4 DAY TOUR: TASTE OF MIDDLE EARTH
Welcome to the Middle Earth
Matamata is a must see if you’re a Lord of the Rings and Hobbit fan. Two hours south of Auckland lies the lush farmland of the Hobbiton Movie set, with more than 44 unique hobbit holes including Bag End (Bilbo’s house). Rotorua is a geothermal city with bubbling mud-pools and a plethora of geysers, natural hot springs and home to a living Māori Village. Fascinating Māori culture, arts, crafts and Māori history is showcased everywhere as well as many adventure activities and experiences.
Marvel at the distinctive landscapes and volcanic activity from this geothermal wonderland!
Day 1 - Auckland - Matamata - Rotorua
Our tour starts by departing Auckland, the ‘City of Sails.’ Today is a wonderful way to get to Rotorua and include a magical journey through Middle-earth. Travel south over the Bombay Hills to the rich farmland of the Waikato region. Our journey takes us through undulating green hills reminding us that we are approaching the Shire.
Before embarking on our Hobbiton tour, we visit the Matamata i-Site to refresh.
On arrival at Shire’s Rest we embark on our Hobbiton movie set tour. This location is the largest “green set” in the world and the only part of the set remaining in New Zealand. We see 44 hobbit holes, the Mill and double arch bridge and the party tree. At this stunning location we can take photos at the gate to Bilbo’s house, “Bag End., looking out over the whole set to the hills in the distance.
The Hobbiton tour ends with a visit to the Green Dragon Inn before continuing to Rotorua. Check in to our accommodation.
This evening we partake in a Maori Hangi (feast) where the Maoris perform a traditional Maori Concert, a true cultural experience and you get to see the world famous Haka.
Day 2 - Rotorua
Today is a rest and relaxation day with time for rehearsals if required.
After your rehearsal, time is devoted to exploring the natural wonders of Rotorua. We visit Te Puia where we will be surrounded by boiling mud pools and gushing Geysers. This afternoon is at leisure for rest, relaxation, rehearsals or more exploration.
Skyline Gondola - ride the leisurely Skyline Gondola to the top of Mount Ngongotaha where you can enjoy panoramic views of Rotorua city, Lake Rotorua and geothermal areas
Luge Rides – for those wanting thrills, once up top the Skyline Gondola, you can choose to luge down the slopes while the rest of us drink coffee/tea and watch the excitement
Skyline Buffet Restaurant – dinner or lunch delicious buffet whilst looking through panoramic windows at the amazing views
Day 3 - Rotorua
Rotorua has too much to offer to not take this opportunity to spend another day in this bustling and fascinating town!
Agrodome Farm Show – The unique New Zealand Farm Experience with animal interaction and wool demonstrations, an introduction into the sheep and dairy industries
Rainbow Springs Nature Park – Set among the native trees and beautiful forests of Rotorua get up close with the wonderful bird, bugs, fish etc; see a real live Kiwi bird, and learn about the flora and fauna.
The Ogo - a playground for thrill-seekers. Roll down hills and courses in clear giant inflatable balls; an iconic adventure experience that will have you laughing uncontrollably.
Redwoods Tree Walk – Stroll high among giants in the majestic 100 year old Redwood forest either by day or night on this short eco-tourism walk, or if you suffer from vertigo, stroll on the ground under the trees. Many customers say “This is one of the best experiences of my life!” Don’t forget your camera!
Geothermal Spas and Natural Hot Springs - The intense geothermal activity in Rotorua means there is no lack of thermal pools. The natural hot springs merge with cold streams or rivers making the ideal temperature to swim or bathe in. Plus, you can even bathe comfortably on a cold day, which makes Rotorua a great spot to check out during New Zealand’s winter.
Day 4 - Rotorua - Taupo - Auckland
After breakfast we check out of accommodation and farewell Rotorua. We board our coach and journey further south to view the Dam gates opening at the Aratiatia Rapids at 10.00am. Tens of Thousands of litres of rushing water create a spectacle popular with all visitors. A unique display of man versus nature. The water is released from the Aratiatia Dam down through the Aratiatia Rapids. This Dam has been generating Hydro power since 1964. The hydro-electricity is solely provided by the Waikato River, New Zealand’s longest river.
We then continue our journey to Huka Falls where you can view from the bridge or take a jetboat ride. From there onwards to Taupo, a tourist town near the centre of New Zealand’s North Island, distinguished by its Lakefront setting. Fishing, boating, swimming, hiking and shopping are all enjoyed by the locals and tourists here.
This afternoon we say our goodbyes to Taupo and head back to Auckland or you’re welcome to talk to us about extending your tour.
Hukafalls Jet boat Rides – a unique combination of thrills, excitement and natural beauty have been thrilling customers since 1990. Nobody gets you closer to the Huka Falls.
Or view some of our other tempting pre-tour or post-tour options
With the whole of New Zealand at your feet we can tailor the perfect package to suit your group. You can combine Short Tours or create an all new bespoke itinerary, you can add in performances along the way or keep it as a relaxing visit to our beautiful country…really the choice is yours…contact us to start making your dream come alive and we will help you create true #momentsthatmatter.
3 DAY TOUR:
Bay of Islands Spectacular
The beautiful Bay of Islands is the perfect place to rest and recuperate from your flight (we can even build in rehearsal to ensure you are pitch perfect). Or add to the end of our tour to wind down post Symposium.
4 DAY TOUR:
Bay of Islands Discovery
If 3 days in the beautiful Bay of Islands just isn’t enough…we can extend your stay in Northland so you can truly experience this incredible and unique part of New Zealand.
7 DAY TOUR:
North Island Natural Wonders
New Zealand has an incredible natural history, get a taste of the truly unique nature of New Zealand on the way south to our capital city!
7 DAY TOUR:
North Island Escape
Your extended tour of the North Island takes in Hobbiton and the Art Deco capital of the world. And you will see some specular scenery on the way! This is a perfect way to wind down post Symposium.
7 DAY TOUR:
South Island Sensations
The spectacular South Island truly is a winter wonderland. You will experience southern hospitality at its best and see the very best the deep south has to offer.
7 DAY TOUR:
Essence of Australia
If you’re Down Under, you can’t miss the opportunity to visit our neighbours and friends in Australia. Here you will visit some of Australia’s cultural icons and drive through the extraordinary outback.
5 DAY TOUR:
Great Barrier Bonanza
Great Barrier Reef is truly one of the wonders of the world. Couple this with a Skyrail Rainforest tour and you have the perfect taste of the incredible natural beauty of Australia.