All our itineraries start and finish in Rotorua, the hub of Little Green Tours.
Transfers from and to other points can be arranged at additional cost.
These itineraries are designed like modules so you can add on places you want to visit, returning after your overnight stay back to Rotorua, our hub.
Tour 4: Te Aroha Mineral Spa, the Water (Wai) Element (2 Days)
Pick up from Rotorua accommodation.
Travelling over the Mamaku Range foothills and into the Te Puke kiwifruit growing region our journey takes us to the beautiful Kaiate Falls where water cascades down a ravine over three levels. An easy walk (of approximately 45 minutes return) along forest trails leads to the foot of the falls with many vantage points and lookouts across Welcome Bay to the coast.
Driving through the coastal city of Tauranga and Mount Maunganui (Mauao) known for its white sand beaches and popular surfing, we follow the coast north then head inland through Athenree Gorge to the gold mining town of Waihi (meaning ‘water gushing out’) the site of a gold rush which has spanned three centuries.
In Waihi you will board the restored Goldfields Railway Train for a 6.5km journey following the Karangahake River and across dairy farmland to the quaint Waikino Rail Station Café where you will stop for lunch.
After lunch you can take a short walk via a road subway and over a steel span bridge to the historic Victoria Battery (with artefacts from gold mining days), along the Karangahake Walkway to the ethereal and majestic Owharoa Falls. The falls are easily accessible on a bush lined walkway that takes only 10 minutes.
Travelling through the bush lined Karangahake Gorge we head across the Hauraki Plains alongside farmlands to the quaint and therapeutic mineral spa town of Te Aroha. The remainder of the day can be spent at leisure exploring this old Spa town with its pools, geyser and scenic walks. You can finish the day having a relaxing soak in the silky hot soda mineral waters or having a spa treatment.
Departing Te Aroha we travel to Hamilton in the heart of the Waikato, and the Hamilton Gardens. The 54-hectare park on the banks of the Waikato River, has enclosed themed gardens including: Italian Renaissance, Japanese Garden of Contemplation, Chinese Scholars, Katherine Mansfield, Sustainable, Herb and Te Parapara (Maori) Garden. This will include a morning tea stop.
From Hamilton our drive will take us through the charming town of Cambridge, home of trees and champions, across the dam on Lake Karapiro. In the heart of dairy cow country, Waikato, your lunch stop will be in a small quaint town along the way. The highlight of the afternoon is a visit to Te Waihou Blue Springs. The easy walk is through native bush and wetlands, and across farmland to the source of the Spring which is fed from the Mamaku Range and has travelled 100 years to filter through. The water is so pure it appears blue and is very clear.
Finally, we drive back to Rotorua, our hub and the completion of this tour where we will deliver you to your accommodation.
Cost from $270 per person per day based on twin share. The final price is based on accommodation choices and other customer preferences.
Includes transport, guide and driver, accommodation and breakfast on Day 2.
Excludes entry fees to attractions underlined in the Itinerary.
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