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Waitomo & Rotorua Full Day Tour With Skyline Gondola Ex Auckland Return

 

Join us for an incredible journey deep into the heart of the North Island, experiencing New Zealand’s incredible natural scenery and Māori culture.

This full day tour aboard our deluxe coach will take you to the magnificent geothermal regions of Waitomo and Rotorua for a truly remarkable day out.

During the scenic drive south from Auckland you will journey through New Zealand’s largest farming region, past towns steeped in early pioneering history.

On arrival at Waitomo, you’ll enjoy a 45-minute tour of the famous Waitomo Glowworm Caves. See these amazing limestone caves with their stalagmites and stalactites, and drift in a boat through the amazing Glowworm Grotto as you gaze at the thousands of glowworms above you.

After your Waitomo Caves tour, continue south to Rotorua. Located inside the rim of a volcano crater, Rotorua is home to a vast array of geothermal activity and is the cultural melting pot of New Zealand. See some of its historic landmarks like the Government Gardens, the iconic Tudor-style museum and the Blue Baths on your way through town.

Next, take in the spectacular panoramic views of Lake Rotorua with a trip on the Skyline Gondola. Drink in the views over the city and Lake Rotorua as the gondola carries you 487 metres above sea level up the side of Mt Ngongotaha.

At Te Puia, New Zealand’s foremost cultural venue, you’ll be welcomed into the marae (Māori meeting house) for a traditional Māori concert with song, dance and the fearsome haka (war dance).

Inside the Māori Arts & Crafts Institute, you'll see artists at work creating traditional wood carvings and weaving. The Whakarewarewa Thermal Valley is home to the famous Pohutu geyser, as well as fumaroles, and boiling mud pools.

At the end of your Te Puia experience, step back on board for the return coach journey to Auckland.

 

Tour Highlights:

  • Waitomo Caves guided tour
  • Skyline Gondola
  • Te Puia Māori concert and arts and crafts tour
  • Whakarewarewa Thermal Valley tour
  • Picnic lunch, morning and afternoon snacks included
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    Price: Adult $337, Child $168

    Product Extras: Need to book for more people? Do so on your way to checkout

    Departures: 7.30am (be ready for boarding at 07.15am) from InterCity Terminal, 102 Hobson Street, Auckland, Ends 8.15pm (approx).

    Please Note: A complimentary pick-up and drop-off service is provided from inner city hotels. We recommend wearing comfortable walking shoes and taking a warm jacket for the Waitomo Glowworm Caves guided tour.

     

    Available Bookings from August 19 to August 25

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    7spaces priced from:

    • Adult$235.00
    • Child$119.00

    7spaces priced from:

    • Adult$235.00
    • Child$119.00

    9spaces priced from:

    • Adult$235.00
    • Child$119.00

    10spaces priced from:

    • Adult$235.00
    • Child$119.00

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    4.5

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    Bharti from United Kingdom wrote on 12 June 2017

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    Loved the tour Rotorue

    Our journey to Rotorue and wotama caves was awesome, we loved every bit of our journey, our coach driver Binny made the journey fun and was cracking funny jokes. I would recommwnd it to my friends and family

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    Kia ora Bharti, Thank you for the review, it's great to hear you loved our day tour so much. I'll be sure to pass on your lovely words to our driver. All the best for your future travels, Esther and the team at GreatSights

    Christine from New Zealand wrote on 02 August 2016

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    Fabulous Tour and Driver

    Our tour driver was Rob and he was just fabulous! Very informative, spoke very clearly and was a super safe driver. Waitomo Caves were magical, Gondola was fun and racing down the luge was lots of fun. The show at Te Puea was a great cultural experience and seeing the geysers and bubbling mud was just grand. Even saw 2 kiwis in the kiwi house there. The bus is comfortable and warm. Even better, the food served is delicious - cafe style chicken wrap, carrot cake, apple and juice for lunch and a chicken croissant and cookies for snack on the way home. I would highly recommend this tour to anyone wanting a "sample" of Rotorua and Waitomo.

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    Emily from Australia wrote on 17 January 2018

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    Excellent trip!!!

    The trip was absolutely perfect, the driver fills you in with heaps of facts on the way down! Everything was planned and ran smoothly, so you could just sit back and relax! Absolutely recommend to everyone, perfect experience and it is a must do when in New Zealand!!

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    Kia ora Emily, I'm glad you were able to sit back and relax with us! That's the beauty of booking a day tour. Thanks for sharing. All the best for your future travels, Esther and the team at GreatSights

    Camilla Blasius from Australia wrote on 10 March 2017

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    First experience in NZ

    I was lucky to get a discount ticket from Bookme and I truly enjoyed the whole trip. The driver for my trip seem to know so much about all the places and the history. He talked throughout the entire trip. Seeing Te Puia, the mud pools and Pohutu Geyser was amazing. Learning about Maori culture and being in the Skyline Gondola were first experiences for me. The beautiful sceneries along the way is fantastic and there is time for a stop at Hamilton to use the restroom or pick up something to eat.I was lucky enough to also see the Waitomo Glowworm Caves in just one trip.

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    Kia ora Camilla, It's great to hear you enjoyed Rotorua and Waitomo Caves, they're both such beautiful places! Thanks for sharing your feedback with us. Esther and the team at InterCity Group.

    Annette Modica from Australia wrote on 30 May 2018

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    Amazing

    This was an amazing tour Ben our bus/comontator was fantastic he kept us informed throughout the tour the glow worms were amazing and I would definitely recommend this tour to anyone Rotorua was also fantastic.😀😀😀

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    Kia ora Annetta, Thanks for sharing! It's great to hear you enjoyed your day out with us and your driver Benno! All the best for your future travels, Esther and the team at Gray Line

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