Auckland: Waitomo & Rotorua Experience Full Day Tour
- 12 Hours
- 12 Hours
- On request
Leaving Auckland in the morning travel through the lush farmland of the Waikato and King Country Regions. Your experienced local driver guide will provide a commentary as you travel to Waitomo and point out sites of interest including Rangiriri, the location of a historic Maori Land Wars site between forces loyal the Maori King and the Colonial Government in 1863. On arrival in the small town of Waitomo enjoy a guided tour through the world famous Waitomo Glowworm Caves with their amazing stalactites, stalagmites and other limestone formations. The tour ends with a boat ride through the Glowworm Grotto - a subterranean cavern lit up by the lights of thousands of tiny glowworms. Leaving Waitomo enjoy a delicious picnic style lunch as you make your way to Rotorua.
Arrive at the Agrodome and take a tour of an organic working farm in all-terrain vehicles. Get a sense of a working farm as you watch a sheep being shorn and view a live sheep dog trial. Then make your way to Te Puia, one of New Zealand's foremost cultural venues. At Te Puia's marae (meeting house) enjoy a Maori cultural performance where ancient and modern stories are told. Then go on a guided tour of the bubbling mudpools and active geysers of the Te Whakarewarewa Thermal Valley. The tour also includes a visit to Te Puia's woodcarving and weaving schools where apprentices are trained in these traditional skills by master carvers and weavers. After the Te Puia experience re-board the coach for the return journey to Auckland. A delicious afternoon snack including traditional Maori rewana bread is enjoyed en route.
Duration: 12 Hours
Departs: 7:30 a.m. - Returns: 8:10 p.m.