Auckland is the perfect place for a day trip. Not only is this city a fascinating place to explore in itself, but it’s also the best gateway to neighbouring destinations. Indeed, Auckland is a great base city to return to each night while you venture out on day trips during your stay in New Zealand. From islands like Waiheke to underground caves at Waitomo, and even movie sets at Hobbiton, all destinations are an easy day trip from this North Island city. So, if you’re heading to Auckland any time soon, don’t forget to plan out an exciting adventure or two! All the places listed in this blog are just a day trip from the city, so read ahead for some amazing holiday ideas in New Zealand.
The Waitomo Caves are an exciting underground network of glowworm-filled caves. The Waitomo Caves are a 2.5-hour drive from Auckland city, so it’s a perfect day trip if you fancy an exciting adventure! We recommend booking a tour ahead of your arrival here. If you’re an adrenaline junkie, book on to a black water rafting tour, where you’ll embrace your inner explorer. Dive into the darkness, climb down into deep caves, swim through the water, and even climb underground waterfalls all while exploring the cave network with one of these tours. Alternatively, there are more relaxing tours to book, where you’ll witness the stunning glowworm effect and learn about their lifecycle while floating through the water.