WAITOMO CAVES & ROTORUA TOUR
(including Te Puia Geothermal Park)
One day tour from Auckland to the geothermal wonderland of Rotorua and the beautiful Waitomo Glowworm caves. On this tour you will be picked up from the hotel in our comfortable 12 seater mini-buses and driven through the stunning Waikato countryside on a fully guided journey to Waitomo caves. During the journey to Waitomo you will encounter New Zealand's longest river, beautiful mountains and a number of different farm animals along the way. Once in Waitomo you will explore the ancient and amazing caves seeing many different cave formations including Stalactites, Stalagmites and lime Columns before descending even further underground for your Glowworm experience. Board your glowworm boat for a cruise on the grotto river with thousands of glowworms which are unique for New Zealand for over 120 years above your head. Waitomo Glowworm caves are a must see for any traveller.
We will continue our adventure with another fully guided journey south to Rotorua with of course many more attractions to see along the way, including hydro-dams, rivers and lots more animals. Once in Rotorua we will guide you past many of it's famous and historical sites including Lake Rotorua, The Government Gardens, Blues Baths, Thermal Springs and Polynesian Spa. From here we head to one of the most famous attractions in New Zealand, Te Puia Gerothermal Park. Once inside the park we stop for lunch and we highly recommend trying the traditional Maori Hangi.
After lunch we set off for a fully guided tour around this amazing park to see it's geothermal and cultural wonders. You will see Pōhutu Geyser, Māori Architecture, Māori craft schools, geothermal caters, geothermal vents and even the chance to view a kiwi bird in the kiwi viewing house.
Finally our guides will take you for some discounted souvenir shopping in town before heading back north on a fully guided drive back to Auckland.
WAITOMO GLOWWORM CAVES
World-renowned and a magnet for both local and overseas visitors, the Waitomo Glowworm Caves occupy a high placing in the New Zealand vacation wish-list.
The glowworm, Arachnocampa luminosa, is unique to New Zealand. ousands of these tiny creatures radiate their unmistakable luminescent light as our expert guides provide informative commentary on the Caves' historical and geological significance.
Waitomo Glowworm Caves are a must see for any traveller. Enjoy the world famous boat ride under thousands of magical glowworms and become a part of over 120 years of cultural and natural history.
Marvel at Mother Nature's light display as you glide silently through the starry wonderland of the Glowworm Grotto. Meander underground along the Waitomo River and gaze in silence at the myriad of glow worm lights that make up the Glowworm Grotto. As you enter this galaxy of tiny living lights, you'll immediately experience a serene ambience and be fascinated and intrigued by tiny glowworms that light your way.
GEOTHERMAL PARK TE PUIA
Te Puia spans 70 hectares within the historic Te Whakarewarewa Geothermal Valley, on the edge of Rotorua. They are home to the world famous Pōhutu geyser, mud pools, hot springs and silica formations. You will also find a native Kiwi bird viewing house and see some of the native Māori architecture and culture at the national schools of wood carving, weaving, stone and bone carving.
Pōhutu is the largest active geyser in the southern hemisphere. She erupts once or twice every hour and sometimes reaches height of 30 metres (100 feet). Pōhutu means constant splashing in Māori.
The kiwi bird is a nocturnal flightless bird and New Zealand’s national icon. At Te Puia you can see live kiwi close up and learn how they protect these extraordinary endangered birds. As you wander through their lush native bush you can learn how they use native plants for food, medicine, and handcrafts.
Māori architecture tells their stories and displays their artistry. The Rotowhio marae is a stunning example of traditional Māori architecture, while Heketanga-ā-Rangi is an exciting contemporary structure. See the site of the ancient Te Puia pā (fortified village) and, at Pikirangi village, find out how they lived hundreds of years ago.
Te Puia houses the New Zealand Māori Arts and Crafts Institute, established in the 1920s to foster all aspects of Māori culture. At Te Puia, national schools of carving, weaving and other traditional arts train talented students from around New Zealand under the guidance of master craftspersons
- CBD Hotel/airport pick up and drop off
- Beautiful scenic drive through the New Zealand countryside
- Professionally guided tour about New Zealand and the culture.
- Movie or entertainment during drive
- Entry ticket and guided tour of Geothermal park Te Puia including Pōhutu geyser eruption experience, kiwi bird viewing, Māori architecture, Māori arts & crafts.
- Entry ticket and guided tour of Waitomo caves including a Glowworm Grotto boat ride
- Multiple stops to purchase food, buy souvenirs or take photos
- Guided tour back to the Hotel
- WiFi on Transport available at additional cost
- WiFi on Transport available at additional cost (select during booking process)
- Upgrade to include Māori culture show for extra $25 (select during booking process)
- Pick up: 6am
- Drop off: 6pm depending on traffic
- 12 - 13 hour tour
- Debit card
- Credit card
Winter SPECIAL $319 per person
(normally $455 per person)
- Tours will only run if at least 4 people have booked on the tour.
- Cheeky Kiwi Travel reserves the right to alter the tour due to weather or operational needs.
- No refund will be given to tours cancelled with less than 24hrs notice.
- Culture show needs to be booked at least 24 hours in advance