6D5N North Island (Motel)

  • 6 Days
  • 1 Country
  • 2 Cities

New Zealand is a great destination for family-friendly holidays, and no matter where you travel, there is always plenty of things for kids to do.

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About This Trip

Start your self-drive journey with the vineyards and marine activities of Auckland. Discover the real Middle-Earth at the Hobbiton™ Movie Set near Matamata. Rotorua - the geothermal city, discover volcanic phenomena and learn about New Zealand’s Maori culture. Taupo offers more geothermal experiences, plus the chance to catch a trout. Then it’s time to delve underground and admire the cave formations in the Waitomo region . Travel north, check out Hamilton’s free flight aviary on your way back to Auckland

Trip code: SD-DMNTH05N

5 Nights


0 Meals

On-Trip Transport

On-trip self-drive via car

Your Itinerary

Day 1: Auckland

Arrive at Auckland International Airport and collect your car hire. Drive to your accommodation. This afternoon, explore Auckland city. Perhaps, you may want to visit the Sky Tower Observation Deck.

  • Overnight: Off Broadway Motel
  • Self pick up your car

Day 2: Matamata

Start your drive to Matamata. Join fascinating two-hours guided tour of Hobbiton Movie Set Tour, a picturesque 1,250 acre farm where scenes from the Lord of the Rings and Hobbit movies were filmed. After tour, proceed drive to Rotorua, stay 2 nights.

  • Overnight: Union Victoria Motel
  • Self Drive
  • Admission - Hobbiton Movie Set

Day 3: Rotorua

Visit Te Puia, New Zealand’s living Maori cultural centre. Te Puia’s 60 hectare site is home to the New Zealand Maori Arts and Crafts Institute, a live kiwi enclosure, the world-famous Pohutu Geyser, and more than 500 geothermal wonders. Rest of day is free to explore Rotorua and may want to consider join optional.

Optional Tours:

  • Agrodome
  • Skyline
  • Tamaki Maori Village
  • Self Drive
  • Admission - Te Puia Thermal

Day 4: Taupo - Waitomo Caves

Start your drive to Taupo. Perhaps, you may want to visit Huka Falls and beautiful Lake Taupo lakefront. Continue to Waitomo. A visit to Waitomo Glowworm Grotto is included. Drive to Hamilton.

  • Overnight: Boundary Court M.Lodge
  • Self Drive
  • Admission - Waitomo Glowworm Caves

Day 5: Hamilton

Today, drive back to Auckland.

  • Overnight: Off Broadway Motel
  • Self Drive

Day 6: Auckland

Drop-off your car rental at airport and check-in for your departure back home.

  • Drop off your car

Travel Highlights

  • Experience the real Middle-earth with a visit to the Hobbiton Movie Set, featured in The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit films.
  • Rated as the third most liveable city in the world, Auckland is a place where vibrant city style and spectacular landscapes go hand in hand.
  • Cape Reinga offers the ultimate northern New Zealand experience. See two oceans collide and discover the place of leaping, where Maori spirits begin their final journey.
  • Be amazed by the thousands of magical glowworms above, as you glide silently by boat in the world of famous Waitomo Glowworm Caves. Guided since the late 1880s, this is the original, iconic New Zealand attraction.
  • Discover the fun at Rainbow Springs! Set amongst the native trees and beautiful forests of Rotorua, Rainbow Springs offers an action-packed, fun-filled day out for the whole family.
  • The previously placid waters roar and rumble at great speed along the ravine before bursting into space out over Huka Falls to crash into the turbulent pool 11 metres below. A foot bridge right at the top of the falls puts you in a prime position to get up close and witness the frightening display of more than 220,000 litres of water blasting by every second. If you'd like to see the power and fury of the falls up close, try a jet boat ride.
  • Te Papa Museum of New Zealand, Australasia’s most visited museum is a must do on any New Zealand itinerary. Don't miss the exhibition created in partnership with Weta Workshop.
  • Skyline Rotorua is your ticket to an unforgettable holiday fuelled with adventure for people of all ages. Enjoy a fun-filled gravity ride on our Luge tracks, fly through the sky on our Zoom Zipline and feel the adrenalin rush on the Skyswing ride.

Where to EatLooking for Halal certified cuisine?


  • Akbar Durbar Indian Takeaway, 51-61 Hobson St
  • Zam Zam Indian Restaurant, 54 Stoddard Rd, Mt Roskill
  • Khanz Restaurant, 491 Pakuranga Rd, Highland Park
  • Taste of Malaysia, 615 Great South Rd, Manukau
  • LJS Waitakere, Waitakere Mega Centre, 5 Vitasovich Ave, Henderson


  • Laziz Foods, 20 & 69 Colombo St, Frankton, Hamilton
  • Pizza Express, Shop 6, 4 Gordonton Rd, Chartwell, Hamilton


  • Ali Baba’s Tunisian Takeaways, 1146 Tutanekai St, Rotorua
  • Mecca Kebabs & Expresso, 1195 Tutanekai St, Rotorua

Lake Taupo

  • Best Kebabs, 75 Tongariro St, Taupo


  • Cafe Anatolia Turkish Cuisine, 303 Gloucester St, Taradale, Napier


  • Aladdin's Turkish Café, Warehouse Complex, 52 Parumoana St, Porirua, Wellington
  • Zara's Turkish Café, 199 Main St, Upper Hutt, Wellington

It's Time to Pray!Where is the Mosque nearby me?

  • Auckland Airport Masjid
    Westney Road, Mangere Past Zayed College Auckland
  • Jamii Masjid
    921 Heaphy Terrace, P O Box 665 Hamilton Waikato Region
  • Masjid al Noor
    101 Deans Avenue Riccarton Christchurch Canterbury Region
  • Rotorua Islamic Centre
    21, Tarewu Road Rotorua
  • The Otafo Muslim Assoc. Alhuda Mosque
    21 Clyde St Kinmont Park, Dunedin
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