A popular day tour for those with limited time to see New Zealand.
Daily from Monday 8 - Friday 13 November
Depart 6:45am, Return 8:15pm
Guests to supply meeting organisers with their downtown Auckland accommodation details and any dietary requirements they may have.
6:45am: You will be collected from (or close to) your downtown Auckland accommodation and transferred to the starting location for this tour.
7:30am: Tour departs Auckland and travelling south to Waitomo Caves. Travelling down the main southern highway through small rural townships steeped in early pioneer history you will see New Zealand’s largest dairy and sheep farming province as you travel the outskirts of Hamilton city via small farming settlements towards the King Country, home of the Māori monarchy.
Morning: This morning you will 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. The tour will end with a short boat ride along an underground river into a cavern lit up with thousands of tiny glow worms.
Afternoon: Enjoy a delicious picnic lunch onboard the coach as we depart Waitomo Caves for Rotorua. The first stop is at the Agrodome for an introduction to New Zealand farming. Here we will tour an authentic working farm in all-weather, all-terrain vehicles, watch a sheep being shorn and hand-feed the animals. This will be followed by a sheep dog demonstration and a visit to a 100-year-old working woolen mill. We will then travel along the Rotorua lakefront and through the large formal Government Gardens, which house the historic Tudor-style museum and the Blue Baths. Upon our arrival at Te Puia we will enter the sacred marae (meeting house) for a Māori Concert. Surrounded by carvings of the ancestors, visitors are treated to beautiful harmonies, poi dance, the famous haka (war dance), and tititorea (stick dance). We will then visit the Māori Arts & Crafts Institute where we will see artists creating traditional wood carvings and weaving. Our last stop will be at the Whakarewarewa Thermal Valley, which is home to the famous Pohutu geyser, as well as fumaroles, and boiling mud pools. If time permits we will visit the nocturnal kiwi house. At the end of the Te Puia experience, step back on board the coach and take in the stunning New Zealand scenery.
8:15pm: Upon your arrival back in Auckland you will be dropped to (or close to) your accomodation.
Per person prices include hotel pick up, coach transport, driver, tour guide, morning snack on coach, guided tour of Waitomo Caves, picnic lunch on coach, Agrodome sheep show and farm tour, guided tour of Te Puia, Maori cultural performance at Te Puia, evening snack on coach, drop off at hotel and New Zealand Goods and Services Tax at 15%.
No minimum or maximum numbers. Bookings are subject to availability.