Your Thermal Explorer Package

Thermal Explorer



  7 Nights

  New Zealand



Your holiday package includes:

  • Return economy class flights to Auckland
  • 7 days car hire of a Suzuki Swift or similar
  • 1 night accommodation in Auckland
  • 2 nights accommodation in Rotorua
  • Hobbiton Movie Set Tour
  • 1 Hour Secret Sport Hot Tubs
  • Whakarewarewa Village Tour & Geothermal Trail
  • 2 nights accommodation in Taupo
  • Taupo Classic Combo – Huka Jet & Chris Jolly Cruise
  • 1 nights accommodation in National Park
  • Waitomo Caves Tour
  • 1 nights accommodation in Hamilton

***Rate is based on twin share for travel 1 to 8 March 2023***

***Travel dates available between now and 2024***

Day 1: Arrive in Auckland
Welcome to Auckland. This is a city with sparkling twin harbours and the sea is very much a part of this city that an unusually high number of people own their boats, giving the city its moniker of the ‘City of Sails’.

Day 2: Auckland to Rotorua
Depart Auckland on the Thermal Explorer Highway through the rolling green hills and pastures that are synonymous with the Hamilton & Waikato region. As you head south to Rotorua, a short detour for Matamata will bring you to Hobbiton movie Set where we include a 2 hour tour. On arrival in Rotorua, you will have time for a relaxing hot tub experience at the Secret Spot.

Day 3: Rotorua
Today is a free day to enjoy the many sightseeing activities Rotorua has to offer – travel up the Skyline gondola and zoom down the luge tracks, try one of the various mountain bike tracks in the Redwoods Forest or relax and unwind at Hells Gate – New Zealand’s only geothermal mud spa.

Day 4: Rotorua to Taupo
To immerse yourself in Maori culture, head to Whakarewarewa, the Living Maori Villa. This is the home of the Tuhourangi Ngati Wahiao people, who have been sharing their unique way of life with visitors from all around the world for over two hundred years. It’s only an hour’s drive to reach Taupo, which is home to Lake Taupo and is New Zealand’s largest lake located at the heart of the Central North Island.

Day 5: Taupo
You have the day in Taupo and w have included a visit to the spectacular Huka Falls by jet boat. From your unique vantage point on the jet boat you will have the best water level view of the Huka Falls. Later on that day take a cruise on the lake to see the renowned Maori rock carvings with Chris Jolly Cruises.

Day 6: Taupo to National Park
Continuing with your journey south you can see the mighty volcanic peaks of Ruapehu, Tongariro and Ngauruhoe. Tongariro is a dual status World Heritage Park, home to three superb ski fields and some of New Zealand’s most spectacular hikes and walking adventures. The famous Tongariro Alpine Crossing, an outstanding 19km full day walk is a New Zealand must do, and there are many other ways to explore these magnificent mountains and rivers.

Day 7: National Park to Hamilton via Waitomo
Time to begin your journey back up the North Island. The diverse Waikato region is home to the world famous Waitomo Caves. Known as one of New Zealand’s best natural attractions, take a boat ride through the glow worm grotto, marvel at thousands of magical glow worms and become part of over 130 years on cultural and natural history. You will overnight in Hamilton and the city centre has many gr4eat dining options for you to explore.

Day 8: Hamilton to Auckland

it’s a 1.5 hour drive to Auckland, so have a leisurely breakfast and enjoy the morning exploring the excellent paths on the banks of the mighty Waikato River before driving back to Auckland to return your car hire and head home.x

* Conditions apply. Offer is limited, subject to availability and change without notice. Promotion is correct and valid at the time of publication. Booking and full supplier terms and conditions apply. Valid for new bookings only and not combinable with any other offer (unless stated).

Prices listed are per person in Australian/New Zealand Dollars, based on twin occupancy, including all discounts unless otherwise stated. The offer is subject to availability at time of booking. Fares are capacity controlled and are subject to change at any time without notice. Prices/Offers are correct as at 14 November 2022and can be withdrawn without notice. Hotels may charge resort or parking fees not included in this package, payable direct upon check in. Hotel location and inclusions may vary depending on availability and alternative dates of travel. Visas are not included. Airfares are based on economy class flights from Sydney and are subject to the carriers’ flight schedules and conditions, please call us for prices from other cities. Payments made by credit card will incur a surcharge. Blackout periods may apply.