Auckland: Caves and Kiwi - The Waitomo Experience
- 11.5 Hours
- 11.5 Hours
- On request
This tour from Auckland is designed to showcase the best of rural New Zealand landscape and enjoy all that the Waitomo area has to offer. The tour starts with Auckland city hotel pickups and a drive with expert commentary through the Waikato region of New Zealand with its rich Maori history and stunning farming landscapes. Join a small group guided tour of the Ruakuri cave system. Entry is through a spectacular spiral entrance. This walking tour is New Zealand's longest guided underground walking tour and gets you up close to the Waitomo glow worms as well as a wide range of limestone stalactite and stalagmite formations. This is one of the only cave systems which allows photography throughout the tour and the cave walkway has been designed to allow wheelchairs and pushchairs.
After the cave tour re-join your guide for some light refreshments and a guided walk around the native forested gorge, natural sculpted cliffs and low limestone arches of the Ruakuri valley walk.
You then take a short drive to the lunch destination in a beautiful rural location where the group has a traditional New Zealand barbecue buffet lunch with the barbecue expertly cooked to order.
After lunch you visit a Kiwi house and native bird park where you get the rare chance to see New Zealand's iconic Kiwi bird being fed by their keepers. You also learn about what the centre is doing with their Kiwi bird breeding programme to help the endangered birds. There is also an opportunity to have a look at some of the other rare and iconic New Zealand birds and animals that the park has. A relaxed drive back to Auckland completes the day.
Duration: 11.5 Hours
Departs: 7 a.m. - Returns: 5:30 p.m.