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

Waitomo Caves and Rotorua Day Trip from Auckland

Travel from Auckland to Waitomo and Rotorua on a guided day trip to the Waitomo Caves and more. Take a boat ride through cavernous chambers to view glowworms and stalactites suspended from the ceiling, and stroll past the geothermal mud pools and geysers of Rotorua at Te Whakarewarewa Thermal Reserve. See sheep mustering and shearing demonstrations at the Agrodome, a working farm, and finish at the Maori Arts and Crafts Institute. You have the option to end your tour in Rotorua or return to Auckland by coach, including onboard lunch.


  • Day trip from Auckland to Waitomo Caves and Rotorua
  • Guided tour of Waitomo Caves and boat ride through the glowworm grotto
  • Agrodome sheep mustering and shearing demonstrations
  • Whakarewarewa Thermal Reserve and the world-famous Pohutu Geyser
  • Maori Arts and Crafts Institute
  • Refreshments and boxed lunch served onboard the coach
  • Entertaining and informative commentary from your friendly driver/guide
  • Pick-up and drop-off from city-centre Auckland hotels

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Waitomo Caves and Rotorua Day Trip from Auckland

Waitomo Caves and Rotorua Day Trip from Auckland

After pickup from your centrally located hotel, relax aboard the coach from Auckland to Waitomo Caves, a renowned New Zealand attraction famous for its glowworm caverns. Follow your informative guide on a tour underground to view the icicle-shaped stalactites and learn how they were formed over eons. A boat ride takes you through the Glowworm Grotto, where myriad glowworms illuminate the chamber walls and ceilings in a breathtaking display.

Your coach stops next at the Agrodome, a working sheep and cattle farm where you’ll gain insight into the history of dairy farm milking. Watch sheep shearing demonstrations, see sheep mustering by highly trained dogs, feed young farm animals and milk a cow for an authentic Kiwi experience. 

Hop back on board the coach to enjoy a boxed lunch and refreshments en route to Rotorua. 

Your first stop is Te Whakarewarewa Thermal Reserve. Meander past gurgling mud pools and silica terraces as your guide points out features of this geothermal wonder. Marvel at the 100-foot-high (30-meter) Pohutu Geyser; a famous natural attraction since the early 20th century, it erupts 10 to 20 times a day.

Finally, visit the Maori Arts and Crafts Institute for a look at traditional Maori customs. Discover time-honored wood carvings and weavings and learn of their significance at sacred Maori meeting houses. 

End your tour in Rotorua to explore further, or choose to make the return trip to Auckland with drop-off at your hotel.

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Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Very interesting, and full on day

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Managed to packed a full day of fun. Awesome trip.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

It was amazing! Though it was a long trip yet it was worth it because we got to go to a lot of different places. The food they served was delicious too! The tour guide/driver was very knowledgeable, funny and entertaining!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

This one day tour is a pretty cool way to see as much as you could in one day.
We left Sky City at around 730am, and drove down to the glow worm caves. Did the glow worm cave tour which was spectacular.
The tour bus Driver was very knowledgeable and kept us entertained the whole time with information and facts about the area.
Lunch was quite nice, and eaten on the bus to stay on schedule. We then went to agrodome where we got up close and personal with the animals and again a very knowledgeable farmer discussing NZs farming history and practices.
The last stop was Rotorua and includes a Native Maori greeting and demonstration, and then a guided tour of the geothermal mud pits and geysers.
Yet again the guide was absolutely brilliant and this was the highlight of the day for me.
We then headed back to Auckland direct which was a long haul on the bus, but all in all a wonderful day, and a great way to get a feel for the areas surrounding Auckland!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

absolutely amazing...enjoyed it very much

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

A full day tour packed with activities. Our informative driver kept us entertained and organized for the various sub-tours enroute. Waitomo Caves were magical as we silently floated in a small boat with a miriad of tiny lights from the glow worms above our heads. We also enjoyed the sheep shearing and herding demo at the farm and the traditional Maori songs and dances at Rotorua. The three snacks/meals onboard were fresh and of high quality.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Very experienced driver

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

This tour was amazing! The glow worm caves were magical! Visiting the farm and feeding the animals was a wonderful experience and the geyser in rotorua was a sight to see!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

The driver was excellent. He was really on target with managing the trip and getting everyone where they needed to go. He had lots of cool details about all the towns we passed through with regards to arts, cultures, and natural features. The meals and refreshments were very good. The locations proved to be a lot of fun. The glow caves are stunning, with the cave being amazing in and of itself beyond just the glow worms. I loved the Maori welcoming reception, and the geyser was stunning.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

Highly recommended

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