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Tauranga Shore Excursion: Waitomo Caves and The Kiwi House

Tauranga, New Zealand
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6 hours (Approx.)
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Offered in: English


Explore one of the North Island’s most impressive natural wonders and see the national symbol of New Zealand on this 6-hour shore excursion from Tauranga. Cruise through the Waitomo Caves, filled with glittering glow-worms, then visit the Otorohanga Kiwi House to learn more about the native birds. Port pickup and drop-off is included.
  • 6-hour Tauranga shore excursion: Waitomo Caves and Otorohanga Kiwi House
  • Cruise through the Waitomo Caves and the Glow Worm Grotto
  • Learn more about New Zealand’s most famous bird at the Otorohanga Kiwi House
  • Great-value tour includes port pickup, entrance fees, and round-trip transport
  • Small-group tour limited to 15 people ensures a personalized experience
Live commentary on board
Port pickup and drop-off
Transport by air-conditioned minivan
Food and drinks

Departure Point

Cruise-ship clients will be picked up from the Port of Tauranga. You will be met at the port gate. Your name will be held up on a placard.
Local clients will be picked up from local accommodation (within the Tauranga/Mt Maunganui/early Papamoa area).

Departure Time

8:30 AM

Return Details

The Port of Tauranga or to local accommodation (within the Tauranga/Mt Maunganui/Papamoa area).
Meet your guide and small group of no more than 15 people on arrival at the Port of Tauranga around 8.30am. Traveling aboard an air-conditioned minibus, set out on the around 2-hour journey to the west coast. Along the way, soak up the scenery as you wind through the Kaimai Ranges and the farmlands of the Waikato District, stopping to admire views over Karapiro Lake and the Hinuera Valley.
Arrive at Waitomo Caves and head inside to explore the natural wonder on a guided tour. See the aptly nicknamed ‘Cathedral’ cave, known for its distinctive acoustics, and hear how the famous Vienna Boys' Choir once recorded in the cave. Then, hop aboard for a boat cruise through the Glow Worm Cave, cruising beneath dramatic stalactites and stalagmites, lit up by the light of thousands of glowworms.
Next, pay a visit to the Otorohanga Kiwi House, where you’ll have chance to learn more about the native flightless birds and hear how the Kiwi became the national symbol of New Zealand.
After stopping for lunch (own expense), return to Tauranga, where your tour ends with drop-off at the port around 3.30pm.
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • A minimum of 2 people per booking is required

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.


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Tauranga Shore Excursion
, May 2019
Best tour on our 3 1/2 week vacation. She was very knowledgeable. We had some extra time and she took us to a kiwi farm. She was the best!
Waitomo Caves & Kiwi House
Joan R
, Apr 2019
Waitomo Caves were very good. However Kiwi House was average caged zoo with one kiwi bird in darkened room behind glass.
Waitomo Caves and Kiwi House
, Jan 2019
Wonderful tour with Paul as our driver who was very informative and experienced. We were delayed in arriving at the port as our cruise ship experienced some windy weather, but as we were the only passengers Paul kindly waited for us. Informative overall tour and a great way to experience the scenery of the interior of the north island. The caves were fascinating and not to miss. Did not spend much time at the Kiwi House but did see the one Kiwi in the dark exhibit. Well worth the tour and a very economic, informative tour.
This was a great tour, Paul was...
, Feb 2018
This was a great tour, Paul was fantastic and very informative! Waitomo Caves are absolutely stunning and a must do!
Great service. Two of us had a guide...
Arturas V
, Jan 2018
Great service. Two of us had a guide and a Mercedes sedan for the glowworm and kiwi trip. We learned a lot from the guide who was very knowledgeable.
Incredible tour!! Seeing the...
benjamin t
, Dec 2017
Incredible tour!! Seeing the magical glow worms was spectacular!! Our driver was wonderful, friendly, knowledgeable, and kind. Wonder of wonders, we saw a kiwi up close......amazing! Highly recommend this excursion. Well organized and comfortable!!
Paul Marston Tauranga Tasting Tours...
, Jan 2017
Paul Marston Tauranga Tasting Tours and Charters took four of us on a great journey to the Waitomo Caves, the Kiwi House and much more. We were greeted on time at the gangway of our Princess cruise ship, and from there everything was well taken care of. The views from Tauranga to Waitomo Caves were exceptional - loved the greens that blanketed the landscape, dotted with cattles, sheeps, horses, etc. along the way. The Caves were simply breathtaking! Lunch place recommended by Paul was also very affordable and high quality ordered the pies. Paul kept track of the time and sent us back to the ship on time. We enjoyed the day tremendously, and had learned a lot about New Zealand and Tauranga area from Paul. We highly recommended this tour.
Good, but the guide rushed us at the...
Derek M
, Nov 2016
Good, but the guide rushed us at the Kiwi house. This was a shame as the majority of the group missed seeing one of the varieties of this special bird. The glow worm caves were wonderful. We and several others felt uncomfortable at the speed we were being driven at times. It was unnecessarily fast and possibly dangerous. This needs to be addressed.
This tour was a great one also, I...
Dorothy R
, Nov 2016
This tour was a great one also, I can't remember the mans name that took us in his van. He was the best on the whole trip. He knew the country and told us all about everything as a went along, and knew all the best little things we would like. We memtioned we had never had meat pies, and we stopped at a very little town and had the best little meat pies. He also stopped at a river and told us all about the country. He knew all about the wine and would be the best for a wine tour.

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