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From Auckland: Waitomo & Rotorua Day Trip by Coach with Zorb

Product ID: 28187
Discover the spectacular geothermal region southwest of Auckland on an adventurous day trip. Explore the Waitomo Glowworm Caves, experience Zorb in Rotorua, visit Te Puia for a Maori cultural performance and admire breathtaking scenery.
About this activity
Duration: 13 hours
Printed or mobile voucher accepted
Instant confirmation
Live tour guide
Free cancellation up to 24 hours before activity starts

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  • Embark on a Waitomo and Rotorua tour from Auckland
  • Marvel at the famous Glowworm Grotto in Waitomo Caves
  • Learn about Māori culture and Rotorua geothermal activity at Te Puia
  • Get your fill of adrenaline with a Zorb experience
  • Listen to informative commentary from your knowledgeable driver guide
Full description
Venture out of the city and experience some of the best places to see near Auckland. Climb aboard your deluxe coach tour in the morning and head south, winding through rural New Zealand. Take in scenic rolling hills and picturesque farmland which make up the Waikato region and enjoy a short break for morning tea (included) en route. 

Upon arrival at Waitomo Caves, embark on a guided tour that’ll take you into the heart of this subterranean wonderland, wind through tunnels and caverns on foot then hop on a small boat and glide down an underground river into the famous Glowworm caves, lit by the bioluminescence of thousands of tiny glowworms. Allow your eyes to adjust as you board your coach for the onward journey to Rotorua. Tuck into a picnic lunch on board and listen as your driver provides informative commentary along the way. 

In Rotorua, get your fill of adrenaline and experience the thrill of rolling downhill inside a Zorb (a giant inflatable ball). Feeling alive, climb back aboard your coach and drive along the foreshore of Lake Rotorua to see the historic Government Gardens en route to your final stop, Te Puia. Upon arrival at Te Puia, learn about Māori culture in New Zealand and enjoy a traditional performance before exploring the Māori Arts & Crafts Institute to see how ancient wood carving and textile weaving techniques have been passed down to today's generation. After an epic day exploring Waitomo and Rotorua, board your coach one last time for the return journey to Auckland.
  • Hotel pick-up and drop off from selected locations
  • Transport by deluxe coach
  • Onboard host service
  • Live English commentary from driver/guide
  • Waitomo Caves 45-minute guided tour
  • Zorb experience in Rotorua
  • Te Puia admission and Maori cultural performance
  • Morning snack, boxed lunch, and evening snack

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Important information
Know before you go
• Multilingual audio service in Spanish, Japanese, and Mandarin is available by request, coordinate with the local operator after booking
• Children under 3 years travel free if a seat is not required (meals will be charged accordingly)
• Vegetarian lunch options are available please advise operator prior to travel
Customer reviews

Overall rating

3.5 / 5

based on 6 reviews

Review summary

  • Service
    3.7 / 5
  • Organization
    3.3 / 5
  • Value for money
    3.5 / 5
  • Safety
    4.7 / 5
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A very fun and efficiently planned trip through three locales, with informative guides. The only downside was some other attendees of the Maori cultural show at Te Puia being disrespectful to our hosts and their culture. Please note that at the glowworm caves, picture taking is forbidden, to protect the glowworms.

August 13, 2019

Fun trip, knowledgable coach driver

We really enjoyed this coach tour. Our only issue is there is only the aqua zorbing available. With it being winter it would have been nice to know that was the only option. We would have picked a different tour if that was made known in the booking. Just a note, don't expect a message from the tour company since you will not get one. Message them for pick up details and expect to go to the central bus station to get the tour.

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August 5, 2018

Starting point poorly communicated First stop after 3 hours of driving. Driver spoke as fast as he drove Not to follow Well helpful and friendly.

November 7, 2018

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Gray Line New Zealand

Product ID: 28187