Tour Code 7R
Set off on your Waitomo and Rotorua day tour from Auckland. Travel down the main southern highway through small rural townships steeped in early pioneer history. See New Zealand’s largest dairy and sheep farming province. Travel the outskirts of Hamilton City via small farming settlements towards the King Country, home of the Māori monarchy.
Take in the beauty of the world famous Waitomo Glow Worm Caves on a guided tour. Experience the beauty of impressive limestone rock formations and twinkling glowworms. Your tour ends with a short boat ride along an underground river into a cavern lit up with thousands of tiny glow worm lights. Departing Waitomo, enjoy a delicious lunch as you travel through Cambridge to Rotorua.
Your first stop is at the Agrodome complex for an introduction to New Zealand farming. Join a tour of an authentic working farm in all-weather, all-terrain vehicles. Watch a sheep being shorn and hand-feed the animals. This is followed by a sheep dog demonstration and a visit to a 100-year-old working woolen mill.
Travel along the Rotorua lakefront and through the Government Gardens, large formal gardens which house the historic Tudor-style museum and the Blue Baths. Arriving at Te Puia, enter the sacred marae (meeting house) for a Māori Concert. Surrounded by carvings of the ancestors, you'll be treated to beautiful harmonies, poi dance, the famous haka (war dance), and tititorea (stick 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. If time permits, take the opportunity to wander through the nocturnal kiwi house.
At the end of your Te Puia experience, step back on board and take in the stunning New Zealand scenery. The coach will arrive in Auckland at approximately 8.15pm, with a complimentary hotel drop-off included in your tour.
Availability: If the Waitomo Caves tour cannot operate, a free upgrade to the Ruakuri Cave will be provided subject to availability. If the Ruakuri upgrade is provided, the Waitomo Caves portion is non refundable.
ALTERNATIVE ROTORUA TOUR OPTIONS
Ad $365 | Ch $182.50
Opt for a tranquil spa experience, relaxing in the shallow alkaline rock pools at Polynesian Spa. You will be surrounded by revitalizing native New Zealand flora, natural rocks and the sound of waterfalls, with views over Lake Rotorua. The pools will leave your skin soft and supple and relaxed. Rejoin your Gray Line coach in time for your tour of Te Puia.
Ad $335 | Ch $167.50
Board the Rotorua Skyline Gondola that will take you up Mt Ngongotaha, 487 metres above sea level. Enjoy panoramic views over Rotorua and the lake, take a walk on one of the nature trails or ride the luge (extra cost) which has over four kilometres of thrilling and scenic tracks. Rejoin your Gray Line coach in time for your Māori and geothermal experience at Te Puia.
Ad $345 | Ch $172.50
Once in Rotorua replace the Agrodome Farm Tour and instead take a thrilling ride on a ZORB.
Your tour includes the ZYDRO experience, which is the classic ZORB ride with some water thrown in (don't worry - the water is warm during winter and cool during summer). After your downhill adventure you will rejoin your Gray Line coach in time for your Maori and geothermal experience at Te Puia.
Ad $320 | Ch $160
Tour Code 7RNR
At the conclusion of the day’s activities, you will be dropped at your central accommodation in Rotorua.