Thermal Explorer Highway
Whether freedom camping or traveling by car and staying in hosted accommodation, the close proximity of many of the North Island's top attractions means road travel is one of the most convenient and easiest ways to see and do it all.
Road tripping gives you the flexiblility to travel at your own pace and change your itinerary to suit how you feel on the day. So gather up the family, or get hold of a few mates for a holiday road trip you will want to do again and again!
This 4 day itinerary starts in Auckland. Firstly head south to the Hobbiton Movie Set. Hobbiton continues to be a big drawcard for international visitors and if you're a local and haven't been there yet, now's your chance. Continue the road south towards Rotorua. Rotorua is famous for bubbling mud, spouting geysers and colourful sinter terraces. The geothermal wonders of the region provide for a range of spa and wellness therapies, using the healing properties of locally sourced volcanic mud.
There are a great range of accommodation options in Rotorua, whether you are looking for a little luxury, something more cost effective, or something in between. Day 2 of the itinerary is packed with adventure that will leave you grinning. Agroventures, OGO, Skyline Rotorua, Kawarau Jet and Duck Tours are just a few of the 'must do' activities before continuing your journey on to Taupō.
Experience the thrill of a Kawarau Jet Boat Tour visiting the iconic Mokoia Island where Tutanekai played his flute for Hinemoa.
After staying overnight and enjoying the spectacular scenery of Lake Taupō, head over to Napier, the Art Deco capital of New Zealand. Alternatively, make your way back to Rotorua and experience a hangi feast and Māori culture performance.
On day 4 before you begin your journey back to Auckland, book a trip with the award winning Rotorua Canopy Tours. This eco-tour suits everyone from the mild or extreme adventurer to the conservative conservationist.
For more to do during your road trip visit www.newzealand.com/thermal-explorer