Cast your gaze upon the starry illumination of tiny glowworms at the Waitomo Glowworm Caves, located about a 2-hour drive from Auckland. Start your day trip with morning pickup at your hotel or the bus terminal by comfortable coach. Your driver points out highlights as you soak up the North Island scenery en route to Waitomo.
Travel through the bucolic farmland of the Waikato region and King Country, and see historic Rangiriri — site of an 1863 battle between colonizing British forces and and indigenous Maori.
On arrival at the Waitomo Glowworm Caves, embark on a 45-minute tour with a local guide. Follow on foot through the subterranean limestone caverns and discover how the stalagmites and stalactites were formed. A short boat ride glides you through Glowworm Grotto where you can admire thousands of glowworms that illuminate the underground chamber.
After your tour, enjoy lunch (if option selected) or purchase lunch from a limited menu at the on-site cafe. Have free time to spend exploring the exhibits at the visitor center before meeting your coach for the return trip to Auckland.