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clock-o13 hours (Approx.)
TransportHotel pickup offered
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commentOffered in: English

Overview

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
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.

Reviews

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t
, Nov 2018

We had a lovely guide, Irina and we thoroughly enjoyed the day and the experience. We would recommend this tour to others.

J
, Sep 2018

Rotorura was great, but the Waitomo Caves were disappointing. If you blink to fast or too often you might miss the glow worms. The boat ride lasted less then five minutes.

a
, Aug 2018

We loved the Waitomo Caves and Rotorua trip. Great Sights hires excellent guides that offer great commentary throughout the drive. Good food. Excellent organization of the tip. Agrodome was especially fun adventure. Highly recommend.

D
, Jul 2018

We really enjoyed the trip. Rachael's commentary was very informative and very entertaining. Only issue we had was with the vegan food. Vegan can be something better than a salad pack.

Z
, Jun 2018

Took this tour because i wanted to visit Waitomo Caves and the geysers in Rotorua. Too much time was spent on the added visits to a farm and a Maori cultural show. We spent too much time on these two additions to the extent that we had just 10 minutes left for the geysers which are the main reason to go on this tour. That is bad planning and ridiculous time allocation. On top of that, the Maori cultural performance was a typical shallow tourist trap where they make the group of visitors choose a chief and dance. Instead of doing infantile things we could have enjoyed the view of the geyser without rush. My time as a tourist is too valuable to risk giving Viator another chance.

L
, Apr 2018

Fantastic experience

p
, Apr 2018

Another whole day experience, but well worth it. Caves were awesome, the Agridome was interesting and fun could actually feed turkeys and sheep from your hand. We enjoyed the geyser's beautiful landscape, the cultural show, and especially seeing a kiwi. A full not-so-roomy bus made the ride a little uncomfortable.

m
, Apr 2018

It was great. Exacty as it is described here. The bus was perfect, meals tasty, and the places are awesome. Definitely I recommend it.

C
, Apr 2018

Nice tour, great guide

k
, Mar 2018

Shelley was our driver and guide. She is great. I loved the caves. The cultural center and geysers at Rotorua were wonderful. There was not enough time at Maori cultural center. If you can get a tour thats just the caves and the cultural center do that. The agrodome was not that interesting and took up time we could have had at the Maori cultural center.


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