Distance & Duration
342km/213mi, 4hr 30mins
This is a big driving day, and potentially a bit long for some holidaymakers. Consider stopping for a night at Waitomo or Hamilton - or perhaps make a side tour to Raglan beach and spend a night there.
From Rotorua, make your way to an ancient limestone region best known for its vast cave systems displaying stunning arrays of stalactites and stalagmites, and occasionally illuminated by glow worms. Experience this for yourself at Waitomo Caves, where numerous tours allow you to explore this underground wonderland. If you have some time, make the visit to the beautiful Marokopa Falls. Heading north to Auckland, consider stopping by Hamilton Gardens - one of New Zealand's finest!