FLASH PACKING These tours allow you to make the most of each action packed day. To ensure complete comfort, your accommodation is - Quality, private rooms with ensuite facilities and a television. - in a range of carefully selected Hotels, Motels and Hostels.
HOW IT WORKS
Accommodation and transport is pre-booked.
Get picked up and dropped off at your centrally located accommodation each day.
FLEXIBILITY - Want an extra day somewhere or an airport transfer and accommodation on arrival into NZ, or a nights post tour accommodation and transfer to airport no problems just let us know at the time of booking and we can customize your chosen tour to suit your needs.
Unlike some other adventure holiday tours this tour give's you absolute freedom. Our adventure holidays depart daily during the summer and depart up to 5 days a week during the winter months. Our tours can also be tailor made to suit your needs.
Transport, 5 nights private accommodation
Highlights: Waitomo region, Boiling mud pools, Thunderous Huka Falls, Wildlife at Mt Bruce, Beach resort of Mt Maunganui, Scenic Karangahake Gorge, Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Reserve
AUCKLAND - HOBBITON MOVIE SET - ROTORUA
For many Magic Travellers this is the start of your New Zealand adventure and what a great day we have in store for you. First up we take you to Mt Eden for the best view of Auckland, locally known as the City of Sails. After taking in this stunning panorama, we travel southeast through the Hauraki Plains across the quaint single lane Kopu bridge to Thames. From Thames we continue on to Paeroa, where can you grab a bottle of New Zealand’s most famous fizzy drink Lemon and Paeroa (also known as L&P) and then pose for a group photo with the World Famous (in NZ) L&P bottle. At 7 metres high, the bottle is a permanent reminder of the therapeutic Paeroa Springs water discovered before 1900, which, with the addition of a squeeze of lemon, became known as New Zealand’s very own soft drink.
After we leave Paeroa, we head into the spa town of Te Aroha, meaning ‘place of love’.
The next stop is lunch at the “Shires Rest” gateway to the Hobbiton Movie Set, immersed in stunning New Zealand farmland and overlooking the Kaimai Ranges. This is your chance to relax, feed the friendly sheep, watch sheep shearing and even try authentic Lord of the Rings beer. We arrive into Rotorua by early afternoon where Maori culture and thermal activity combine to make a very unique destination. Upon arrival, take a deep breath and the smell of Rotorua will fill your nostrils…. Yes the smell of rotten eggs - from the dense sulphur deposits all over the city. Look out for steam rising from the ground on a scenic tour of the city via Government Gardens and Lake Rotorua. This will be followed by experiencing a heartfelt cultural welcome to the area at the Realm of Tane, taking you on a short journey through Maori culture, mythology and stories. This evening, make sure you take the opportunity to try a superb Tamaki Maori Hangi and Concert – an experience that shouldn’t be missed! Approximate arrival into Rotorua is 4.30pm.
ROTORUA - TAUPO
Today we stock up on lunch and supplies before heading south to Taupo through bubbling geothermal land. You will get a chance to wander around the spectacular Wai-O-Tapu geothermal wonderland, famous for vivid mud pools and the Lady Knox Geyser. The geyser erupts each day at 10.15am, shooting jets of water reaching up to 20 metres and lasting for over an hour. The next incredible stop is the mighty Huka Falls, throwing over 200,000 litres of water a second into the river below. Those in for an adrenaline rush will have the chance to try out the jet boat on the Waikato River up to the base of the Huka Falls or bungy jump above it. For those wanting to experience one of the best thrills in NZ, Taupo is one of the most amazing places to skydive. From 15,000 feet you can see both coasts of NZ. If you are not partaking in these adrenaline activities we continue onto Taupo, situated on the edge of a lake bigger than Singapore. In true Kiwi fashion all this water means there are heaps of things to do. Make sure you spend two nights here if you can to enjoy all the activities available. The nightlife in Taupo is outstanding, with many bars, cafes and restaurants to choose from. Approximate arrival time in Taupo is 1.30pm.
TAUPO - WAITOMO - NATIONAL PARK
Today we head northwest to Waitomo to visit the famous Waitomo Glowworm Caves, which are over 30 million years old. Here you can view the amazing caverns and glowworms or be daring and have a go at one of the many activities Magic has on offer such as black water rafting and abseiling into the caves, something you certainly won’t have the chance to do too often!. For those not partaking in the caving experiences, you can enjoy a free bush walk through small caves, limestone outcrops and a forest-covered gorge alongside the Waitomo Stream. After the walk you can visit The Shearing Shed, where you can watch unique Angora rabbit shearing. By early afternoon we depart Waitomo and head towards Te Kuiti, the sheep shearing capital of the world, before heading through the King Country farmland onto Taumarunui where you can pick up supplies from the supermarket for your evenings meal. Before you get to your final destination we stop in Whakapapa Village in the Tongariro National Park. You have time here to enjoy a nature walk to the Tawhai Falls, explore the Whakapapa Visitor Centre which is full of information on the Tongariro National Park, the ski fields and hiking tracks, Maori stories and the volcanic history of the area. Also admire the elegant Tongariro Chateau set in spectacular grounds with the stunning backdrop of Mt Ruapehu. In winter you’ll get a chance to play in the snow, make a snowman or have a snow fight with your travelling friends. Approximate arrival time in National Park is 5.00pm.
NATIONAL PARK - WELLINGTON
Today we travel south around the Tongariro National Park with stunning views of Mt Ruapehu. We head through the alpine town of Ohakune (bizarrely known as the Carrot Capital of NZ) and drive on through live army training grounds to Waiouru, New Zealand Army’s training base. Later in the day we pass through the imaginatively named town of Bulls an unforget-a-Bull town like no udder. Make sure you pay attention and try and spot a few of the unique shop names like the café Delect-a-Bull. Travelling down the Kapiti Coast, look to the right of the bus and see Kapiti Island, a bird and marine reserve. The road follows the Tararua Ranges which form a dramatic backdrop along the length of the coastline. We arrive into Wellington, New Zealand’s capital city in the afternoon. The first stop is to view Parliament Buildings and ‘The Beehive’ before heading to the summit of Mt Victoria for 360 degree views across the city and Cook Strait. There’s plenty to keep you busy here including lively cafes and don’t miss a visit to Te Papa, our national museum. Approximate arrival time in Wellington is 3.00pm.
WELLINGTON - TAUPO - ROTORUA
Today we head north out of Wellington travelling up the Kaptiti Coast, you’ll see spectacular sea vistas and in the distance Kapiti Island a native bird sanctuary. Continuing north we travel through Bulls, Taihape and onto the Central Plateau and Tongariro National Park. This unique barren landscape forms part of New Zealand’s only official desert, the Rangipo Desert where we stop for spectacular photos of the National Park and the mountains. For film buffs, this scenery is also another welcome to Lord of the Rings country, with amazing photo opportunities of the Tongariro National Park, live volcanoes and the Tolkien inspired ‘Mt. Doom’. We drive through Turangi before following the lake into Taupo arriving mid afternoon. In Taupo you can experience one of the best thrills in NZ, skydiving from 15,000 feet. You can see both coasts of NZ, the sprawling Lake Taupo and it’s without a doubt the best way to see the Central Plateau. Departing Taupo we stop off just out of town to walk to the mighty Huka Falls throwing over 200,000 litres of water each second – it’s a stunning sight, no wonder it’s New Zealand’s most visited natural attraction. The name Huka is the Maori word for ‘foam’, which is appropriate as the falling water and rapids certainly resembles foam.
We arrive into Rotorua late afternoon. Upon arrival, you will be treated to a scenic tour of the city via the lake and government gardens. This evening, make sure you take the opportunity to try a superb Maori Hangi and Concert or relax in a hot pool - neither should be missed! Approximate arrival time in Rotorua is 4.45pm.
ROTORUA - MT MAUNGANUI - AUCKLAND
Leaving Rotorua behind we continue north-east stopping off for a short wander through the Magic Forest and to learn a little about conservation. The next stop is Tauranga. We head on to chilled out beach town of Mt Maunganui where you have enough time to walk around the mountain or relax on the beautiful beaches soaking up the atmosphere of this iconic Kiwi holiday destination. Leaving Mt Maunganui behind us, we will see a glimpse of rural New Zealand as we pass through small pioneer towns such as Katikati, the ‘mural’ town of New Zealand, and Waihi, where the gold rush which began in the 1800’s still continues today. We travel on through the incredible bush lined cutting of the Karangahake Gorge to Paeroa, where some unique landmarks pay homage to the iconic Kiwi soft drink ‘Lemon & Paeroa’, which was named after the town. We continue on to meet the southern motorway, traverse the famous Bombay Hills and then deliver you back into the city via the scenic Mission Bay, Tamaki Drive, Sir Michal Joseph Savage lookout. Approximate arrival time into Auckland is 3.30pm.