Rotorua Full Day Tour: Waitomo Caves, Agrodome and Te Puia departs Auckland

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Rotorua Full Day Tour: Waitomo Caves, Agrodome and Te Puia departs Auckland
from £197.24
This full day sightseeing tour has it all! Discover some of the best things to see in New Zealand on this one-day sightseeing tour from Auckland to Waitomo and Rotorua; marvel at the famous glowworm caves, see the bubbling mud pools and geysers that make up Rotorua geothermal activity and enjoy a unique New Zealand farm experience. Be sure to soak up the views en route and choose to end your tour in Rotorua or return to Auckland.
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In Brief

Auckland, New Zealand
New Zealand
13 hours
Day trip (destination A to B)
Free hotel pickup and drop-off included
All taxes, fuel surcharges and service fees included
All entrance fees included
Travel by boat and see the sights from the water
Lunch included
Important InfoInfo
This is a typical itinerary for this product

Stop At: GreatSights, 102 Hobson Street, Auckland Central, Auckland 1010 New Zealand

Leaving Auckland in the morning, we travel through lush farmland of the Waikato and King County regions. On board commentary the history and points of interest will be provided by your experienced local driver

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: Waitomo Glowworm Caves, 39 Waitomo Village Road, Waitomo Caves 3943 New Zealand

On arrrival atthe world famous Waitomo Glowworm Caves, take a 45-minute guided tour through impressive underground caverns and learn how stalactites, stalagmites and other limestone structures were formed over millions of years. Your tour includes a boat ride through the Glowworm Grotto - glide silently along an underground river as you gaze at the twinkling glowworms overhead.

Duration: 45 minutes

Stop At: Agrodome, 141 Western Rd, Ngongotaha, Rotorua 3010 New Zealand

Visit the Agrodome on the outskirts of Rotorua and take a tour of an organic working farm in all terrain vehicles. Get an insight into farming life in New Zealand as you see sheep-shearers in action and view a live sheep dog trial. You will the chance to hand-feed the animals, drive through an organic orchard and watch a sheep being shorn.

Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Te Puia, Hemo Road, Rotorua New Zealand

At the conclusion of the Agrodome tour, we make our way to Te Puia, one of New Zealand's foremost cultural venues. At Te Puia's marae (meeting house) you will receive a traditional welcome and be invited to experience a Māori cultural performance, in which ancient and modern stories are told through song, dance, poi and stick games. You'll gain an understanding of this unique culture and its history and be thoroughly entertained by the talented and charismatic performers. Next, venture into a landscape unlike any other you will encounter bubbling mudpools and stunning active geysers. The Pohutu geysers unleash vapour jets up to 30 metres high. See the site of the ancient Te Puia pa (fortified village) and, at Pikirangi village find out how Maori lived hundreds of years ago. After your full day Waitomo and Rotorua tour, board the coach for the return journey to Auckland. A delicious afternoon snack, including traditional Māori rewana bread, can be enjoyed en route.

Duration: 1 hour


  • Air-conditioned vehicle
  • Light refreshments
  • Lunch
  • Live commentary on board
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Entry/Admission - Waitomo Glowworm Caves
  • Entry/Admission - Agrodome
  • Entry/Admission - Te Puia


  • Gratuities

Departure Time

7:30 AM

Departure Point

102 Hobson Street, Auckland CBD, Auckland 1010, 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 0800744487

If your pick up location is not on the supplied list please contact our reservations team 24 hours prior

Returns To

Returns to original departure point

Additional Information

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Infant are free provided they do not occupy a seat
  • All tours are operated by a luxury 4 star coach with on board toilet
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 40 travelers

Booking Information

You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.

Cancellation Terms

This trip is fully refundable up to 96 hours prior to the commencement of your trip.

Booking Terms and Conditions

When you book this trip, you need to read and accept the terms and conditions for booking our day trips in excursions.

Hotel Pickup

When you book, we will ask you to select a hotel to be picked up from. Once your booking is confirmed, we'll send you a confirmation voucher with full contact information (phone number, email address) for our local operator in case you need to update or change your hotel pick-up details.

Here are answers to some commonly asked questions about hotel pickup:

What if my hotel is not listed?
That's okay. When you book you can select an hotel from our list and make your way there on the day of departure; or you can contact our local operator directly to make alternate pick-up arrangements.

What if I have not yet booked a hotel?
Once your hotel arrangements are finalised, you can contact our local operator directly with your hotel details.

What if I live locally, am staying with friends or relatives, and/or don't require pick-up?
Once your booking is confirmed, we'll send you complete details and directions to the tour/activity departure point.

Scoring an average traveller rating of 5 out of 5 based on the last 24 recent reviews

Excellent tour, and the driver was really great. Real nice english accent. It is a pity that natural luminescence is presented as a common thing. That place deserves a tutorial about chemiluminescence, showing how the worms emit light and the chemistry involved. I couldn't find any picture with the worms glowing, or about their origin and behavior. It could be a nice chemistry class.
• Submitted 09 Dec 2019
The tour is one of the best we have ever had. We saw and experienced a lot. Every step was very well organized. Thank you!
• Submitted 27 Sep 2019
Magnificent tour of the Waitomo Caves and the glow worms. Educational and fun visit to the Maori Cultural Village. Tour was well organized and attention paid to all details.
• Submitted 02 Sep 2019
We loved the Waitomo Caves and Rotorua trip. Great Sights hires excellent guides that offer great commentary throughout the drive. Good food. Excellent organization of the tip. Agrodome was especially fun adventure. Highly recommend.
• Submitted 26 Aug 2018
Fantastic experience
• Submitted 18 Apr 2018
Another whole day experience, but well worth it. Caves were awesome, the Agridome was interesting and fun could actually feed turkeys and sheep from your hand. We enjoyed the geyser's beautiful landscape, the cultural show, and especially seeing a kiwi. A full not-so-roomy bus made the ride a little uncomfortable.
• Submitted 09 Apr 2018
It was great. Exacty as it is described here. The bus was perfect, meals tasty, and the places are awesome. Definitely I recommend it.
• Submitted 09 Apr 2018
Nice tour, great guide
• Submitted 02 Apr 2018
What a wonderful day to see the excuisite countryside of New Zealand, plus these two incredible sites. Started with the Waitomo GlowWorm grotto where you descend by foot into these vast caverns under ground. The caves themselves are spectacular, but then you get to board a small boat to visit the glow worm grotto. Thess bioluminescent worms are situated on the ceiling and look like constellations in the sky as there are so many of them. You glide along in the boat in the silent dark while marveling at the incredible site above you. It is like Phantom of the Opera meets the Milky Way- just fabulous! Next was our trip to Rotorua with a stop at Agridome for a sheep shearing demonstration plus we got to hand feed various sheep and deer. We then proceeded to a wonderful Maori village situated on an active geothermal site. The Maori dancers and singers were so delightful in their traditional garb and their voices were beautiful. Enjoyed a wonderful concert of song, dance and traditions. Next came a guided tour of the geysers and mud pots which surround the Te Puia village. Our guide actually lives on site as his family have done for generations so his narrative was especially informational about the Maori lifestyle. This was a great tour and would recommend it highly.
• Submitted 25 Feb 2018
Wow what a fantastic day I had on this tour. It was a long day, but with my limited time in Auckland, it was well worth every penny and every minute. Our coach driver Ben, was a great host/ driver/ knowledge of information. Every aspect of the day was a brilliant experience. Highly recommended
• Submitted 14 Feb 2018
Amazingly good tour! We were spell bound by the glow worms at the caves. The hot geysers in Rotorua were awesome! The guide was a lovely lady who drove us from auckland all the way and back. We had some good on the way lunch and snacks in the evening on the return drive. Thank you!
• Submitted 28 Dec 2017
This is a great tour and definitely worth the money. It is a long jam packed day, however our tour guide was so friendly and knowledgeable that time flew by.
• Submitted 10 Dec 2017
It is a worthy tour. the Waitomo Cave is amazing.
• Submitted 08 Dec 2017
Excellent tour. Wonderfully led. The bus driver was an excellent host with stories and pointing out places of interest. I am glad I went.
• Submitted 06 Nov 2017
Definitely a full day of interesting activities and places to visit
• Submitted 02 Nov 2017
A long, but soooo worth it, trip! Rachel our coach driver was great--kept us fed, hydrated, and informed! The sites are quite incredible and special! Don't miss it.
• Submitted 23 Oct 2017
My daughter and I took this tour on September 19, 2017. We loved it! Yes, it is a long day since we did the round trip tour. Some people chose to spend the night in Rotorua, which made their day a little shorter. We needed to return to Auckland. The driver was wonderful and I wish I could remember his name. Both lunch and dinner sandwich meals were included and plenty of water bottles. We saw the Waitomo glow worm caves, the Agrodome, the Maori culture center show which was wonderful and included with our tour, and the geothermal areas of Rotorua. It was a great experience!
• Submitted 10 Oct 2017
This tour was amazing!
• Submitted 27 Sep 2017
This tour is awesome even in the rain I highly recommend this you will not regret it. The caves are absolutely beautiful and the geysers were so awesome to see and the views were stunning the Maori performance was really cool too it was a long day but the drivers were awesome keeping us entertained
• Submitted 24 Aug 2017
We only had one day to explore the North Island, so we chose this full day tour of Waitomo Caves, Agrodome, Maori Cultural Centre and Rotarua. It was terrific .... very long day ... but the coach is so comfortable with climate control and tilting seats. Ben was our driver and he did an outstanding job! The coach has wifi, and you can reserve a particular seat, but not necessary. Greeted with a warm smile and fruit cup before setting off to the Caves. Arrived at Caves at 11.20, and that tour is interesting. ... kids will especially like it. Picnic lunch on bus while we drove to Agrogrow. Sheep shearing and sheep herding a treat. Feeding animals is always fun. Rotarua city looks very interesting...I would have liked to spend the night to explore more. Apparently it's an option to spend an overnight in Rotarua, but we didn't know about this ahead of time. Maori Cultural Center very fun and new construction will provide more interest. The geysers and geothermal mud flats are fascinating. Would loved to have booked a spa while there ... perhaps next time. Five o'clock saw us back on the road for the long, dark ride back to Auckland. Let's face it, it's a heck of a long day ... but at least YOU didn't have to drive for 12 hours, can't say enough about Ben's driving ability, commentary and pleasant sense of humor.
• Submitted 24 Jul 2017
This was a very full day, but worth every moment. Would highly recommend. Great Bus Driver.
• Submitted 09 Jun 2017
This tour was amazing!
• Submitted 01 Jun 2017
Fantastic day trip. Managed to see a number of highlights on the one day. For the amount of experience and the length of the trip, the money spent was worth it. Even the lunch provided was better than expected...they catered for my dietary requirements and it was delicious. Provided plenty of bottled water too.
• Submitted 07 May 2017
This was a super trip. Figure it is going to be a long, tiring and worthwhile day. We selected the trip because of the glow worms, and they were fantastic. Our guide, who had a lovely voice, even sang to us in the cavern. However, we enjoyed the Agri-farm stop equally well. This was a surprise, because we've had similar experiences, but the staff, cleanliness, and genuine love of their jobs and animals brought joy to all of us. A highlight was feeding an ostrich! The Maori cultural stop and thermal geysers was interesting as well, but felt crowded. Our bus driver Rachel kept up an entertaining and helpful monologue enroute. Plan this trip after you've had a good night's rest - it was worthwhile.
• Submitted 03 May 2017

In Brief

Auckland, New Zealand
New Zealand
13 hours
Day trip (destination A to B)
Free hotel pickup and drop-off included
All taxes, fuel surcharges and service fees included
All entrance fees included
Travel by boat and see the sights from the water
Lunch included

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