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Auckland to Rotorua One Way Tour Including Waitomo Glowworm Caves

Auckland, New Zealand
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This one-way coach tour travels from Auckland to Rotorua, making stops at some of the North Island’s natural wonders and historic sites, including the popular Waitomo Glowworm Caves. Drive by the Maori battle site of Rangiriri, then explore Waitomo’s Cathedral Chamber before a boat ride through the Glowworm Grotto. Your guide drives by the Karapiro Dam and through Fitzgerald Glade before arriving at your destination.
  • One-way tour from Auckland to Rotorua via the Waitomo Glowworm Caves
  • Explore the Waitomo Glowworm Caves
  • Drive through beautiful Fitzgerald Glade
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.


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The views and scenic beauty...
Bikas Sen
, Apr 2018
The views and scenic beauty throughout the journey from Auckland to Rotorua was no doubt excellent. The bus was comfortable with free Wi-Fi. But signal strength varies on the way depending on availability of tower. Boat journey inside the cave was amazing. But it could have been organised in a better way. Try to be with the group while riding on the boat. I couldn't ride on the boat in which most of our group people boarded as it became full just before me. So I had to board on the next boat. After completing the boat ride, I could find out the bus with great difficulty. However it is worthwhile to avail this journey. I was picked up from my hotel on time.
Great way to get from Auckland to...
Kristine P
, Feb 2018
Great way to get from Auckland to Rotarua and see some countryside if NZ. Glowworm tour was amazing.
I book a lot of tours through viator...
, Jan 2018
I book a lot of tours through viator but this was the worst ever... the bus had no aircon (or windows), no toilet and no wifi like promised. It took 3 hours to the caves and not a single stop even considering the toilet was out of order. Then another 3 hours from caves... in hot weather. A Nightmare
Really enjoyed this tour. The...
Christine R
, Nov 2017
Really enjoyed this tour. The driver/guide was very good. He gave us local information on the way to the caves and was very funny and entertaining. I would recommend this tour.
Bus Tour guide was amazing- BUT were...
Grace M
, Aug 2017
Bus Tour guide was amazing- BUT were told that we were VIP at Waitomo Glowworm Caves, that we go ahead of the line and are our group taken separately- WELL that is not the case- they put us with another group and there were over 45 of us, instead of 25. Cave guide made comments several times that group was much larger then normal. The icing on the cake was crying babies that ruined the experience. They were not asked to leave, could not hear the guide, nor had the quiet experience that we expected to have. Very disappointing!
The bus driver failed to pick up...
, Mar 2017
The bus driver failed to pick up myself and two others at our hotel. The bus depot told us to get a cab which we did. The driver told us he had screamed at us to board the bus but why would he need to scream since the bus stop was only 20 feet from us??? The driver failed to load some people's luggage onto the bus. He made weird and strange remarks, especially about Asians. He insisted that trades people in NZ need a University Degree to work in their field. NOT TRUE! The Glowworm caves consisted of 45 minutes looking at stalagmites and stalactites and about 5 minutes actually seeing the glowworms in the boat. The bus driver was rude, crude and socially inept. Save your money, there are plenty of other good tours and good tour operators out there!!!!!!!!
I felt as the tour was a little...
Sabrina M
, Feb 2017
I felt as the tour was a little unorganised. We left 15 minutes late because people didn't know where to check-in and which bus to board there was more than one. If you only want to get a small glimpse of Waitomo and get to Rotorua as fast as possible this is the tour for you. If you're like me and always want to see as much as possible, it isn't. The 30-45 min guided tour in the cave was good. However, I've visited a few caves around Australia and it didn't impress me the that much anymore. The very best bit of the tour were the glow worms. They are stunning! The boat ride lasts about 5 minutes and it felt like the shortest five minutes of my life because it was soo spectacular seeing the glow worms. I would definitely go back to Waitomo but I would rather book a tour where I get to see more.
Love the glowworm cave. Amazing...
, Oct 2016
Love the glowworm cave. Amazing - you travel inside a boat and see the cave lit up by the glowworms. It was a very convenient way to see sights while traveling to our next New Zealand destination - Rotorua
The driver was very knowledgeable...
Thi Thu Huong H
, Jun 2016
The driver was very knowledgeable and helpful. The cave with glowworms was also amazing but I wish they would have given more time for boating and looking for some souvenirs from the shop.
The caves are gorgeous, and the...
, Feb 2016
The caves are gorgeous, and the sweet-and-short-tour gave us a good timing in moving onto our next destination in Rotorua.

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