Thermal North Island
The Thermal North island itinerary offers a glimpse of what you can see and do in a short space of time during your visit to the North Island. Highlights include the famous Waitomo Glow-worm Caves and the culturally rich Rotorua – the ‘Geothermal Wonderland’ of New Zealand.
5 Day Thermal North Island Itinerary
Day 1 Arrive Auckland, New Zealand Haere mai – welcome to New Zealand! Meet & Greet Service then private transfer from Auckland Airport to your accommodation, Remainder of day at leisure to explore New Zealand’s largest and most cosmopolitan city set around Auckland Harbour.
Day 2 Auckland Sightseeing This morning join a half-day sightseeing tour of Auckland – the ‘City of Sails’ by coach. Your tour explores the lively Viaduct Basin then travels along Tamaki Drive, which runs east past peaceful sheltered bays to Auckland’s most expensive real estate. Enjoy the panoramic city and harbour views from Bastion Point, home to the Sir Michael Savage Memorial and visit the Auckland Domain. Afternoon at leisure.
Day 3 Auckland – Waitomo – Rotorua Today travel south from Auckland to Waitomo. Enjoy a guided tour through the long galleries and lofty chambers of the world famous Waitomo Glowworm Caves. A highlight will be the boat ride through the Glowworm Grotto, illuminated by thousands of tiny lights from the glow worms suspended from the cave ceiling. From Waitomo continue to the thermal wonderland of Rotorua. Set on the shores of Lake Rotorua, this popular tourist town has the most energetic thermal activity in the country with bubbling mud pools, gushing geysers, beautiful coloured hot springs and terrace formations created by mineral water. Rotorua also has a large Maori population whose cultural activities world-renowned.
Day 4 Rotorua – Auckland This morning enjoy a half day city tour of Rotorua. Included in your sightseeing tour are visits to Te Puia and the New Zealand Maori Arts & Crafts Institute where you can view mighty geysers, boiling mud pools, and the traditional arts & culture of the Maori People; Rainbow Springs – a unique showcase of New Zealand’s flora and fauna including New Zealand’s national icon, a kiwi bird; and the Agrodome Sheep Show – an entertaining and animated insight into New Zealand’s farming history. This afternoon depart Rotorua touring through the rich farmland of the Waikato region back into Auckland.
Day 5 Depart Auckland Farewell from New Zealand. Today you are transferred from the hotel to Auckland International Airport for your flight home.
* Itinerary subject to change