Rotorua to Auckland Including Waitomo Glowworm Caves

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Rotorua to Auckland Including Waitomo Glowworm Caves
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Travel from Rotorua to Auckland and discover one of New Zealand’s 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 Glade’s 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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In Brief

Location:
Rotorua, New Zealand
Country:
New Zealand
Duration:
7 hours
Operates:
Daily
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Stop At: Waitomo Glowworm Caves, 39 Waitomo Village Road, Waitomo Caves 3943 New Zealand

At the 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: 1 hour

Stop At: Mamaku, Mamaku, Rotorua District, Bay of Plenty Region, North Island

Discover the stunning ranges

Inclusions

  • 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

Exclusions

  • Drinks

Departure Time

7:45 AM

Departure Point

1167 Fenton St, 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 0800744487

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

Returns To

102 Hobson St, Auckland CBD, Auckland 1010, New Zealand

Additional Information

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking

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 4.24 out of 5 based on the last 17 recent reviews

Everything ran on time. The caves are busy (because they always are), but really cool to see. Driver provided interesting commentary.
• Submitted 02 Dec 2019
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.
• Submitted 13 Feb 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!
• Submitted 28 Jan 2018
was a long bus trip, transfer ran smoothly and the caves were incredible!
• Submitted 28 Jun 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.
• Submitted 15 Mar 2017
see the Witomo caves is a unique experience in the world
• Submitted 06 Feb 2017
Amazing Waitomo Glowworm experience. Awesome diver - she was very knowledgeable, safe, friendly diver!! Highly recommended.
• Submitted 15 Dec 2016
I loved the tour:) Waitomo Glowworm is the place you cant miss if you have an opportunity to go to Aucland/Rotorua. I highly recommend this tour all tourists
• Submitted 10 Jun 2013
Good trip, some nice stops besides the cave, the cave itself is worth of money paid, - so highly recommended!
• Submitted 03 Nov 2012
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.
• Submitted 10 Jul 2018
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.
• Submitted 08 Dec 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.
• Submitted 12 Jan 2017
The Caves are very interesting., but boat riding time was very short. Tour guide was very generous and knowledgeable. .
• Submitted 24 May 2016
The tour of the cave was great. Seeing the Waitomo Gloworms is a must if you are in NZ. I can't say the same for Intercity Tours that operates this tour. Had several tours with Intercity in NZ. Their drivers are surly and while they will pick you up at your hotel, they don't tell you they don't drop off at your hotel. So plan for an additional taxi ride.
• Submitted 20 Feb 2015
Photography at selected locations should be allowed, otherwise a great tour.
• Submitted 03 Jun 2010
The bus driver didn't pick us up from the hotel, it was at a centre located in Rotorua. The tour we booked said we would be picked up. Waitomo Glowworm tour was okay but the time expended there was too short for the price we paid. Finally when we arrived in Auckland the bus stopped at their central offices, and again they didn't leave us at our hotel, again very close to their offices.
• Submitted 03 Jun 2010
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.
• Submitted 01 Oct 2019

In Brief

Location:
Rotorua, New Zealand
Country:
New Zealand
Duration:
7 hours
Operates:
Daily

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