Waitomo Caves & Rotorua Small Group Tour including Te Puia from Auckland

Duration: 13 hours
Destination: New Zealand, North Island, Auckland
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  • 13 hours
  • Auckland
  • E-Voucher
  • Lowest Price
  • Cancellable

Overview

Visit two of the North Islands most popular attractions in one day - Waitomo Glowworm Caves and Te Puia Geothermal Park and Maori Village in Rotorua. This tour combines the best nature has to offer with Maori culture & New Zealand scenery.

Highlights:
• Waitomo Glowworm Caves
• Te Puia Geothermal Park & Pohutu
• Maori Cultural Village and Arts School
• Rotorua City Highlights

While the destinations you will be visiting are truly spectacular, we at Cheeky Kiwi Travel believe it’s our small groups, guides, the journey and the little details that set our tours well apart. Secret stops, wildlife viewings, specially designed vehicles, complementary refreshments and many other pleasant surprises ensure our tours are an experience to remember.

Our tours are led by our passionate tour guides, notorious for bringing your journey to life by sharing their stories and rich background knowledge, and run in modern, comfortable minibuses packed with extras ensuring your comfort and safety.

Itinerary
This is a typical itinerary for this product

Pass By: Auckland Central, Auckland Central, North Island

Your tour starts in New Zealand’s largest city. As we drive out of the city, your guide will not only set the scene for your adventure today, but also point out and guide you past some of the city’s top highlights.

Pass By: Waikato Region, Waikato Region, North Island

Exiting Auckland we drive south through the stunning Waikato countryside, the most extensive farming area in the world. Encounter stunning scenery, mighty rivers, great photo opportunities, beautiful mountains and several farm animals along the way. During this journey we pass through Taupiri which has many interesting sites of cultural significance including local Maori burial grounds & cultural totem poles.

Stop At: Pirongia, Pirongia, Waikato Region, North Island

After passing through rich countryside and learning about some local history and the New Zealand Land Wars we stop in this idyllic little town for a quick coffee break.

Duration: 15 minutes

Pass By: Otorohanga, New Zealand

Continuing our adventure we enter Otorohanga “The Kiwiana capital of New Zealand”. See all things Kiwi as you pass through this unique and charming town.

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

Arriving at our first feature attraction you will be guided through the ancient and amazing caves seeing many different cave formations including Stalactites, Stalagmites and Lime Columns before descending even further underground for your Glowworm experience. Board your glow-worm boat for a cruise on the grotto river with thousands of Glowworms sparkling above you. Unique to New Zealand for over 120 years, Waitomo Glowworm Caves are a must-see for any traveller.

Duration: 2 hours

Stop At: Waitomo Big Bird & Miniature Animal Petting Farm, 17 Waitomo Caves Road Rd 7, Otorohanga 3977 New Zealand

On our way to our next destination, Rotorua, we stop outside Big Bird to see and meet some of our local friendly animals. These guys know our guides well and even though we do not have time to go inside the park, the friendly animals will often come to the fences for a photo or two, thrilling guests.

Duration: 10 minutes

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

Arriving at our second feature destination, Te Puia, you will receive a fully guided tour to best experience the geothermal and cultural wonders including: Pōhutu Geyser, Māori Architecture, The National Māori Arts School, geothermal craters, geothermal events and even the chance to view a Kiwi bird in the Kiwi viewing house. Add optional extras if you choose, like the Maori Cultural Performance or Traditional Maori Hangi Buffet Lunch.

Duration: 2 hours

Pass By: Rotorua, Rotorua, Rotorua District, Bay of Plenty Region, North Island

To finish off our Rotorua experience we do a guided driving tour seeing the most famous sites in Rotorua city including: Lake Rotorua, Rotorua Museum, Government Gardens, Whangapipiro (Rachel Spring) & the Blue Baths. If there is time, we may even visit a special souvenir shop for some discounted shopping and to try Manuka Honey.

Stop At: Auckland, Auckland, North Island

Sadly we must start to head north again but your day is not over with a fully guided return trip to Auckland with secret stops along the way.

Duration: 10 minutes

Inclusions
  • Small Group & Fully Guided Tour
  • Entry Tickets - Waitomo and Te Puia
  • Bottled water
  • Snacks
  • Optional extra - One-way option from Auckland to Rotorua
  • Entry/Admission - Waitomo Glowworm Caves
  • Entry/Admission - Te Puia

Exclusions
  • Food and drinks, unless specified
  • Gratuities
  • Souvenirs (available to purchase)
  • Optional extras and activities - please select the tour option you want at time of booking
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Minimum numbers apply. There is a possibility of cancellation after confirmation if there are not enough passengers to meet requirements. In the event of this occurring, you will be offered an alternative or full refund.
  • A moderate amount of walking is involved.
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately and wear comfortable footwear.
  • Children aged 7 years and below are required to travel in a child safety car seat. If you don't have a car seat one can be provided (with 24 hours notice).
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infant seats available
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 16 travelers
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered
Hotel pick-ups are from the below hotels only. If you do not see your pickup location please select the closest one to you to be picked up from. Pick ups start up to 20 mins before your tour time. Please see below what group your hotel is in and what your pick-up time is. Please be waiting in your accommodation's lobby or outside no later than this time to avoid missing your pick up. Guides have multiple pick-ups so can on occasion run up to 10 minutes late. Guides cannot wait for late passengers as it will mean the entire group is at risk of missing out, so please be waiting and ready (5-10 minutes before your listed time is highly recommended).

Group 1: 20 minutes before tour start time.
Sofitel Auckland Viaduct Harbour, Swiss-Belsuites Victoria Park

Group 2: 15 minutes before tour start time.
Adina Apartments, Copthorne Hotel Auckland, Grand Mercure Hotel, Hilton Hotel Auckland, JUCY Snooze, M Social, Nesuto Stadium Apartments, Pullman Hotel, Queen Street Backpackers, SO/Auckland

Group 3: 10 minutes before tour start time.
AVANI Metropolis, Barclay Suites, CityLife Hotel Auckland, Heritage Hotel Auckland (Hobson Street), ibis Budget Auckland, Rydges Hotel Auckland, Stamford Plaza Auckland.

Group 4: 5 minutes before tour start time.
Crowne Plaza Auckland, Four Points by Sheraton, Airedale Boutique Suites Auckland, SkyCity Hotel, SkyCity Grand Hotel, YMCA Hostel

Group 5: At tour start time or up to 10 minutes after.
Cordis Hotel Auckland, Grand Millennium Hotel, Haka Lodge Auckland City, Kiwi International Hotel, VR Auckland City (Hobson Street), St Martins Waldorf Apartment Hotel, Tetra Serviced Apartments by Nesuto, YHA Auckland City Backpackers

Passengers that miss their pick up will be required to meet the tour at the tour's first stop at their own expense to continue on the tour. No refunds will be given to late or no show passengers.
Auckland Airport (Butterfly Creek) pick up must be requested and approved by our team in writing to receive your pick up time. Pick up time will normally be 20 - 30 minutes after the tour start time.

Ports

  • Auckland Airport (pick up from Butterfly Creek, 10 Tom Pearce Drive)
  • Ports Of Auckland (Pick up from M Social Hotel)


Voucher info

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

Duration

13 hours

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

User's Reviews

David H

06 Feb, 2020

Fantastic tour albeit a long day. Our driver Michael was a fountain of knowledge and drove very safely. The Waitomo caves were amazing and the commentary by very enthusiastic guides made it fascinating. A great day out.

Debra R

07 Mar, 2019

Lance and Jack were our tour guides. We were the only two on the tour. As a result, Lance showed us what he thought we would like to see. He also asked what we were interest in and planned the tour according to our interests. Waitomo Caves (Glow Worms) were worth seeing. These caves are millions of years old. We also went to a cultural center where we learned about the people and their culture. Trip was very interesting. I highly recommend this tour.

Sharron F

17 Sep, 2018

This was a day we enjoyed to the max. Our guide was a great host, very knowledgeable, relaxed and friendly. The caves and Rotorua should not be missed, the Maori cultural show was very good. Loved the drive through the beautiful countryside. Loved the early morning stop for breakfast! Don't change a thing, it was perfect. Also, the locations chosen for souvenir shopping were pretty good.

Sally H

08 Jan, 2020

Tour pick up was on time. The minibus was not branded Cheeky Kiwi, it was operated by a contractor so I did not recognise it at first. It was great there were only 2 destinations as it would have been too rushed otherwise.

Sherry P

06 Mar, 2019

Loved the beauty and natural wonder of both destinations. we had two different drivers...?they switched... the driver from aukland to the worm caves was quiet and didn’t provide much info. After the switch our new driver was talkative and a much better guide/driver to Rotorua and the rest of day. She definitely made it extra special!

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