Morning snack, lunch and evening snack Luxury coach transport from Auckland Waitomo Caves entrance and Te Puia entrance Guide
WHAT TO EXPECT
Go on an Agrodome farm tour
Visit Lake Rotorua
Attend Te Puia Maori concert
Go on a Whakarewarewa Thermal Reserve tour
Experience Waitomo Glowworm Caves guided tour
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 Maori 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 sheepdog demonstration and a visit to a 100-year-old working woollen 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 Maori 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 Maori Arts and 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 20:15, with a complimentary hotel drop-off included in your tour.