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Rotorua Full Day Tour: Waitomo Caves, Agrodome and Te Puia departs Auckland

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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
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.

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Day Tour
clou818
, Oct 2019
best deal for your buck. You are free to schedule your day and the tours are well chosen in the package.
star-5
Awesome Day out
ShelsterM1k
, Oct 2019
Kenny our driver made the day. His overall knowledge and pleasant manner very much added to the experience. All 3 venues were great, the glow worm caves especially good and we had great weather which was a bonus.
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Fantastic!
806claytonk
, Sep 2019
The tour is one of the best we have ever had. We saw and experienced a lot. Every step was very well organized. Thank you!
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Fantastic Voayage
SFGourmet
, Aug 2019
Magnificent tour of the Waitomo Caves and the glow worms. Educational and fun visit to the Maori Cultural Village. Tour was well organized and attention paid to all details.
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Long day but ticks many boxes!
Holidayfan6755
, Aug 2019
Booked through Viator, operator was Great Sights. Initially clear communication with Great sights - thank you Connor - much appreciated when you live on ther side of the world, UK, & travelling araound. Shuttle pick up point near our hotel to departure point smooth. Given water & biscuits on arrival. Kenny our driver managed to leave promptly. He was clear & informative & drove safely. Waitomo caves are a great sight to see. Picked up lunchbox & quite substantial & delicious it was. Loved the Agrodome with sheep shearing & farm tour. Visited Maori culture show, Kiwi bird house & geysers at Te Puia all interesting. 14hrs is a long day, so very tiring. Really enjoyed all experiences. The shuttle bus returned us to our hotel to save us getting wet. Bless you! You did a great job Kenny!
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Wonderful
jamil174
, Jul 2019
Our entire family of five enjoyed this tour. It's a long day on the bus from Auckland, but it's worth the time. Our guide was great - informative, friendly and accommodating. The meals were an unexpected pleasure and they happily accommodated vegetarian and gluten free requests. The bus was comfortable and everything ran on time and as promised. The caves are extraordinary. It's a quick tour but worth it. And, the fries at the cafe are amazing - best we had over two weeks across Australia, NZ and Fiji. The cave guide was warm, knowledgeable and obviously proud of her connections to the original founder. It was interesting, beautiful and not to be missed. I'm glad we did this.
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Rotorura was great, but the Waitomo...
Josta
, Sep 2018
Rotorura was great, but the Waitomo Caves were disappointing. If you blink to fast or too often you might miss the glow worms. The boat ride lasted less then five minutes.
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Fantastic Experience!
andreazimm1981
, Aug 2018
We loved the Waitomo Caves and Rotorua trip. Great Sights hires excellent guides that offer great commentary throughout the drive. Good food. Excellent organization of the tip. Agrodome was especially fun adventure. Highly recommend.
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A very good trip!
dlin71
, Jul 2018
We really enjoyed the trip. Rachael's commentary was very informative and very entertaining. Only issue we had was with the vegan food. Vegan can be something better than a salad pack.
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Took this tour because i wanted to...
Zippora G
, Jun 2018
Took this tour because i wanted to visit Waitomo Caves and the geysers in Rotorua. Too much time was spent on the added visits to a farm and a Maori cultural show. We spent too much time on these two additions to the extent that we had just 10 minutes left for the geysers which are the main reason to go on this tour. That is bad planning and ridiculous time allocation. On top of that, the Maori cultural performance was a typical shallow tourist trap where they make the group of visitors choose a chief and dance. Instead of doing infantile things we could have enjoyed the view of the geyser without rush. My time as a tourist is too valuable to risk giving Viator another chance.

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