In Māori legend, the North Island was hauled up by the hero Maui as he fished in his canoe. Its Māori name is 'Te Ika a Maui' or 'the fish of Maui'. This bus pass takes in some of the North Island's highlights, from Auckland's big city vibe and black sand beaches to the Middle-earth magic of Hobbiton, and get your fill of geothermal activity in Rotorua and Taupo before continuing to Wellington.
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Minimum 2 days of travel
Start anywhere en-route
Includes Hobbiton Movie Set day tour
Your pass is divided into the following 'legs'. You can book travel in either direction (i.e. follow the itinerary from top to bottom, or bottom to top). You can also stop as often as you like along the way on each leg (for example, on the Taupo to Wellington leg you can book from Taupo to Turangi, Turangi to Levin and Levin to Wellington).
IMPORTANT: Entrance to the Hobbiton Movie Set are shown as 'extras' on the bus services for these tours. You must select and add these extras to your cart in order to book them. You can also add other extras (like meals) to your tour in the same way. At the checkout we'll book the trip on your pass and you can pay for any extras that aren't included in your pass.
When booking tours you must book to and from the stops shown. View our TravelPass tours page for more information.
Take a trip from the city lights of Auckland to the tiny rural town of Matamata in the King Country, travelling through lush rural farmland.
Guided tour of the Hobbiton Movie Set, built on a working farm just outside Matamata.
Continue your journey to Rotorua, home of geothermal geysers, boiling mud pools, and living Māori culture.
Explore Lake Taupo and the surrounding region – go fishing, skiing or just enjoy the view.
Bus from Taupo down the North Island to Wellington, a compact city full of delights waiting to be discovered.