What To Expect
Visit two of New Zealand's most famous destinations in one day!
Travel the main Southern Highway through small rural townships steeped in early pioneer history. Visit Waikato, New Zealand's largest dairy and sheep farming province. Travel the outskirts of Hamilton City, via small farming settlements towards the King Country, birth place of the Maori Monarchy.
A trip to New Zealand will not be complete without a visit to the world-famous Waitomo Glow Worm Caves. See hundreds of limestone formations and the Arachnocampa luminosa glow-worm, unique to New Zealand. This experience is made even more magical by drifting silently on a boat through a Glow Worm Cavern lit up with thousands of tiny glow worm lights.
Then, continue on to Cambridge. Drive through what was the main frontier settlement for the British constabulary during the Maori land wars, now a popular horse breeding area.
Next, head on to Rotorua, New Zealand's highest city. Situated 305 meters (1000ft) above
sea level and located inside the rim of a volcanic crater, it is an area of great geothermal activity.
If you're feeling especially adventurous, try the ZORB©, 3.5 metre large inflatable globe. Roll down one of the track variations, in a harness for the dry or non-harness for the wet ZORB©. Then, rejoin your tour in time for the next destination.
Next, see Lake Rotorua, one of the 16 fresh water lakes in this district renowned for its year round trout fishing and water activities. Continue on to the Government Gardens - large formal gardens which house the historic tudor style museum and blue baths.
Then, catch the Te Puia Maori Concert, inside the Te Puia sacred Marae (meeting house) surrounded by the carvings of ancestors. Be treated to the perfect harmonies, Poi, Haka and Tititorea (stick dance).
Finally, visit Whakarewarewa Thermal Reserve and Maori Arts and Crafts Institute, some of Rotorua's most famous attractions. See woodcarvings and weaving displays in the Maori Village. Observe the thermal valley with the famous Pohutu geyser, fumaroles and boiling mud pools. Then, time permitting, there will be an opportunity to wander through the nocturnal Kiwi House.
Pick-up from and drop-off at Auckland Inner City hotels/motels*
Entrance to Waitomo Caves
Entrance to Te Puia and Whakarewarewa
Morning tea served en route to Waitomo
Boxed lunch served on board en route to Rotorua
Tips and gratuities
Participants must be at least 6 years old to ride the ZORB©.
Participants must be a minimum of 1.6 meters and a maximum of 100 kg of to try the dry ZORB©.
Please bring change of clothes.
Children 2 years old and below are free of charge, provided they do not occupy a seat.
Multilingual audio commentaries in Spanish, Japanese and Mandarin are available on this trip.
Pick-up times may vary depending on traffic and location of hotel.
There will be no refunds for unused tour portions.
All our card payments are protected by thawte to give you peace of mind.
2 days / 1 night
2 days / 1 night
1 hour and 30 minutes