Waitomo Glowworm Express: Rotorua Return

from Rotorua
Book online or call: 0800 744 487 or +64 9 583 5790

from $230 NZD

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  • 5 hours 45 minutes
  • Hotel pickup/drop-off offered
  • Offered in: English and 3 more


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.

What's Included

  • Operates daily
  • Guided tour of Waitomo Glowworm Cave
  • Glowworm grotto boat ride
  • Scenic drive through Waikato farmland
  • Entertaining driver commentary
  • Premium coach with onboard toilet and leather reclining seats
  • Free WiFi and onboard USB charging docks


  • 7:45 am
    Tour departs Rotorua i-SITE
  • 10:15 am
    Waitomo Caves guided tour
  • 11:10 am
    Coach departs Waitomo Caves
  • 1:30 pm
    Tour returns Rotorua i-SITE

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.


0800 744 487

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

Reference tour code: GS37AN

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