On the North Island of New Zealand, Rotorua is known for its geothermal activity, ancient forests, gorgeous lakes and rivers and deep seeded Maori culture. Spouting geysers, boiling mud pools, and warm geothermal springs can be found at nearby geothermal hotspots. See the silica terraces, naturally coloured and painted in a rainbow of hues, walk among treetops and explore the cultural heartland of New Zealand's Maori people.

Top Things to do in Rotorua
- Take a scenic flight over Rotorua’s geothermal valleys

- Walk among the treeptops in the Redwood forest

- Explore the heart of New Zealand’s geothermal attractions at Waimangu Volcanic and ...


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  1. Ultimate North Island Hike, Bike & Kayak Adventure 11D10N

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    Discover at every step, peddle and every row New Zealand’s diverse North Island from rolling green forests to volcanic landscapes and endless coastlines that will leave you breathless at every turn. Immerse the dramatic landscapes including the Bay of Islands, Rotorua, Auckland and Tongariro National Park.

    Departing from Auckland, journey on a truly diverse adventure to a part of the world where landscapes are so contrasting blending magnificent coasts and beaches, sprawling lush farmlands and geothermal wonders. Over 11 days, discover your slice of paradise traversing remarkable landscapes including several great walks of New Zealand, all boasting its unique connection to nature. Hike the volcanic terrain of the renowned and challenging Tongariro Alpine, trek across active volcano zones, embark on a spiritual walk through lush forests amongst the largest kauri trees, traverse atop cascading waterfalls and climb amongst coastal clifftops. The exhilaration culminates mountain biking through a majestic redwood forest, snorkel or kayak the world’s largest sea cave, rubber tube through mysterious caves lit by the spectacle of a thousand glittering glow worms, cruise the pristine Bay of Islands and sandboard towering sand dunes. This adventure is filled with surprises!

    In between, get connected to nature exploring an island of paradise of golden sandy beaches to bathing in natural hot springs. Collide with unforgettable wildlife and marvel at a geothermal wonderland where geysers shoot and grounds are filled with hot mud pools. Each day connect with the intimate Māori culture ever-present in the North Island.

    Your 11 days adventure include 10 nights’ accommodation in cosy stays nestled in the quiet sanctuaries across the natural beauty of North Island. Unwind in luxurious facilities including swimming pools and indoor spas. Meals are inclusive as well as activities as specified in itinerary. You will be escorted by two experienced adventure guides posing unrivalled passion as they bring the adventure to life. Enjoy the comforts of carrying just a day pack.

    Embrace the great outdoors and uncover the best of New Zealand’s North Island. Where nature’s secrets are waiting to be discovered, every step reveals an unimaginable beauty of this part of the world that has to be seen to be believed. A perfect escape for the nature enthusiasts seeking the North Island’s ultimate hiking, biking and kayaking adventure.

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    Auckland, New Zealand
    Discover at every step, peddle and every row New Zealand’s diverse North Island from rolling green forests to volcanic landscapes and endless coastlines ...
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  2. North To South Gourmet Wine Trail 9D8N, Self-Drive

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    Taste your way around New Zealand on this mouth-watering 9-day self-drive culinary adventure including the world-famous wine regions of Hawke’s Bay, Wairarapa and Marlborough.

    Tucked away at the bottom of the world, New Zealand is a paradise for those who prefer the finer things in life. The country’s rich soil and favourable climate means it produces some of the world’s best food and wine – in some of the most stunning landscapes, be it close to a stunning shoreline or nestled in a rural area with an off-the-beaten-track charm. Hawke’s Bay, Wairarapa and Marlborough are 3 of the best – and most beautiful – regions in which to enjoy a mouth-watering fresh produce and a matching glass of wine.

    Departing from Auckland, hit the road to discover New Zealand’s best food and wine experiences. New Zealand’s Art Deco capital, Hawke’s Bay is known for its red wines – Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Syrah – and stunning Chardonnays, while rural Wairarapa, with its bush-clad ranges and rugged coast, is home to some of the country’s best Pinot Noir. The Marlborough wine region, meanwhile, is all about world-famous Sauvignon Blanc, delicious fresh seafood and diverse landscapes, from valleys of vines to sheltered waterways. You will embark on guided tours of each of these regions.

    Along the way, you will discover New Zealand food goes way beyond fish and chips and barbeques – New Zealand chefs have developed a distinct Pacific Rim cuisine. Expect to indulge in plenty of seafood (like greenlipped mussels, crayfish (lobster), Bluff oysters and fresh fish), award winning cheeses and of course the famous lamb. You should also expect a laidback, friendly atmosphere wherever you eat; Kiwis love to keep things casual.

    This relaxed 9-day self-drive package includes 8-nights’ boutique hotel accommodation on a twin share basis. At the end of each fun-filled day, you will sleep in comfort and have access to luxurious facilities and amenities including swimming pools, plunge pools and spas. Eight days full size car rental is included as well as activities and sightseeings as specified in the itinerary. Daily breakfast provided.

    Indulge in New Zealand’s best food and wine experiences on this 9-day self-drive road trip. You’ll discover food and wine that’s original, world-class, and fresh from the source.

    This tour is eligible to earn ONLYLUXE reward points

    Auckland, New Zealand
    Taste your way around New Zealand on this mouth-watering 9-day self-drive culinary adventure including the world-famous wine regions of Hawke’s Bay, Wairarapa and ...
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  3. North To South Ultimate Traverse 22D21N, Self-Drive

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    Do and see it all on the ultimate New Zealand road trip, a 22-day odyssey from the Bay of Islands to the Southern Alps. This once-in-a-lifetime adventure showcases the country’s best active experiences including 3 of the Great Walks.

    Tucked away at the bottom of the world, New Zealand is a country of stunning and diverse natural beauty: tropical beaches, snow-capped mountains, sparkling fiords, raging rivers and active volcano zones. For the outdoor enthusiast, keen on hiking, biking, paddling and more, New Zealand has no shortage of things to see and do. Home of the Great Walks (known to be some of the best hikes in the world) and many other day and multiday hikes, you could spend months trying to see it all. Luckily for you, this road trip leaves no stone unturned on an epic journey from north to south.

    Departing from Auckland, hit the road to tick off New Zealand’s best active experiences. Drive New Zealand’s most scenic roads including Buller Gorge, the Crown Range and Milford Road. Discover dramatic landscapes, magnificent wilderness and stunning wildlife on New Zealand’s Great Walks including the Tongariro Northern Circuit, the Abel Tasman Coast Track and the Routeburn Track. Uncover beautiful beaches and twinkling bays on in the Bay of Islands and Coromandel, and a geothermal wonderland in the Waimangu Volcanic Valley. Follow the path of Captain James Cook on the Queen Charlotte Track, heli hike to the top of the Franz Josef Glacier and bask in the brooding shadow of Mount Cook (Aoraki), New Zealand’s tallest mountain. You will also have the opportunity to cruise Lake Wanaka and the magnificent Milford Sound, and explore diverse cities and towns including Wellington, Queenstown, Dunedin and Christchurch at your own pace.

    This action-packed 22-day active and nature-focused self-drive package includes 21-nights’ boutique hotel accommodation on a twin share basis. At the end of each fun-filled day, you will sleep in comfort and have access to luxurious facilities and amenities including swimming pools, plunge pools and spas. Twenty-two days full size car rental is included as well as activities and sightseeings as specified in the itinerary. Daily breakfast provided.

    Do New Zealand – and do it right – on this thrilling 22-day self-drive road trip from North to South. The diverse landscapes and exciting experiences will capture your heart.

    This tour is eligible to earn ONLYLUXE reward points

    Auckland, New Zealand
    Do and see it all on the ultimate New Zealand road trip, a 22-day odyssey from the Bay of Islands to the Southern Alps. ...
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  4. North To South Grand Traverse 17D16N, Self-Drive

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    Traverse New Zealand from North to South on this action-packed 17-day self-drive road trip showcasing the country’s best active experiences including 3 of the Great Walks.

    Tucked away at the bottom of the world, New Zealand is a country of stunning and diverse natural beauty: tropical beaches, snow-capped mountains, sparkling fiords, raging rivers and active volcano zones. For the outdoor enthusiast, keen on hiking, biking, paddling and more, New Zealand has no shortage of things to see and do. Home of the Great Walks (known to be some of the best hikes in the world) and many other day and multiday hikes, you could spend months trying to see it all. Luckily for you, this road trip leaves no stone unturned on an epic journey from north to south.

    Departing from Auckland, hit the road to tick off New Zealand’s best active experiences. Drive New Zealand’s most scenic roads including Buller Gorge, the Crown Range and Milford Road. Discover dramatic landscapes, magnificent wilderness and stunning wildlife on New Zealand’s Great Walks including the Tongariro Northern Circuit, the Abel Tasman Coast Track and the Routeburn Track. Uncover beautiful beaches and twinkling bays on the Coromandel Coastal Walk and a geothermal wonderland in the Waimangu Volcanic Valley. Follow the path of Captain James Cook on the Queen Charlotte Track and heli hike to the top of the Franz Josef Glacier. You will also have the opportunity to cruise Lake Wanaka and the magnificent Milford Sound, and explore diverse cities and towns including Wellington, Queenstown, Dunedin and Christchurch at your own pace.

    This exhilarating 17-day active and nature-focused self-drive package includes 16-nights’ boutique hotel accommodation on a twin share basis. At the end of each fun-filled day, you will sleep in comfort and have access to luxurious facilities and amenities including swimming pools, plunge pools and spas. Seventeen days full size car rental is included as well as activities and sightseeings as specified in the itinerary. Daily breakfast provided.

    Get the most out of your trip to New Zealand, with this 17-day self-drive road trip. The beautiful landscapes and thrilling activities will stay with you.

    This tour is eligible to earn ONLYLUXE reward points

    Auckland, New Zealand
    Traverse New Zealand from North to South on this action-packed 17-day self-drive road trip showcasing the country’s best active experiences including 3 of the ...
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  5. North Island Highlights Road Trip 8D7N, Self-Drive

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    Discover the highlights of the North Island at your own pace, with this 8-day nature- and walking-focused self-drive road trip showcasing the Bay of Islands, The Coromandel, Rotorua and Tongariro National Park.

    New Zealand’s North Island offers island sanctuaries and lively cities with a large helping of culture and history for a truly diverse holiday experience. From the Bay of Islands where New Zealand’s political history began, journey through landscapes that blend magnificent beaches and coasts, sprawling farmlands and geothermal wonders. Maori culture is rich and ever-present in many parts of the North Island.

    Departing from Auckland, hit the road to experience the wonders of the North Island. Discover an island paradise of golden, sandy beaches and charming towns in the Bay of Islands; traverse one of New Zealand’s best coastal walks in The Coromandel; explore the world’s youngest geothermal system in Rotorua; and experience one of the world’s best day walks – the Tongariro Alpine Crossing – in Tongariro National Park. Throughout your journey, there will be ample opportunities to stretch the laces on your hiking boots as well as explore the cities, towns and countryside at your own pace.

    This 8-day nature- and walking-focused self-drive package includes 7-nights’ boutique hotel accommodation on a twin share basis. At the end of each fun-filled day, you will sleep in comfort and have access to luxurious facilities and amenities including swimming pools, plunge pools and spas. Eight days full size car rental is included as well as activities and sightseeings as specified in the itinerary. Daily breakfast provided.

    Discover the best of the North Island’s nature and hiking, with this 8-day self-drive road trip. This fertile heartland will inspire you with beautiful coastlines, lush forests and rugged, volcanic mountains.

    This tour is eligible to earn ONLYLUXE reward points

    Auckland, New Zealand
    Discover the highlights of the North Island at your own pace, with this 8-day nature- and walking-focused self-drive road trip showcasing the Bay of ...
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  6. Luxury North Island Golf Trail 11D10N, Self-Drive

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    Tee off on the North Island’s best golf courses on this luxury, 11-day self-drive road trip featuring the world-famous Carrington Estate, Kauri Cliffs, Wairakei, Cape Kidnappers and Paraparamu Beach.

    New Zealand and golf have a long history. Scottish immigrants introduced the game in the 19th century and their links-style courses still thrive today. These courses are set in incredible locations – the North Island’s landscapes range from dramatic coastlines to rolling vineyards and geothermal wonderlands. This road trip will take you on an unforgettable scenic golfing journey.

    Departing from Auckland, hit the road to play the North Island’s best golf courses. Head north to the Karikari Peninsula and Matauri Bay to take on the Carrington Estate and Kauri Cliffs courses, with holes overlooking the Pacific Ocean and played alongside cliffs that plunge into the sea. Head inland to Taupo, where you will play on a championship course immersed in the natural beauty of a wildlife sanctuary, before continuing on to Hawke’s Bay, where you will experience the magic of Cape Kidnappers, with its ridge-and-valley landscape hailed as one of the great modern marvels in golf. Your journey culminates with 18 holes at Paraparamu Beach, regarded by many as one of the greatest links courses in the Southern Hemisphere.

    When you’re not golfing, you will have ample to explore diverse cities and towns at your own pace. Highlights include exploring the world’s youngest geothermal site, the Waimangu Volcanic Valley, tasting world-class wines in Hawke’s Bay, and relaxing by the beach on the Kapiti Coast.

    This 11-day self-drive golfing adventure includes 10-nights’ boutique hotel accommodation on a twin share basis. At the end of each fun-filled day, you will sleep in comfort and have access to luxurious facilities and amenities including swimming pools, plunge pools and spas. Ten days full size car rental is included as well as activities and sightseeings as specified in the itinerary. Daily breakfast provided.

    Create lasting memories on the North Island’s best golf courses with this luxury 11-day golfing package. Come for the golf and stay for the exquisite food and wine, adventure activities, quiet nature and seamless hospitality.

    This tour is eligible to earn ONLYLUXE reward points

    Auckland, New Zealand
    Tee off on the North Island’s best golf courses on this luxury, 11-day self-drive road trip featuring the world-famous Carrington Estate, Kauri Cliffs, ...
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  7. North Island Family Fun Road Trip 9D8N, Self-Drive

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    Entertain the whole family in the North Island with this unforgettable 9-day self-drive road trip including Auckland, the Bay of Islands, Rotorua, and the Waitomo Glow Worm Caves.

    New Zealand’s North Island offers island sanctuaries and lively cities with a large helping of culture and history for a truly diverse holiday experience. From the Bay of Islands where New Zealand’s political history began, journey through landscapes that blend magnificent beaches and coasts, sprawling farmlands and geothermal wonders. Maori culture is rich and ever-present in many parts of the North Island.

    Departing from Auckland, hit the road to make lasting memories in the North Island. Discover an island paradise of golden, sandy beaches and charming towns in the Bay of Islands; explore the world’s youngest geothermal system in Rotorua; ride the rapids on the Rangitaki River; immerse yourself in traditional Maori life at the Tamaki Maori Village; and witness the spectacle of a thousand sparkling glow worms at the wonderous Waitomo Glow Worm Caves. Throughout your journey, there will be ample free time to explore the cities, towns and countryside at your own pace. The kids will never be bored!

    This 9-day family fun self-drive package includes 8-nights’ kid-friendly accommodation in 2-bedroom apartments, hotels and townhouses. At the end of each fun-filled day, you will sleep in comfort and have access to luxurious facilities and amenities including swimming pools and spas. Nine days premium 4WD rental is included as well as activities and sightseeings as specified in the itinerary.

    Give the family an adventure they will never forget, with this 9-day self-drive road trip through the North Island. The best thing about memories is making them!

    This tour is eligible to earn ONLYLUXE reward points

    Auckland, New Zealand
    Entertain the whole family in the North Island with this unforgettable 9-day self-drive road trip including Auckland, the Bay of Islands, Rotorua, and the ...
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  8. Solitaire Lodge

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    One of New Zealand’s premier luxury lodges, Solitaire Lodge Rotorua features breathtaking views over Lake Tarawera and lush natural bush and volcanic landscape backdrop. Enjoy the peace and quiet in the tranquil setting in a luxurious suite, all of which boast panoramic views over the lake and magnificent volcano. Indulge in daily changing menus with fresh local ingredients offering contemporary New Zealand cuisine, complemented by a variety of superb wines from a selection of regional vineyard. Experience your surrounds with an array of premium activities in a natural New Zealand lake setting or take an excursion to the volcanic plateaus and thermal wonders. Whether it is simple relaxation, thrilling adventure or a bit of both, make Solitaire Lodge your luxury escape.

     

    * The accommodation rating and pricing is a guide only, reviewed by Onlyluxe Travel Experts. Please note that pricing can change at any time. Please contact us for exact pricing and more information.

    Rotorua, New Zealand
    One of New Zealand’s premier luxury lodges, Solitaire Lodge Rotorua features breathtaking views over Lake Tarawera and lush natural bush and volcanic landscape ...
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  9. Treetops Lodge & Estate

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    A haven for nature-lovers, fishing enthusiasts and adventure-seekers, Treetops offers the ultimate escape to reconnect with the outdoors. Located among 800-year old native forest in the iconic region of Rotorua on New Zealand’s North Island, Treetops is an award-winning lodge operating in harmony with its unique environment. From here, guests can immerse in spectacular volcanic scenery or discover a region rich in Maori history and tradition. Treetops Lodge & Estate offers luxurious accommodation in four Lodge suites and eight secluded villas, each unique in character and design. Relax and rejuvenate at Treetops, surrounded by native virgin forest and spectacular wilderness views.

     

    * The accommodation rating and pricing is a guide only, reviewed by Onlyluxe Travel Experts. Please note that pricing can change at any time. Due to different accommodation custom and currency conversion in each country, please contact us if need to know most updated pricing and more details about the accommodation.

    Horohoro, New Zealand
    A haven for nature-lovers, fishing enthusiasts and adventure-seekers, Treetops offers the ultimate escape to reconnect with the outdoors. Located among 800-year old native forest ...
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  10. Lake Waikaremoana Lodge Walk 4D3N, Fully Guided

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    Be part of small group, journey into the enchanted mysticalgreen world, and trace the shoreline of Lake Waikaremoana. Walk some of the most spectacular sections of the Lake Waikaremoana Great Walk, hike through dense native Whirinaki Rainforest, be awed by spectacular geological formations, idyllic lakes, waterfalls and rivers, while staying in comfortable old lodge run by local iwi (Maori tribe).

    Classed as one of 'New Zealand's Great Walks', you'll marvel at giant native trees and secluded beaches, soak up the fascinating spiritual history, and enjoy truly breathtaking views. This lodge based hiking expedition is one of the North Island's most unforgettable wilderness escapes.

    Enclosed by the pristine native forest of Te Urewera National Park, Lake Waikaremoanais believed to be New Zealand's last frontier. This was the last place to be explored by European settlers, and due to its rugged and remote nature it is still like stepping back 100 years in time. It is the ancestral home of the Maori tribe Ngai Tuhoe - the 'Children of the Mist', and has the largest area of native forest in the North Island. Along the Lake Waikaremoana Tack, you will enjoy prehistoric rainforest, wetland, waterfalls, perfect sunsets, birdsong and spiritual history.

    This is a full guided and all inclusive walking tour. Each day you walk 4-7 hours over varied terrain on formed trails guided by experienced local guides. With support boat transporting most of your gear, you only need to carry a light bag and spare more time to immerse yourself in beautiful Lake Waikaremoana.

    At the end of your four-day walk, return inspired by our nature.

    Dates or itinerary don't fit?  We are specialising in bespoke "tailor-made" luxury or private journeys. Please contact us for a "tailor-made" itinerary for your perfect adventure.

    This tour is eligible to earn ONLYLUXE reward points

    Rotorua, New Zealand
    Be part of small group, journey into the enchanted mysticalgreen world, and trace the shoreline of Lake Waikaremoana. Walk some of the most spectacular ...
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