8. From Auckland: 3-Day Highlights of North Island Tour
Explore New Zealand's North Island on a 3-day adventure leaving from Auckland. Enter Tolkien's magical Middle Earth at Hobbiton, enjoy an 8-hour comprehensive tour of Auckland's history, culture, and black sand beaches, and visit the Bay of Islands.
Begin with a hotel pickup in downtown Auckland and head out to the awe-inspiring Waitomo Glowworm Caves. Explore the caves to see their fascinating limestone formations and enjoy a scenic boat trip through the Glowworm Grotto.
Next, journey to Middle Earth and marvel at the enchanting Hobbiton Movie Set, a picturesque, highly-elevated 1250-acre farm with spectacular panoramic views. See the 44 Hobbit holes, the Shire, and the Green Dragon Inn.
Return to Auckland to spend the night at your hotel (not included).
Day 2Embark on a comprehensive 8-hour Auckland tour. Learn about Auckland's history and culture from your guide while you tour the countryside of Auckland. See the rugged West Coast and black sand beaches and marvel at the area's unspoiled scenery.
Day 3Travel north over the Auckland Harbor Bridge to the Bay of Islands. Marvel at the ever-changing rural and coastal scenery and sub-tropical bush as your drive to Pahia. Embark on a 3-hour cultural journey of discovery through New Zealand’s most important historic site, The Waitangi Treaty Grounds.
Begin with a guided tour of the expansive Treaty Grounds. Learn the area's fascinating history and discover the people and events that influenced the past, present, and future of New Zealand.
After the tour, enjoy a live Maori cultural performance with an authentic, high-energy concert inside the beautifully carved meeting house. Experience waiata (songs), learn about traditional weaponry, and witness New Zealand’s famous haka (war dance).
Explore the museum with its stunning collection of taonga (treasured objects), visit the carving studios, and take a bushwalk to experience the world’s largest ceremonial war canoe.
Next, enjoy lunch before boarding the high-speed catamaran, Dolphin Seeker. Look out its large viewing windows as you cruise past numerous islands in the Bay. Watch for dolphins, whales, and other marine life as you head past Cape Brett Lighthouse.
Arrive at the majestic Hole in The Rock. If conditions permit, your skipper will navigate you through the narrow space before returning to Paihia for your return journey to Auckland.