- Kayak past thousands of glowworms in Mangapapa Canyon
- Tour the picturesque Hobbiton set from "The Lord of the Rings"
- Hike the most famous one-day route in the country
- Take a LOTR-themed tour around Wellington
|Day 1||Arrive in Auckland, Explore||Auckland|
|Day 2||Transfer to Tauranga, Glowworm Kayak Tour||Tauranga|
|Day 3||Transfer to Rotorua, Hobbiton Movie Set Tour||Rotorua|
|Day 4||Visit the Geothermal Wonders of Wai-O-Tapu||Rotorua|
|Day 5||Transfer to Ohakune via Tongariro National Park||Ohakune|
|Day 6||Transfer to Martinborough & Wine Country||Martinborough|
|Days 7-9||Transfer to Wellington, LOTR Tours, Cable Cars & Museums||Wellington|
|Day 10||Transfer to Auckland, Free Day in the City||Auckland|
|Day 11||Depart Auckland|
Day 1: Arrive in Auckland & Explore
Welcome to Auckland! After your flight to New Zealand's North Island, you'll have the rest of the day to yourself to spend how you'd like. Take time to relax at your hotel or head out into the most populous city in the country. There is much to do and see in the "Big Little City."
Day 2: Transfer to Tauranga, Glowworm Kayak Tour
Today, head south from Auckland to Tauranga, a harborside city in the Bay of Plenty region. The city has attractions to delight any type of traveler. Take the bridge across the water to Mount Maunganui, a chill beach town perfect for surfing, or take a hike to the dormant volcano Mauao or scenic McLaren Falls. If history's your thing, consider visiting the 17th-century Elms Mission Station. If shopping is more your speed, The Stand along the waterfront is packed with cafés, restaurants, and nightclubs.
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Day 3: Transfer to Rotorua, Hobbiton Movie Set Tour
You'll spend the next two nights of your trip in Rotorua, a city known for its geothermal activity. During your free time today, consider exploring the Buried Village, an excavated town that was once covered in the wake of the 1886 eruption of Mount Tarawera, or the thermal pools and geysers at Hell's Gates. Outside of geothermal attractions, Rotorua is home to the Rainbow Springs Animal Park, dedicated to protecting kiwi birds, and the Redwood Forest, an ideal place to mountain bike.
Day 4: Visit the Geothermal Wonders of Wai-O-Tapu
No trip to Rotorua would be complete without a visit to Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, a traveler-friendly way to experience one of the largest, most colorful geothermal systems in New Zealand. Walk along the trails and observe fascinating volcanic formations, like sulfur ponds, mud pools, and geysers. Here, timing is everything—get to the reserve by 10:15 to see Lady Knox Geyser erupt to heights as tall as 33 to 66 feet (10 to 20 m).
Day 5: Transfer to Okahune via Tongariro National Park
Today's adventure takes you into the wilds of Tongariro National Park, the oldest national park in New Zealand. A dual UNESCO World Heritage Site for culture and nature, the is the place to hike on the North Island. The park features three volcanoes—Ruapehu, Tongariro, and Ngauruhoe—and a number of Māori religious sites.
While you could take a quick hike here, the most famous one-day hike, the Tongariro Alpine Crossing, may be well worth the six-to-eight-hour trip. You'll pass hot springs, turquoise lakes, and stunning views of the park below. When you've had your fill of hiking, continue to the small town of Okahuneon on the fringes of the park for the night.
Day 6: Transfer to Martinborough & Wine Country
Days 7-9: Transfer to Wellington, LOTR Tours, Cable Cars & Museums
You'll spend the next two days in New Zealand's vibrant capital city of Wellington. First up is a Lord of the Rings-inspired half-day tour of the city and surrounding area. A guide will lead you to Mount Victoria Lookout for gorgeous views of the whole city before taking you down to the pine forest where several scenes from "The Fellowship of the Ring" were shot. Later, head to Miramar, the suburban hub of Wellington's film industry, for a visit to the Weta Cave, home to iconic memorabilia from the production of the films.There's no shortage of things to do in the capital city even after this comprehensive tour. Explore via the City to Sea Walkway that cuts across the city streets to the coast or the Wellington Cable Car, the funicular that connects the city center with Kelburn, a suburb in the hills. Along the way, stop by The Beehive, the executive wing of the country's parliament buildings, the lovely Botanic Gardens, or the world-class Te Papa National Museum.
Day 10: Transfer to Auckland, Free Day in the City
Day 11: Depart Auckland
After an unforgettable trip across the North Island, it's time to say goodbye to New Zealand and take your international flight to your next destination. Safe travels!
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