Your coach driver-guide picks you up from your Auckland city hotel, driving past the historic site of Rangiriri. Hear about the fierce conflicts that took place here between the invading British and New Zealand’s indigenous Maori as you travel toward the Waitomo Glowworm Caves.
Upon arrival at the caves, follow your guide into this subterranean wonderland to find impressive galleries inside lofty caverns, including the famous Cathedral Chamber, where stalactites and other fascinating formations hang from the cave ceiling.
Next, board a boat for a ride through the Glowworm Grotto, where the phosphorescent light of thousands of glowworms illuminates the caves’ limestone walls.
Re-board the coach for a drive past the architectural marvel of Karapiro Dam, and enjoy photo ops of beautiful Lake Karapiro. A boxed lunch is served on board (if option selected).
Travel along a section of Highway 5, where the interlocking canopy of Fitzgerald Glade forms an arboreal tunnel over the road. Then continue over Mamaku Saddle pass before descending into Rotorua, where you’re dropped off at your hotel.