Auckland Travel Blog: Part 3

1-Day Hobbiton, Rotorua & Waitomo Caves Tours

New Zealand Travel Blog: Part 1

New Zealand Travel Blog: Part 2

My 2nd day in New Zealand was full of tours and the tour bus was scheduled to come at 6:30 in the morning. So I woke up around 5:00 AM to get prepared. Whenever I am in a foreign country, I get worried about not getting up on time and missing my tours, so I always set up 2 alarms. This has made me not miss any tours so far.

It was too early to go outside and have breakfast. I always keep some cereal breakfast bars with me for situations like this, so I made good use of my breakfast bar and hotel-supplied coffee. As I was waiting in the hotel lobby and keeping an eye on the street, the tour coach came right on time.

New Zealand is a country in the southwestern Pacific Ocean made of two main islands: North and South Island. On this tour, I will be staying within North Island where three-quarters of New Zealanders live and all the big cities are located.

Hobbiton, Rotorua and Waitomo Caves are all located in North Island and I will be able to complete this full trip in one day and still come back to Auckland to sleep at night.

The tour coach was a late model Mercedes Mini Bus and its operator/guide was very friendly. Somehow, he figured out that I was from North America. We would stop at a few other hotels to pick up more customers before starting our trip to Hobbiton through Waikato. Reaching Hobbiton would take 2 – 2.5 hours and the scenery is supposed to be gorgeous through the Kaimai mountain Ranges and Hauraki Plains.