Rotorua To Auckland Including Waitomo Glowworm Caves

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  • Mobile Voucher Accepted
  • Hotel pickup Available
  • Free Cancellation
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  • Duration: 7 Hrs
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  • Departure Time :
    7:45 AM Hotel pickups commence prior to this time, you must contact the local service provider to verify your exact pickup time.Times are subject to change due to local traffic conditions.
  • Departure Details :
    1167 Fenton Street, Rotorua 3010, New Zealand
    Traveler pickup is offered
    Hotel pick ups in most cases will be earlier. Please check with provider open til 8pm - Toll free within NZ 0800744487read more
  • Return Details :
    102 Hobson Street, Auckland CBD, Auckland 1010, 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.


Travel from Rotorua to Auckland and discover one of New Zealands top attractions on this 7.5-hour tour of the Waitomo caves from Rotorua. Travel through the beautiful Mamaku Ranges and discover the scenic countryside of Waikato. Admire local highlights such as Fitzgerald Glades leafy canopy. Explore the subterranean Waitomo caves and marvel at the bright glow-worms living there. Take a boat ride through the cave system and learn of its history from your guide, then enjoy a little free time to explore the Waitomo visitors complex at your leisure.

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Following a morning pickup from your Rotorua hotel, meet your guide and hop aboard your luxury coach for the journey to New Zealands famous Waitomo caves. Travel through picturesque rural scenery of the Mamaku Ranges and listen as your guide talks of the areas heritage on route. Enjoy spectacular sights such as Fitzgerald Glade where the trees arch overhead to form a tunnel of natural greenery and capture the countryside views on camera.

On arrival at Waitomo caves, follow your guide for a 45-minute tour through the world-famous subterranean caverns. Learn how the stalagmites, stalactites and other spectacular limestone rock formations formed over millions of years, and soak up the atmosphere in this otherworldly cavern system beneath the ground.

Take a boat ride through the caves and marvel at the thousands of tiny lights emitted by the glow-worms hanging from the ceilings. First discovered in 1887, the caves are home to glow-worms unique to New Zealand and now rank among the countrys most fascinating and popular attractions.

After your boat ride, explore the Waitomo visitors complex at your leisure and learn more about this unique and beautiful corner of New Zealand. Take a seat and relax amongst the trees in the natural setting outside the caves or enjoy a buffet lunch (if option selected). Restaurant and caf-style meals are available at your own expense.

When your time at the Waitomo caves is up, hop back aboard your coach for the onward journey north toward Auckland. Pass through the Bridge City of Hamilton and the lush farmland of the Waikato region the dairy farming capital of New Zealand and arrive in Auckland in the mid-afternoon to conclude your tour.


Hotel pickup from Rotorua

Hotel drop-off at Auckland

Local guide

Picnic Lunch (if option selected)

Live commentary on board

Entry/Admission - Waitomo Glowworm Caves



Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking

Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking

Traveler Reviews

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  • 02-Dec-2019

    Everything ran on time. The caves are busy (because they always are), but really cool to see. Driver provided interesting commentary.

  • 01-Oct-2019

    terrible experience cause i ended up paying money for the transportation that i didnt consider. if i booked with you was cause it includes the transportation from and back to the hotel.

  • 10-Jul-2018

    If you plan to travel from Rotorua to Auckland there is no better way than this tour. The bus is spacious and comfortable with WiFi. The driver is knowledgeable and gives commentary as you drive through NZ. The caves are a amazing. Looks like gazing into space.

  • 13-Feb-2018

    I had thought about renting a car from Rotorua to Auckland, but I shied away from this because of the challenges of driving on the other side of the road. Then we learned that we could take the bus from Rotorua and stop at the famous Waitomo glowworm caves on the way to Auckland. Accomplish two goals at once? We took quick advantage of the opportunity. What can you say about glowworms? The famous song may be American, but the species of fly or gnat is unique to New Zealand. Very few persons outside of New Zealand have seen glowworms, and any opportunity to see them should not be missed. At the site, we got into a small boat and went through the caves under the innumerable dots of light above out heads. The view of the glowworms lasts just 15 minutes or so, but it is definitely worth it. The bus ride through the New Zealand countryside was lovely. All in all, this was a truly wonderful way to get from point A to point B.

  • 28-Jan-2018

    This tour was great! I loved the knowledge that i gained all through the ride and the caves were unbelievable. Highlight of my trip. I have taken a few tours now and the tour guide on this trip was the coolest nicest one ive had. She deserves a raise for sure!

  • 08-Dec-2017

    Waitomo caves were very impressive even without the glowworms. The boat ride in the dark, with glowing stars glowworms was just magical. Our cave guide was great - funny, knowledgeable and very personable.
    The bus ride was good, our driver had a lot of interesting information about the area to share. He got really annoyed when people were talking a parent quietly explaining something to a small child during the same time he was talking and he didn't hesitate to chastise those offenders with a good 2-minute lecture - not appropriate at all, in my opinion.

  • 28-Jun-2017

    was a long bus trip, transfer ran smoothly and the caves were incredible!

  • 15-Mar-2017

    The driver picked us up on time at our hotel and provided a very interesting commentary all the way from Rotorua to Auckland. The cave tour was amazing--a great experience.

  • 06-Feb-2017

    see the Witomo caves is a unique experience in the world

  • 12-Jan-2017

    A good way to travel from Rotorua to Auckland, with an interesting stop at the very cool caves which would otherwise be quite inaccessible. Driver was fun, knew alot about the area and was responsive to the group.

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