While I was in Auckland, I decided that I’d head further south to Rotorua (also on the North Island) to get a feel for the Maori culture. I organised a couch surfing host who is a Maori native and living just outside of the town. I booked the Naked Bus (don’t get the wrong idea!) for the next day. With this service, the earlier you book, the cheaper it is, so there’s no harm in being a little orgainsed when planning your travel. From Auckland to Rotorua it takes around 3.75 hrs by bus. It’s a comfortable journey and with the beautiful scenery to look out at, the time flies! The tickets can range between $1 – $30 so again, try to book ahead!