Rotorua and Waitomo Caves Day Trip from Auckland

Duration: 13 hours
Destination: New Zealand, North Island, Auckland

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  • 13 hours
  • Auckland
  • E-Voucher
  • Lowest Price
  • Cancellable


The geothermal area of Rotorua and the Waitomo Glowworm Caves are must-see destinations for any traveler to the North Island of New Zealand. Your guide accompanies you to the Maori Arts and Crafts Institute at Te Puia for an immersive cultural experience, then takes you to Waitomo Caves after a cafe lunch. You'll experience the awe-inspiring magic of tiny glowworms on a boat ride into the caves and learn about their natural history

Guaranteed departure - We do not cancel on the rare occasions we have for low numbers. We will travel for one person.

This is a typical itinerary for this product

Stop At: New Zealand Maori Arts and Crafts Institute, Hemo Rd, Rotorua New Zealand

Within TE Puia you will find the national schools of wood carving, weaving, stone and bone carving. They have shared these treasures with manuhiri (visitors) for 170 years and proudly continue that legacy today

Duration: 30 minutes

Pass By: Lake Rotorua, Rotorua New Zealand

We have limited time in Rotorua so we quickly have a look at Lake Rotorua on our way in or way out of Rotorua

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

Te Puia where you will have lunch and time to explore Te Puia - total time in Rotorua approximately 1.5 hours. Te Puia spans 70 hectares within the historic Te Whakarewarewa Valley, on the edge of Rotorua. It is home to the Pohutu geyser, mud pools, hot springs, silica formations, the Kiwi bird and the national schools of wood carving, weaving, stone and bone carving

Duration: 2 hours

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

We travel to Waitomo Caves, World renowned and a magnet for both local and overseas visitors, the Waitomo Glowworm Caves occupy a high placing in the New Zealand vacation wish-list. The glow worm, Arachnocampa luminosa, is unique to New Zealand. Thousands of these tiny creatures radiate their unmistakable luminescent light as expert guides provide informative commentary on the Caves' historical and geological significance. You will walk into the caves and sail out in a small boat.

Duration: 1 hour

  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Transport by air-conditioned minivan
  • Live commentary on board
  • Local taxes
  • Cafe Lunch (vegetarian and gluten-free options available)
  • Luxury minibus , leather seating - extra legroom
  • Entry/Admission - Te Puia
  • Entry/Admission - Waitomo Glowworm Caves

  • Morning and afternoon tea (additional expense)
  • Personal expenses
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 1 days of travel. In this case confirmation will be received within 48 hours, subject to availability
  • Small-group tour
  • Infant meals not included
  • Infant seats are required by law in NZ in private vehicles for children under 7 years. We recommend the same standard be applied for your child's safety and have them available in all vehicles.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Infant seats available
  • Most travelers can participate
  • Tour is not suitable for children under 2 years to travel with group - private tours can be arranged on request
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travelers
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
  • If you are feeling unwell, please re-schedule of give us a call.
Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered
We pickup for free at all Central Auckland accomodation, hotels, apartments, etc. We only go to the hotels/accomodation which are booked for that day. We also offer a subsidised shuttle service for people staying our of the city centre to bring them to meet the tour coach. Please liaise with us re where you are to be picked up. It is essential you get in contact with this information as soon as possible. Guaranteed departure - We do not cancel on the rare occasions we have low numbers. We will travel for one person

Departure Time

6:30 AM

Voucher info

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


13 hours

For a full refund, cancel at least 3 days in advance of the start date of the experience.

User's Reviews

David S

15 Apr, 2019

With all the choices for trips and only one day to do them we chose to do the Waitomo caves and Te Puia and the Maori Arts and Crafts Institute. The Waitomo caves were fascinating and so pleased we went. Although not the biggest caverns the Glowworms and our delightful guide "Y" made it truly special. We then drove to Te Puia to experince the thermal springs and geysers. We have a lovely buffet lunch and then explored the area. The geysers were inspirational! We were so caught up in watching the fascinating landscape we never made it to the Maori village, so we have something to do when we come back some day. Our tour guide Matt was great and a very safe driver which is certainly helpful as your spending a long day on the road but worth every minute. Thank you!

Diane S

14 Mar, 2018

The scenery and caves were amazing! This is a lovely day trip from Auckland!

Ibijoke A

21 Dec, 2015

Smooth booking , knowledgeable pilot, great views from the air. Highly recommended. Only drawback was the cost of getting there and back by taxi- helipad is not easily accessible by public transport.

Patricia S

17 Nov, 2015

What we saw was great however, we thought that if we kept our tours to two that we would spend more time at Rotorua. The tour company is called Flexi-Tour and they pride themselves on being flexible. We spend most of our time dropping off and picking up people who were doing other tours instead of spending more time at Rotorua. Would not have booked this tour if we had realized that we would not be spending more time at Rotorua and just more time in the van.

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