7 days
Duration
Auckland ⇄ Auckland
Location
2 – 5
Groupsize

“Grubber Kick” Roady sees you road trip across the Waikato region of New Zealand on an epic 7 day tour. Experience the freedom of the Kiwi Roady in a comfortable and spacious car as you take in some of New Zealand’s best sights and scenery.

7 Day Self-Drive Tour
6 Days Car Hire
7 Nights Hostel Accommodation
“Grubber Kick” Travel Guide

The beauty of New Zealand is that there’s so much to see and do for free. When you book a Roady we give you access to our Travel Guide which shows you some of New Zealand’s best-kept secrets as well as discounts for your journey. Highlights and optional activities include:

Top 5 Free Activities

🌴  Waiheke Island
🌊  Raglan Beachlife
💦  Bridal Veil Falls
🍃  Putaruru Blue Springs
💦  Kerosene Creek

Top 5 Paid Activities

🌉  Auckland Bridge Bungy
🌟  Waitomo Glowworm Caves
🎥  Hobbiton Movie Set
⚽  Ogo Downhill Ball Rolling
🌊  Rotorua Rafting

And much, much more! Grab some mates and book your dream North Island road trip today!

1

Auckland

 

 

“Grubber Kick” starts with a bang in New Zealand’s premier city. You’ll enjoy a full day in Auckland to spend as you please. Roady recommends catching the Ferry to Waiheke to explore the stunning beaches and vineyards of New Zealand’s most celebrated island. Other day options include: food & shopping in Ponsonby, exploring the sea life at Kelly Tarlton’s, relaxing on the beach at Mission Bay, take a stroll up Mt Eden for amazing views of the City.

Car pick up: Day 2, 8.30am (shuttle pick-up at Hostel to Go-Rentals depot)
Driving time to Raglan: 2 hours

2, 3

Raglan

 

 

Raglan is a charming and naturally stunning surf town on the West coast of the North Island. You’ll enjoy two full days in Raglan to spend how you please. Roady recommends booking in a surf lesson with Raglan Surfing School at Karioi Lodge or Solscape Surf School, swimming at Ngarunui Beach, checking out the world-famous surf break at Manu Bay, having a beer at the YOT Club, and shopping through Raglans crafty retailers.

Driving time to Waitomo: 1 hr 20 minutes
On the road to Waitomo: Check out Bridal Veil Falls

4

Waitomo

 

 

The Waitomo Caves are 30 million years in the making when the creation of limestone began at the bottom of the ocean. Now, these limestone formations stand as one of NZ’s most inspiring natural wonders. Roady recommends seeing the Glowworm Caves in some form. Whether it be a tour, such as the Waitomo Glowworm Caves & Ruakuri Cave Tours, or free access by taking the Ruakuri Bush Walk where you’ll see many shining glowworms through arches, tunnels, and limestone cliffs.

Driving time to Rotorua: 2 hours
On the road to Rotorua: Check out the beautiful Putaruru Blue Springs

5, 6

Rotorua

 

 

As soon as you catch a whiff of the sulphur-rich air you know you’re approaching RotoVegas. Relax into your time in Rotorua with a Polynesian Spa or dine out down the funky Eat Streat. Following a good nights sleep, you’ll enjoy two full days in Rotorua to spend how you please. Roady recommends seizing your days with some adrenalin-jammed activities including: Skyline Rotorua Luge, Tamaki Maori Village cultural show, Ogo Downhill Ball Rolling, and Whitewater Rafting.

Driving time to Auckland: 2 hrs 50 mins
On the road to Auckland: Book a tour at Hobbiton Movie Set
Car drop off: Day 6 by 5pm

7

Auckland

 

“Grubber Kick” finishes where it all began, in the Big Smoke. Enjoy one last night to rest up before your flight home or next journey in New Zealand.

We partner with only the best car rental company in New Zealand – GO Rentals – so you can GO Anywhere on your Roady. We provide 4 car options depending on the size of your group:

SUV 4X4 – Hyundai Sante Fe or Similar – bold and beautiful just like your group of 5

GROUP SIZE: 5
MODEL: 0 – 1 year old
TRANS: Automatic
ENGINE: 2200cc
FUEL ECONOMY RATING: 4.5/6

 

SUV – Hyundai Tucson or Similar – sleek and spacious to get your crew of 4 where you need to go

GROUP SIZE: 4
MODEL: 0 – 1 year old
TRANS:
 Automatic
ENGINE: 2000cc
FUEL ECONOMY RATING: 4/6

 

SEDAN – Toyota Touring Corolla or Similar – smooth and spacious choice for a group of 3

GROUP SIZE: 3
MODEL: 0 – 2 year old
TRANS: Automatic
ENGINE: 1800cc
FUEL ECONOMY RATING: 4.5/6

 

HATCHBACK – Toyota Corolla or Similar – the perfect touring car for a couple or 2 mates

GROUP SIZE: 2
MODEL: 0 – 2 year old
TRANS:
Automatic
ENGINE: 1800cc
FUEL ECONOMY RATING: 4.5/6

 

Notes:

  • All drivers must be 21 years of age or over and have a Full Drivers Licence printed in English

Our accommodation is carefully selected on the criteria of: great location, friendly and helpful staff, social and fun atmosphere, cleanliness of rooms and facilities, the comfort of beds and dorm rooms, and unique character. Our policy is to book your group into the smallest dorm room possible at all destinations. Check out our suppliers below.

AKL

Auckland

 

  • Nomads
  • Ponsonby Backpackers
  • The Attic Backpackers
RGL

Raglan

 

  • Solscape Eco Retreat
  • Karioi Lodge
WTM

Waitomo

 

  • YHA
  • Top 10 Holiday Park
RTO

Rotorua

 

  • Funky Green Voyager
  • Crash Palace
  • YHA

The beauty of New Zealand is that there are so many things to see and do for free. When you book a Roady we give you access to our Travel Guide which shows you some of New Zealand’s best-kept secrets as well as discounts for your journey. There are a number of paid attractions for you to book along the way. Below is a list of some of our favourites:

Auckland 

Americas Cup Sailing – $170
Sky Tower SkyJump – $225
Kelly Tarlton’s – Sea Life Aquarium – $39
Auckland Bridge Bungy – $160
Megabites Fishing Charter – $160
Auckland Sea Kayak Tours – starting from $135
Stand Up Paddleboarding – starting from $20

Raglan

Raglan Surfing School – $89
Raglan Rock – Climbing & Caving – from $120
Yoga at Solscape – $15
Kiteboarding – $180
Stand Up Paddleboarding – $60
WildCoast Ruapuke – Horse Riding – starting from $130

Waitomo 

Hobbiton Movie Set – $79
Legendary Black Water Rafting – Black Labyrinth – $138
Lost World – Abseiling – starting from $380
Waitomo Glowworms – Boat Tour – $50
Otorohanga Kiwi House – $24
Ruakuri Cave – $72
Aranui Cave – $50
Roselands Clay Bird Shooting – $40

Rotorua 

Rotorua Rafting – $85
Ogo Downhill Ball Rolling – from $35
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland – $32
Tamaki Maori Village – $120
Skyline Rotorua Luge – from $49
Rotorua Canopy Tours – $149
Agrodome – $34.50
Redwoods Mountain Biking – starting from $35
Polynesia Spa – $29

*All prices are in NZ Dollars and are subject to change.

Grubber Kick
Auckland Viaduct
Surviving the Kaituna River waterfall