Distance & Duration
228km/142mi, 2hr 50mins
Half an hour from Rotorua, you'll come to the small town of Matamata, now famous for its proximity to Hobbiton, film set from Lord of the Rings. From the delights of Hobbiton, continue north towards Auckland, with an optional detour to Hamilton, where you may enjoy a visit to Hamilton Gardens - among New Zealand's finest. From Hamilton, its a little under two hours to the 'City of Sails' - the stunning harbour city that is the largest in New Zealand. Take a visit to Mt Eden and explore the beautiful harbour.