Stark volcanic landscapes, white sandy beaches and an intriguing Maori heritage …New Zealand’s North Island is a landscape loaded with contrast. This guided road tour from Auckland to Rotorua offers eight days of riding through some of the North Island’s most fascinating regions. Here’s a overview of what to expect.
The city of sails
Situated between two beautiful harbours, Auckland is a scenic and vibrant waterside city. There’s plenty to see and do before your tour starts: take a trip up the Sky Tower, check out the many museums and galleries or enjoy a leisurely wander along the waterfront.
Coastal scenery aplenty
From Auckland you’ll head to the Coromandel, a beautiful peninsula that’s packed full of white sandy beaches and ocean vistas. The windy coastal road from Thames to Coromandel town is especially fun to ride and boasts magnificent views over the Firth of Thames.
Bask in your own beach hot pool
You’ll pay a visit to Hot Water Beach, where you can dig your own hot pool in the sand. Just nearby is the photogenic Cathedral Cove, which featured in the film The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian.
Fan of Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit? You’ll be delighted to know this tour includes a meander through the rolling hills of the Waikato… aka the Shire! The set is open for visitors and a two-hour guided tour lets you peek at the Hobbit Holes and enjoy a drink at the Green Dragon™ Inn.
Weird and wonderful geothermal activity
Rotorua is a hotbed of bubbling mudpools, hissing steam vents and sulphuric smells. It’s also a region of great significance to the Maori and offers numerous cultural activities, including Whakarewarewa, a thermal reserve and living Maori village. If you want to keep riding, Whakarewarewa Forest and the Redwoods is home to around 130km of mountain bike trails.
Head to our website to check out full details of this all-inclusive North Island cycle tour:
8-day Guided Road Tour from Auckland to Rotorua
Have a great week,