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The tour is with a guide/driver named Paul. He was amazing, full of energy, very informative and super funny. He made the day unforgettable... the glow worms are a must see, mud pools and kiwi were a bonus, plus the cultural performances was a real eye-opener to the New Zeland people. The tour is worth doing, just be prepared for a tight schedule - don't be late, and unfortunately there is no time for souvenir shopping.... nevertheless, would recommend!
This tour was done very professionally. The driver came right on time (actually even earlier and was patiently waiting for us) to pick us up from the hotel. The driver on the bus ride to all the different places, e.g., Caves, Rotorua, was knowledgeable and pleasant and kept right on schedule. The Caves by themselves were nice but not spectacular and neither were the worms since there weren't that many of them. The trip to the farm was very nice and the shearing part was very interesting and well run. The hotsprings were spectacular and a great experience in spite of the rain (and drizzle, occasionally). The meals (sandwich and bottle of water) were nothing to write home about but certainly adequate. All in all, a great experience. Would recommend it to any travellers new to New Zealand.
We got a free Auckland tour for booking the Cave and Rotorua tour and took the tour the next day. The guide was an elderly gentleman who obviously know Auckland very well and was able to give us the history of many of the places we passed through. Again, impressed with the overall quality of the guide and the tour .
Brillo. The caves were amazing, loved it. The trip to the Maori cultural place was good, but not very informative about how they use to live. They put on a good show, but didn;t really tell us much else. However, in NZ, you're bound to do more than one Maori thing, so everything else I did king of filled in the gaps. i would recommend it, though.
It was a great trip, our driver, Kenny was very knowledgeable. Can't wait to go back and do the Bay of Islands with them
very nice tour. The driver provided informations all the way. very helpful. the glow worm cave is amazing. too short, should stay longer. The maori , farm are also fun. very good trip. also a long day. 5 star
Our guide chattered all the way there with shuch knowledge that it made the trip go so quckly. The caves were amazing and Rotorua turned on the fine weather. Overall an excellent day
Excellent! We had a great time. The staff were fantastic. I only wish I had more time to explore the Caves and Rotorua. Waitomo Caves should be on everyone's must visit list when they come to New Zealand.
My Husband and I had a fantastic day John our guide was very imformative and friendly.
Couldn't fault any part of the day.
My daughter and I had an absolutely fantastic time on our tour from Auckland to Rotorua! The bus tour driver, who was so friendly and courteous, was so informative throughout the trip and we learned so much about New Zealand, the residents and their lifestyle. The Waitomo Caves were beautiful with all its stalactites and stalagmites and we had such a fascinating time on the boat looking up at the hundreds of tiny glowworms. Our next stop was The Agrodome and we had an absolutely superb time there. Our tour guide was so handsome and so nice and friendly and he allowed me to hold and cuddle a sheep which was really lovely! The animals were so cute and friendly and our tour guide gave us pellets so that we were also able to feed the animals which was such a delight. Our tour guide then showed us a wonderful demonstration of sheep rounding and sheep shearing and told us many interesting facts about the animals. I could have spent the whole day there amongst the animals and in the beautiful New Zealand countryside! We ended our day at Te Puia where we enjoyed the cultural songs and dance of the Maori people. We also visited the Pohutu Geysers which were amazing to see! The meals that we got served on our tour were really delicious. I really miss the New Zealand countryside...it was beautiful to see as we relaxed in our comfortable chairs on the Coach. In all, it was an absolutely fantastic day trip and my daughter and I enjoyed every minute of it. We are back in Mebourne now, but we took heaps of photos and have many lasting memories. We hope to return to New Zealand some day :)
The trip was awesome. The day was planned well and we had a great time .
To be honest I didn't read all the things that we were going to do on this trip, we just wanted to fit as much as we could in the time we had. This tour was very well organised. From the pickup in the morning to every activity on the day, to lunch and morning and afternoon tea on the coach. Everything ran like clockwork. The driver was excellent, the coach was comfortable, the food was excellent and I initially thought this was expensive, but after having completed the tour, it was worth every cent. The admissions alone would have cost us more than half the cost of the tour. A big day, but an excellent way to fit as much into the day as possible.