Tauranga Shore Excursion: Waitomo Caves & The Kiwi House Exclusive Tour

Tauranga, New Zealand
  • 6 to 7 hours (approx.)
  • Pickup offered
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English


The Waitomo Caves are one of New Zealand’s most stunning natural wonders and are a less than 2-hour drive from Tauranga Cruise Port. On this private shore excursion, travel from Tauranga in the comfort of a private vehicle, stopping to admire views over Karapiro Lake and visit the Kiwi House in Otorohanga. In Waitomo, venture underground to see ‘The Cathedral’ and enjoy a thrilling boat cruise beneath thousands of glittering glowworms.
  • See glittering glowworms in their natural environment
  • Guaranteed sightings of New Zealand’s national bird, the Kiwi
  • Hassle-free pickup and drop-off from Tauranga port
  • Private transfers with plenty of photo stops

What's Included

  • Driver/guide
  • Live commentary on board
  • Port pickup and drop-off
  • Transport by air-conditioned minivan
  • All Fees and Taxes
  • Food and drinks

Meeting And Pickup

Pickup points

Select a pickup point

Start time

Confirm time with the local provider in advance of your experience.

Opening hours

  • 6/1/2021 - 5/31/2023

    Monday - Sunday : 05:30 AM - 11:30 PM

Pickup details

We pick up from the Port of Tauranga, the Tauranga airport & local accommodation. At the Port of Tauranga, we will meet you at the port gate; your name will be held up on a placard.

What To Expect

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
Operated by Tauranga Tasting Tours &Charters

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 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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Wonderful Day!
Mary_S, Mar 2019
We had a fabulous day with Bron. It was a long drive over the hills which gave us a wonderful view of the countryside. Bron gave us a great narrative about the region. The caves were very beautiful, definitely a must see for anyone visiting the area. The Kiwis are fascinating. Bron stopped at a Kiwi orchard and explained all about the fruit and how important it is to New Zealand. She even bought us golden Kiwis to sample. Many thanks to her for making our day so enjoyable.
Response from Host, Aug 2019
Bron always makes every effort to please her clients & to inform them about different aspect s of our region & NZ. We're glad you enjoyed her company & the tour. Thank you for writing this review.

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