Tours & activities by STA Travel US from Viator

  • Location: Auckland, New Zealand
  • Duration: 13 hours (approx.)
From USD $248.28

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See all the highlights of the Waitomo Caves and Rotorua in one day. You'll take a guided tour of Waitomo Caves stalactites and glowworms, and see Rotorua's bubbling mud pools and geysers, and make many other interesting stops along the way. You have the option to end your tour in Rotorua or return to Auckland.


  • Day trip (destination A to B)
  • Free hotel pickup and drop-off included
  • All taxes, fuel surcharges and service fees included
  • All entrance fees included
  • Travel by boat and see the sights from the water
  • Lunch included
At Waitomo you'll take a guided tour through the long galleries and lofty chambers to view stalactites formed over thousands of years by the constant dripping of water. Your caves tour includes a magical boat ride through the glowworm grotto, illuminated by thousands of glowworms suspended from the cave ceiling.

Next stop is the the Agrodome for a hands-on Kiwi farming experience. You'll see sheep mustering by highly trained dogs, sheep shearing demonstrations and receive an insight into the history of dairy farm milking. Don't miss the opportunity to milk a cow, feed young animals or even be photographed with a huge bull!

Then it's on to the famous Te Whakarewarewa Thermal Reserve to see the renowned silica terraces, bubbling mud pools and unique geothermal vegetation. Exploding from the ground up to 100 feet (30 meters) high is the world-famous Pohutu Geyser, which bursts into life 10-20 times a day and has been a visitor attraction since the early 1900s.

You'll also visit the Maori Arts and Crafts Institute, to see how traditional carvings and weaving record history and customs in the Maori sacred meeting houses.

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Departure Dates:
Departure Point:
Tour departs from selected centrally located Auckland city hotels
102 Hobson Street, SkyCity Intercity coach stop, Auckland
Departure Time:

Hotel pickups commence prior to this time, you must contact the local service provider to verify your exact pickup time.

13 hours (approx.)
Return Details:
Concludes in Rotorua at 5pm or
Returns to Auckland at approximately 8:15pm

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Return to Auckland
Code: GS16AL

Full-day tour from Auckland returning to Auckland at 8:10pm

USD $248.28
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Concludes in Rotorua
Code: 16ANR

Full-day tour from Auckland concluding in Rotorua at 5pm

USD $263.02
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Waitomo Caves and Rotorua Day Trip from Auckland

Waitomo Caves and Rotorua Day Trip from Auckland

  • Transport by air-conditioned coach
  • Entry and guided tour of Waitomo Caves
  • Entry to the Agrodome
  • Entry to Whakarewarewa Thermal Reserve and the Maori Arts and Crafts Institute
  • Light refreshments
  • Lunch
  • Live commentary on board
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Gratuities (optional)
Additional Information:
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Infant are free provided they do not occupy a seat
  • All tours are operated by a luxury 4 star coach with on board toilet
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Cancellation Policy

If you cancel at least 7 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee.
If you cancel between 3 and 6 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is a 50 percent cancellation fee.
If you cancel within 2 day(s) of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.

Traveler Reviews

Reviewed by: Nuo Si L, February 2017

So happy to see so much of Auckland in just one day, this trip was extremely well planned and I would definitely recommend to others :

Reviewed by: susan h, January 2017

This was a great tour! I was concerned it would be too long, but the time flew by. The visit to the caves was fabulous. The caves were beautiful and the glowworms breathtaking. I've been to other glowworm caves, but this was by far the best. The visit to the agrodome was fun. We watched a sheep shearing and a herding demo by the sheep dog. We also got to feed the sheep. Next was a visit to a Maori village,where we saw a very good show and then onto the geysers, which were at the peak of their eruptions. Along the way we passed beautiful landscapes.

Our guide was very friendly, informative and knowledgeable. He was able to field all the questions hurled at him. The bus was quite comfortable, with WiFi, and even the box lunch provided I chose the chicken and snacks were delicious.

While this tour is a little pricey, you really do get your money's worth. I'd strongly recommend it.