FULL – DAY RETURN TOUR
This full day tour has it all! From the magical glowworms and world-famous limestone formations of Waitomo to the rich cultural heritage and geothermal bounty of Rotorua.
Leaving Auckland in the morning we travel through the lush farmland of the Waikato and King Country regions. Enjoy a morning snack as you drive past Rangiriri, the location of an historic Maori Land Wars site
On arrival in the small town of Waitomo enjoy a guided tour through the world famous Waitomo Glowworm Caves with their amazing stalactites, stalagmites and other limestone formations. We finish the tour with a silent yet magical boat ride through the Glowworm Grotto – a subterranean cavern lit up by the 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.
We arrive at the Agrodome on the outskirts of Rotorua and take a tour of an organic working farm in all terrain vehicles. Get a sense of a working farm as you watch a sheep being shorn and view a live sheep dog trial.
Leaving the Agrodome we make our way to Te Puia, one of New Zealand’s foremost cultural venues. At Te Puia’s marae (meeting house) enjoy a Maori cultural performance where ancient and modern stories are told through song, dance, poi and stick games.
At the conclusion of the Maori cultural performance we enjoy a guided tour of the bubbling mudpools and active geysers of the Te Whakarewarewa Thermal Valley including the world renowned Pohutu geyser. 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 the Te Puia experience we re-board the coach for the return journey to Auckland. A delicious afternoon snack including traditional Maori rewana bread is enjoyed en route.
- Luxury coach travel Auckland – Waitomo – Rotorua – Auckland
- Informative driver commentary
- Morning snack
- Waikato and King Country scenery
- Guided tour of the Waitomo Glowworm Caves
- Picnic style lunch
- Agrodome organic farm tour
- Maori cultural performance
- Guided tour of Te Puia’s geothermal valley, woodcarving and weaving schools
- Afternoon snack