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Tauranga Shore Excursion: Waitomo Caves and The Kiwi House

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Bay Of Plenty, New Zealand
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icon6 hours  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English

Overview

Explore one of the North Island’s most impressive natural wonders and see the national symbol of New Zealand on this shore excursion from Tauranga. Walk through the caves to see stalagmites and stalactites before boarding a small boat to the incredible Waitomo Caves, filled with glittering glow-worms. Then visit the Otorohanga Kiwi House to learn more about the native birds. Port pickup and drop-off is included.
  • Tauranga shore excursion: Waitomo Caves and Otorohanga Kiwi House
  • See the Waitomo Caves and the Glow Worm Grotto
  • Learn more about New Zealand’s most famous bird at the Otorohanga Kiwi House
  • Great-value tour includes port pickup, entrance fees, and round-trip transport
  • Small-group tour limited to 15 people ensures a personalized experience
Meet your guide and small group of no more than 15 people on arrival at the Port of Tauranga. Traveling aboard an air-conditioned minibus, set out on the journey to the west coast. Along the way, soak up the scenery as you wind through the Kaimai Ranges and the farmlands of the Waikato District, stopping to admire views over Karapiro Lake and the Hinuera Valley.

Arrive at Waitomo Caves and head inside to explore the natural wonder on a guided walking tour. See the aptly nicknamed ‘Cathedral’ cave, known for its distinctive acoustics, and hear how the famous Vienna Boys' Choir once recorded in the cave. Then, hop aboard for a small boat cruise through the Glow Worm Cave, lit up by the light of thousands of glowworms.

Next, pay a visit to the Otorohanga Kiwi House, where you have the chance to learn more about the native flightless birds and hear how the Kiwi became the national symbol of New Zealand.

After stopping for lunch (own expense), return to Tauranga, where your tour ends with drop-off at the port.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Port of Tauranga Ltd
Our accredited agent driver/guide will meet you at the port gate & escort you to the vehicle in which you will be travelling. The driver/guide will have your name on a placard.
Duration: 15 Minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Lake Karapiro
Our accredited agent driver/guide will meet you at the port gate & escort you to the vehicle in which you will be travelling. The driver/guide will have your name on a placard.
Duration: 15 Minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Waitomo Glowworm Caves
On arrival at Waitomo, you will discover an underground labyrinth of ancient lime-stone caverns & formations.. Expert guides will give interesting & informative facts about the historic & geographic aspects of the caves. You will view spectacular stalagmites & stalactites in the “Cathedral” where the acoustics are so good that the Vienna Boys’ choir has recorded there. From the “Cathedral” you will take a short boat trip to the famed “Glow-worm Grotto” where you will see Arachnocampa Luminosa, which is unique to NZ.
Duration: 60 Minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Otorohanga Kiwi House & Native Bird Park
The return trip is made via a different route to give an overview of the area. A stop is made at The Kiwi House in Otorohanga to view our flightless native bird.
Duration: 30 Minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Otorohanga
Time permitting, lunch (at client's cost) is had in Otorohanga township.
Duration: 30 Minutes
Admission Ticket Free

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Waitomo Glow Worm Caves and The Kiwi House
Safari27721988095
, Jan 2020
Our guide was waiting for us as we disembarked our cruise ship. The bus was clean and comfortable. The driver was our guide and he shared a lot of interesting facts on life in New Zealand and its history. He dropped us off at the front of the line to the Glow Worm Caves and then waited for us in the bus as we took the tour with the facility guide. The Glow Worm caves are a "must see". We had never seen a live Kiwi before so the visit to the Kiwi House was very interesting.
star-5
Great Excursion!
pennyrode
, Oct 2019
We were picked up on schedule. Because both of us couples, were there, we even left early. The guide was personable, knowledgeable, friendly and accommodating. The tour through the gorgeous New Zealand countryside was beautiful, the guide stopping at places she knew were perfect for picture-taking. The caves themselves were intriguing, and the glow worms were like nothing I had ever seen before. And we saw live, moving, kiwi birds at Kiwi House. Here the guide's knowledge was particularly beneficial, since she knew when to arrive there to avoid the bus-crowds, so the four of us were in the "night" house when no one else was there. Then a brief stop at a kiwi-fruit growing orchards. All in all, a wonderful day.
icon Response from Host , Oct 2019
Bron, our driver/guide, always puts her heart & soul into making sure our clients have a great time. We're really glad you enjoyed your day & appreciate your talikng the time to write a review.
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Tauranga Shore Excursion
Paradise302396
, May 2019
Best tour on our 3 1/2 week vacation. She was very knowledgeable. We had some extra time and she took us to a kiwi farm. She was the best!
icon Response from Host , Aug 2019
Thanks for taking the time to write a review. Yes, we think Bron is wonderful too! We're so glad you enjoyed your day!
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Waitomo Caves & Kiwi House
Joan R
, Apr 2019
Waitomo Caves were very good. However Kiwi House was average caged zoo with one kiwi bird in darkened room behind glass.
icon Response from Host , Aug 2019
Thanks for your review. We're glad the caves were to your liking & appreciate the feedback on the kiwi-house.
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Waitomo Caves and Kiwi House
Roving28231287917
, Jan 2019
Wonderful tour with Paul as our driver who was very informative and experienced. We were delayed in arriving at the port as our cruise ship experienced some windy weather, but as we were the only passengers Paul kindly waited for us. Informative overall tour and a great way to experience the scenery of the interior of the north island. The caves were fascinating and not to miss. Did not spend much time at the Kiwi House but did see the one Kiwi in the dark exhibit. Well worth the tour and a very economic, informative tour.
star-5
This was a great tour, Paul was...
jltonellato
, Feb 2018
This was a great tour, Paul was fantastic and very informative! Waitomo Caves are absolutely stunning and a must do!
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Great service. Two of us had a guide...
Arturas V
, Jan 2018
Great service. Two of us had a guide and a Mercedes sedan for the glowworm and kiwi trip. We learned a lot from the guide who was very knowledgeable.
star-5
Incredible tour!! Seeing the...
benjamin t
, Dec 2017
Incredible tour!! Seeing the magical glow worms was spectacular!! Our driver was wonderful, friendly, knowledgeable, and kind. Wonder of wonders, we saw a kiwi up close......amazing! Highly recommend this excursion. Well organized and comfortable!!
star-5
Paul Marston Tauranga Tasting Tours...
mmy
, Jan 2017
Paul Marston Tauranga Tasting Tours and Charters took four of us on a great journey to the Waitomo Caves, the Kiwi House and much more. We were greeted on time at the gangway of our Princess cruise ship, and from there everything was well taken care of. The views from Tauranga to Waitomo Caves were exceptional - loved the greens that blanketed the landscape, dotted with cattles, sheeps, horses, etc. along the way. The Caves were simply breathtaking! Lunch place recommended by Paul was also very affordable and high quality ordered the pies. Paul kept track of the time and sent us back to the ship on time. We enjoyed the day tremendously, and had learned a lot about New Zealand and Tauranga area from Paul. We highly recommended this tour.
star-3
Good, but the guide rushed us at the...
Derek M
, Nov 2016
Good, but the guide rushed us at the Kiwi house. This was a shame as the majority of the group missed seeing one of the varieties of this special bird. The glow worm caves were wonderful. We and several others felt uncomfortable at the speed we were being driven at times. It was unnecessarily fast and possibly dangerous. This needs to be addressed.

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