10 days
Duration
Auckland ⇄ Wellington
Location
2 – 5
Groupsize

“Up the Guts” sees you travel through the heart of the North Island on a spectacular 10 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 central North Island is blessed with diversity at every destination. You’ll experience incredible surf beaches and sunsets at Raglan, shining glowworm lights at Waitomo Caves, adventure and culture in Rotorua, and staggering nature at Taupo/Tongariro. There is something for everyone on this epic Kiwi road trip.

The beauty of the North Island is that there’s so much to see and do for free. When you book the “Up the Guts” 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

  • Waiheke Island
  • Raglan Beachlife
  • Bridal Veil Falls
  • Tongariro Crossing
  • Wellington Nightlife

Top 5 Paid Activities

  • Waitomo Glowworm Caves
  • Hobbiton Movie Set
  • Ogo Downhill Ball Rolling
  • Rotorua Rafting
  • Sky-Diving Taupo

Grab some mates and book your dream North Island road trip today!

1

Auckland

 

 

“Up the Guts” 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 Auckland 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: Book a tour at Hobbiton Movie Set

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 Taupo: 1 hour
On the road to Taupo: Check out Wai-o-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, Huka Falls, and the natural hot springs of Kerosene Creek.

7

Taupo

 

 

Coasting down to Taupo breathe in the fresh air and look out over the largest freshwater lake in Australasia. Roady recommends getting out on the lake in some form whether it be sailing out to the Maori Rock Carvings, parasailing, kayaking, water skiing or fishing. Then there’s a number of adrenaline based activities you can partake in including: biking, bungy jumping and sky-diving.

Driving time to Ohakune: 1 hr 40 mins

8, 9

Ohakune

 

 

Ohakune is a small town but it sure does pack a punch! Venture into the bike trails of the Old Coach Road, explore the native bush trails nearby, or canoe safari down the Whanganui River. After an adventure filled day you’ll be set for a relaxing dinner and a few drinks in one of Ohakune’s cool ski pubs such as the Powderkeg.

Day 2 in Ohakune provides you with the opportunity to hike the incredible Tongariro Crossing. Depending on your fitness level the trek will take between 6 – 8 hours. The next morning stretch those muscles and have a big Kiwi brunch at one of Ohakune’s welcoming cafes then get on the road as you head to Wellington in time for car drop off at Go-Rentals at 5pm.

Driving time to Wellington: 4 hours

10

Wellington

 

 

“Up the Guts” ends in the capital city of New Zealand. Explore the vibrant streets and take in the creative atmosphere of Wellington as you stay right in the heart of the city. Roady recommends Te Papa National Museum, Weta Workshop for all the Lord of the Rings fans, Oriental Bay and Beach, Botanical Gardens, Cuba Street shopping and coffee, and a stroll up Mt Vic for epic views of the windy city!

Car drop off: Day 9, by 5pm

1

Wellington

 

 

“Up the Guts” starts with a bang in New Zealand’s capital city. Explore the vibrant streets and take in the creative atmosphere of Wellington as you stay right in the heart of the city. Roady recommends Te Papa National Museum, Weta Workshop for all the Lord of the Rings fans, Oriental Bay and Beach, Botanical Gardens, Cuba Street shopping and coffee, and a stroll up Mt Vic for epic views of the windy city!

Car pick up: Day 2, 8.30am (shuttle pick-up at Hostel to Go-Rentals depot)
Driving time to Ohakune: 4 hours

2, 3

Ohakune

 

 

Ohakune is a small town but it sure does pack a punch! After a 4 hour drive up the guts of the North Island, you’ll be set for a relaxing dinner and a few drinks in one of Ohakune’s cool ski pubs such as the Powderkeg. Day 2 in Ohakune provides you with the opportunity to hike the incredible Tongariro Crossing. Depending on your fitness level the trek will take between 6 – 8 hours.

The next morning stretch those muscles and have a big Kiwi brunch at one of Ohakune’s welcoming cafes and venture into the bike trails of the Old Coach Road, explore the native bush trails nearby, or canoe safari down the Whanganui River. Alternatively, you can drive to Taupo for the day where your nights accommodation awaits.

Driving time to Taupo: 2 hours

4

Taupo

 

 

Cruising up to Taupo breathe in the fresh air and look out over the largest freshwater lake in Australasia. Roady recommends getting out on the lake in some form whether it be sailing out to the Maori Rock Carvings, parasailing, kayaking, water skiing or fishing. Then there’s a number of adrenaline based activities you can partake in including: biking, bungy jumping and sky-diving.

Driving time to Rotorua: 1 hour
On the road to Rotorua: Check out Wai-o-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, Huka Falls, and the natural hot springs of Kerosene Creek.

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, a cultural Maori show at Tamaki Maori Village, or dine out down the funky Eat Streat. Following a good nights sleep, you’ll enjoy a two full days in Rotorua to spend how you please. Roady recommends seizing your days with some adrenalin-jammed activities including: Skyline Rotorua Luge, Ogo Downhill Ball Rolling and Whitewater Rafting.

Driving time to Waitomo: 2 hours
On the road to Waitomo: Book a tour at Hobbiton Movie Set

7

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 Raglan: 1 hour
On the road to Raglan: Check out Bridal Veil Falls

8, 9

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 Auckland: 2 hours

10

Auckland

 

 

“Up the Guts” ends 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, or taking a stroll up Mt Eden for amazing views of the City.

Car drop off: Day 9, by 5pm

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
TPO

Taupo

 

  • Taupo Urban Retreat
  • Base Backpackers
  • YHA
OHK

Ohakune

 

  • LKNZ
  • YHA
WLG

Wellington

 

  • Base Backpackers
  • YHA
  • Nomads

The beauty of the North Island is that there’s so much to see and do for free. When you book the “Up the Guts” 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 – Boat Tour
  • 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

Taupo

  • Taupo Bungy
  • Taupo Tandem Skydiving
  • Sail Barbary – Maori Rock Carvings
  • Wairakei Terraces & Hot Pools
  • Taupo Floatplane
  • Big Sky Parasail
  • Huka Falls Jet
  • Taupo Quad Adventures
  • Heli Adventure Flights
  • Jet Ski Hire
  • Golf – Hole in 1 Challenge

Ohakune

  • Turoa Ski Field
  • Whakapapa Ski Field
  • Old Coach Road Biking
  • Guided Crater Lake Hikoi
  • Canoe Safari – Rangitikei River
  • Whakapapa Scenic Chairlift
  • Vertigo Climbing Centre
  • Ruapehu Homestead – Horse Trekking
  • Chateau Tongariro Golf

Wellington

  • Hurricanes Rugby Game
  • Weta Workshop Studio Tour
  • Wellington Zoo
  • Rover Rings Lord of the Rings Tours
  • Embassy Theatre
  • Zealandia
  • The Enormous Crocodile Company
  • Wellington Cable Car
Kerosene Creek
Auckland Viaduct
Surviving the Kaituna River waterfall
Green Emerald Lakes - Tongariro Crossing
Red Rocks Wellington