Fall in love with the Alexander family sheep farm, just as acclaimed director Sir Peter Jackson did, as you journey through the unequivocal beauty of the land, with the mighty Kaimai Ranges towering in the distance. Your guide will then escort you around the set, showing the intricate detailing, pointing out the most famous locations and explaining how the movie magic was made. You will be fully guided around the 12 acre set; past Hobbit Holes, the Mill and into the world-famous Green Dragon Inn, where you will be presented with a complimentary, exclusive Hobbit Southfarthing beverage to conclude your own Middle-earth adventure.
World-renowned and a magnet for both local and overseas visitors, the Waitomo Glowworm Caves occupy a high placing in the New Zealand vacation wish-list.
The glowworm, Arachnocampa luminosa, is unique to New Zealand. Thousands of these tiny creatures radiate their unmistakable luminescent light as our expert guides provide informative commentary on the Caves’ historical and geological significance.
Jump on board one of the eight-seater Gondola cabins and experience spectacular views of Lake Rotorua, the city and steaming geothermal vistas. Nestle into a Luge cart and zip off with friends or family to discover who has the skills to master the Luge. The part go-cart, part toboggan is gravity fuelled with full rider control over speed and direction using a unique braking and steering system. The Luge is great for any age and small children can ride with adults.
For over 40 years, visitors from all over the globe have come to the Agrodome to see the world-famous Farm Show starring a cast of talented animals… and you! After the show explore the Agrodome 350-acre working farm with the Farm Tour. During this guided tour, you’ll get to hand-feed loads of friendly animals and sample delicious kiwi fruit juice and honey from the land.
Journey back to a time of proud warriors and ancient traditions with Tamaki Maori Village, the most award-winning cultural attraction in New Zealand. Experience ceremonial rituals, powerful performances and hangi feasting. Learn about the customs, protocols and stories that have been passed through the generations of time. Welcome to the world of the Maori!
New Zealand’s most colourful geothermal attraction – just a short drive from either Rotorua or Taupo. An area in which the landscape has been sculptured by geothermal activity and where unique volcanic features can be viewed from well defined tracks. Unique features include the world famous Champagne Pool naturally coloured springs, bubbling mud, steaming ground, expansive vistas, huge volcanic craters and sinter terrace formations.
Join the locals on a unique 2.5 hour Lake Taupo cruise to the extraordinary 14-meter high Mine Bay Maori Rock Carvings. Sailing Taupo’s beautiful bays, Sail Barbary’s two electric yachts offer one of the best eco-friendly things to do in Taupo. The perfect mix of relaxation, fun and adventure! Soak up the sun or roll up your sleeves; you can take the wheel, help hoist the sails or just sit back and enjoy the view.
Redwoods Treewalk is a 600-metre long, eco-tourism walk in the heart of Rotorua’s Redwood Forest. Consisting of a series of 23 suspension bridges, traversing 22 majestic Redwood trees that are more than 117-years-old. The height of the walkway ranges between 6 m and 20 m, allowing an elevated view of the forest below.
Your skydive begins with a scenic plane ride up to 12,000ft. You’ll begin to get incredible views of Lake Taupo, Mount Ruapehu and Mount Ngauruhoe – also known as Mount Doom from Lord of the Rings. As you plunge from the plane into the fresh air, you’ll experience the best adrenaline rush of your life! Reaching speeds of up to 200km per hour, the thrill of freefall is something you’ll never forget. After an insane 45 seconds of freefall, you’ll then float back to earth with a relaxing parachute ride with your tandem master, arriving safe and soundly back at the drop zone.
Fly to and land on New Zealand’s only permanently active volcano White Island. Leaving the Rotorua city lakefront you will fly north past the northern lakes district before crossing the coast on track to White Island. Arriving overhead the volcano enjoy aerial views of the active crater before landing on this lunar like surface. Here embark upon a leisurely guided tour of the island's crater floor to view active steam vents 'fumaroles', hot streams, vibrant sulphur formations and the steaming crater. This landscape is constantly changing as the activity forms new features and removes old ones. The Crater Lake changes in depth and temperature so that from one day to the next the landscape is different.
Spend 4.5 hours experiencing the diverse marine wildlife and stunning scenery of Auckland’s Hauraki Gulf Marine Park. See wild marine mammals and rare birds living in their natural habitat. Explore amongst volcanic islands with views of sandy beaches and hidden coves. Share special moments and close encounters with wildlife while capturing photos of rare birds, marine mammals and unique island views.
Experience Lake Taupo’s renowned trout fishing or just sit back and enjoy the scenery while your mates do all the work. Most fishing on Lake Taupo takes the form of trolling either lures or flies (no bait fishing is permitted). We use a combination of downriggers, harling and trolling on board – depending on the time of day, weather and client time restraints. You do not need any experience or fishing gear as the experienced team members are there to help.
You'll start your unforgettable adventure with an on-shore safety briefing and paddle instructions with the experienced guides. You and the rest of the crew will then begin your white water rafting journey on grade 3 rapids - an ideal grade for experienced paddlers or first-time rafters. In 2.5 hours you navigate over 60 heart-pounding, roller coaster rapids with an expert guide at the helm. Throughout the trip you’ll be treated to sights only accessed by raft. Enjoy the spectacular unspoilt wilderness and adrenalin-pumping action!
The North Island's most popular bungy jump is a real blast. The unique cantilever platform projects out from the cliff-top, above the inviting waters of the Waikato River below. Whether you choose to bungy solo or tandem, the highly trained crew pride themselves in providing you with an exhilarating and safe bungy experience. If you want to add even more thrills to your jump, why not try a water touch? Bungy Taupo specialise in getting people wet, whether you'd rather a hand touch or full body submersion, they endeavour to deliver a refreshing adventure.
This half hour of thrills, fun and excitement takes you along a beautiful river environment, lined with native bush, sheer rock cliff face and hot water streams. Hold on tight as you'll be travelling in one of the state of the art jet boats at an incredible 80km an hour! Along the way the trademark 360 degree spins will leave you with a beaming smile and a heart pumping with adrenaline. And that's even before reaching the spectacular Huka Falls! From your unique vantage point on the jet boat you will have the best water level view of Huka Falls – New Zealand’s most visited natural attraction.
Enjoy breath-taking views of Taupo and its two most inspirational scenic icons, the Huka Falls and Maori Rock Carvings. An aerial view is the only way to truly appreciate the majesty of these features one carved in time by nature the other by man in culture.
Embark on a zipline Canopy Tour deep within a native forest that has stood for centuries. This 3 hour wilderness adventure mixes fun, education and conservation into a once in a lifetime experience.