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Tour Length: 2 days 1 night
Pick-up: 9:00 a.m.
Drop-off: 8:00 p.m.
Departing: City Hotels
MIN # OF PASSENGERS: 4
Hotel pick-up and drop-off in Auckland, professional and friendly guide, travel in luxury air-conditioned vehicle, sumptuous lunch
This is a 2 day tour beginning with front door pickup from your (Auckland, Matamata, or any point in between) accommodation. Travel through the beautiful Central North Island countryside to the one and only Hobbiton. This is the only Lord of the Rings film set still partially intact and the scenery is even more beautiful in person than on screen. After visiting the Hobbit Holes, enjoy a scrumptious pre-arranged lunch at the Shire’s Rest on-site restaurant.
Enjoy more beautiful scenery such as the Fitzgerald Glade on the way to Rotorua. Upon arrival there, we will stop for a ride on the brand new state of the art gondola up to the top of extinct volcano, Mt. Ngongotaha. At the top, you can get your bearings by looking out over Rotorua and surrounding lakes. Then ride the gondola back down.
Be chaufferred to Whakarewarewa Valley, inhabited only by Maori who will treat you to a guided tour of their historic village and tell you ancient stories while you pass beside bubbling mudpools and beautiful blue-green hot spring pools, watching for erupting geysers. View a cultural demonstration at the end of this informative and entertaining village tour.
At approximately 5:00 p.m., we will arrive at your overnight accommodation where you have free time until the next morning at approximately 9:00 a.m.
Enjoy a leisurely, self-guided audio tour of beautiful Rainbow Springs Nature Park. The spring waters are home to four types of trout which come and go freely from Lake Rotorua. Walk through and learn about the native plants and the Redwoods which grow twice as fast here as in their natural habitat!
Next, take in one of our famous farm shows, where you will be entertained and educated about New Zealand farming, by highly trained animals and their trainers.
No visit to New Zealand is complete without meeting a kiwi, the nocturnal bird which is our national icon. At Kiwi Encounter, a hatchery and nursery where young chicks are raised by staff for release back into the wild, you will enjoy a fabulous open-plan nocturnal area home to adult kiwi, along with wonderful educational exhibits and superb audio visual which provides additional understanding of these unique birds. Enjoy a tasty pre-arranged lunch at the cafe at Rainbow Springs.
Finally, ride with us to the Buried Village. Take a tour of Te Wairoa, the only village to be excavated after being buried by boiling mud, rock, and ash from the Mt. Tarawera eruption in 1886 which also destroyed the Pink and White Terraces, formerly drawing visitors from all over the world. Find out what we’ve learned from New Zealand’s greatest natural disaster.
We will return you to your (Rotorua, Auckland, or any point in between) accommodation between approximately 5:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.