• Location: Rotorua, concludes Auckland, New Zealand
  • Duration: 7 hours (approx.)
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Embark on a one-way tour from Rotorua to Auckland and explore Waitomo Glowworm Caves, one of the North Island’s most popular attractions. Be amazed by the illumination of thousands of tiny glowworms on a boat tour through Glowworm Grotto, a subterranean marvel. You’ll travel through the Mamaku Ranges and the rural farmlands of Waikato en route to Auckland, admiring highlights such as Fitzgerald Glade. Includes round-trip hotel transport with optional lunch.


  • 7-hour one-way tour from Rotorua to Auckland via the Waitomo Caves
  • Explore New Zealand’s famous Waitomo Caves with your guide
  • Marvel at the thousands of tiny glow-worms suspended from the ceiling
  • Take a boat ride through the glow-worm cavern
  • Enjoy a buffet lunch (if option selected)
  • Discover the scenic countryside of Waikato from the comfort of your coach
  • Tour includes pickup from Rotorua and drop-off in Auckland

What You Can Expect

Rotorua to Auckland via Waitomo Glowworm Caves One-Way Tour

Rotorua to Auckland via Waitomo Glowworm Caves One-Way Tour

First discovered in 1887, the Waitomo Caves rank among New Zealand’s most popular natural attractions. You’ll explore the caves on a guided 45-minute tour during this one-way trip from Rotorua to Auckland. 

After morning pickup from your hotel, get settled in a luxury coach for the journey north. En route, you’re driven past the picturesque Mamaku Ranges and through the arboreal tunnel of Fitzgerald Glade. Click away at the countryside views as you listen to onboard commentary about the sights.

Upon reaching the Waitomo Glowworm Caves, follow your guide down into the underground chambers where stalagmites, stalactites and other limestone rock formations decorate the otherworldly cavern walls. A boat ride takes you deeper into the Glowworm Grotto to see the tiny radiant lights emitted by thousands of glowworms hanging from their silk threads. 

Afterward, enjoy free time at the Waitomo Caves Visitor Centre or relax in a serene setting under the trees. Take a break for a buffet lunch (if option selected), or purchase your own café-style meal (own expense). 

Then continue onward by coach toward Auckland. Pass through the ‘Bridge City’ of Hamilton and the dairy capital of Waikato before arriving in the 'City of Sails' by mid-afternoon. Your tour concludes here with hotel drop-off.

Customer Reviews


5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2018

I had thought about renting a car from Rotorua to Auckland, but I shied away from this because of the challenges of driving on the other side of the road. Then we learned that we could take the bus from Rotorua and stop at the famous Waitomo glowworm caves on the way to Auckland. Accomplish two goals at once? We took quick advantage of the opportunity. What can you say about glowworms? The famous song may be American, but the species of fly or gnat is unique to New Zealand. Very few persons outside of New Zealand have seen glowworms, and any opportunity to see them should not be missed. At the site, we got into a small boat and went through the caves under the innumerable dots of light above out heads. The view of the glowworms lasts just 15 minutes or so, but it is definitely worth it. The bus ride through the New Zealand countryside was lovely. All in all, this was a truly wonderful way to get from point A to point B.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

This tour was great! I loved the knowledge that i gained all through the ride and the caves were unbelievable. Highlight of my trip. I have taken a few tours now and the tour guide on this trip was the coolest nicest one ive had. She deserves a raise for sure!

Paul R Australia

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2017

was a long bus trip, transfer ran smoothly and the caves were incredible!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2017

The driver picked us up on time at our hotel and provided a very interesting commentary all the way from Rotorua to Auckland. The cave tour was amazing--a great experience.

Anna Maria T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2017

see the Witomo caves is a unique experience in the world

Saori S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2016

Amazing Waitomo Glowworm experience. Awesome diver - she was very knowledgeable, safe, friendly diver!! Highly recommended.

Junko B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2013

I loved the tour:)
Waitomo Glowworm is the place you cant miss if you have an opportunity to go to Aucland/Rotorua.
I highly recommend this tour all tourists

Mikhail K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2012

Good trip, some nice stops besides the cave, the cave itself is worth of money paid, - so highly recommended!

Anya K

4 star rating: Recommended December 2017

Waitomo caves were very impressive even without the glowworms. The boat ride in the dark, with glowing stars glowworms was just magical. Our cave guide was great - funny, knowledgeable and very personable.
The bus ride was good, our driver had a lot of interesting information about the area to share. He got really annoyed when people were talking a parent quietly explaining something to a small child during the same time he was talking and he didn't hesitate to chastise those offenders with a good 2-minute lecture - not appropriate at all, in my opinion.

Tamara W

4 star rating: Recommended January 2017

A good way to travel from Rotorua to Auckland, with an interesting stop at the very cool caves which would otherwise be quite inaccessible. Driver was fun, knew alot about the area and was responsive to the group.

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