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Waitomo Caves and Rotorua including Te Puia - Small Group Tour from Auckland

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    Stop At: Waitomo Glowworm Caves, 39 Waitomo Village Road, Waitomo Caves 3943 New Zealand

    One day tour from Auckland to the geothermal wonderland of Rotorua and the beautiful Waitomo Glowworm Caves.

    On this tour you will be picked up from the hotel in our modern, comfortable mini-bus and driven through the stunning Waikato countryside on a fully guided journey to Waitomo Caves. During the journey to Waitomo you will encounter New Zealand's longest river, beautiful mountains and see several different farm animals along the way.

    Once in Waitomo you will explore the ancient and amazing caves with many different cave formations including Stalactites, Stalagmites and Lime Columns before descending even further underground for your Glowworm experience. Board your Glowworm boat for a cruise on the grotto river with thousands of Glowworms above you. Unique for New Zealand for over 120 years, Waitomo Glowworm Caves are a ‘must see’ for any traveller.

    We continue our adventure with another fully guided journey south to Rotorua with many more attractions to see along the way, including hydro dams, rivers and more animals. Once in Rotorua we will guide you past many of its famous and historical sites including Lake Rotorua, The Government Gardens, Blue Baths, Thermal Springs and Polynesian Spa. From here we head to one of the most famous attractions in New Zealand, Te Puia Geothermal Park. Once inside the park we stop for lunch and we highly recommend trying the traditional Maori Hangi meal.

    After lunch we set off for a fully guided tour around this amazing park to see it's geothermal and cultural wonders. You will see Pōhutu Geyser, Maori Architecture, the Maori craft school, geothermal craters, geothermal vents and even the chance to view a kiwi bird in the kiwi viewing house.

    Finally, our guides will take you for some discounted souvenir shopping in town before heading back north on a fully guided drive back to Auckland.

    Duration: 2 hours

    Pass By: Lake Rotorua, Rotorua New Zealand

    See beautiful Lake Rotorua as part of your Rotorua City Highlights Tour.

    Pass By: Rotorua Museum, Oruawhata Drive Government Gardens, Rotorua New Zealand

    See Rotorua Museum as part of your Rotorua City Highlights Tour.

    Pass By: Blue Baths, Government Gardens 1 Queens Drive, Rotorua 3010 New Zealand

    See the stunning art deco architecture of Rotorua's Blue Baths as part of your Rotorua City Highlights Tour.

    Stop At: Te Puia, Hemo Road, Rotorua New Zealand

    Entry and a fully guided tour around Te Puia Geothermal Park and the Maori Arts and Crafts School is included in the cost of your tour.

    Duration: 2 hours
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    Reviewed 5 days ago

    The whirlwind tour of Waitomo Caves and Rotorua began punctually at 6 am and ended 12 hours later with a happy and well entertained small crew of travellers. We fit a lot in one day with two very friendly guides Richard and Lance. Lance especially...More

    Date of experience: August 2019
    Thank Indira G
    Reviewed July 11, 2019

    Our primary interest was the glow worm caves which did not disappoint. The tour of Rotorua was well beyond our expectations. We thoroughly enjoyed the Maori heritage demonstration and even got to see a kiwi. Lunch was a buffet and very tasty.

    Date of experience: June 2019
    1  Thank edgarnteri
    Reviewed June 14, 2019

    Loved the leisurely pace of the tour. The day started on time with an offering of breakfast snacks and water onboard. Multiple coffee/snack/toilet breaks. Simon was great, sharing tidbits and information about NZ in general and answering all our questions. The small group tour is...More

    Date of experience: June 2019
    1  Thank AYTD01
    Reviewed June 12, 2019

    It’s my first time in New Zealand. Amazing crew, amazing place. Safe and professional staffs from cheeky kiwi travel. looking forward for my next tour.

    Date of experience: June 2019
    1  Thank Danish A
    Reviewed May 18, 2019

    Tania was a fantastic, knowledgeable tour guide. Full of energy when she picked us up at 6am right through till 7pm, no easy feat. Everything ran to time and she was very conscious of what time tours etc started at each location. Also showed some...More

    Date of experience: May 2019
    1  Thank Nikhil M
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    John R
    June 21, 2019|
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    Response from Trevor T | Reviewed this property |
    We went in March but why not ask them, the operator responds well to enquiries. Enjoy!
    Shelly K
    January 24, 2019|
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    Response from kayfal113 | Reviewed this property |
    You can just wear regular clothes with long pants. Maybe a light jacket with a hood depending on if you go in the summer or early spring. It is cooler in the caves underground. When we went it had been raining so there was... More
    Angela A
    January 8, 2019|
    Response from naladenyse | Reviewed this property |
    I thihk you can call them and ask them or just email them and ask the question
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