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North Island Family Road Trip Adventure

Wellington, Taupo, Rotorua, Waiheke Island & Auckland

Best time to travel
Sep – May
Ideal length
13 nights
Perfect for
From (incl flights)
€3,749 pp (2 adults, 2 children)

At a glance

  • International flights from Dublin to Wellington and home from Auckland.
  • Meet & greet on arrival, private airport transfers, ferry transfer and 9 days' pre-arranged car rental in a Toyota Prado, or similar.
  • 13 nights’ accommodation with our partner properties in Wellington, Taupo, Rotorua, Waiheke Island and Auckland.
  • Experience the best of New Zealand’s adventure sports with an adventure river safari along the Waikato River and Zorbing in Rotorua.
  • Escape the real world and journey to Middle-earth with a tour of the set of Hobbiton, as seen in the Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit trilogies.
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Journey through the landscapes of New Zealand’s North Island where magnificent beaches, sprawling farmlands and geothermal wonders blend into a stunning collage. Hidden amongst the scenery are incredible family adventures. From the hillside dwellings of Hobbits to the fascinating formations of Orakei Korako, North Island entices with unique experiences. Equipped with your rental car, venture across North Island, spending days at pristine beaches, adventuring in the countryside and exploring lively cities.

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Trip Overview

Depart from Dublin to Wellington.

You will be greeted on arrival by an OROKO representative and privately transferred to your luxury hotel in the city centre for a two night stay. Explore the city’s Victorian museums, theatres and galleries, and experience the powerful breeze of the world’s windiest city.

Journey to the shores of Lake Taupo.

Collect your rental car and drive to Taupo for a three night stay. Enjoy a thermal safari thrill ride along the Waikato River, jetting past the abundant birdlife, pine forests and steaming volcanic riverbanks. Arrive at Orakei Korako, a geothermal area of boiling mud, geysers and silica terraces.

Lake Taupo
Enjoy family adventures in Rotorua.

Spend two nights on the shores of Lake Rotorua. Tumble down zigzagging hill trails on an exhilarating Zorb experience and explore the tiny hillside homes of Tolkien’s beloved characters on a Hobbiton movie set tour.

Ride the ferry to Waiheke Island.

Enjoy a four night stay here, lounging on white beaches as the emerald waters of the Hauraki Gulf ripple against the shore. When you’ve had enough of lazing in the sun, explore the island’s quirky galleries, boutique wineries, swanky restaurants and cosy craft stores.

Waiheke Island
Your last stop is cosmopolitan Auckland.

Drop off your rental car and settle into your luxury hotel for a two night stay. The city is home to a myriad of museum exhibitions from Maori culture to sea monsters. Auckland’s parks are constantly hosting colourful festivals packed with food vendors and live music.

Transfer to the international airport for your flight home.

Arrive in Dublin.

Tailoring your holiday

OROKO Itineraries are created with you in mind and no two are the same. These can be used to help plan your trip - or we can design a completely different itinerary to suit you.

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Where to rest your head

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Bolton Hotel

Bolton Hotel

Family owned and in the heart of Wellington, Bolton Hotel is a sanctuary amongst the energy and excitement of the capital.

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Hilton Lake Taupo

Hilton Lake Taupo

Enjoy breathtaking views of its namesake lake and the surrounding scenery from the comfort of the Hilton Lake Taupo.

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Black Swan Lakeside Boutique Hotel

Black Swan Lakeside Boutique Hotel

Perfectly poised on the edge of Lake Rotorua, Black Swan Lakeside Boutique Hotel is ideally situated to enjoy the beauty of New Zealand.

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delamore lodge

Delamore Lodge

Sitting on Auckland’s Waiheke Island, Delamore Lodge is the jewel of the stunning Hauraki Gulf.

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Sofitel Auckland Viaduct Harbour

Sofitel Auckland Viaduct Harbour

Sofitel Auckland Viaduct Harbour combines the spirit of the Viaduct Harbour with French Art de Vivre.

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What people are saying

Conor in OROKO arranged a holiday this summer for us and our four teenage boys. We were unsure where to go and his advice was fantastic! He took over completely after a consultation about our expectations, taking into consideration our boys’ needs too! He most certainly delivered a tremendous holiday for us all – way beyond what we could have done ourselves, with each of our three destinations better than the last. All incredibly located and absolutely stunning!

Everything was done for us – check-ins/five-star transfers/individual bag tags/ferry transfers with all seats pre-booked! Conor was incredibly helpful, patient, knowledgable and open. It made our trip truly memorable from conception to finish and I cannot fathom planning a trip again without OROKO! Thank you for everything we will never forget it!

Valerie & family – Greece, 2022


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