“WAITOMO/ROTORUA DAY TOUR. A whole day of touring! So much to see and experience including natural wonders such ad the glow worm caves, hot springs, This was followed with a tour of a working sheep farm and sheep dog display, sheep shearing and tractor ride through the farm. ...Alwyn F., Australia – See more reviews
What To Expect
See magical glowworms and world-famous limestone formations at Waitomo Caves, and discover the rich cultural heritage and geothermal bounty of Rotorua - all in one day!
Leaving Auckland in the morning, we travel through the lush farmland of the Waikato and King Country regions. Your experienced local driver guide will provide entertaining commentary and point out historical sites of interest including Rangiriri, the location of a major battle in the Maori Land Wars in 1863.
On arrival in the small town of Waitomo, enjoy a guided tour through the world famous Waitomo Glowworm Caves with their amazing stalactites, stalagmites, towering caverns and other rock formations. Formed out of limestone over 30 million years ago, the caves were first discovered in 1887 and are now one of New Zealand's most popular tourist destinations. Your tour finishes with a short but magical boat ride through the Glowworm Grotto - an underground cavern illuminated by the twinkling lights of thousands of tiny glowworms.
Leaving Waitomo, enjoy a delicious picnic style lunch (vegetarian and other dietary options available on request) as we make our way to Rotorua, in the heart of the Central North Island.
Visit the Agrodome on the outskirts of Rotorua, and take a tour of an organic working farm in all terrain vehicles. Get an insight into agriculture, New Zealand's primary industry, as you experience sheep-shearing and view a live sheep dog trial.
At the conclusion of the Agrodome tour, we make our way to Te Puia, one of New Zealand's foremost cultural venues. At Te Puia's marae (meeting house) you will receive a traditional welcome and be invited to experience a Maori cultural performance, in which ancient and modern stories are told through song, dance, poi and stick games. You'll gain an understanding of this unique culture and its history and be thoroughly entertained by the talented and charismatic performers.
Next, venture into a landscape unlike any other with a guided tour of the bubbling mudpools and active geysers of the Whakarewarewa Thermal Valley. See the world-famous Pohutu geyser unleash vapour jets up to 30 metres high. The tour also includes a visit to Te Puia's woodcarving and weaving schools, where apprentices are trained in these traditional skills by master carvers and weavers.
After your full day Waitomo and Rotorua tour, board the coach for the return journey to Auckland. A delicious afternoon snack, including traditional Maori rewana bread, can be enjoyed en route.
Waitomo Glowworm Caves
Agrodome Farm Tour
Pick up from selected hotels and other locations
Morning snack, lunch and afternoon snack
Boat ride through the glow worm grotto
Tips and gratuities
Children under 3 years old are free of charge provided no seat is occupied.
Comfortable walking shoes and a warm jacket for the Waitomo Glowworm Caves tour are recommended.
All our card payments are protected by thawte to give you peace of mind.
2 days / 1 night
2 days / 1 night