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Top Day Trips From Rotorua

By Viator, January 2018

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Strategically located at the center of New Zealand’s North Island, Rotorua makes a popular basecamp for exploring the surrounding sights. After exploring its geothermal attractions and Maori cultural sites, here’s where to head for a day trip. 

Hobbiton — 43 miles (70 km) northwest of Rotorua
A must-see for fans of the Lord of the Rings and Hobbit films, Hobbiton tours give visitors a behind-the-scenes look at the set that were built for the films. Pose for a photo outside Bilbo Baggins’ home; stock up on Hobbit-themed souvenirs; and grab a bite at the Shire’s Rest café or a pint of ale at the Green Dragon Inn.

Taupo — 51 miles (82 km) southwest of Rotorua
New Zealand’s largest lake is a spectacular setting for outdoor activities, with popular choices including sailing, jet boating, rafting, hiking, and even skydiving. Make a day of it by including a stop at the Wai-O-Topu Geothermal Wonderland, Huka Falls, or the Wairakei Thermal area.

Waitomo Glowworm Caves — 87 miles (140 km) west of Rotorua
Discover the natural wonders of Waitomo with a visit to the Glowworm Caves, one of the best places in the country to see glittering glowworms. Marvel at the dramatic limestone formations, take a boat ride through the glowworm grotto, or try activities like cave tubing or rafting along a subterranean river.

Auckland — 142 miles (228 km) northwest of Rotorua
New Zealand’s largest city is a scenic 3-hour drive from Rotorua, which leaves plenty of time to drive across the Auckland Harbour Bridge, take in the views from the Sky Tower, or walk up One Tree Hill. One-way tours are also a great way to maximize your time, starting in Rotorua, ending in Auckland, and taking in sights such as the Mamaku Ranges, Fitzgerald Glade, and Waitomo caves along the way.

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Waitomo Caves and 'The Lord of the Rings' Hobbiton Movie Set Day Trip from Auckland, Auckland, null
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Waitomo Caves and 'The Lord of the Rings' Hobbiton Movie Set Day Trip from Auckland

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 363 Reviews

See two magical places come to life on this day tour from Auckland. First explore the Waitomo Glowworm Caves and be entranced by the thousands of twinkling ...  Read more

Location: Auckland, New Zealand
Duration: 11 hours (approx.)

From USD $254.38
Waitomo Caves and Rotorua Day Trip from Auckland, Auckland, Day Trips
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Waitomo Caves and Rotorua Day Trip from Auckland

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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 $246.83
Hobbiton Movie Set Tour from Rotorua, Rotorua, Day Trips
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Hobbiton Movie Set Tour from Rotorua

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Lord of the Rings trilogy fans – return to the lands of Middle-earth and the Shire on this fascinating half-day tour of the Hobbiton Movie Set from Rotorua. ...  Read more

Location: Rotorua, New Zealand
Duration: 4 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $86.05
Cave Tubing at Waitomo Caves, Waitomo, Day Trips
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Cave Tubing at Waitomo Caves

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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 $104.92
Thermal Wonderland from Rotorua with Hobbiton, Waimangu Add-On, Rotorua, Adrenaline & Extreme
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Thermal Wonderland from Rotorua with Hobbiton, Waimangu Add-On

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Experience a half or full-day tour from Rotorua to the Geothermal wonders that the region is famous for. Your options include half or full-day tours to ...  Read more

Location: Rotorua, New Zealand
Duration: Flexible

From USD $59.63
Waitomo Glowworm Tour at Footwhistle Cave, Waitomo, Day Trips
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Waitomo Glowworm Tour at Footwhistle Cave

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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 $46.80
Rotorua Eco Thermal Small Group Morning Tour, Rotorua, Nature & Wildlife
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Rotorua Eco Thermal Small Group Morning Tour

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Explore the technicolor hot springs of Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland on a guided half-day tour of New Zealand’s most extensive geothermal site. Walk along ...  Read more

Location: Rotorua, New Zealand
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $117.00
Rotorua to Auckland via Waitomo Glowworm Caves One-Way Tour, Rotorua, Bus & Minivan Tours
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Rotorua to Auckland via Waitomo Glowworm Caves One-Way Tour

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Travel from Rotorua to Auckland and discover one of New Zealand’s top attractions on this 7.5-hour tour of the Waitomo Caves from Rotorua. Travel through the ...  Read more

Location: Rotorua, concludes Auckland, New Zealand
Duration: 7 hours (approx.)

From USD $189.47
Rotorua Geothermal Wonders and Waikato River Jet Boat Ride, Rotorua, Day Trips
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Rotorua Geothermal Wonders and Waikato River Jet Boat Ride

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Marvel at New Zealand’s volcanic geology as you see the steaming cliffs of Rainbow Mountain, the boiling mud pools near Wai-O-Tapu and the gushing geysers of ...  Read more

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

From USD $150.21
Taupo Day Trip with Waiotapu or Orakei Korako from Rotorua, Rotorua, Nature & Wildlife
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Taupo Day Trip with Waiotapu or Orakei Korako from Rotorua

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Choose between Waiotapu or Oarakei Korako geothermal areas for your first stop on this 6-hour day trip. Then see Huka Falls, Lake Taupo and the surrounding ...  Read more

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

From USD $169.84

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