Auckland To Rotorua One Way Tour Including Waitomo Glowworm Caves

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Key Details

  • Mobile Voucher Accepted
  • Hotel pickup Available
  • Free Cancellation
  • Duration: 6 Hrs
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  • Departure Time :
    7:30 AM Hotel pickups commence prior to this time, you must contact the local service provider to verify your exact pickup time.
  • Departure Details :
    102 Hobson St, Auckland CBD, Auckland 1010, New Zealand
    Traveler pickup is offered
    Hotel pick ups need to be requested at least 24 hours prior.
    Hotel pick ups in most cases will be earlier. P.. read more
  • Return Details :
    1167 Fenton St, Rotorua 3010, New Zealand
  • Cancellation Policy :
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.


Experience one of the best things to do in North Island New Zealand - a visit to Waitomo Glowworm Caves. On this one-way tour from Auckland to Waitomo to Rotorua you'll visit the enchanting Glowworm Grotto, see Karapiro Dam and drive under Fitzgerald Glade en route to Rotorua.


  • Day trip (destination A to B)
  • Comprehensive tour by bus/coach
  • Recorded commentary by audio headphones
  • All entrance fees included

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Enjoy a scenic tour from Auckland to Waitomo to Rotorua, including a Waitomo Caves tour.
Leaving Auckland in the morning we travel through picturesque landscape of the Waikato and King Country regions. Your experienced local driver guide will provide entertaining commentary and point out highlights along the way including Rangiriri, where a major battle was fought between colonial forces and those loyal to the Mori King in 1863.
On arrival in the small town of Waitomo, journey underground on a 45-minute guided tour through the world famous Waitomo Glowworm Caves - a series of limestone caves formed over 30 million years ago. Learn about stalagmites, stalactites and other intriguing rock formations as you walk through the caverns, concluding the tour with a boat ride through the dazzling Glowworm Grotto.
Travel to Rotorua, passing through Fitzgerald Glade where trees arch over the road to form a tunnel of natural greenery. The tour concludes in Rotorua, where you can see the famous Rotorua geothermal activity, learn about Mori culture in New Zealand, view spectacular scenery and more!


Modern air-conditioned coach with free WiFi

Morning snack

Picnic lunch served on board the coach (if option selected)

Commentary from your local driver guide

Complimentary hotel pick-up and drop off service from selected inner city hotels

Entry/Admission - Waitomo Glowworm Caves



Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking

Infants must sit on laps

All tours are operated by luxury 5 star coaches, equipped with air conditioning, rest-room facilities, and reclining seats. For the comfort of all passengers, all tours have been designated as Non Smoking, with regular stops made for those who wish to smoke.

This tour/activity will have a maximum of 40 travelers

Traveler Reviews

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  • 22-Apr-2018

    The views and scenic beauty throughout the journey from Auckland to Rotorua was no doubt excellent. The bus was comfortable with free Wi-Fi. But signal strength varies on the way depending on availability of tower. Boat journey inside the cave was amazing. But it could have been organised in a better way. Try to be with the group while riding on the boat. I couldn't ride on the boat in which most of our group people boarded as it became full just before me. So I had to board on the next boat. After completing the boat ride, I could find out the bus with great difficulty. However it is worthwhile to avail this journey. I was picked up from my hotel on time.

  • 12-Mar-2018

    El lugar es muy lindo, pero el tour lo ofrecen con traductor de Español y no fue así, por lo cual, no entendí nada, si hubiera sabido, no compraba el tour.

  • 10-Feb-2018

    Great way to get from Auckland to Rotarua and see some countryside if NZ. Glowworm tour was amazing.

  • 15-Jan-2018

    I book a lot of tours through but this was the worst ever... the bus had no aircon (or windows), no toilet and no wifi like promised. It took 3 hours to the caves and not a single stop even considering the toilet was out of order. Then another 3 hours from caves... in hot weather. A Nightmare

  • 09-Nov-2017

    Really enjoyed this tour. The driver/guide was very good. He gave us local information on the way to the caves and was very funny and entertaining. I would recommend this tour.

  • 02-Aug-2017

    Bus Tour guide was amazing- BUT were told that we were VIP at Waitomo Glowworm Caves, that we go ahead of the line and are our group taken separately- WELL that is not the case- they put us with another group and there were over 45 of us, instead of 25. Cave guide made comments several times that group was much larger then normal. The icing on the cake was crying babies that ruined the experience. They were not asked to leave, could not hear the guide, nor had the quiet experience that we expected to have. Very disappointing!

  • 16-Mar-2017

    The bus driver failed to pick up myself and two others at our hotel. The bus depot told us to get a cab which we did.
    The driver told us he had screamed at us to board the bus but why would he need to scream since the bus stop was
    only 20 feet from us??? The driver failed to load some people's luggage onto the bus. He made weird and strange
    remarks, especially about Asians. He insisted that trades people in NZ need a University Degree to work in their
    field. NOT TRUE! The Glowworm caves consisted of 45 minutes looking at stalagmites and stalactites and about
    5 minutes actually seeing the glowworms in the boat. The bus driver was rude, crude and socially inept. Save your
    money, there are plenty of other good tours and good tour operators out there!!!!!!!!

  • 22-Feb-2017

    I felt as the tour was a little unorganised. We left 15 minutes late because people didn't know where to check-in and which bus to board there was more than one. If you only want to get a small glimpse of Waitomo and get to Rotorua as fast as possible this is the tour for you. If you're like me and always want to see as much as possible, it isn't. The 30-45 min guided tour in the cave was good. However, I've visited a few caves around Australia and it didn't impress me the that much anymore. The very best bit of the tour were the glow worms. They are stunning! The boat ride lasts about 5 minutes and it felt like the shortest five minutes of my life because it was soo spectacular seeing the glow worms. I would definitely go back to Waitomo but I would rather book a tour where I get to see more.

  • 31-Oct-2016

    Love the glowworm cave. Amazing - you travel inside a boat and see the cave lit up by the glowworms. It was a very convenient way to see sights while traveling to our next New Zealand destination - Rotorua

  • 22-Jun-2016

    The driver was very knowledgeable and helpful. The cave with glowworms was also amazing but I wish they would have given more time for boating and looking for some souvenirs from the shop.

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