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.

Destinations

Auckland
Raglan
Waitomo
Rotorua

Included

Vehicle hire
Accommodation
Travel Guide Itinerary
Full activity booking service
Assistance on tour

Free Skype consultation

Excluded

Food & DrinkGas

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 Travel Guide Itinerary to help you make the most of your time away.

Top Free Activities

  • Waiheke Island
  • Raglan Beachlife
  • Bridal Veil Falls
  • Kerosene Creek
  • Marokopa Falls

Top Paid Activities

  • Surfing lesson in Raglan
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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 Rangitoto Island, 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, Zorb 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. Check out some of our favourite Roady vehicles below:

SUV 4X4 – Hyundai Sante Fe or Similar

GROUP SIZE: 2-5
MODEL: 0 – 1 year old
TRANS: Automatic
ENGINE: 2200cc
FUEL ECONOMY RATING: 4.5/6

 

SUV – Hyundai Tucson or Similar

GROUP SIZE: 2-4
MODEL: 0 – 1 year old
TRANS:
 Automatic
ENGINE: 2000cc
FUEL ECONOMY RATING: 4/6

 

SEDAN – Toyota Touring Corolla or Similar

GROUP SIZE: 2-4
MODEL: 0 – 2 year old
TRANS: Automatic
ENGINE: 1800cc
FUEL ECONOMY RATING: 4.5/6

 

HATCHBACK – Toyota Corolla or Similar

GROUP SIZE: 2-3
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 unique character.

We have accommodation options staying in: Hostels, Motels, Hotels, Private Homes, Glamping and Luxury Stays to suit your budget and preferences. 

We are also able to provide a mixed accommodation road-trip for those keen on a range of different accommodation styles.

HOS

Hostels

Budget-friendly accommodation that focuses on a shared social experience and allows you to meet people from all around the world. Hostels have shared lounge spaces and kitchen facilities giving you the option to cook some of your own meals on tour. Hostels have both private room options as well as shared dormitory style rooms.

MOT

Motels

Comfortable private room accommodation ranging from three to five stars. The motels we partner with are of high standard and are in convenient locations for your tour.

HOT

Hotels

 Hotel accommodation generally has a greater range of facilities and services such as restaurants/cafes, bars, gyms and pools. We have hotel options ranging from three to five stars.

PHO

Private Homes

 Fancy a house to yourself? We deal with a range of private home owners that are happy to have our Roady guests stay. Private homes can be a great option for families and groups.

GLP

Glamping

Glamping means ‘glamourous camping’, and gives you the opportunity to camp in luxury accommodation, with all the modern conveniences. NZ has some amazing private and secluded glamping spots in beautiful locations.

LUX

Luxury Stays

 Think award-winning luxury lodges and unique retreats in the most beautiful and remote parts of the country.

One of the best parts about a Kiwi Roady is that you have the freedom to spend your days as you please. In saying this we want to make sure you don’t miss out on New Zealand’s hidden gems. Once your trip is confirmed we will send through a Travel Guide Itinerary to help you make the most of your time away.

Our Travel Guide Itineraries include:

– Best paid attractions
– Best free attractions, including hidden gems carefully picked by Kiwi locals
– Best places to eat & drink
– Best walks, waterfalls and other gems in our great outdoors
– Driving and route information

Roady offers a full activity booking service and will make you aware of activities you will need to book in advance. We also offer assistance during your tour between the working hours of 8:00am – 18:00pm, so please feel free to call us with any questions you have, or if you want advice on things to do.

Below are some of our favourite things to do in each destination of this tour:

Auckland 

  • A day trip to Waiheke Island for lunch at one of our world class vineyards
  • Catch a sunset at Piha Beach and visit Karekare Falls
  • Hike to the top of the Rangitoto Island summit, one of Auckland’s most iconic volcanoes
  • Take a stroll along the Auckland Viaduct
  • Climb Mt Eden and take in stunning views of the CBD
  • A trip up the Sky-tower at night time for panoramic views of the city and a meal at the 360 degree rotating restaurant
  • Go Bungy jumping off the Auckland Harbour Bridge

Raglan

Waitomo 

Rotorua 

Grubber Kick
Auckland Viaduct
Surviving the Kaituna River waterfall

Tour Reviews

5.00 based on 2 reviews
October 26, 2019

Great bunch of dudes who know how to do a roady. If you can, experience the ride yourselves. A+++. Cameron Fenton – New Zealand

February 22, 2020

Such an awesome way to see New Zealand! Thank you so much to the roady team for going out of their way to make sure I had the best trip. I got to see some beautiful places and had way more flexibility (than I think I would have if I had travelled by bus).
Jono Steele – New Zealand

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