Category: North Island

Sunday November 6th, Hamilton – Paihia

Because we could only go on the 13:30 boat around the Bay of Islands and to Hole in the Rock we had to get to Paihia by 1 o’clock. That meant an early start and making no stops. The time

Saturday November 5th, Rotorua – Hamilton

A hefty 326 Km was our target today. By evening we had to be in Hamilton. The direct route is short but we made a large detour to see some extra attractions. We stopped in Tirau where most shops have

Friday November 4th, Rotorua

We kept a close eye on the weather report today as we had booked a helicopter tour to White Island. On the way to the lakefront heliport we visited the Maori village and church first before “checking in” for our

Thursday November 3rd, Taupo – Rotorua

Another short drive today because of the stops we’ve planned. After just 52 Km we arrived at Wai-O-Tapu, one of the many geothermal parks in the area. A stroll along the walking paths brought us along the red and blue

Wednesday November 2nd, Tongariro – Taupo

It was only a short drive today to Taupo but we had a few things to see before arriving at our B&B in the evening. First stop was Orakei Korako where a small boat took us across the river to