Travel from Kaikoura to Lower Hutt. Bid farewell to the South Island and catch the Interislander ferry. Kaikoura to Picton (97 miles), Picton to Wellington ferry crossing the Cook Strait (3 hours 30 minutes), Wellington to Lower Hutt (10 miles). Overnight Lower Hutt campsite.
Half-day city tour of Wellington. Make sure to visit Te Papa, the national museum of New Zealand and the ‘beehive’ that houses the parliament. Overnight Lower Hutt campsite.
Travel to Rotorua, home of Maori heritage centres, hot springs and thermal pools (279 miles). Following a day at leisure to explore the thermal reserves with their geysers that can spout as high as 30m. Enjoy an evening meal with the Maori and learn about their culture. 2 nights Rotorua campsite.
Travel from Rotorua to Orewa, north of Auckland (205 miles). Visit Te Puke, famous for kiwi fruit, on the Bay of Plenty, or Waihi, the old gold-mining town, en route. Overnight Orewa campsite.