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Waitomo & Rotorua Day Trip from Auckland with Gondola Ride

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Enjoy a full-day experience exploring Waitomo and Rotorua with round-trip transport from Auckland. Visit Waitomo Caves, ride the Skyline Rotorua gondola, and enjoy a Maori cultural performance at Te Puia.
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  • Discover Waitomo and Rotorua from Auckland
  • Marvel at the famous Glowworm Grotto in Waitomo Caves
  • Experience the unique Rotorua geothermal landscape
  • Soar high above Lake Rotorua aboard the Skyline Gondola
  • Enjoy informative commentary from your knowledgeable driver guide
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Climb aboard your deluxe coach tour in the morning and leave Auckland city behind as you wind through rural New Zealand. Take in scenic rolling hills, the picturesque farmland of the Waikato 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 Cave, 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, ride up Mount Ngongotaha on the Skyline Gondola for breathtaking views over Lake Rotorua and the unique geothermal landscape. Take a walk on one of the nature trails or ride the luge (additional cost), then hop back on your coach and head over to Te Puia. Enjoy a traditional Māori performance at Te Puia then explore the Māori Arts & Crafts Institute where you can see the ancient wood carving and textile weaving techniques passed down to today’s generation. Depart Rotorua at approximately 5:00 PM for the return journey to Auckland, arriving around 8:30 PM.
  • Round-trip coach transport
  • Hotel pick-up from selected locations
  • Live commentary from driver/guide
  • Glow Worm Caves guided boat tour
  • Sky Line Gondola ticket
  • Te Puia entry and cultural performance
  • Morning tea, boxed lunch, and evening snack
What’s Not Included
  • Gratuity (optional)

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• If hotel pick-up option selected, the local operator will advise your pick-up location and time after booking (note that the pick-up time may be earlier than the tour start time)
• Multilingual audio service in Spanish, Japanese, and Mandarin is available by request. Please inform the supplier upon the reconfirmation of your booking
• Children under 3 years travel free if a seat is not required
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Product ID: 28090