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Rotorua Tours from Auckland

By Viator, June 2014

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Rotorua and the sacred waters of the Bay of Plenty lie just 230km (140 miles) southeast of Auckland in New Zealand’s North Island.

This famously lively geothermal hot spot abounds with spurting geysers, steaming hot springs and bubbling mud pools. It’s been a sacred place for the Maori for centuries, and today it’s one of the best spots in the country to catch a Maori cultural performance and join in a traditional hangi feast.

Rotorua boasts some glorious colonial architecture, classic botanic gardens and paddle-steamer cruises on the lake.

You can also join in some of New Zealand’s wackier adrenaline sports here, like zorbing downhill in a translucent sphere, surfing artificial reefs, whitewater rafting and sledging, and mountain biking through forests of redwoods.

Rotorua’s most famous thermal reserve is Te Whakarewarewa (often shortened to Whaka), with gurgling geysers, spouting mud pools and the Te Puia Maori cultural center. The Pohutu geyser erupts up to 20 times a day, and haka war dances and Maori concerts are held nightly.

You can fly to Rotorua from Auckland, or a bus will get you there in around four hours. To get more out of your visit, join a Rotorua Day Trip from Auckland. The tour visits the Whaka reserve to see Pohutu burst into life and pays a visit to the Maori cultural center.

En route to Rotorua, you’ll take a guided tour of the Waitomo stalactite caves and glowworm grotto, and see sheep shearing and New Zealand’s famous working sheepdogs in action at the Agrodome.

For a more in-depth look at the North Island and the Bay of Plenty, join a three-day trip from Auckland to the Waitomo Caves, Rotorua and the Taupo waterfalls.

With five days to spare, you can see the best of the North and South Islands, including Rotorua’s geothermal parks, the Waitomo Caves and whale watching from Wellington.

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Waitomo Caves and Rotorua Day Trip from Auckland

4.5 star rating: Recommended 176 Reviews

See all the highlights of the Waitomo Caves and Rotorua in one day. You'll take a guided tour of Waitomo Caves stalactites and glowworms, and see Rotorua's ...  Read more

Location: Auckland, New Zealand
Duration: 13 hours (approx.)

From USD $245.45

5-Day New Zealand North and South Island Highlights Trip

3.5 star rating: Worth doing 5 Reviews

Journey through the North Island of New Zealand and explore Waitomo, Rotorua and Lake Taupo, and discover the natural beauty of Kaikoura and Christchurch on ...  Read more

Location: Auckland or Christchurch, New Zealand
Duration: 5 days (approx.)

From USD $1,376.20

2-Day Waitomo Caves, Hobbiton Movie Set and Rotorua Tour from Auckland

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 10 Reviews

Immerse yourself in the otherworldly beauty of New Zealand’s North Island on a two-day escape from Auckland. From Rotorua’s famous geysers and the glowing ...  Read more

Location: Auckland, New Zealand
Duration: 2 days (approx.)

From USD $698.09

Auckland to Rotorua via Waitomo Glowworm Caves One-Way Tour

3.5 star rating: Worth doing 24 Reviews

Explore New Zealand’s famous Waitomo Glowworm Caves on a one-way day trip from Auckland to Rotorua! Along the way, you’ll have morning tea in historic ...  Read more

Location: Auckland, concludes in Rotorua, New Zealand
Duration: 5 hours (approx.)

From USD $200.52

Rotoroa Island Ferry Ticket from Auckland

Travel by ferry to Rotoroa Island with this round-trip ticket for a day to explore the island’s beautiful beaches, walking trails, historic buildings and ...  Read more

Location: Auckland, New Zealand
Duration: 8 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $40.77

Private Tour: 8-Day North Island Tour from Auckland Including Rotorua and Wellington

Venture from Auckland to the North Island on this private 8-day tour that takes you by private, luxury vehicle to Coromandel, Whitianga, Rotorua, Tongariro ...  Read more

Location: Auckland, New Zealand
Duration: 8 days (approx.)

From USD $3,077.73

3-Day Waitomo Caves, Rotorua and Taupo Trip from Auckland

3.5 star rating: Worth doing 3 Reviews

Discover the best attractions of the North Island on this 3-day trip from Auckland. See thousands of tiny glowworms on an underground boat ride at Waitomo ...  Read more

Location: Auckland, New Zealand
Duration: 3 days (approx.)

From USD $1,011.77

Waitomo Glowworm Tour at Footwhistle Cave

Experience a glowworm light show among the fantastical rock formations of Footwhistle cave, an extensive cave system in Waitomo. Glowworms create a starry glow ...  Read more

Location: Waitomo, New Zealand
Duration: 60 minutes (approx.)

From USD $45.76

Cave Tubing at Waitomo Caves

Want to up the ante when it comes to inner tubing? Now you can float along a subterranean river in the Waitomo Caves! Thousands of glowworms flicker on the ...  Read more

Location: Waitomo, New Zealand
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

From USD $115.65

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