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Rotorua Tours from Auckland

By Viator, October 2017

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Rotorua is both home to New Zealand’s most active geothermal zone and considered a sacred place for the Maori people. Here’s how to visit from Auckland to see geysers and bubbling mud, then visit Maori cultural centers for dances and traditional feasts.
 
Day Tours
Many full-day tours to Rotorua visit the Whakarewarewa geothermal area in time to see the Pohutu Geyser spring to life; walk among the multicolored hot pools, steaming fissures, and bubbling mud; and stop at a Maori cultural center for dance performances, concerts, and traditional hangi feasts. Other highlights include the Waitomo Caves—illuminated by thousands of glowworms—and the Agrodome, where travelers can watch sheepdogs and sheep shearers in action.
 
Multi-Day Tours
A longer tour of Rotorua allows time to further explore this fascinating region. In addition to seeing the steaming features at Te Whakarewarewa Valley, many tours also stop at Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland for more colorful geothermal action. On a multi-day tour, you can also check out the subterranean glowworms at the Waitomo Caves, view “Lord of the Rings” movie sets on a visit to Hobbiton, learn about native culture on a visit to a real Maori village; hit the highlights of Rotorua’s city center, or take a spin on a jet boat on Lake Rotoiti.
 
Things to Know
  • Rotorua is located about 150 miles (241 kilometers) from Auckland. 
  • Tours typically include travel by bus, which takes about four hours one way, or via a short flight between Auckland and Rotorua. 
  • Full-day tours generally last around 13 hours, departing early in the morning and returning to Auckland in the evening.

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Waitomo Caves and Rotorua Day Trip from Auckland, Auckland, null
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Waitomo Caves and Rotorua Day Trip from Auckland

4.5 star rating: Recommended 352 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 $241.30
2-Day Waitomo Caves, Hobbiton Movie Set and Rotorua Tour from Auckland, Auckland, Day Trips
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2-Day Waitomo Caves, Hobbiton Movie Set and Rotorua Tour from Auckland

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 58 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 $785.87
5-Day Bay of Islands, Rotorua, Waitomo Caves and Hobbiton Movie Set Tour from Auckland, Auckland, ... 
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5-Day Bay of Islands, Rotorua, Waitomo Caves and Hobbiton Movie Set Tour from Auckland

4.5 star rating: Recommended 26 Reviews

Do and see it all on a five-day adventure from Auckland that takes you to Waitangi, Rotorua, Waitomo and Middle-earth! Your journey reveals the history and ...  Read more

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

From USD $1,346.92
Hobbiton, Rotorua and Waitomo Caves Day Trip, Auckland, Multi-day Tours
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Hobbiton, Rotorua and Waitomo Caves Day Trip

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 152 Reviews

Experience this exciting tour of Hobbiton that is perfect for anyone looking to add a little fantasy to their holiday. You will visit three amazing ...  Read more

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

From USD $298.85
Exciting Rotorua Day Trip from Auckland, Auckland, Day Trips
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Exciting Rotorua Day Trip from Auckland

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Experience the amazing “birthplace of Tourism in New Zealand” – Rotorua! Rotorua is located in the North Island of New Zealand and is famous for its beauty, ...  Read more

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

From USD $173.41
Full-Day Hobbiton and Rotorua Tour from Auckland, Auckland, Day Trips
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Full-Day Hobbiton and Rotorua Tour from Auckland

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Visit the Hobbiton Movie Set and Rotorua including sightseeing and Lunch. All sightseeing is completed by 4:30pm and you can finish at Rotorua or return to ...  Read more

Location: Auckland, New Zealand
Duration: 1 day (approx.)

From USD $247.20
Full-Day Waitomo and Rotorua Tour from Auckland, Auckland, Day Trips
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Full-Day Waitomo and Rotorua Tour from Auckland

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Explore the top attractions of New Zealand’s Waikato region on this full-day Waitomo and Rotorua tour from Auckland. Travel through King’s Country to the ...  Read more

Location: Auckland, New Zealand
Duration: 12 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $256.05
Auckland to Rotorua via Waitomo Glowworm Caves One-Way Tour, Auckland, Day Trips
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Auckland to Rotorua via Waitomo Glowworm Caves One-Way Tour

3.5 star rating: Worth doing 38 Reviews

Explore New Zealand’s famous Waitomo Glowworm Caves on a one-way day trip from Auckland to Rotorua! Ride a boat through the Glowworm Grotto, see the Karapito ...  Read more

Location: Auckland, concludes in Rotorua, New Zealand
Duration: 6 hours (approx.)

From USD $192.59
5-Day New Zealand North and South Island Highlights Trip, Auckland, Day Trips
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5-Day New Zealand North and South Island Highlights Trip

3 star rating: Worth doing 9 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 $1,236.00
Rotorua and Waitomo Caves Day Trip from Auckland, Auckland, Multi-day Tours
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Rotorua and Waitomo Caves Day Trip from Auckland

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The geothermal area of Rotorua and the Waitomo Glowworm Caves are must-see destinations for any traveler to the North Island of New Zealand. Your guide ...  Read more

Location: Auckland, New Zealand
Duration: 1 day (approx.)

From USD $244.25

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