LT39D3 Hobbiton, Rotorua, Taupo & Waitomo – Self Drive (3 Days / 2 Nights) Itinerary Five


(per adult)

This three day / two night self drive touring option allows you to explore south of Auckland to Rotorua, Lake Taupo and the Tongariro National Park at your leisure. There are options available for a host of attractions in Rotorua and Lake Taupo. All can be pre-booked through the booking menu

• Hobbiton
• Rotorua with many optional attractions
• Lake Taupo
• Waitomo Caves
• 2 Night Four Star Hotel Accommodation
• 3 Day Car Hire SDAR Car – Toyota Corolla or similar

Day One Auckland – Hobbiton – Rotorua
Collect your rental vehicle from either Auckland Airport or a downtown location and depart Auckland and travel by road to Rotorua via Hobbiton, the farm that has been transformed for The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit movie set. Tour fairy-tale landscapes of the Shire, see 44 hobbit holes, the Mill and double arch bridge, the party tree and visit the Green Dragon Inn. Admission to Hobbiton is included. On departing Hobbiton your travel continues through the scenic Kaimai Ranges to Rotorua. This evening there is the option of visiting Tamaki Maori Village for an evening of Maori Culture and a hangi dinner. See optional extra on booking menu opposite.

Accommodation: Millennium Hotel Rotorua or similar

Day Two Rotorua – Lake Taupo
Morning at leisure an opportunity to explore  this amazing geothermal world. Not only will you have time to explore the township, the lake and the beautiful Government Gardens but you will also have the opportunity to visit several of the attractions that are located in and around Rotorua, such as Te Puia, the Whakarewarewa Thermal Reserve and Maori Arts and Craft Institute, the thermal valley with the famous Pohutu Geyser, and boiling mud pools. Rainbow Springs and the famous New Zealand kiwi bird. Agrodome, with a tour of a working farm. Watch a sheep being shorn, hand-feed the animals and a sheep dog trial.  The admission to any of these attractions can be purchased at the time of booking, see extras opposite. At your leisure, depart for the 1 hour journey to Lake Taupo, a huge volcanic crater lake, travelling through extensive exotic forests and geothermal areas. Don’t forget to stop at Huka Falls for some amazing photo opportunities or experience the Jet Boating on the Huka River, see options available in the booking menu opposite. Following check into your accommodation you have the remainder of the day at leisure to explore. If you are interested a sightseeing tour of the area can be taken with Paradise Tours, see options available in the booking menu opposite.

Accommodation: Lake Taupo Millennium Hotel and Resort

Day Three Lake Taupo – Waitomo – Auckland
Today depart Taupo and travel south along the shores of Lake Taupo and then across the top of Tongariro National Forest Park with its snow-capped volcanic cone shaped mountains as a backdrop and then north through heavily forested rolling hill country to Waitomo. A guided tour of the Waitomo Caves by boat into the famous Glowworm Grotto, is included in this tour package. Wander through subterranean caverns and see spectacular limestone rock formations. From Waitomo you will continue through the beautiful Waikato region, with its extensive dairy farming to Auckland, where the tour concludes. You can return your rental car to either Auckland Airport or to a downtown Auckland rental location.

Please Note:
The tour pricing is on a twin share basis with up to two adults and two children travelling (children will be sharing the same hotel room as their parents). Should a single person be travelling, then the single person supplement will apply. See extras available on the booking menu.

By adding optional extras at the time of booking you will receive a 10% discount on the extras as well as on the actual booking.

Important Information Regarding Your Vehicle Rental:
1. The vehicle included with this rental is a Standard Size SDAR car, Toyota Corolla or similar
2. There are options to upgrade the vehicle size at the time of booking, see extras available on the booking menu
3. The vehicle comes equipped with Satellite Navigation
4. The standard size vehicle can carry up to 5 people, and up to two large and two small suitcases
5. The vehicle rental has a NZ$575.00 insurance excess for any vehicle damage, regardless of fault. There is the option to purchase vehicle collision damage wavier, reducing the excess to $0, see extras available on the booking menu.

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Tour type: Daily Tour
Duration: 3 days / 2 nights
Maximum number of people: 4
Location: Self Drive – North Island