Auckland - Auckland in 8 days (1600km)


Day 1 - Auckland

Visit the Auckland Museum and see a live Maori performance; see real live penguins and take a journey beneath the ocean at Kelly Tarltons Underwater World and Antarctic Encounter; Shop market style at Victoria Park and Oriental Markets, or in style in one of Auckland's central shopping areas.

Overnight: Remuera Motor Lodge - Auckland

 

Day 2 - Auckland to Bay of Islands

241kms / 3hrs 30mins

Heading north you pass through the majestic Waipoua Kauri Forest, then up to Paihia. More than 144 islands dot the bay itself, with many of them privately owned and uninhabited. The water offers superb diving, fishing, and leisure cruising. Take a cruise to historic Russell (New Zealand's first capital city) or visit Waitangi National Reserve.

Overnight: Bay of Islands Holiday Park - Paihia

 

Day 3 - Bay of Islands

A day of leisure - perhaps take a bus trip up to Cape Reinga which is the Northern most point in New Zealand, where the coach drives along the famous 90 Mile Beach. Or take a trip out amongst the Bay of Islands itself, swim with the dolphins or try your hand at fishing.

 

Day 4 - Bay of Islands to Auckland

241kms / 3hrs 30mins

Stop off at the Matakohe Kauri Museum, where you can see how the Northland region began with its Kauri milling. There are some beautiful beaches on the coastline north of Warkworth and Wellsford, worth a look if you have the time.

Overnight: Orewa Beach Holiday Park - Orewa

 

Day 5 - Auckland via Waitomo to Rotorua

360 kms / 6hrs

View a glow-worm grotto in the Waitomo Caves; or for more adventurous, tackle The Lost World - starting off with a three hundred feet abseil into an enormous, surreal hole in the ground followed by navigation through spectacular underground caves.

 

Waitomo to Rotoura 161km / 2hrs 45 mins

Overnight: Holdens Bay Holiday Park - Rotorua

 

Day 6 - In and Around Rotorua

Take a guided tour of the incredible Te Whakarewarewa Thermal Reserve and see carvers at work at the Maori Arts and Crafts Institute; visit Waiotapu Thermal Reserve with its famous geysers and beautiful pools; see rainbow trout and a fantastic farm show at Rainbow Springs and Farm Show.

 

Day 7 - Rotorua to Taupo

82kms / 1hr 20mins

A short drive from Rotorua lies Taupo, another beautiful lake with many action packed activities to keep you occupied. See the Huka Falls, some of New Zealand's most spectacular falls, and visit the freshwater prawn farm that lies at the base of the falls. Must be time for lunch here ... followed by a jet boat ride back up the river. Or take time out and try some fishing out on the lake itself.

Overnight: Lake Taupo Holiday park - Taupo

 

Day 8 - Taupo to Auckland

279km / 4hrs

A very pleasant journey through the Waikato region; take time to view the many farms and horse studs that litter this countryside.

Overnight: Remuera Motor Lodge - Auckland

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