• Location: Auckland, New Zealand
  • Duration: 13 hours (approx.)
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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

What You Can Expect

Waitomo Caves and Rotorua Day Trip from Auckland

Waitomo Caves and Rotorua Day Trip from Auckland

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.

Customer Reviews

provencd Canada

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2018

What a wonderful day to see the excuisite countryside of New Zealand, plus these two incredible sites. Started with the Waitomo GlowWorm grotto where you descend by foot into these vast caverns under ground. The caves themselves are spectacular, but then you get to board a small boat to visit the glow worm grotto. Thess bioluminescent worms are situated on the ceiling and look like constellations in the sky as there are so many of them. You glide along in the boat in the silent dark while marveling at the incredible site above you. It is like Phantom of the Opera meets the Milky Way- just fabulous! Next was our trip to Rotorua with a stop at Agridome for a sheep shearing demonstration plus we got to hand feed various sheep and deer. We then proceeded to a wonderful Maori village situated on an active geothermal site. The Maori dancers and singers were so delightful in their traditional garb and their voices were beautiful. Enjoyed a wonderful concert of song, dance and traditions. Next came a guided tour of the geysers and mud pots which surround the Te Puia village. Our guide actually lives on site as his family have done for generations so his narrative was especially informational about the Maori lifestyle. This was a great tour and would recommend it highly.

Stephanie H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2018

Wow what a fantastic day I had on this tour. It was a long day, but with my limited time in Auckland, it was well worth every penny and every minute. Our coach driver Ben, was a great host/ driver/ knowledge of information. Every aspect of the day was a brilliant experience. Highly recommended


5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2017

Amazingly good tour! We were spell bound by the glow worms at the caves. The hot geysers in Rotorua were awesome! The guide was a lovely lady who drove us from auckland all the way and back. We had some good on the way lunch and snacks in the evening on the return drive. Thank you!

Rumneet G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2017

This is a great tour and definitely worth the money. It is a long jam packed day, however our tour guide was so friendly and knowledgeable that time flew by.

Senathirajah R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2017

It is a worthy tour. the Waitomo Cave is amazing.

David S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2017

Excellent tour. Wonderfully led. The bus driver was an excellent host with stories and pointing out places of interest. I am glad I went.

Kaveh K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2017

Definitely a full day of interesting activities and places to visit


5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2017

A long, but soooo worth it, trip! Rachel our coach driver was great--kept us fed, hydrated, and informed! The sites are quite incredible and special! Don't miss it.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2017

My daughter and I took this tour on September 19, 2017. We loved it! Yes, it is a long day since we did the round trip tour. Some people chose to spend the night in Rotorua, which made their day a little shorter. We needed to return to Auckland. The driver was wonderful and I wish I could remember his name. Both lunch and dinner sandwich meals were included and plenty of water bottles. We saw the Waitomo glow worm caves, the Agrodome, the Maori culture center show which was wonderful and included with our tour, and the geothermal areas of Rotorua. It was a great experience!

Kinga I

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2017

This tour was amazing!

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