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Waitomo Day Trip with Option to Add Hobbiton from Rotorua

Visit the Waitomo Glowworm Caves and the Hobbiton Movie Set on a full-day tour from Rotorua that can be customized to your interests. Choose a dry walking tour of the glowworm caves, get enjoy independent time in Waitomo, or splash through the caverns on an adventurous rafting or caving tour. Next, head to the Hobbiton Movie Set to explore hobbit holes and film sites, then sip a hobbit-themed brew at the Green Dragon Inn. This full-day tour includes pickup at selected locations in Rotorua, with drop-off in Rotorua or Auckland.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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  • Duration: 8 hours
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Hobbiton Movie Set Tour from Rotorua

See where major scenes from The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit were filmed during this 4.5-hour Hobbiton movie set tour from Rotorua. Visit the North Island sheep farm chosen by director Peter Jackson to depict the Shire, scattered with charming hobbit holes, such as the earthen home of Bilbo Baggins. Hear fascinating stories from your guide on each epic series as you snap photos of your favorites sights from Middle-earth.
  • Duration: 4 hours 30 minutes
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  • Duration: 4 hours 30 minutes
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Rotorua to Auckland via Waitomo Glowworm Caves One-Way Tour

Embark on a one-way tour from Rotorua to Auckland and explore Waitomo Glowworm Caves, one of the North Island’s most popular attractions. Be amazed by the illumination of thousands of tiny glowworms on a boat tour through Glowworm Grotto, a subterranean marvel. You’ll travel through the Mamaku Ranges and the rural farmlands of Waikato en route to Auckland, admiring highlights such as Fitzgerald Glade. Includes round-trip hotel transport with optional lunch.
  • Duration: 7 hours
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  • Duration: 7 hours
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Taupo Day Trip with Waiotapu or Orakei Korako from Rotorua

Discover New Zealand’s geothermal hotspots on a day trip from Rotorua to Lake Taupo, stopping to explore one of two remarkable destinations. Select Orakei Korako to see terraced pools of steaming water, or opt for Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland’s otherworldly colors. Limited to 11 people for more personal service, this day trip includes pickup and drop-off at centrally-located hotels, as well as entrance fees at the geothermal site.
  • Duration: 6 hours
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  • Duration: 6 hours
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Rotorua City Tour and 'The Lord of the Rings' Hobbiton Movie Set

Combine three of Rotorua’s top attractions with a Hobbiton Movie Set tour on this full-day adventure. In the morning, visit Te Puia Maori Arts and Crafts Institute, Rainbow Springs wildlife park and the Agrodome sheep farm with a knowledgeable guide who informs you about New Zealand’s indigenous culture, national kiwi bird and most common farm animal. Then travel through The Shire on a tour of filming locations used in ‘The Lord Of The Rings' and ‘The Hobbit’ series.
  • Duration: 9 hours
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  • Duration: 9 hours
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Agrodome Sheep Show and Farm Tour

Complete your trip to Rotorua with a visit to the Agrodome. If there's one thing people associate with New Zealand, it’s sheep, and you’ll have plenty of opportunities to interact with the gentle creatures at the Agrodome Sheep Show, Farm Tour or both. This educational and family-friendly experience lets you join in on farming activities as you meet the farmers and their sheep.
  • Duration: 3 hours
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  • Duration: 3 hours
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Waitomo Glowworm Caves Discovery Tour from Rotorua

Discover the subterranean galleries and lofty chambers of the Waitomo Glowworm Caves on a 6-hour guided tour from Rotorua. Ride a boat into the Glowworm Grotto and learn about the limestone formations and their tiny inhabitants that illuminate the darkness with thousands of living lights. Round-trip hotel transport includes a scenic drive through the Mamaku Ranges and Fitzgerald Glade. Upgrade to include a boxed lunch on board.
  • Duration: 6 hours
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  • Duration: 6 hours
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Private Full-Day Rotorua Tour from Auckland

Immerse yourself in Māori culture, history and tradition during this full-day private tour to Rotorua from Auckland. Get a traditional Māori welcome followed by a cultural show at Te Puia, then continue to the Kiwi House to get a good look at New Zealand's national bird. Follow your dedicated guide through the Pikirangi Māori Village to see how the indigenous people of New Zealand lived before the European settlers arrived. Explore the mud pools and geysers in the Te Whakarewarewa geothermal valley. Spend time in the Rotorua government center, then relax at a Polynesian spa or choose from a variety of other activities. Round-trip transportation from Auckland is included; all entrance fees are at your own expense.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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  • Duration: 8 hours
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Wai-O-Tapu : Lady Knox Geyser : Champagne Lake : Polynesian Spa Resort: Combo Day Tour Rotorua

Some of New Zealand’s most impressive natural sights are just a short drive out of Rotorua, but navigating the back-roads of the Bay of Plenty can be difficult for the unfamiliar. On this day trip to the Lady Knox Geyser and Wai-O-Tapu, two of the most popular and active geothermal zones in New Zealand, your guide will drive you. Visit Lady Knox, Wai-O-Tapu, and the relaxing Polynesian Spa hot pools all in one day.
  • Duration: 7 hours
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  • Duration: 7 hours
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Wai-O-Tapu and Hobbiton Movie Set Tour including Lady Knox Geyser, Day Tour From Rotorua

Take in two of the North Island's top attractions in one day on a combination tour that visits Wai-o-tapu and the Hobbiton Movie Set. Booking this package ensures your admission to these popular attractions, and the full-day tour includes all entrance fees, hotel pickup and drop-off, and insightful commentary from your driver-guide.
  • Duration: 9 hours
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  • Duration: 9 hours
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Rotorua 4WD Bush Safari Tour

Get out of your comfort zone on this challenging 45-minute Bush Safari from Rotorua. This self-drive experience by 4-passenger 4WD vehicle takes you over steep climbs and descents, with guided instruction via two-way radio as you navigate waterfalls, lunges and tunnels. Upgrade to include a 4x4 Monster Thrill Ride or Raceline Karting, or do all three! Safety briefing and equipment are provided.
  • Duration: 1 hour
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  • Duration: 1 hour
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Private Tour: Rotorua and Waitomo Caves Day Trip from Auckland

Explore Rotorua and the otherworldly Waitomo Caves on this 12-hour private tour from Auckland. With your dedicated guide, travel in a private vehicle to the Waitomo Caves. Walk through the impressive underground caverns, filled with unusual rock formations. Take a boat trip through the Glowworm Grotto to see the tiny, phosphorescent creatures light up around you. Continue to Te Puia, a traditional Maori village, and Te Whakarewarewa, a geothermal valley filled with mud pools and geysers. Enjoy personal attention from your guide and the ability to modify your itinerary on this private tour. Light refreshments and round-trip transportation from Auckland are included.
  • Duration: 12 hours
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  • Duration: 12 hours
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Rotorua Geothermal Geyser Tour and Kiwi Fruit Orchard Themed Cart Ride

Visit two natural attractions in Rotorua on this full-day tour. Start off at the Rotorua geothermal geyser where groups of Maori people have lived and worshipped for generations. Learn about the Maori culture and how they use the geothermal geysers, mud pools, and steam vents. Then head to the KiwiFruit Orchard cart for a guided tour and finish off with a complimentary kiwi cream.
  • Duration: 7 hours
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Full Day Hiking in Whirinaki forest

Explore one of New Zealand’s finest forest trails on this 7-hour hiking tour in the Whirinaki Forest from Rotorua. Travel from your accommodation in Rotorua into the Whirinaki Forest, widely considered among the world’s greatest rainforests. Follow your guide along hiking trails beneath the leafy canopy and marvel at mighty native trees such as ‘kahikatea’, ‘matai’, ‘miro’, ‘rimu’ and ‘totara’. Along the way, discover rich flora and fauna for which the forest is famous, and hear birdsong from the many different species of birds flying among the branches above.
  • Duration: 7 hours
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  • Duration: 7 hours
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Wai-O-Tapu : Lady Knox Geyser : Champagne Lake and The Living Maori Village Small Group Tour

With geothermal landscapes and rich Maori heritage, Rotorua ranks among New Zealand’s must-see destinations. On this tour, hit top attractions including Champagne Lake, Lady Knox geyser, and Wai-O-Tapu with your guide and see the best of Rotorua in one day. Explore Maori history, customs, and craft traditions at the Living Maori Village, and enjoy personal attention from your guide on this small-group tour—limited to 15 people.
  • Duration: 7 hours
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Wai-O-Tapu : Lady Knox Geyser : Champagne Lake And Rainbow Springs : Small Group Tour Rotorua

Combine two of New Zealand's most popular attractions—Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland and Rainbow Springs—in a single tour, with all details arranged for you. Take the stress out of planning and ensure you hit these two highlights during your time in New Zealand with this combo tour. With a guide providing engaging commentary, visit the Lady Knox Geyser, ride the Big Splash log flume, and see the local wildlife.
  • Duration: 7 hours
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