Hobbiton | Te Papa | Mud Pools | Redwood Trees
8 hrs & 38 mins
Auckland to Matamata
We’re departing the city of sails and heading right for The Shire. If you haven’t heard of Lord of the Rings or The Hobbit, we’re about to take you on a journey of a lifetime, straight to Middle Earth™. Matamata is home to the Hobbiton Movie Set. Here you can spend your day exploring the tiny community, hobbit holes, and a guided tour of The Shire.
Tour of Hobbiton | Wairere Falls |The Green Dragon Inn Beer | Firth Tower
Campground - Brock’s Place Matamata
Matamata to Rotorua
Don’t let the smell of sulphur put you off our next destination. Rotorua is an adventurers playground, and is surrounded by geothermal wonders. There’s so much to do from sheep shows, the luge, mud pools, hiking and biking trails. If you are able to squeeze a couple of extra days into your motorhome journey, you will be able to indulge in great activities, food and experience the rich Maori culture.
Must do: Rotorua Canopy Tour | Rafting | Redwoods Treewalk | Skyline Rotorua Luge and Gondola | Hell’s Gate Geothermal Park | Lake Rotoiti Starlight Kayaking
Campground - Rotorua Top 10 Holiday Park
Rotorua to Taupo
Lake Taupo is New Zealand’s largest lake. In 181AD, a supervolcanic eruption in a caldera created this gem. The town of Taupo was built around the Lake, providing both locals and visitors plenty of great activities. Fish for trout on the lake, or enjoy skiing at Mount Ruapehu, take a trip to Huka Falls or visit the Maori carvings at Mine Bay. Lake Taupo has something for everyone.
Huka Falls | Mine Bay | Craters of the Moon | The Great Lake Walkway | Huka Prawn Park | Lake Taupo Trout Fishing
Campground - Lake Taupo Holiday Resort
Day Six & Seven
Taupo to Wellington
Our last stop on this 7-day journey is New Zealand’s capital city - Wellington. This creative city has a powerful sense of culture, amazing cuisine, nature and is rich in history. Wellington is home to some of the greatest craft beers, gourmet foods, art galleries, museums, natural landscapes, and of course the cable car. Visit Te Papa, New Zealand’s most popular museum, which attracts more than 1.5million visitors annually. Its full name in Maori translates to ‘container of treasures’, and that’s exactly what it is.
Cable Car | Te Papa Museum | Weta Workshop | Classic New Zealand Wine Trail | Oriental Bay | Cuba Street | Makara Peak Track | Te Ahumairangi Hill Lookout | Mount Victoria Lookout | Hannah’s Laneway
Campground - Camp Wellington and Coastal Lodge