short break icon 4 Day Short Break

Adventure to Middle-Earth

  • Maori culture at Te Puia

    Maori culture at Te Puia

  • Bag End at Hobbiton

    Bag End at Hobbiton

  • Hobbiton


  • Waitomo Glow Worm Grotto

    Waitomo Glow Worm Grotto

Tour codes: ZRH4R, ZRH4S

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Accommodation Standards


As this Short Break departs at 6.45am, accommodation will need to be pre-booked for the previous night. You’ll travel with a different Driver Guide and group of like-minded travellers each day, for a more diverse experience.

Day 1: Auckland – Rotorua

Travel through the lush farmland past Rangiriri, the location of a historic Maori Land Wars site. On arrival in Waitomo, tour with a local guide through the world-famous Waitomo Caves. Finish with a silent boat ride through the Glow Worm Grotto, a subterranean cavern lit by thousands of tiny glow worms. Later cross the Central North Island and enter Middle-earth! Just outside the rural township of Matamata is the private farm that was transformed into The Shire for Peter Jackson's The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit trilogies. Visit Hobbiton, home to Bilbo, Frodo and friends, for a guided tour and find out how the sets were created. You'll get the chance to see Hobbit holes, the Mill, the Green Dragon Inn and many other structures created for the films. Afterwards, continue to Rotorua.

Hotel: Copthorne Hotel (Standard) or Millennium Hotel, Rotorua (Superior), 2 nights.

Included Meals: Lunch

Day 2: Rotorua

Your first stop is Te Puia, one of New Zealand's foremost cultural venues. Immerse yourself Maori tradition, see master carvers and weavers at work, then enter the neighbouring Whakarewarewa Thermal Valley, an extraordinary landscape of geysers, steam and bubbling pools of boiling mud. At Rainbow Springs Nature Park see kiwi in the nocturnal viewing house and learn about conservation efforts to protect these endangered birds. You can also get up close to a wide range of native and exotic birds, fish, reptiles and other animals. Then get a taste of New Zealand's agricultural industry at the Agrodome, a working farm where you can see all kinds of rural action! Your tour concludes with a one hour lunch cruise around Lake Rotorua on board the historic paddle boat, the Lakeland Queen. Take in the sights of Sulphur Bay, Hinemoa's Point, Mokoia Island and Kawaha Point. Tonight enjoy a unique Maori Hangi feast and concert on a local Marae.

Included Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 3: Rotorua – Auckland

Spend a free day in Rotorua before returning through lush forests to Auckland.

Hotel: Scenic Hotel Auckland (Standard) or The Langham Hotel Auckland (Superior)

Included Meals: Breakfast

Day 4: Farewell from Auckland

You’ll be transferred to Auckland Airport for your onward flight (flights anytime).

Included Meals: Breakfast

Note: This itinerary is valid for departures until 30 September 2017.

4 Day Short Break


Daily 6.45am


Morning of day 4

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Our special discounted rates make booking accommodation with us during your holiday both easy and affordable at selected AAT Kings hotels and resorts.
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  • Accommodation
  • Breakfasts (3)
  • Lunches (2)
  • Dinner (1)
  • Experienced Driver Guides
  • Detailed and informative commentary
  • Travel in an air-conditioned coach
  • Return airport transfers - flight details to be provided 14 days prior to travel

What to bring

  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • Sunglasses, sunscreen and hat
  • Water bottle
  • Camera
  • Jacket in the cooler months

Fitness requirement

Low level of fitness required.

Accommodation Standards & Prices

Choose from a range of accommodation standards below. AAT Kings has hand-picked a range of hotels in key destinations to suit all kinds of budgets and we’ve pre-negotiated amazing prices for you.

Tour with Standard Accommodation (ZRH4R)

Standard Room Copthorne Hotel Rotorua
Where you'll be staying
  • Copthorne Hotel  
  • Scenic Hotel Auckland  
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Tour with Superior Accommodation (ZRH4S)

Superior Room Millennium Hotel Rotorua
Where you'll be staying
  • Millennium Hotel, Rotorua  
  • The Langham Hotel Auckland  
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Prices above may vary according to your departure date. 

Please Note: Itinerary, departure dates & prices may be subject to change.

Your choice of accommodation standards

Choose from a range of accommodation standards. AAT Kings has hand-picked a range of hotels in key destinations to suit all kinds of budgets and we’ve pre-negotiated amazing prices for you.

  • Standard (R)

  • Copthorne Hotel
    Fenton St, Rotorua 3010, North Island
    • Copthorne Hotel Rotorua - Exterior
    • Copthorne Hotel Rotorua - Standard Room
    • Copthorne Hotel Rotorua - Pool
    • Copthorne Hotel Rotorua - Lobby
    • Copthorne Hotel Rotorua - Bar Area

    Marrying stylish contemporary accommodation with agreeable amenities, Copthorne Hotel Rotorua is a superb choice for the holidaymaker who wants to explore the geothermal wonderland of Rotorua.

    • Features
    • Satellite TV
    • Refrigerator
    • Coffee/tea making facilities
    • Iron / Ironing Board
    • Hair Dryer
    • Ceiling fan
    • Radio
  • Scenic Hotel Auckland
    380 Queen Street, Auckland 1010
    • Scenic Hotel Auckland Studio Room
    • Scenic Hotel Auckland Lobby
    • Scenic Hotel Auckland Exterior

    Located in central Queen Street, Scenic Hotel Auckland is in the heart of the Auckland central business district (CBD). This beautiful four-star Auckland hotel has transformed the landmark art deco MLC building into elegant and spacious apartment style accommodation.

    Scenic Hotel Auckland welcomes guests to enjoy stylish inner-city accommodation that offers space and convenience. A lavish renovation of this heritage building blends its fabulous art deco architecture with a contemporary feel and modern comforts.

    • Features
    • Air-conditioning
    • Kitchenette
    • Sky TV
    • Tea & Coffee Facilities
    • Wireless Internet access
    • Mini-bar (surcharge)
    • Iron
    • Hairdryer
    • Refrigerator
  • Millennium Hotel, Rotorua
    Corner Eruera & Hinemaru St, Rotorua 3010, North Island
    • Zazu Bar at Millennium Hotel Rotorua
    • Lobby at Millennium Hotel Rotorua
    • Nikau Restaurant at Millennium Hotel Rotorua
    • Superior Room at Millennium Hotel Rotorua
    • Front Exterior at Millennium Hotel Rotorua

    Centrally located in the city beside mystical Lake Rotorua, this hotel is just a brief stroll from the Rotorua Museum, Convention Centres and adjacent to a Polynesian Spa.

    • Features
    • Air Conditioning
    • Mini Bar
    • Coffee/tea making facilities
    • Internet Access
    • Sky TV
    • Personalised message and wakeup service
    • Work Desk
    • Radio
    • Hair Dryer
    • In-room safe
    • Iron / Ironing Board
  • The Langham Hotel Auckland
    83 Symonds St Grafton, Auckland 1010 New Zealand
    • The Langham Hotel Auckland Executive Room
    • The Langham Hotel Auckland Lobby
    • The Langham Hotel Auckland exterior

    The Langham Hotel Auckland exudes a timeless elegance that celebrates the past, yet embraces the future. As a luxury Auckland hotel, we will enchant you with our tradition of graceful living.


    • Features
    • LCD TV
    • Work Desk
    • Tea & Coffee Facilities
    • Shower Over Bath
    • Deluxe Marble Bathroom
    • In-room Movies (fee applies)
    • Manual temperature control
    • Blackout drapes/curtains
    • Iron / Ironing Board
    • In-room safe
    • Room service
    • Business Facilities
    • Mini-bar (surcharge)
    • Satellite TV
    • Broadband Internet access
    • Phone
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