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Auckland to Rotorua via Waitomo Caves Small Group Tour (One Way)

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    Waitomo Glowworm Caves
    Stop: 2 hours - Admission included
    explore the ancient and amazing caves with many different cave formations including Stalactites, Stalagmites and Lime Columns before descending even further underground for your Glowworm experience. Board your Glowworm boat for a cruise on the grotto river with thousands of Glowworms above you.
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    Pass by Rotorua Museum
    Pass by Lake Rotorua
    Pass by Blue Baths
    Pass by Government Gardens
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    Departure Point
    Traveler pickup is offered
    Hotel pick-ups are from the below hotels only. If you do not see your pickup location please select the closest one to you to be picked up from. Pick ups start up to 20 mins before your tour time. Please see below what group your hotel is in and what your pick-up time is. Please be waiting in your accommodation's lobby or outside no later than this time to avoid missing your pick up. Guides have multiple pick-ups so can on occasion run up to 10 minutes late. Guides cannot wait for late passengers as it will mean the entire group is at risk of missing out, so please be waiting and ready (5-10 minutes before your listed time is highly recommended).

    Group 1: 20 minutes before tour start time.

    Sofitel Auckland Viaduct Harbour, Swiss-Belsuites Victoria Park

    Group 2: 15 minutes before tour start time.

    Adina Apartments, Copthorne Hotel Auckland, Grand Mercure Hotel, Hilton Hotel Auckland, JUCY Snooze, M Social, Nesuto Celestion Apartment Hotel, Nesuto Stadium Apartments, Pullman Hotel, Queen Street Backpackers, Waldorf Bankside Apartments, SO/Auckland

    Group 3: 10 minutes before tour start time.

    AVANI Metropolis, Barclay Suites, Base Backpackers, CityLife Hotel Auckland, Heritage Hotel Auckland (Hobson Street), ibis Budget Auckland, Rydges hotel Auckland, Stamford Plaza Auckland.

    Group 4: 5 minutes before tour start time.

    Crowne Plaza Auckland, Scenic Hotel Auckland, SkyCity hotel, SkyCity Grand Hotel, YMCA Hostel

    Group 5: At tour start time or up to 10 minutes after.

    Cordis Hotel Auckland, Grand Millennium Hotel, Haka Lodge Auckland city, Kiwi International Hotel, VR Auckland city (Hobson Street), Waldorf St Martins Aparthotel, Waldorf Tetra Serviced Apartments, YHA Auckland City Backpackers

    Passengers that miss their pick up will be required to meet the tour at the tour's first stop at their own expense to continue on the tour. No refunds will be given to late or no show passengers.

    Auckland Airport (Butterfly Creek) pick up must be requested and approved by our team in writing to receive your pick up time. Pick up time will normally be 20 - 30 minutes after the tour start time.


    • Auckland Airport (pick up from Butterfly Creek main entrance)
    • Ports of Auckland (pick up from M Social Hotel)
    Departure Time
    6:00 AM
    • GST (Goods and Services Tax)
    • Local taxes
    • Bottled water
    • Snacks
    • Driver/guide
    • Live commentary on board
    • Local guide
    • Hotel pickup and drop-off (selected hotels only)
    • Air-conditioned vehicle
    • WiFi on board
    • Entry ticket and fully guided tour - Waitomo Caves
    • Glowworm Grotto Boat Ride - Waitomo Caves
    • Entry/Admission - Waitomo Glowworm Caves
    • Food and drinks, unless specified
    • Gratuities
    • Souvenir photos (available to purchase)
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    Additional Info
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Due to uneven surfaces, this tour is not recommended for those with walking disabilities or using a wheelchair
    • Children below 5 years old are required to travel in a child safety car seat. If you don't have a car seat one can be rented from us for $50 per child (with 24 hours notice).
    • Children between 5-7 years old are also recommended to be in a booster seat for their safety.
    • Stroller accessible
    • Near public transportation
    • Infant seats available
    • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
    • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
    • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
    • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If itโ€™s canceled because the minimum isnโ€™t met, youโ€™ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 16 travelers
    Cancellation Policy
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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    Our tour from Auckland was great, despite the intermittent rain. Our driver, Martin, was courteous and knowledgeable. His colleague, Andre, helped us understand the thermal park and gave a glimpse into Maori culture and traditional crafts. All in all, a worthy tour. Bravo!
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