Day 1: Arrive Auckland ‘Welcome to New Zealand’
Welcome to New Zealand. Upon arrival kindly be met and greeted by our driver and be transferred to your CBD hotel. Rest of the day at leisure. Overnight at hotel.
Day 2: Taste of Waiheke Tour // Entry to Sky Tower – Total Tower Experience
After having breakfast at hotel. You will be collected from hotel and delivered at Auckland Ferry Terminal, from where you will board and enjoy a pleasant cruise through the Hauraki Gulf to Waiheke Island. Your first visit is to Stonyridge Vineyard, where you'll enjoy a tour and tastings, plus a sumptuous light lunch.
You then depart for Rangihoua Estate, which introduces you to Waiheke’s olive growing industry (includes olive oil tasting). A stop at Wild on Waiheke offers optional beer tasting as well as wine, and the chance to sample home grown preserves and chutneys. Your tour is concluded with final tastings at the beautiful Mudbrick Vineyard before returning to the ferry terminal.
On arriving at ferry terminal you will be collected & transferred to Sky Tower for your short visit to Auckland’s Sky Tower A truly captivating experience awaits visitors to Auckland's Sky Tower. At 328 metres, it is the tallest man-made structure in New Zealand, offering breathtaking views for up to 80 kilometres in every direction. Travel up in the glass-fronted lifts to one of three spectacular viewing platforms. Total Tower Experience Pass Includes:186 metre Main Observation Level, 182 metre Sky Lounge café and bar, 220 metre Sky Deck,. Overnight at hotel.
Day 3: Self Drive Auckland – Waitomo Caves – Rotorua
After breakfast, self drive passengers will collect their rental car from Auckland city hertz depot and self drive whereas passengers in coach will be collected from your hotel to travel south from Auckland, to the famous Waitomo Caves.
On arrival enjoy a comprehensive cave tour, where you will have the opportunity to view thousands of luminescent lights radiating from the unique Waitomo glowworms, as an expert guide provides an informative commentary on the Caves historical and geological significance. Enjoy the limestone shafts, stunning Cathedral cavern and take a unique boat ride through the glowworm grotto.
We continue our tour this afternoon by driving to Rotorua, including passing through the beautiful Fitzgerald Glade where the roadside trees arch overhead to form a tunnel of natural greenery. Overnight at hotel.
Day 4: Half Day Hobbiton Movie Set Tour // Mitai Maori Village (Hangi & Performance)
After having breakfast at hotel, self drive passengers will drive to Shire’s Rest (Matamata) while coach passengers will be collected from their accommodation and will travel across the Kaimai Ranges to the picturesque 1,250 acre farm near Matamata where scenes from the Lord of the Rings and Hobbit movies were filmed.
Experience the real Middle-earth with a visit to the Hobbiton Movie Set, the bucolic setting for The Shire that featured in the Peter Jackson directed films, The Lord of the Rings. Your guide will escort you through the ten acre site while recounting fascinating details of how the Hobbiton set was created. The Hobbit holes, Green Dragon Inn, Mill and other structures created for The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit films can be seen and you will experience how this beautiful piece of Waikato farmland was transformed into The Shire from Middle-earth.
In the evening on returning back to hotel you will be collected by coach for an evening at Mitai which will give your clients an authentic introduction to Maori culture leaving you amazed and in awe. Be enthralled by the natural bush setting, see Maori warriors in traditional dress paddle an ancient warrior canoe (waka) down the Wai-o-whiro stream, Marvel at the crystal clear water full of eels and trout, flowing directly from the earth at the sacred Fairy Spring.
See your traditionally cooked hangi meal being lifted from the ground. During this cultural performance, you’ll learn about the history, carvings and ta moko (tattoo art). Be captivated by the displays of weaponry and combat, and the grace and beauty of the poi dance. Overnight at hotel.
Day 5: Departure Transfer
After breakfast at hotel self drive passengers will drive their rental car and return at Hertz depot at Rotorua airport, while seat in coach passengers will be collected from their accommodation and transferred to Rotorua airport for their flight.