Glowworms, Caves and extra option to add Hobbiton Movie Set
Waitomo Caves are a must do if you are visiting New Zealand. You will be impressed by some of the most beautiful countryside in the North Island. 2 and a half hours from Auckland to Waitomo. See the rolling farmland and travel alongside New Zealand's longest river, the mighty Waikato (flowing water).
We will pass through small villages, see fabulous mountains and scenic reserves, pass by the residence of the Maori King, stop in the famous Kiwiana town and explore the Waitomo area. We also visit the sheep shearing capital of the world and, time permitting, we will visit the world renowned Hamilton Gardens in New Zealand's fourth largest city.
Waitomo is remote, beautiful and exciting. There is nothing like it. Visitors have been coming to admire these caves since 1887.
If Hobbiton is on your 'must do' list ask me about adding this to your Waitomo Day.
I'm very happy to customise this tour so if you have more than 6 people or special interests please let me know.
After meeting you we will travel south on State Highway 1, stopping for morning tea after about 1 hour. A good chance to get up close to the Waikato River, our longest and most interesting river with great history. A very nice introduction to Maori culture as we pass through Taupiri and Ngaruawahia. We will then turn off and take the 'short cut' through farmland and small villages arriving in Waitomo about 1 and a half hours later.
First take a tour through the original Waitomo Caves, see amazing limestone formations, a 2 million year old fossilised starfish, enjoy a magical boat ride with millions of glowworms over head. Walk through lovely native bush, see birds, trees, and the famous silver fern. Visit historic Waitomo Hotel overlooking Waitomo village. Lunch in Te Kuiti, the sheep shearing capital of the world and option to visit the Kiwi House or beautiful Hamilton Gardens on the way back to Auckland.
You will arrive back in Auckland feeling that you have had a very special day out.
Meeting Location + Tour Duration
Meeting location: Pick up at your hotel, ship terminal or Auckland airport - the earlier we can leave the better to make the most of the day
End location: The day will end at your selected location in Auckland.
Duration: 11 hours
Leave Auckland as early as possible. If you are returning to a cruise ship I will make sure we are back in Auckland well before your boarding time
Mercedes Viano. Fully air conditioned, leather seats and very comfortable.
Estimated Local Cash Needed
80 NZ$ - Entry to caves $50, lunch $15-30,
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Louise was very friendly, informed and professional. She went out of her way to help my wife locate a facility in Rotorua that my wife visited 50 years ago. Unfortunately it no longer exits, but we won't blame Louise for this!! Rotorua was a three hour drive in each direction from our hotel and Louise drove very well even in some heavy rain.