! and so was Sally! Wish we had more time in NZ! It was a good balance between pre-planned activities and self planning and free time. Thankfully Mani knew what activities to book for us before we even knew! Loved, loved the Princes Gate Hotel, and the variety of all hotels booked. If anything could be improved, I supposed perhaps defining the hotels that we could choose from would be great, i.e. heritage vs modern. Would definitely use Relaxing Journeys again. Mani did the "heavy lifting" that I would normally have done on my own, made it a great vacation. Thanks Mani!
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14/02/2015
Great holiday. We had a ball. The Kruze GPS was brilliant! It made driving so much more enjoyable. The only constructive criticism I would offer is that the 'story' does not stop running when navigation instructions are being given - it keeps playing, unheard, in the background. This means that you miss the bits.
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28/10/2014
My husband and I had an amazing time in New Zealand after booking our honeymoon through Relaxing Journeys. Our travel consultant Toni made everything easy with constant emails letting us know what we had to do and providing useful information about NZ. The only thing I would recommend is to get the GPS with your hire car. We didn't have it and it made things a bit difficult for our first trip to NZ :)
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Tour Code: GNRW
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