Waitomo and Rotorua Experience: Auckland to Rotorua

from Auckland
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  • 9 hours 30 minutes
  • Hotel pickup/drop-off offered
  • Offered in: English and 3 more

Overview

Experience New Zealand’s rich cultural heritage and the geothermal wonderland of Rotorua, plus a trip through the famous glowworm caves at Waitomo, on this full day sightseeing tour.

Leaving Auckland in the morning, journey through the lush farmland of the Waikato and King Country regions while listening to entertaining commentary from your driver guide. Hear about the history of the region as you pass sites of interest.

Your first stop is in the small town of Waitomo, where you’ll enjoy a 45-minute guided tour through the world famous Waitomo Caves. Travel through these underground limestone caverns, discovered in 1887, and hear how the amazing stalactites, stalagmites, and other weird and wonderful rock formations were formed over a period of 30 million years. Your tour finishes with a short but magical boat ride through the Glowworm Grotto – a subterranean cavern illuminated by thousands of tiny glowworms.

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. On the outskirts of the city, we stop at the Agrodome, an organic working farm where you can learn all about farming in New Zealand. Take a tour of the Agrodome farm in an all-terrain vehicle, see how sheep are shorn and watch a live sheep dog trial.

Leaving the Agrodome, 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.

Te Puia sits within the famous Whakarewarewa Thermal Valley. Take a guided tour of its active geysers and boiling mudpools and see the world-famous Pohutu geyser unleash vapour jets up to 30 metres high. Your tour also includes entry to Te Puia’s woodcarving and weaving schools, where you can see apprentices being trained in these traditional skills.

The tour concludes in Rotorua, where you can also experience everything from adrenaline rushes like luging and jet boating to nature encounters and relaxing spa treatments. Hotel drop-offs are available.

What's Included

  • Operates daily
  • Guided tour of Waitomo Glowworm Cave
  • Agrodome organic farm tour and show
  • Te Puia Māori cultural performance
  • Whakarewarewa Thermal Valley tour
  • Entertaining driver commentary
  • Premium coach with onboard toilet and leather reclining seats
  • Free WiFi and onboard USB charging docks

Itinerary

  • 7:30 am
    Tour departs Sky City Coach Terminal
  • Waitomo Caves guided tour
  • 1:15 pm
    Agrodome farm tour
  • 3:15 pm
    Te Puia concert and guided tour
  • 5:00 pm
    Tour arrives at Rotorua i-SITE, Rotorua

Hotel Pickup/Drop-off

Available from selected inner-city hotels.

Additional Info

  • We recommend wearing comfortable walking shoes and taking a warm jacket for the Waitomo Glowworm Caves guided 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: GS16ANR

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