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2-Day Tour of Waitomo, Rotorua & Taupo from Auckland

Product ID: 28288
Explore some of the most amazing sites in New Zealand during this 2-day tour of Waitomo, Rotorua, and Taupo from Auckland. Venture into the Waitomo Glowworm Caves. Visit the region of Rotorua, rich with Maori culture, and Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland.
About this activity
Duration: 2 days
Starting time 7:30 AM
Printed or mobile voucher accepted
Instant confirmation
Live tour guide
English
Cancellation policy
Cancel up to 7 days in advance for a full refund

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Experience

Highlights
  • Experience some of the most amazing natural wonders of New Zealand
  • See thousands of tiny glowworms on an underground boat ride at Waitomo Glowworm Caves
  • Explore the picturesque lakeside setting of Taupo
  • Marvel at amazing Huka Falls
  • Experience the geothermal wonders of Rotorua
  • Discover New Zealand's unique Maori culture
  • Learn about New Zealand's agricultural practices at Agrodome Farm
  • Watch an eruption of Lady Knox Geyser
Full description
Day 1: Auckland - Waitomo - Rotorua
With complimentary hotel pick-up, climb aboard your deluxe coach in the morning of day one and prepare to leave the city behind. Wind through rural New Zealand taking in views of scenic rolling hills and the picturesque farmland of the Waikato. Upon arrival at Waitomo Caves, embark on a guided tour that’ll take you into the heart of this subterranean wonderland, learn about the limestone cave formations as you explore on foot, before hopping onto a small boat. Your tour concludes as you drift down an underground river into the famous Glowworm Grotto, 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. Upon arrival in Rotorua, it’s time for a unique New Zealand farm experience at the Agrodome, see sheepdog trials, ride on tractors and learn about the significance of farming in New Zealand. Next, see bubbling mud pools and steaming geysers and enjoy a traditional Māori performance at Te Puia. After your Te Puia experience, check into your 4-star hotel where you can relax at your leisure.

Day 2: Rotorua - Taupo - Auckland
The adventure continues on day two as you make your way to Taupo via a few must-see attractions. Visit the Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland and watch an eruption of Lady Knox Geyser, then follow the marked trails to see the boiling mud pools - the Champagne Pool, Devil's Cauldron, and the colorful Artist's Palette. 

Travel through Tahukuri, the largest man-made forest in the Southern Hemisphere, to arrive at the Aratiatia Rapids. Admire the spectacle as the floodgates of the Waikato River are opened before seeing the Huka Falls, formed at the point where the Waikato River narrows from 100 meters to just 15 meters in width. Admire the natural beauty of the falls before a stop for lunch beside Lake Taupo, the largest lake in Australasia. After an epic two-day adventure, board your coach once again for the return journey to Auckland.
Includes
  • Transportation by coach
  • Services of an expert local guide
  • Breakfast (day 2)
  • Morning tea
  • Picnic lunch (on day 1)
  • Evening snacks
  • Entrance fee to Waitomo Glowworm Caves
  • Overnight twin share accommodation
  • Agrodome Farm tour
What’s Not Included
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Lunch (on day 2)
  • Diner
  • Optional activity costs
  • Personal expenses
  • Gratuities

Prepare for the activity

Meeting point

102 Hobson Street, Auckland Central

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Important information
Know before you go
Please remember to wear comfortable walking shoes, as part of the tour will be on foot.
A vegetarian meal option is available upon request.
Prices quoted are for twin share accommodation.
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 9 reviews

Review summary

  • Service
    4 / 5
  • Organization
    3 / 5
  • Value for money
    3.6 / 5
  • Safety
    5 / 5
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Very good tour. I enjoyed it very much, especially the second day on the way and in Taupo. The tour guide Paul was so good. He took care of us very much. The hotel Holiday Inn is more than my expectation. Nice and clean room, beautiful buffet just for $50. Only one thing I dislike is there is no detailed program. I have to ask the driver and the tour guide many times: what next visit is, what time to pick me up.... Highly recommended. This tour is a bit expensive, but it is worth of the money.

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April 23, 2018

Very Good But Commercial

We enjoyed all the natural attractions like the caves, geysers, mud pools and the Mauri village. We did not appreciate the photo shoot at the Waitomo Caves and lack of time at the Mauri village. The thermal wonderland, the falls, thermal power generation and Lake Taupo were great; especially with a private car tour!

October 15, 2017

The landscapes are amazing

The places are definitely beautiful. However we had a big problem: the hotel (reservations done in wrong data, be transferred to 3 hotel, and to have to pay again), it meant that during 2,5 hours we didn't know if we have some place to sleep. Finally we found an hotel completely diferent and inferior to that for which I had payed. Do you know what it mean when you travel with children? The dinner was not included how it was clearly written in the confirmation mail, which is attached. So, I have to pay for dinner in the hotel. A new extra payment At the moment of departure, the driver didn't have the afternoon snack for us. I have to argue with him and after he phoned somebody, he give us the 5 snacks. But at the end, GetYourGuide refunded me all extras that I payed. I have to highlight them, they assumed the responsability, so if I have to chose them again, I would do it. Thanks GetYourGuide.

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January 30, 2017

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Product ID: 28288