See more, do more and go further off the beaten track on our adventurous hop-on hop-off guided travel network!
A Hop-on Hop-off Travel Pass is a great way to see New Zealand, access stunning destinations, meet like-minded travelers, get great recommendations from your Driver Guide and best of all have total flexibility to hop-on or hop-off where ever you like along the route. This pass can be completed in 10 days, but is valid for 12 months so you can spend as long as you like any destination along the way. Accommodation and activities are bookable via your Driver Guide day by day which means there is no need to book anything in advance.
On this trip you will spend time at some of New Zealand's most beautiful beaches, walk the world renowned Tongariro Crossing, explore a high country station with a conservation focus, visit the fun capital City (famous for its craft brews and coffee culture) and so much more.....
Auckland to Hahei
Depart Auckland for Hahei, renowned for its natural beauty and pristine swimming beach. If the tide is in our favour, you'll go to the unique Hot Water Beach where you can dig your own personal spa pool in the sand!
Relax on the beach or take a scenic walk or kayak to the nearby Cathedral Cove. If you prefer water sports go scuba diving, snorkelling or take a glass bottom boat tour.
Hahei to Raglan
Visit the world-renowned surf town of Raglan. There’s no better place to learn to surf; but if you don’t fancy a splash in the waves, watch the surfers from the beach or enjoy a bush walk. Chill out or go hard in this arty surf town.
Raglan (via Waitomo) to Rotorua
Departing early, our first stop on route to Rotorua is at Waitomo Caves! Our second stop is the Hobbiton Movie Set. What a day! Those not interested in Hobbiton can continue on to Rotorua.
Rotorua to Lake Aniwhenua
Try one of the adventure activities on offer in Rotorua in the morning before heading to Lake Aniwhenua. Here you'll learn about Maori culture, see some of the oldest Maori rock carvings, visit the local Marae (Maori meeting house) and learn how to cook a traditional ‘Hangi’ dinner!
Lake Aniwhenua to Whakahoro
After breakfast we’ll depart to drop lunch packs off at a nearby school as part of an inspiring community project that brightens the lives of local school children. Then it’s on to Taupo to visit Huka Falls with the option to Skydive over Lake Taupo! Then we head off the grid to Whakahoro, one of the most remote parts of the North Island. We stay at Blue Duck Station, an award winning conservation farm.
Today is yours to fully explore! Go on a 4WD bush safari, horseback riding, kayaking or walk to the Kaiwhakauka waterfall.
Whakahoro to Tongaririo National Park
Head into Tongariro National Park for a chance to hike the Tongariro Crossing (19km); rated as New Zealand’s best one-day walk. There are other options for shorter walks around this volcanic region or visiting the Volcanic Centre Museum.
Tongaririo National Park to Wellington
Today we make our way to Wellington, New Zealand’s capital city. Get a taste of ‘Wellywood’ when you head out to the world famous Weta Workshop for an in-depth, behind the scenes look at the studio responsible for blockbuster films such as The Hobbit, Lord of the Rings and Avatar. In Wellington you will see the parliament buildings, including the iconic Beehive, Te Papa; the national museum and the bustling waterfront area.
Wellington to Auckland (via Taupo)
Today is an express journey from Wellington to Auckland. We stop in Taupo for lunch.