Set off on your Waitomo and Rotorua day tour from Auckland, travelling down the main southern highway through small rural townships steeped in early pioneer history. See New Zealand’s largest dairy and sheep farming province and the King Country, home of the Māori monarchy.
Take in the beauty of the world-famous Waitomo Glowworm Caves on a guided tour. Experience the beauty of impressive limestone rock formations and twinkling glowworms. Your tour ends with a short but memorable boat ride along an underground river, gliding into a cavern lit up with thousands of tiny glow worm lights. Departing Waitomo, enjoy a delicious lunch as you travel through Cambridge to Rotorua.
Your first stop is at the Agrodome complex for an introduction to New Zealand farming. Join a tour of an authentic working farm in all-weather, all-terrain vehicles. Watch a sheep being shorn and hand-feed the animals. This is followed by a sheep dog demonstration and a visit to a 100-year-old working woolen mill.
Travel along the Rotorua lakefront and through the Government Gardens, large formal gardens which house the historic Tudor-style museum and the Blue Baths. Arriving at Te Puia, enter the sacred marae (meeting house) for a Māori Concert. Surrounded by carvings of the ancestors, you'll be treated to beautiful harmonies, poi dance, the famous haka (war dance), and tititorea (stick dance).
Inside the Māori Arts & Crafts Institute, you'll see artists at work creating traditional wood carvings and weaving. The Whakarewarewa Thermal Valley is home to the famous Pohutu geyser, as well as fumaroles, and boiling mud pools. If time permits, take the opportunity to wander through the nocturnal kiwi house.
At the end of your Te Puia experience, step back on board and take in the stunning New Zealand scenery. The coach will arrive in Auckland at approximately 8:15pm, with a complimentary hotel drop-off included in your tour.
Availability: If the Waitomo Glowworm Caves tour cannot operate, a free upgrade to Ruakuri Cave will be provided subject to availability. If Ruakuri Cave upgrade is provided, the Waitomo Glowworm Caves portion is non-refundable.
06:20-07:15am - Auckland Hotel/Motel pick ups
07:30am - Tour departs from Sky City coach terminal, 102 Hobson Street, Auckland central
10:15-10:55am - Waitomo Caves Tour
1:15pm-2:30pm - Agrodome Farm Tour
3:15pm-5:00pm - Te Puia Concert, Tour and Snack
8:10pm - Arrive in Auckland at 102 Hobson Street - hotel/motel drop offs commence