7 days
Duration
Waikato
Location
2 – 5
Groupsize

“Grubber Kick” sees you travel across the Waikato region of New Zealand’s North Island on an epic 7 day Roady. 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.

The Waikato region of the North Island is one of New Zealand’s most treasured spots. Here you’ll stay in unique Kiwi towns such as Raglan, Waitomo, and Rotorua. These destinations have something for everyone whether it’s surfing in Raglan, abseiling into the Waitomo Caves, or experiencing Māori culture in Rotorua.

The beauty of the Waikato region is that there’s so much to see and do for free. When you book the “Grubber Kick” Roady you’ll receive our E-Book Travel Guide which shows you some of the regions best-kept secrets as well as discounts for your journey. Highlights of the trip include:

Top 5 Free Activities

Top 5 Paid Activities

  • Auckland Bridge Bungy
  • Waitomo Glowworm Caves
  • Hobbiton Movie Set
  • Ogo Downhill Ball Rolling
  • Rotorua Rafting

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
  • YHA Auckland
  • Verandah’s 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 the Waikato region is that there’s so much to see and do for free. When you book the “Grubber Kick” Roady you’ll receive our E-Book Travel Guide which shows you some of the regions best-kept secrets as well as discounts for your journey. Paid activities include:

Auckland 

  • Americas Cup Sailing
  • Sky Tower SkyJump
  • Kelly Tarlton’s – Sea Life Aquarium
  • Auckland Bridge Bungy
  • Megabites Fishing Charter
  • Auckland Sea Kayak Tours
  • Stand Up Paddleboarding

Raglan

  • Raglan Surfing School
  • Raglan Rock – Climbing & Caving
  • Yoga at Solscape
  • Kiteboarding
  • Stand Up Paddleboarding
  • WildCoast Ruapuke – Horse Riding

Waitomo 

  • Hobbiton Movie Set
  • Legendary Black Water Rafting – Black Labyrinth
  • Lost World – Abseiling
  • Waitomo Glowworms
  • Otorohanga Kiwi House
  • Ruakuri Cave
  • Aranui Cave
  • Roselands Clay Bird Shooting

Rotorua 

  • Rotorua Rafting
  • Ogo Downhill Ball Rolling
  • Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland
  • Tamaki Maori Village
  • Skyline Rotorua Luge
  • Rotorua Canopy Tours
  • Agrodome
  • Redwoods Mountain Biking
  • Polynesia Spa
Grubber Kick
Auckland Viaduct
Surviving the Kaituna River waterfall