Day 1Auckland - 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).
Option: A Maori Hangi & Concert is available this evening at additional cost. Please ask at time of booking.
Day 2Hobbiton Movie Set Tour - Return to Auckland
You have this morning at leisure in Rotorua to enjoy the many sights and activities Rotorua has to offer (additional cost). Early afternoon you will be collected from your accommodation for your Hobbiton Movie Set tour. Enjoy a 3 hour guided tour of the set including Hobbit Holes, Green Dragon Inn, Mill & other structures created for the Lord of the Rings & The Hobbit films. At the conclusion of the tour, you will meet your coach in Matamata and travel back to Auckland.
2 Day Waitomo, Rotorua and Hobbiton tour
Review by: M DeYoung
"We both had a fantastic time on the tour. The caves and glow worms were great and even though part of it was flooded out, the Agrodome was also very interesting. Hobbiton was absolutely wonderful and was even better than I thought that it would be. Thank you very much for getting everything setup for us as it made the trip that much nicer and more relaxing.
Thanks for everything,"
This tour departs daily
As this is an 'independent' styled tour, you can depart whatever day you like! (subject to availability)
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Prices are per person and in New Zealand Dollars.
Prices valid for travel before 30 September 2018
Prices are per person and include: pick up from centrally located pre tour accommodation (selected accommodation only, please ask at time of booking), coach travel, 1 nights accommodation, transfers to / from accommodation throughout the tour and activities as specified in the itinerary.
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.
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