Tour code: 3910GS11
This one-way coach tour travels from Auckland to Rotorua, making stops at some of the North Island’s natural wonders and historic sites, including the popular Waitomo Glowworm Caves. You’ll start with morning tea at the Maori battle site of Rangiriri, then explore Waitomo’s Cathedral Chamber before a boat ride through the Glowworm Grotto. Your guide drives by the Karapiro Dam and through Fitzgerald Glade before arriving at your destination.

Highlights

  • One-way tour from Auckland to Rotorua via the Waitomo Glowworm Caves
  • Visit Rangiriri, a historic Maori battle site
  • See Ngaruawahia, home of the Maori King
  • Explore the Waitomo Glowworm Caves
  • Drive through beautiful Fitzgerald Glade

What You Can Expect

Auckland to Rotorua via Waitomo Glowworm Caves One-Way Tour

Rotorua, New Zealand

Your coach driver-guide picks you up from your Auckland city hotel before departing for Rangiriri, a historic township where you’ll enjoy a break for morning tea. Hear live commentary about the fierce conflicts that took place here between the invading British and New Zealand’s indigenous Maori.

You’ll make another stop in Ngaruawahia — the former home of a Maori king — en route to the Waitomo Glowworm Caves. Follow your guide into this subterranean wonderland to find impressive galleries inside lofty caverns, including the famous Cathedral Chamber, where stalactites and other fascinating formations hang from the cave ceiling.

Next, board a boat for a ride through the Glowworm Grotto, where the phosphorescent light of thousands of glowworms illuminates the caves’ limestone walls — a must-see sight!

Re-board the coach for a drive past the architectural marvel of Karapiro Dam, and enjoy photo ops of beautiful Lake Karapiro. A boxed lunch is served on board (if option selected).  

Travel along a section of Highway 5, where the interlocking canopy of Fitzgerald Glade forms an arboreal tunnel over the road. Then continue over Mamaku Saddle pass before descending into Rotorua, where you’re dropped off at your hotel.

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Customer Reviews

Davjo United Kingdom

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2015

Most enjoyable!

Isobel M United Kingdom

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2015

Good way to get from Bay of Islands to Auckland

Peggy B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2013

Loved this tour!!!!!

lindaappo

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2013

Loved this tour. Glowworm caves not to be missed. Driver was a wealth of information

Sonya M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2013

Very suitable tour. The cave is exceptional. I come from Bulgaria where we have all kind of caves, but this small one with this lights in the dark - great experience. This tour is nice because you can stay for a night in Roturua.

Jim and Janet USA

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2012

Bus trip turns into fun adventure under superb leadership of driver, Paul, and his trainee, Andy. The 5-hour drive flew by as Paul provided facts and stories about New Zealand. The riders played “The Game” to test retention of information provided by Paul and generally entertain the group. The Caves were fascinating. Needed more shopping time and the photos are too expensive.

Marco Antonio E

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2011

The trip from Auckland to Rotorua via Glowworm caves was brilliant. The driver was very helpful. altogether would recommend to anyone.

ANNETTE L Australia

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2010

very nice places we saw

Anonymous

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2010

This was very interesting and our guide was very knowledgeable. The bus was very comfortable and we enjoyed the sights on our way to Rotorua.

ellentoday

4 star rating: Recommended February 2016

The caves are gorgeous, and the sweet-and-short-tour gave us a good timing in moving onto our next destination in Rotorua.

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