Auckland Central Tours
Rotorua and Waitomo Caves Day Trip from Auckland -Smaller Groups

Rotorua and Waitomo Caves Day Trip from Auckland -Smaller Groups

By FlexiToursNZ
per adult
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Ages 0-99, max of 15 per group
Duration: 13h
Start time: Check availability
Mobile ticket
Live guide: English

  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Transport by air-conditioned minivan
  • Live commentary on board
  • Local taxes
  • Buffet Lunch at Te Puia
  • Luxury minibus , leather seating - extra legroom
  • Entry/Admission - Te Puia
  • Entry/Admission - Waitomo Glowworm Caves
What's not included
  • Morning and afternoon tea (additional expense)
  • Pickup outside of the City Centre, shuttles can be arranged for a small fee

Start:Multiple pickup locations offered.
    Pickup details
    • We pickup for free at all Central Auckland accomodation, hotels, apartments, etc. We only go to the hotels/accomodation which are booked for that day. We also offer a subsidised shuttle service for people staying our of the city centre to bring them to meet the tour coach. Please liaise with us re where you are to be picked up. It is essential you get in contact with this information as soon as possible. Guaranteed departure - WE HAVE BEEN FORCED TO TEMPORARILY SUSPEND OUR POLICY “We guarantee to travel for one person” due to low numbers and sustained losses caused by Covid19. Until further notice we will need a minimum of 4 people (or price equivalent) to run tours We promise quality and personal service in spacious vehicles
    Hotel pickup offered
    During checkout you will be able to select from the list of included hotels.
      End:This activity ends back at the meeting point.

        • Not wheelchair accessible
        • Infant seats available
        If you have questions about accessibility, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 14795P4

        • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
        • Small-group tour
        • Infant meals not included
        • Infant seats are required by law in NZ in private vehicles for children under 7 years. We recommend the same standard be applied for your child's safety and have them available in all vehicles.
        • Most travellers can participate
        • Tour is not suitable for children under 2 years to travel with group - private tours can be arranged on request
        • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travellers

        • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

        If you have questions about this tour or need help making your booking, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 14795P4

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        • FlexiToursNZ
          Auckland, New Zealand
          Joined in March 2012
        • Karinb2311
          0 contributions
          5.0 of 5 bubbles
          Made memories that will last for years!
          This tour was an absolutely wonderful experience! I appreciated the slower pace of getting to explore different areas of Rotorua (geothermal spots, stunning lake overlooks, redwood forest) in the morning. The buffet lunch was really lovely with nice food that I don't think you could get except in the nicest restaurants. The afternoon activities were by far my favorite, with the Māori cultural show and the grounds tour. The cultural show included beautiful singing and dancing with brief explanations of the meanings of the various elements, which made it so memorable. And the grounds tour was also great. We saw hot mud springs, exploding geysers and Kiwi birds. One of my favorite elements was seeing the school and watching the students and tutors carve wood/stone and weave baskets. The cultural elements made for an experience that you literally could not get anywhere but in New Zealand. And I must end by sharing how incredible our tour guide Pete was! He was very lovely to talk to and answered all of our questions, definitely not relying on a script. It was so meaningful to have a guide of Māori descent to give us further insight into this beautiful country. He even told us a beautiful Māori legend on the drive home, and I truly feel so lucky and privileged that he shared it with us. This tour was one I will not forget, and I would highly recommend it!
          Written 26 June 2024
        • Ausquaka
          0 contributions
          5.0 of 5 bubbles
          A must do experience!!!
          It was a long day, but very much worth it to see such an amazing part of New Zealand. Chris was a fabulous driver and kept us all on our toes. The pictures don’t do justice to the amazing sites of Rotorua. TE PUIA, the Māori cultural experiences was very informative and getting to see both Kiwi’s was pretty cool. Lunch was delicious and everyone was so wonderful and welcoming.
          Written 22 June 2024
        • HSLEE_2024
          0 contributions
          5.0 of 5 bubbles
          Amazing Day trip!
          The day trip was perfect, especially thanks to our guide, Jenny. She was an experienced guide and was absolutely fantastic! The scenery was breathtaking, and her explanations were very professional. I strongly recommend this day trip. It was well worth it!
          Written 31 May 2024
        • Jo-Anne P
          0 contributions
          5.0 of 5 bubbles
          Wondeful tour
          Amazing tour! Edson was great and my kids loved him! He even did magic tricks! He is very knowledgeable and on time. He made the long drive very comfortable. Thank you!
          Written 27 May 2024
        • Q2112YHstephanieh
          0 contributions
          5.0 of 5 bubbles
          10/10 experience for LOTR Nerds and Nerd Nerds
          Amazing! We lucked out in that we were the only people on our tour, so we had such an enjoyable personal experience with our FlexiToursNZ guides (Edson and Jenny). Both were so knowledgeable, friendly, and lovely. We also lucked out with the tour guides we had at Hobbiton and Waitomo Caves, as they made the tours so enjoyable. Overall great experience, would recommend.
          Written 24 May 2024
        • Resort65363191998
          0 contributions
          5.0 of 5 bubbles
          A rare find!
          We had an absolutely wonderful time on our trip to Rotorua. While the travel time was long, our guide, Louise, kept us thoroughly entertained with her expertise on local landmarks, Māori history and mythology, and current events in New Zealand. We couldn’t believe 3 hours had gone by when we arrived! Once we arrived in Rotorua, Louise realized that our first planned activity to view the lake would not be best, as the lake was covered entirely in fog at the time. So instead, she changed our guided tour at Te Puia to an earlier time, allowing us the ability to view the lake later in the afternoon. We appreciated her quick thinking and flexibility to allow us the best possible experience! Of course, Te Puia itself was awesome, and we enjoyed the Māori cultural performance as our add-on activity. We would highly recommend visiting Te Puia with FlexiTours NZ!
          Written 5 May 2024
        • lulireichsfeld
          0 contributions
          5.0 of 5 bubbles
          Highly recommended this tour and this agency
          FlexitoursNZ gave us the best service concerning our trip/tour to Rotorua. Everything worked ok and beyond the expectations. They accomplished and arranged all our requirements, so we had the best experience in this trip from Aukland to Rotorua for 2 days. If you have any doubt or inquiries, they answer the telephone and e-mails immediately. The drivers/guides, all of them, were amazing, and they drive very carefully. We visited 5 attractions, all of them wonderfull. This is really an excellent agency, and we recommend to everybody that come to NZ to get its tours.
          Written 29 April 2024
        • parag2024
          0 contributions
          3.0 of 5 bubbles
          Expensive day trip to Rotorua
          The day was fine. I think for the money I paid there should have been more activities included in the itinerary. We were taken to Whakarawarewa only. While the tour in there was good and informative, there was nothing planned after lunch. An Impromptu visit to Goverment Gardens was offerd to us in the afternoon. I must say the lunch was very good and had many selections.
          Written 29 April 2024
        • MumbaiRiders
          0 contributions
          5.0 of 5 bubbles
          "Rotorua and Waitomo Caves " day tour with " "Flexi Tours NZ"
          We were a total of 10 tourists of different nationalities,all families except for a young Japanese lady and myself travelling with "Flexi Tours NZ" to "Rotorua and Waitomo" caves. Our Driver/ Guide Mr Edson of Brazilian descent was hilarious and very informative throughout the 226 Km drive from Auckland CBD to Rotorua that began at 0645 hrs . Had booked the " Rotorua & Waitomo caves " tour costing NZ$ 455 at the "Flexi Tours NZ" office in Queens Arcade.At 0945 hrs we were finally at the entrance gate of "Te Puia ,Rotorua Geothermal park ".In a group tour everything is planned to the scheduled timing and our tour slot was allotted for 1000 hrs as prior booking is essential .Our guide took us on a walking tour and our first visit was to the "Kiwi Enclosure" where a pair of New Zealand's national bird the Kiwi are kept under "Nocturnal viewing " conditions. After the Kiwi enclosure visit our next stop was the "Mud Pools" having bubbling hot mud releasing Sulphuric fumes. Next was the amazing sight of the "POHUTU GEYSER" .The Geyser was spouting steam akin to a fountain and the surrounding ground was also emitting steam vapor in small quantities. After viewing the Pohutu Geyser from a distance we were transported by a toy train to the main entrance gate.Our next visit was to the building housing the New Zealand Māori Arts and Crafts Institute an indigenous traditional art school.It operates the national schools of three major Māori art forms. After viewing the artisans at work we next had a "Buffet Lunch" in the grand dining hall of Te Puia ,Rotorua Geothermal park . After lunch we boarded our Mercedes Mini bus and headed to Waitomo Caves. On the way we stopped at Government Gardens.Originally known as Paepaekumana, the Government Gardens are situated on the lake Rotorua's edge in downtown Rotorua.At 1520 hrs reached the entrance gates of Waitomo caves. Again there was a large tourist crowd and our guided tour slot was at 1530 hrs.Our tour guide Ms Cheryl was a Maori descendant of the original discoverer's of these caves over a 100 years ago.This entire Waitomo caves is now owned by the Maori trust and the employees are descendants of the original founder's of this cave tourism.Photography inside the caves is strictly prohibited and before entering the cave a professional photographer takes a photo of each visitor, a common routine at most tourist sites across the Globe.Entering the caves we were transported into a different subterranean World.Beautiful Stalactites and Stalagmites and very well preserved.We finally came into a cave chamber called the " Cathedral" whose natural acoustics was excellent and a Maori lady sang a traditional Maori song in this chamber .We got our first glimpse of the " Glow Worms" in a corner of this chamber with the subterranean stream flowing below.We finally boarded the small boat and were rowed across the narrow channel inside the cave.The cave ceiling resembled a night sky with stars shining bright as the glow worms illuminated the cave ceiling with their glowing bodies.After the boat ride we began our long almost 3 hrs journey back to Auckland finally reaching Sky Tower in Auckland at 1945 hrs. End of a very expensive but thoroughly educative and scenic tour of the New Zealand countryside and Rotorua Thermal springs along with WAitomo caves.
          Written 21 April 2024
        • Journey-Earth
          0 contributions
          5.0 of 5 bubbles
          Enjoy the wonders of both Hobbiton & Waitomo Glowworm Caves whilst transferring between Auckland & Rotorua.
          This small group tour is an informative, convenient and cost effective way to experience the wonders of both Hobbiton and Waitomo Glow Worm Caves whilst being provided a transfer between Auckland and Rotorua or vice versa. I found our guides, Pete and Herms to be knowledgeable, friendly & engaging and, although a long day, a very enjoyable one! Highly recommend.
          Written 30 March 2024
        • chikofthesea
          0 contributions
          3.0 of 5 bubbles
          Just “meh”
          Had been very excited about this trip, but it fell quite short of my expectations. Our driver pointed out a few buildings on our way out of Auckland, then said nothing more until we arrived in Rotorua. When she did speak, she sounded tired and annoyed. We arrived in time to see the Māori cultural presentation. This was a $30 add-on for a 20-min show. A bit overpriced for what we received. The walking tour thru the grounds was the best part. Seeing the kiwis and the mud springs and geysers was thrilling. Several tour groups were combined for this part though, so we could not hear the guide at all unless we fought our way to the front of the crowd. The buffet lunch included in the price of the tour was fine. Fresh food, lots of choices. But the entire “Māori culture and hot springs experience” was finished in about 2 hours. For a “13-hour day trip” ( even with 6 hours of driving), I thought there would be more involved. Honestly, the biggest let-down was our driver. Her lack of warmth and interest made the rest of the trip rather flat.
          Written 22 March 2024
        • X5508DH_
          0 contributions
          4.0 of 5 bubbles
          The efficient way to visit 2 places on the move.
          If you plan to move from Auckland to Rotorua or vice versa and want something to see, this trip is for you! You can also bring your suitcase with you. and 2 drivers were so helpful. I highly recommend it!!! 오클랜드 왕복 투어는 많은데 이거는 오클랜드-로토루아 혹은 로토루아-오클랜드로 이동하면서 관광지를 들릴 수 있어서 좋았다. 캐리어도 1인당 한 개씩 차에 실을 수 있다. (너무 크면 공간이 부족할 수 있음).
          Written 20 March 2024
        • 670anitaz
          0 contributions
          5.0 of 5 bubbles
          Going to New Zealand? Call Phillipa at Flexitours
          I booked several custom tours with Flexitours for myself and husband. We wanted to see a lot of the attractions are a slower pace. Philipa was absolutely amazing. She arranged each of our days specifically for us! Phillipa was very informative and offered great advice on where and when to see attractions. Phillipa was very quick to respond via WhatsApp. It felt like I had a private tour again. Throughout our time in New Zealand, we had 6 tours either directly with Flexitours or booked for us by Phillipa. Andy was our personal driver for 2 of the days. He was fantastic! He was knowledgeable and a great guide. So glad he was our driver twice! The other tours were well orchestrated. Phillipa was very accommodating (and flexible 🤣) when we wanted to change our itinerary slightly. Our trip to New Zealand was exceptional!! Phillipa was instrumental in making our trip so wonderful. So glad she took care of all the tours!!
          Written 18 March 2024
        • Sarahanne08
          0 contributions
          5.0 of 5 bubbles
          Exceptional Customer Service
          We were let down by another company at short notice and called in FlexiToursNZ office to see if they could help. Although it was unlikely we could secure the tour we wanted at such short notice I am writing this review because of the exceptional customer service. Mata, the manager was so helpful and professional. I wish we had used their service rather than the other company. Thank you for your time
          Written 11 March 2024
        • mr-mike-lim
          0 contributions
          5.0 of 5 bubbles
          FlexiToursNZ... I'll be seeing you guys again!
          We had Peter as a driver. He was crucial to our experiences being so positive. I wish him the very best for the future and his endeavours. FlexiToursNZ came to the rescue when I contacted them at the last minute. The group size was perfect. We met a family from Jacksonville, Florida, and two women from Singapore. We spoke, developed respect and shared moments during the trip. Our specific tour at Hobbiton was enjoyable, outside of the young lady who kept heckling my son to stay with our tour group and not wander everywhere at Hobbiton (but she didn't work for FlexiTours). Big T made looking at caves (Waitomo) a beautiful experience, especially with his singing. I hope one day, our friends from the tour group will read this review and smile, looking back at our brief encounter, moments of happiness from a short time in life passing through a small town reminiscent of a big movie (which we never watched).
          Written 5 March 2024
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        RobertoEmilio Rymer
        Rio de Janeiro, RJ21 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Great schedule, punctuality, small group on a good bus with a great and fun guide, Chris always available to explain and help.
        Very interesting places and organized tour. Enough time at the sites, and great lunch I can handle. This is for the geysers.
        Written 1 March 2024
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