2 Day Waitomo, Rotorua and Huka Falls Taupo Tour
This North Island tour gives you the opportunity to experience Waitomo Caves and the Maori culture & thermal activity of the Rotorua region. Visit Te Puia for an authentic Maori concert and the Agrodome farm experience – fun for all ages! The following day enjoy a guided tour to Taupo visiting the Wai-O-Tapu thermal wonderland and Huka Falls, before returning to Auckland.
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- All transport & transfers
- 1 night accommodation
- Superior accommodation includes breakfast
- Waitomo Glow Worm Caves
- A picnic style lunch en-route to Rotorua
- Rotorua sightseeing
- Visit Wai-O-Tapu & Lady Knox Geyser
- View Aratiatia Rapids
NOT INCLUDED IN PRICE
Expenses of a personal nature such as meals (except where stated in the itinerary), beverages, travel insurance, laundry and optional sightseeing are not included in the tour cost.
TOUR TYPE - INDEPENDENT TOUR
Independent Tours are not escorted group tours - they are for independent travellers. What this means is that it is not the same group of people travelling on their own coach with a tour leader/escort looking after you. You are travelling independently. However, you are picked up and dropped off at your accommodation each morning and evening and interesting commentary is provided on many sectors.
Day By Day Itinerary
DAY 1 - AUCKLAND / WAITOMO CAVES / ROTORUA
Depart Auckland and travel through the Waikato region known for its dairy farms. Passing through the small settlements of Whatawhata and Pirongia before reaching Waitomo. Enjoy a guided tour through this world famous cave formation, climaxed by drifting silently in a boat through a glow worm cavern lit up with thousands of tiny glow worm lights.Departing Waitomo, relax on board the coach as a light lunch is served en-route to Rotorua. After arriving at the Agrodome, join a 60 minute tour of this authentic working farm in all weather, all terrain vehicles. Watch a sheep shearing demonstration and hand feed the animals. This is followed by a sheep dog demonstration. Travel along Rotorua’s lakeside area to the beautiful Government Gardens, past Rotorua’s Tudor Towers alongside the geothermal steam pools – famous for their therapeutic qualities. Visit Te Puia, New Zealand’s Maori Arts and Crafts Institute. Enjoy 45 minutes of song and dance inside the sacred meeting house. Visitors are treated to perfect harmonies, the rhythms of the Poi dance, the ferocity of the Haka and the complexity of the Tititorea (stick games). View Maori carving, flax garment making and a life size replica of a traditional Maori village. Continue through the geothermal area, past boiling mud pools and the famous Pohutu Geyser, which spurts boiling water and steam high into the air on a regular basis. There is also the opportunity to wander through the nocturnal Kiwi House (time allowing).
DAY 2 - TAUPO / ROTORUA / AUCKLAND
This morning you are treated to the spectacular sights of Wai o Tapu Thermal Wonderland. Follow the marked trails around this awesome spectacle of boiling mud, the Champagne Pool, Devils Cauldron and the colourful Artist Palette. You will also see the Lady Knox Geyser and boiling mud pools before your tour continues onto Taupo. Lake Taupo is the largest lake in the Southern Hemisphere at 619sq kilometres and lies in a series of volcanic craters.
Highlights today include the Aratiatia Rapids when at mid-day the gates of this dam on the Waikato River are opened and provide a spectacular view of rapids filling the valley and the famous Huka Falls, another of the wonders of the Waikato River. Enjoy free time in Taupo township where you have time for lunch (own expense), do some shopping, take a walk or simply sit back and relax by the lake.
On your way back to Rotorua a short stop is made at the NZ Honey Hive, where you get to see inside the bee hive, learn about the honey and join in the honey tasting. New Zealand fruit wines are also available for tasting. Return to Rotorua in time to join the coach for your journey back to Auckland where you arrive in the evening.