This is it baby. Just you and your Wicked Camper. In just a few days, you’ll discover some of the North’s most unique and fascinating destinations. Hobbiton, Rotorua, Taupo and Hamilton are just some of the beautiful places to check out.
After checking out the city of Auckland and the rolling Bombay Hills, you’ll find yourself cruising through some sexy farmland on your way to Matamata. The lush dairy farming landscape around the Waikato town of Matamata was used to portray the peaceful Shire region of Middle-earth. You guessed it, welcome to the village of Hobbiton, bitch.
It has since been rebuilt for the filming of The Hobbit Trilogy and will now remain as a permanent attraction. From Auckland, it’ll take you about 2 hours to get there. Sheltered by tall trees, the hobbit holes at Hobbiton Movie Set is a must for your Wicked Camper roadtrip across the North Island. Peter Jackson is a true leg-end.
Keep driving down South and you’ll enter the unusual terrain of the Mamaku district. Mini volcanic cones dot the landscape (be careful of where you tred), just stick to the sealed roads you dingbat. For your health.
Ever see those gigantic bubbles with people inside them? You know those bubbles, rolling down stupidly big hills? Well this is your chance to give it a go, as OGO Rotorua is your next stop on the trip baby! Best of all, we’ve teamed up with the crew at OGO Rotorua to offer a special discount for all Wicked Campers. Rock up in your Wicked Camper and get 50% off all photo and video packages! More on this sexy deal here baby.
Rotorua sits squarely on the Pacific Ring of Fire – ouch, sounds hot baby. Volcanic activity is part of the city’s past and present. Explore the geothermal areas and discover the unique culture of New Zealand’s Maori people.
The road to Taupo will keep you entertained with its unusual, volcanic geography. The resort town of Taupo also sits on the edge of New Zealand’s largest lake. Keep heading South, you’ll cruise past the Tongariro Alpine Crossing in Mangatepopo Valley near Whakapapa. Lave flows, an active crater, steam vents, emerald-coloured lakes and dope views combine to make this a memorable road trip.
So you want to check out those glow-worm caves now huh? Head west to Taumarunui, up through Pureora Forest Park and into Waitomo. The Waitomo Caves is famous for its subterranean splendour. Beneath the surface is a series of vast cave systems decorated with icicles and thousands of those sexy glow-worms.
On your way back up to Hamilton, make sure you pull in at the kiwi house in Otorohanga - it’s where you can meet New Zealand’s national symbol. Feeling a bit hungry? Hop back in your campervan and head into Hamilton. Here you’ll discover a wide variety of restaurants, cafes, museums, the botanic gardens and more.
The Waikato River awaits, accompanying you for most of the journey back to Auckland. You’ll drive past Waingaro Hot Springs, a lovely place to take a loved one. Or have a shower, if you still haven’t showered yet…you dirty bastard. There’s also some more surfing to be done in Raglan, right on the west coast.