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Waitomo Caves and Rotorua including Te Puia - Small Group Tour from Auckland

Auckland Central, New Zealand
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The Waitomo Caves and Rotorua rank among New Zealand’s top attractions, offering natural beauty, geothermal features, and native culture in equal measure. Ideal for travellers short on time, this adventurous tour takes in both sites in the same day, with entry fees plus pickup and drop-off at selected Auckland hotels included. Discover subterranean stalagmites at the famous Waitomo Caves and hit top Rotorua attractions including the Government Gardens and Lake Rotorua.
  • Visit the Waitomo Caves and Rotorua in one action-packed day
  • Panoramic views over Waitomo’s subterranean caverns
  • Take in top attractions including the Government Gardens and Lake Rotorua
  • Hassle-free round-trip travel from selected Auckland hotels


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Great Tour
, Mar 2019
Lance and Jack were our tour guides. We were the only two on the tour. As a result, Lance showed us what he thought we would like to see. He also asked what we were interest in and planned the tour according to our interests. Waitomo Caves (Glow Worms) were worth seeing. These caves are millions of years old. We also went to a cultural center where we learned about the people and their culture. Trip was very interesting. I highly recommend this tour.
Fantastic natural wonders!
, Mar 2019
Loved the beauty & natural wonder of both destinations. we had two different drivers...?they switched... the driver from aukland to the worm caves was quiet and didn’t provide much info. After the switch our new driver was talkative and a much better guide/driver to Rotorua and the rest of day. She definitely made it extra special!
Fabulous sights, not-so-fabulous long drive
, Feb 2019
The cultural program at Te Puia is wonderful and the arts and crafts institute a marvelous enterprise. The thermal wonders are also fascinating and we were lucky enough to see the geysers erupting magnificently. Waitomo cave was practically a .spiritual experience I can't begin to describe how beautifully the glowworm lights shine. The downside of the whole trip was the extremely uncomfortable van badly in need of new shocks that made it necessary to hang on for dear life around the many turns and curves of the road. Our guide was certainly not overly concerned about our comfort. Lunch was problematic with no direction as to where or how and water was not offered. It was a long, long trip from Auckland and if you should choose to do it take lunch, water, and a large pillow!
No Sympathy
Naomi H
, Oct 2018
While our guide was excellent, the experience at Waitomo was awful. My wife fell while in the cave because they turned off the light. The guide did not show any concern about her condition but continued cajoled the others in the group. For folks with limited night vision, this tour is dangerous. There were no guardrails in the unlit portion of the cave tour.
Excellent Tour Guide
, Jul 2018
This was a day we enjoyed to the max. Our guide was a great host, very knowledgeable, relaxed and friendly. The caves and Rotorua should not be missed, the Maori cultural show was very good. Loved the drive through the beautiful countryside. Loved the early morning stop for breakfast! Don't change a thing, it was perfect. Also, the locations chosen for souvenir shopping were pretty good.

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