See three of New Zealand's most popular tourist destinations with this two-day combo pass including the beautiful Bay of Islands, the underground marvels of the Waitomo Caves and the thermal wonderland of Rotorua.
Day 1: Bay of Islands Day Tour and Hole in the Rock Dolphin Cruise
Departs 7:30am, returns 8:10pm
Sit back and soak up New Zealand's spectacular scenery as you head north from Auckland to the Bay of Islands for a half-day dolphin cruise. After arriving in Paihia, join the crew aboard our purpose-built catamaran Dolphin Seeker for a three-hour cruise through sheltered clear waters. Throughout your cruise your skipper will keep an eye out for dolphins and other marine life, and where possible get up close to these playful creatures.
Enjoy the views as you cruise out past gem-like islands and the Cape Brett Lighthouse to the majestic Hole in the Rock. If conditions permit, your skipper will navigate right through the hole. At the end of the cruise, rejoin your driver for the return journey to Auckland.
Day 2: Waitomo Caves and Rotorua Experience
Departs 7:30am, returns 8:10pm
Experience magical glowworms and world-famous limestone formations at Waitomo Caves, as well as the rich cultural heritage and geothermal bounty of Rotorua.
Travel south through the lush farmland of the Waikato and King Country regions, enjoying entertaining commentary from your driver guide. On arrival in the small town of Waitomo, take a guided tour through the famous Waitomo Glowworm Caves. Over 45 minutes you'll see amazing stalactites, stalagmites, huge caverns and other limestone rock formations, formed over 30 million years ago. Your tour finishes with a magical boat ride through the Glowworm Grotto – a cavern illuminated by the twinkling lights of thousands of tiny glowworms.
Leaving Waitomo, enjoy a picnic-style lunch (vegetarian and other dietary options available on request) en route to Rotorua, where at the Agrodome you'll tour an organic working farm on an all-terrain vehicle, see sheep being shorn and view a live sheep dog trial.
Next we make our way to Te Puia, one of New Zealand's foremost cultural venues. Experience a traditional Māori welcome and cultural performance at the marae (meeting house), before entering the weird and wonderful landscape of the Whakarewarewa Thermal Valley for a guided tour of its bubbling mud pools and powerful geysers. The tour also includes a visit to Te Puia's woodcarving and weaving schools, where apprentices are trained in traditional skills. A delicious afternoon snack, including traditional Māori rewana bread, can be enjoyed as your coach returns to Auckland.
Useful tips: This tour combo must be taken over two consecutive days in the abovementioned order. To book this combo in reverse order, please contact us and request tour option GSWRB. Please note accommodation is not included with this tour combo.
Availability: If the Waitomo Caves tour cannot operate, a free upgrade to the Ruakuri Cave will be provided subject to availability. If the Ruakuri upgrade is provided, the Waitomo Caves portion is non refundable.
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Free WiFi is available on board coaches on this tour
"Waitomo Caves were fantastic and we would absolutely recommend them to anyone visiting New Zealand!"
Reviewed by: donagnello3
"We had a wonderful day trip from Auckland to Paihia in the Bay of Islands our driver regaled us with lots of stories about New Zealand flora and fauna, and life in NZ in general. We stopped off at Parry Kauri Park to look at a famous Kauri trees, one of the oldest in NZ. A fascinating day out next time we'll definitely stay longer as there is so much to see and do in Paihia."
Reviewed by: Andrew W
"We hoped to see dolphins but were rewarded with a group of Orcas - outstanding. Then a trip through the Hole in the Rock. The day was perfect for viewing the crew on the vessel were friendly and competent hosts. All of the party said it was the HIGHLIGHT of the week."
Reviewed by: Garry T