Golden Triangle Experience

The best way for a first time visitor to experience New Zealand’s must-see destinations. Unwind on one of New Zealand’s most scenic highways, our Golden Triangle experience has been intricately designed for those who wish to see iconic sites and magnificent treasures.

You'll travel with the assurance that all your arrangements are taken care of, with complementary pick ups, booking accommodation and all the touring listed below. New Zealand’s Golden Triangle Experience comprises the three most visited cities in the country's Waitomo, Rotorua and Matamata (Hobbiton), which are all connected to each other by good road links. Within a small radius, you can experience three cities of varying landscapes and get a taste of three very different and distinct sides of the country. Thanks to the abundance of mesmerizing sights and ancient attractions.  

 

If you only have a short time in New Zealand, it’s the perfect route to get a taste for what this wild country is all about, and you’ll immerse in the rich and vibrant culture. For those who don’t have time to read through the entire itinerary, here are some of the highlights you can enjoy on the Golden Triangle experience in New Zealand. However, a mind stretched by a new experience cannot go back to its old dimension. A Golden Triangle tour is sure to be a life-changing journey!

 

Experience one of the three destinations in the Golden Triangle, Waitomo

  • Discover all that Waitomo has to offer with this super scenic Triple Cave experience, where you’ll discover three of the most breathtaking, magical caves in Waitomo and in New Zealand. 

  • The glowworm (Arachnocampa Luminosa) is unique to New Zealand, making the Waitomo Glowworm Caves an absolute must-do. See thousands of these tiny creatures as they radiate their unmistakable luminescent light in a subterranean world.

  • An ancient world 30 million years in the making and marvel at Mother Nature’s light display as you glide silently through the starry wonderland of the Glowworm Grotto. 

  • Many of our current guides are descendants of the Māori chief who originally explored the cave and can share with you the remarkable history of the area. 

  • At Aranui cave, discover the exquisite interior decorations that have to be seen to be believed. The high chambers, magnificent limestone formations and the pale brown, pink and white shades of the huge stalactites in the Aranui Cave are truly spectacular. 

  • At Ruakairi cave, experience a captivating blend of the most compelling subterranean experiences (including glowworms), it will leave you open-mouthed, awe-struck and humbled by the sheer majesty of nature. Begin the tour by journeying down through the spectacular, man-made spiral entrance, marvel at the softly folding shawl-like limestone formations and crystal tapestries while listening to the distant thunder of subterranean waterfalls.

 

Rotorua, home to a living Māori village and the New Zealand Māori  Arts and Crafts Institute.— the second destination in New Zealand’a Golden Triangle — offers plenty more in terms of historically significant landmarks and attractions renowned for its geothermal activity. You definitely want to check out the rest of attractions when in the city.

  • See the history and beauty of the Lady Knox Geyser at 10.15 am every day. Lady Knox Geyser provides a unique opportunity to see an eruption to heights of 10 to 20 metres.  

  • Sculptured out of volcanic activity and thousands of years in the making, Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland is considered to be New Zealand’s most colourful and diverse geothermal sightseeing attraction.

  • Visit the Mud Pool to complete your experience at Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland. The largest mud pool in New Zealand.

  • Skyline, A Fun, Family-Friendly Rotorua Activity! 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. First up, ride the sweeping bends of the Scenic track through the Redwoods Forest.  After a stunning chair-lift ride back to the top, the Intermediate and Advanced tracks await. Once Is Never Enough! 

  • Majestic and magical, the Redwoods Treewalk experience is truly a walk to remember. Suspended high above the forest floor, encounter 75-metre tall redwoods as you walk across eco-suspended bridges and platforms intricately designed to honour and accentuate the stunning natural environment. Enjoy at your own pace with no safety harnesses or training required and appreciate the peacefulness and spirit of this special forest.Along the walk are informative story boards that will educate all the family on local stories and forestry.

 

Last but not the least of the golden triangle is, entering the middle earth - Hobbiton Movie Set.

  • The enchanting village of Hobbiton Movie Set In the heart of New Zealand, you can step into the lush pastures of the Shire with a guided tour of Hobbiton, as featured in The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit Trilogies.

  • 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.

  • Get lost among the hobbit holes and visit the Green Dragon Inn, the mill and the Party Tree. Listen to spell-binding tales of how Hobbiton came to be. 

  • You can spend 30-45 mins shopping in the official Hobbiton Gift Shop and grabbing a drink or a bite in the famous Shire’s Rest Café

 

Whilst it may have only been three days since you left, you will return a different person as the Golden Triangle undoubtedly leaves a lasting impression on all who visit. Travel is getting to know yourself by facing new experience.

Golden Triangle Experience

Tour Highlights [Day 1]

  • Pick up from Auckland

  • Private Transportation

  • Snacks & Water

  • Stops for Scenic Photos

  • Guided Experience at Glowworm Cave

  • Guided Experience at Aranui Cave

  • Guided Experience at Ruakuri Cave

  • Overnight Stay in Rotorua

Tour Highlights [Day 2]

  • Pick up from Rotorua

  • Self-Guided Experience at Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, Lady Knox Geyser, Champagne Pool

  • Skyline Gondola & Luge Experience

  • Rotorua City Highlights Tour

  • Redwoods Nightwalk

  • Overnight Stay in Rotorua

Tour Highlights [Day 3]

 

  • Pick up from Rotorua

  • Guided Experience at the Hobbiton Movie Set

  • Free Beer or Ginger Beer or Cider in Green Dragon Inn

  • Return to Auckland

 

Tour Duration: 2 Nights & 3 Days

This experience can be customised.

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