Waitomo Caves and Rotorua Sights: Auckland Return

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  • 12 hours 40 minutes
  • Hotel pickup/drop-off offered
  • Offered in: English and 3 more

Overview

This full day sightseeing tour has it all! Experience magical glowworms and world-famous limestone formations at Waitomo Caves, as well as the rich cultural heritage and geothermal bounty of Rotorua. Leaving Auckland in the morning, we travel through the lush farmland of the Waikato and King Country regions. Your experienced local driver guide will provide entertaining commentary and point out historical sites of interest.

On arrival in the small town of Waitomo, enjoy a 45-minute guided tour through the world famous Waitomo Glowworm Caves with their amazing stalactites, stalagmites, towering caverns and other rock formations. Formed from limestone over 30 million years ago, the caves were first discovered in 1887 and are now one of New Zealand’s most popular tourist destinations. Your tour finishes with a short but magical boat ride through the Glowworm Grotto – an underground cavern illuminated by the twinkling lights of thousands of tiny glowworms.

Leaving Waitomo, enjoy a delicious picnic style lunch (vegetarian and other dietary options available on request) as we make our way to Rotorua, in the heart of the Central North Island. Visit the Agrodome on the outskirts of Rotorua, and take a tour of an organic working farm in all terrain vehicles. Get an insight into agriculture, New Zealand’s primary industry, as you experience sheep-shearing and view a live sheep dog trial.

At the conclusion of the Agrodome tour, we make our way to Te Puia, one of New Zealand’s foremost cultural venues. At Te Puia’s marae (meeting house) you will receive a traditional welcome and be invited to experience a Māori cultural performance, in which ancient and modern stories are told through song, dance, poi and stick games. You’ll gain an understanding of this unique culture and its history and be thoroughly entertained by the talented and charismatic performers.

Next, venture into a landscape unlike any other with a guided tour of the bubbling mudpools and active geysers of the Whakarewarewa Thermal Valley. See the world-famous Pohutu geyser unleash vapour jets up to 30 metres high. The tour also includes a visit to Te Puia’s woodcarving and weaving schools, where apprentices are trained in these traditional skills by master carvers and weavers.

After your full day Waitomo and Rotorua tour, board the coach for the return journey to Auckland. A delicious afternoon snack, including traditional Māori rewana bread, can be enjoyed en route.

What's Included

  • Operates daily
  • Waitomo Glowworm Caves guided tour and boat ride
  • Agrodome organic farm tour
  • Te Puia Māori cultural performance
  • Guided tour of Te Puia's geothermal valley, woodcarving and weaving schools
  • Premium air-conditioned coach

Itinerary

  • 7:30 am
    Tour departs Sky City Bus Terminal, 102 Hobson St, Auckland
  • 10:15 am
    Waitomo Caves guided tour
  • 1:15 pm
    Agrodome Farm Tour
  • 3:15 pm
    Te Puia Concert and Tour
  • 4:45 pm
    Tour departs Te Puia
  • 8:10 pm
    Tour returns to Sky City Bus Terminal, 102 Hobson St, Auckland

Hotel Pickup/Drop-off

Available from selected inner-city hotels.

Additional Info

  • We recommend wearing comfortable walking shoes and bringing a warm jacket for this tour
  • 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.

Cancellation Policy

Change or cancel your booking FREE up to 2 hours before departure.

Questions?

0800 744 487

International Calls: +64 9 583 5790Our contact centre is open 6.30am-8pm daily (NZDT).

Reference tour code: GS16AL

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