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Waitomo Caves & Rotorua Small Group Tour including Te Puia from Auckland

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From US$231.44

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Up to 24 hours in advance.
  • 13 hours (approx.)
  • Pickup from select hotels
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English
  • Good for avoiding crowds


The Waitomo Caves and Rotorua rank among New Zealand’s top attractions, offering natural beauty, geothermal features, and native culture in equal measure. Ideal for travelers short on time, this adventurous tour takes in both sites in the same day, with entry fees plus round-trip transport from Auckland included. Discover subterranean stalagmites at the famous Waitomo Caves and hit top Rotorua attractions including the Government Gardens and Lake Rotorua.
  • Visit the Waitomo Caves and Rotorua in one action-packed day
  • Panoramic views over Waitomo’s subterranean caverns
  • Take in top attractions including the Government Gardens and Lake Rotorua
  • Hassle-free round-trip travel from central Auckland

What's Included

  • Small Group & Fully Guided Tour
  • Entry Tickets - Waitomo and Te Puia
  • Bottled water
  • Snacks
  • Optional extra - One-way option from Auckland to Rotorua
  • Food and drinks, unless specified
  • Gratuities
  • Souvenirs (available to purchase)
  • Optional extras and activities - please select the tour option you want at time of booking

Meeting And Pickup

Pickup points

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Start time

06:30 AM

Pickup details

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 Stadium Apartments, Pullman Hotel, Queen Street Backpackers, SO/Auckland Group 3: 10 minutes before tour start time. AVANI Metropolis, Barclay Suites, 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, Four Points by Sheraton, Airedale Boutique Suites 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), St Martins Waldorf Apartment Hotel, Tetra Serviced Apartments by Nesuto, 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.

What To Expect

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Minimum numbers apply. There is a possibility of cancellation after confirmation if there are not enough passengers to meet requirements. In the event of this occurring, you will be offered an alternative or full refund.
  • A moderate amount of walking is involved.
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately and wear comfortable footwear.
  • Children aged 7 years and below are required to travel in a child safety car seat. If you don't have a car seat one can be provided (with 24 hours notice).
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infant seats available
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 16 travelers

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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Traveler Tips

For folks with limited night vision, this tour is dangerous.
It was a long, long trip from Auckland and if you should choose to do it take lunch, water, and a large pillow!
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A great day tour!
Emily_B, Jan 2023
Today’s tour was 10/10 from start to finish. The glow worms and Waitomo Caves were like nothing I have ever seen before, just amazing. Rotorua was spectacular, truly something to behold. It was also wonderful as a cultural experience, learning about Māori culture. The day was made even more enjoyable by our guide, Grant. He was knowledgeable, interesting and taught me a lot about New Zealand. I would recommend this tour to anyone and everyone!
Covers all the important sites in one day!
Josef_L, Jan 2023
If you trip is based in Auckland, like ours was, this is a great trip to get out and see the culture and nature of the countryside. It is a LONG day so be prepared for that. This tour company has some communication issues, so you need to stay on top of them. Our tour bus broke down but they were able to call in a favor and get us a new ride, so we did not miss half the trip, so we honestly and truly appreciated their above and beyond service!
Nice full day tour to Rotorua from Auckland
Rajiv_P, Dec 2022
Nice full day tour to Rotorua from Auckland. Tour operator picked us up on time from our Auckland hotel. Waitomo glow worms cave boat ride was short due to high water level inside the cave. Rotorua hot spring geysers and hot mud ponds are fantastic. Tour driver explained well about various places during the tour and answered all questions.
Fabulous tour
Tammy_J, Nov 2022
Wonderful tour guide!John did a fantastic job! Highly recommend this trip! Loved the glowworm claves
Cave and Te Puia experience
Sue_R, Nov 2022
Your was great. Learned a lot but I thought there was a cultural show including but there wasn’t. Enjoyed learning everything they are doing to preserve the glow worms.
We had an amazing time at...
Crescencia_F, Oct 2022
We had an amazing time at the cave tour …Cory was hilarious and knowledgeable… Our Te Puia was equally amazing experience as well and our driver Jason was great too ..although not sure why there’s a requested refund on this tour ?..
Highly Recommended!
Teresa_E, Jun 2022
We were absolutely amazed by the beauty of the glow worm caves and the active geyser. The drive was a scenic one through lush and verdant lands and countryside and lots of cows and sheep. It was fascinating to hear about the history of New Zealand and the Maori culture from Mani, our guide/driver. He was funny and engaging. This tour is highly recommended!
Andres_P, Feb 2020
Lance is the best storyteller. He shows passion for what he does. Recommend the tour and the location.
Excellent tour of some North Island Highlights
dmhopp, Feb 2020
Fantastic tour albeit a long day. Our driver Michael was a fountain of knowledge and drove very safely. The Waitomo caves were amazing and the commentary by very enthusiastic guides made it fascinating. A great day out.
dndully, Feb 2020
This was a very memorable and AMAZING excursion! All the way from the scenic drive to admiring nature in its purist, most natural form was so incredible. Being able to see glowworms in a cave, learning about the Maori, and seeing active geysers and mud pools, made for such an unforgettable experience!
An enjoyable day
Sally_H, Jan 2020
Tour pick up was on time. The minibus was not branded Cheeky Kiwi, it was operated by a contractor so I did not recognise it at first. It was great there were only 2 destinations as it would have been too rushed otherwise.
william_p, Jan 2020
The glow worms were completely over rated and a waste of time. We also had someone get sick on the car ride and the operator could not accommodate a return trip to Auckland with 7 hours left in the tour. Our tour guide was very nice but his directions came from the manager not to provide us transportation to return.
Great Tour
dre122873, Mar 2019
Lance and Jack were our tour guides. We were the only two on the tour. As a result, Lance showed us what he thought we would like to see. He also asked what we were interest in and planned the tour according to our interests. Waitomo Caves (Glow Worms) were worth seeing. These caves are millions of years old. We also went to a cultural center where we learned about the people and their culture. Trip was very interesting. I highly recommend this tour.
Fantastic natural wonders!
Sherry_P, Mar 2019
Loved the beauty & natural wonder of both destinations. we had two different drivers...?they switched... the driver from aukland to the worm caves was quiet and didn’t provide much info. After the switch our new driver was talkative and a much better guide/driver to Rotorua and the rest of day. She definitely made it extra special!
Fabulous sights, not-so-fabulous long drive
beckiannek, Feb 2019
The cultural program at Te Puia is wonderful and the arts and crafts institute a marvelous enterprise. The thermal wonders are also fascinating and we were lucky enough to see the geysers erupting magnificently. Waitomo cave was practically a .spiritual experience I can't begin to describe how beautifully the glowworm lights shine. The downside of the whole trip was the extremely uncomfortable van badly in need of new shocks that made it necessary to hang on for dear life around the many turns and curves of the road. Our guide was certainly not overly concerned about our comfort. Lunch was problematic with no direction as to where or how and water was not offered. It was a long, long trip from Auckland and if you should choose to do it take lunch, water, and a large pillow!
No Sympathy
Rodney_H, Oct 2018
While our guide was excellent, the experience at Waitomo was awful. My wife fell while in the cave because they turned off the light. The guide did not show any concern about her condition but continued cajoled the others in the group. For folks with limited night vision, this tour is dangerous. There were no guardrails in the unlit portion of the cave tour.
Excellent Tour Guide
Sharron_F, Jul 2018
This was a day we enjoyed to the max. Our guide was a great host, very knowledgeable, relaxed and friendly. The caves and Rotorua should not be missed, the Maori cultural show was very good. Loved the drive through the beautiful countryside. Loved the early morning stop for breakfast! Don't change a thing, it was perfect. Also, the locations chosen for souvenir shopping were pretty good.