Arrive in Auckland – the “City of Sails” is New Zealand’s largest city and is bordered by two stunning harbours. Collect your rental car from the airport and make your way to your accommodation.
Relax in Auckland today. Your options include visiting the Sky Tower, the Auckland Zoo, or Sea Life Kelly Tarlton’s Aquarium; venturing to one of Auckland’s stunning beaches or West Auckland wineries; or doing a spot of shopping.
Stay 1 night in Auckland City.
Driving time Auckland to Coromandel Peninsula 187 km / 116 miles, 3 hours
Renowned worldwide as a spectacular holiday destination, with warm white-sand beaches, misty rainforests and wilderness aplenty, the Coromandel is the ideal place to relax and unwind. Relax on the coastline, exploring beaches, volcanic reefs and the world-famous Cathedral Cove!
Stay 2 nights in Whitianga, Coromandel Peninsula.
Discover the excitement and adventure of the Hahei Explorer boat tour to Cathedral Cove – the most photographed beach in New Zealand. Penguins, seals and dolphins are a big favourite when they take time out of their busy schedules to visit the boat. Visit places only accessible by boat, including coastal islands in the marine reserve and spectacular sea caves. When the tide is right you will be taken inside an amazing blowhole 24 metres (80 feet) high – a truly magical place.
Driving time Coromandel Peninsula to Matamata 151 km / 93 miles, 2.5 hours
Make your way to Matamata to discover the real Middle-Earth on the most picturesque private farmland. Near Matamata, visit the Hobbiton Movie Set from the Lord of the Rings film trilogy in a fascinating two-hour guided tour. The set has been completely rebuilt and will remain as it was seen in the films. There are spectacular views across to the Kaimai Ranges from the rolling green hills of the movie set, which is still a working sheep and beef farm. You can relax and soak up the unique atmosphere with a great cup of coffee or a light meal in The Shire’s Rest Café.
Driving time Matamata to Rotorua 67 km / 41 miles, 1 hour
Enjoy the scenic journey to Rotorua, distinguished by Maori culture and geothermal activity. This diverse city will put on a display as you encounter geysers, mud pools, steaming craters and 16 beautiful lakes.
Stay 2 nights in Rotorua.
Relax and explore Rotorua today.
In the evening, enjoy a Maori Cultural Experience including a Hangi Dinner. Hear stories and learn how Maori traditions live on today. Experience an authentic Maori welcome. Watch a challenge by the Maori warriors, a karanga (call) from the Maori women welcoming you onto the marae, and a whaikorero (welcome speech). Relax and enjoy the beautiful waiata (songs), the world renowned haka (challenge), and the elegant poi dance. Learn Maori customs including Maori musical instruments, haka and poi. The dining experience is a culinary opportunity like no other. Following dessert, you will be transported down into the valley to conclude your evening beside the awe-inspiring Pohutu geyser.
Driving time Rotorua to Taupo 76 km / 47 miles, 1 hour
Enjoy the short drive south to Taupo, rich in natural beauty and filled with attractions such as the Huka Falls, incredible bush walks, relaxing boat cruises, and bungy jumping. Option to add on a Peek at the Lake Scenic Floatplane Flight or partake in the famous Great Lake Hole-in-One Golf Challenge.
Stay 2 nights in Taupo.
Relax and explore Taupo today. Taupo is a great lake for water-skiing, sailing and kayaking. The Maori rock carvings at Mine Bay, which can only be seen from the water, make for a great boat trip or kayaking excursion. The forests surrounding the lake offer hiking and mountain biking to suit all levels of experience. Just north of Lake Taupo you’ll find New Zealand’s most visited attraction, the magnificent Huka Falls, where more than 220,000 litres of water thunder over the cliff face every second.
Driving time Taupo to Waitomo Caves 153 km / 95 miles, 2 hours
Venture to the Waitomo Caves, where you will enjoy the Waitomo Glowworm Caves and Ruakuri Caves Combo! Deep underground in the heart of the Waikato are a series of unique caves that will take your breath away. At the Waitomo Glowworm Caves, thousands of tiny glowworms cling to the cave ceiling, creating a starry sky within the underground night. Nearby, the Ruakuri Cave is home to an innovative spiral entrance, echoing waterfalls, and limestone that flows into delicate shawl-like formations.
Driving time Waitomo Caves to Otorohanga 24 km / 14 miles, 20 minutes
After discovering the Waitomo Caves, drive the short distance to Otorohanga, where you will find your beautiful hilltop luxury farm stay. Relax and explore the area in the afternoon; this peaceful and quiet location has panoramic views of extinction volcanoes, rolling hills and green valleys. While you enjoy your time on a working farm, explore the farmland and visit the animals, with the option to do a scenic farm tour and drive through the family farm.
Stay 2 nights near Waitomo (Otorohanga) at a Farm Stay with full cooked gourmet breakfast and continental breakfast.
Relax and explore Otorohanga today. This peaceful and quiet location has panoramic views of extinct volcanoes, rolling hills and green valleys. While you spend time on a working farm, explore the farmland and visit the animals, with the option to do a scenic farm tour.
Driving time Otorohanga to Auckland 198 km / 123 miles, 3 hours
Drive back to Auckland at your leisure. Relax in Auckland for the afternoon or join the crew and enjoy an America’s Cup Sailing experience, a must-do attraction in Auckland where you spend 2 hours out on the harbour on an actual America’s Cup yacht!
Stay 1 night in Auckland City.
Drop off your rental car at Auckland Airport and depart Auckland.
For more information about New Zealand Farm Stays, read our informative blog: What is the best farm stay in New Zealand? New Zealand Travel Organiser can custom-design the perfect New Zealand holiday inclusive of your choice of farm stays.
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