Driving from Waitomo to Matamata, visiting Hobbiton, driving to Rotorua, and rafting the Kaituna, took up most of our third day. We took it easy in the evening and walked around exploring the city of Rotorua.
“The highest commercially rafted waterfall in the world.” When I read this, I knew we HAD to do this rafting trip.
The day we visited Hobbiton was one of my favorite days of this trip.
A 3.5 hour drive from Mangere is Waitomo and everyone goes there for the glowworm caves.