Waitomo Glowworm Express: Rotorua Return


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Waitomo Glowworm Express (Rotorua to Rotorua)

7:45 am - Tourism Rotorua, 1167 Fenton St
1:30 pm - Tourism Rotorua, 1167 Fenton St

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Experience stunning scenery above and below ground on a sightseeing day tour from Rotorua to the fascinating Waitomo Glowworm Caves.

Leaving Rotorua in the morning, travel through lush farmland, enjoying commentary from your local driver guide, who will point out sites of interest like Fitzgerald Glade, where trees have formed a tunnel of natural greenery arching over the road.

On arrival in the small town of Waitomo in the King Country, take a 45-minute guided tour through the world famous Waitomo Glowworm Caves, which were discovered in 1887 and are now one of New Zealand's most popular tourist attractions. See vaulted caverns, stalactites and stalagmites and hear how these limestone formations were created over millions of years. Your tour ends with a boat ride through the Glowworm Grotto, a subterranean cavern illuminated by the lights of thousands of tiny glowworms – it's magical!

After your Waitomo Caves tour we retrace our steps and return to Rotorua, arriving in the early afternoon. A picnic lunch may be booked (optional extra) and enjoyed on board the coach. The tour concludes on arrival in the geothermal hotspot of Rotorua.

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.

Take a day tour from Rotorua to another must-see North Island destination - the magical Waitomo Caves, with their weird and wonderful rock formations and sparkling glowworms.

Tour Details & Highlights

  • Half day tour
  • Operates daily
  • Departs and returns: Tourism Rotorua
  • Complimentary hotel pick-up / drop-off available
  • Luxury coach travel Rotorua - Waitomo - Rotorua
  • Guided tour of Waitomo Caves
  • Fitzgerald Glade
Multilingual options available

Multilingual options are available >

Free WIFI on this tour

Free WiFi is available on this tour

Lunch Options

Picnic lunch

Enjoy a tasty picnic lunch served as you take in the relaxing scenery. Includes sandwich, fruit, cake and drink. Vegetarian available.

Fish and Chips (with Ruakuri & Glowworm Caves only)

Four Star Tour

Nice trip with a great driver who was very informative about the region. Beautiful scenery. The Caves were beautiful, was very safe walking in them.

Reviewed by: Jezbel

Five Star Tour

"The Waitomo Caves were amazing with a very entertaining guide and the short boat ride was a lifetime experience, the glow worms were so beautiful they lit up the dark cave like stars constellations. Would recommend this tour to everyone."

Reviewed by: Listya

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