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2 Day Waitomo, Rotorua and Huka Falls Taupo Tour

A North Island tour to the Maori heartland. Explore geo-thermal Rotorua including a tour visiting the Agrodome for a sheep show followed by Te Puia for a Maori concert. On day 2, travel to Lake Taupo, New Zealand's largest lake. Visit Wai-O-Tapu thermal wonderland, Huka Falls & drive by Wairakei geothermal power station. You will also enjoy a tour of the famous Waitomo Glow Worm Caves.

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. This tour includes a visit to 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.

Tour Type: Independent Tours
From: Auckland to Auckland
Departs: Daily
Duration: 2 days
Tour Code: 2T

Regions Visited

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Auckland, Waitomo, Rotorua, Taupo

Tour Inclusions

  • All transport
  • 1 night accommodation
  • Waitomo Glow Worm Caves
  • Rotorua sightseeing
  • Visit Wai-O-Tapu & Lady Knox Geyser
  • View Aratiatia Rapids

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).

Stay: Rotorua

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.

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Dear Karina

I would like to thank you for organising such a great tour for me. I had a fantastic holiday – I would say it was the best ever.

I loved New Zealand and all the arrangements worked without a hitch. Specifically my evening in Rotorua and Tim’s tour on day 2 were simply amazing.

Looking forward to coming back sometime! Thank you again.
I really enjoyed the tour. There were great guides / coaches that told interesting stuff with a lot of enthusiasm. On the second day I was the only one in a tour with Martin and that was great. I saw all the great stuff. He told me a lot about the things that we visited. New Zealand is a beautiful country and with this tour I was able to see a lot within 2 days.

Prices for period 1st October 2018 to 30th September 2019

Accommodation Tourist (Motel) Quality (Hotel)  
Twin/Double $1,220 NZD $1,295 NZD Enquire / Book
Triple $1,180 NZD $1,240 NZD Enquire / Book
Single $1,390 NZD $1,540 NZD Enquire / Book

Prices are per person and in New Zealand Dollars.

NOT INCLUDED
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.

Frequently Asked Questions – Independent Tours

What is an 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 traveling on their own coach with a tour leader/escort looking after you. You are traveling independently.  However, you are picked up and dropped off at your accommodation each morning and evening and interesting commentary is provided on many sectors.

What dates do your tours depart?
The Pacific Travel Independent Iour programme operates on a daily basis (with daily departures) using the services of Great Sights, InterCity, Interislander and KiwiRail. All tours are subject to availability at time of booking.

What is included in the tour cost?
All tours 2+ days in length include coach travel, transfers, accommodation and sightseeing activities where specified. A detailed travel wallet with your travel vouchers and comprehensive itinerary will be sent to your agent prior to your departure or delivered to your pre tour accommodation for you to collect on check in.

I am travelling alone – can I pay the triple or twin share rate and be linked with other travellers?
No, unfortunately. You must pay the single room – per person cost.

I am travelling with children, what price will I pay?
Please contact us for information on child fares, as these vary based on the specific product you require. Some sightseeing activities are unsuitable for children.

Are any meals included in the tour cost?
Our Independent Tours do not include meals. There are exceptions where a picnic lunch is included on particular sectors. The coach does make various refreshment / comfort stops throughout the day where food can be purchased. Each evening you are free to relax and dine at you choice of restaurant either on site if you choose quality class, or just a short walk into town with tourist class. Many accommodation providers offer a breakfast service which can be arranged directly.

Is Halal food available in New Zealand?
Along with a small population of Muslims, New Zealand has an increasing number of Muslim visitors. Halal food and restaurants are now found in many areas of the country.

Do Independent Tours have a tour escort?
As these tours are Independent, you do not have an escort traveling with you. However all coach drivers are experienced professionals. They will share their vast knowledge of our country with you by providing an informative commentary on most routes.

Can I add in additional nights to a tour?
Yes you can. All tours are very flexible. Please ask one of our Travel Consultants for extra nightly rates.

What is the difference between quality and tourist class accommodation? 
Quality class:
 Hotel style accommodation with a restaurant on site, 4 star standard. At times 4 star motor lodges are also used. 
Tourist class: Self contained style accommodation with ensuite bathrooms and kitchenette facilities, 3.5 – 4 star standard. Breakfast provisions can be purchased from these properties but you will need to go to the town centre to purchase your evening meal. We endeavour where possible to book accommodation that is within easy walking distance of the centre of town.

What if I cannot find exactly what I am looking for on the website?
Let us know what is on your wish list to see and do and we are more than happy to help you plan a customised tour.

How much luggage can I take on my tour?
Each passenger may take 2 pieces of luggage (max 25kg each). For safety reasons, each passenger is limited to one carry on item (max 5kg). We also advise you check the maximum baggage allowance with your chosen airline.

How do I make a payment for a tour?
For bookings made more than 30 days prior to travel, Pacific Travel require a NZ$500 per person or 10% of the value of the package price (whichever is greater). This is a non-refundable deposit. Balance of payment is due 30 days prior to travel. For bookings made 30 days or less prior to travel, full payment is required at the time of booking. Visa & MasterCard are accepted forms of payment. All prices advertised are in New Zealand dollars and are GST inclusive.

What is your cancellation policy?
If after your booking has been confirmed you wish to cancel, the following cancellation fees will apply:
Cancellations 31 or more days prior to travel: Your deposit plus a further 10% of the total package price.
Cancellations 15 – 30 days prior to travel: Deposit + a further 20% of the total package price.
Cancellations 0-14 days prior to travel: 100% of total fare (no refund).
Booking amendments made by you: an amendment fee of 10% of total package price will be charged to cover our administration and communication costs. We may also need to pass on any amendment/cancellation fees imposed by our suppliers.

Conditions of travel
Pacific Travel reserves the right to alter fares, amend itineraries, book alternative accommodation or to cancel tours. Pacific Travel Ltd shall not be held responsible for any loss or damage to luggage or personal effects and/or damage resulting in death or personal injury, which may arise whilst travelling with Pacific Travel Ltd or its nominated suppliers. All transportation, both land and sea, is subject to the terms and conditions of the company providing the transport, some of which limit or exclude liability. These are available from the carriers concerned on request.

Will I need travel insurance?
We strongly recommend you purchase travel insurance. Factors may arise that require you to cancel or amend your holiday, so it is essential you are covered for any costs that may be incurred. We recommend purchasing your travel insurance locally at the same time as you book your tour and flights. Unfortunately Pacific Travel does not sell travel insurance.

Do I need to tip in New Zealand?
If you wish to reward someone for a job well done it is always much appreciated.

Do I need a visa to visit New Zealand?
Most visitors to New Zealand do not require a visa to enter for the purpose of a holiday or vacation under the visa waiver program. If you do need a visa to visit New Zealand then you should contact the New Zealand consulate in your home country well before your departure date. We recommend you also check with your local travel agent or airline for any visa requirements to New Zealand particularly if you are passing through Australia.

What currency is used in New Zealand?
The New Zealand dollar is the only legal tender in New Zealand. View a guide between your local currency and the New Zealand dollar. Please note: Your tour and all purchases using a credit card in New Zealand will be charged in New Zealand Dollars (NZD) at the current exchange rate at the time of purchase. The above currency conversion page is to be used as a guide only.