Waitomo And Rotorua Deluxe Tour

Visit two of New Zealand's most famous attractions , the Waitomo Glow Worm Caves and the spectacular geothermal region of Rotorua, rich with Maori Culture and natural history.

Waitomo and Rotorua Deluxe Tour

This Waitomo and Rotorua tour includes a visit to the world-famous Waitomo Glowworm Caves, a series of limestone formations and cave systems with shimmering lights of thousands of tiny glowworms. It is simply a magical subterranean experience. The Arachnocampa Luminosa glowworm is unique to New Zealand, and hundreds of limestone caves lie beneath the craggy King Country hillside. You will be taken on a guided tour through this world-famous cave formation, climaxed by drifting silently in a boat through the glowworm cavern.

Departing from Waitomo, enjoy a delicious picnic lunch made locally in Waitomo whilst traveling through the heart of the Central North Island to Rotorua where geysers, bubbling mud pools, and Maori culture await.

Experience Rotorua, a city located approximately 145 miles southeast of Auckland. Rotorua's spectacular geothermal wonders have long provided a mecca for visitors, and the city's reputation as a spa town is legendary. The city is located inside the rim of a volcanic crater on the southern edge of Lake Rotorua, one of the region's largest lakes. You will also visit the Agrodome Farm, where you will be introduced to New Zealand farming during a 45-minute tour onboard a purpose-built all-terrain vehicle. Watch a sheep being shorn, hand-feed the animals and finish with a sheepdog demonstration trial

Another highlight of this excursion will be the Te Puia Maori Concert, a 45-minute Maori Cultural Performance inside Te Puia Marae (meeting house). Surrounded by carvings of ancestors, you will be treated to the perfect harmonies, the poi, haka, and titi torea. While there, you will visit the Whakarewarewa Thermal Reserve, one of Rotorua's most famous attractions. See woodcarving, weaving displays, and the thermal valley with the famous Pohutu geyser, fumaroles, and mud pools

Another highlight of this excursion will be the Te Puia Maori concert, a Maori Cultural Performance inside Te Puia Marae (meeting house). Surrounded by carvings of ancestors, you will be treated to the perfect harmonies, the poi, haka, and titi torea. While there, you will visit the Whakarewarewa Thermal Reserve, one of Rotorua's most famous attractions. See woodcarving, weaving displays, and the thermal valley with the famous Pohutu geyser, fumaroles, and mud pools

Please note: This tour is not a transfer tour, and cannot accommodate luggage. The tour departure location is approximately a 10 to 20-minute walk (up to 1 kilometer), or a 5-minute drive from the cruise pier. Guests must find their own way to the tour departure location. Taxis and buses are available at a nominal fee, not included in the tour price.

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Tour Type
Group Size
Activity Type(s)
Cultural, Scenic
Tour Duration
13 Hours
Activity Level
Tour Leaves From
An approximately 15 to 20 minute walk, or an approximately 10 minute taxi (not included, approximately each 15 NZD way) is required to reach your departure location.
Food/Beverage Provided
A morning snack, picnic lunch, and evening snack are included.
Special Instructions
We recommend wearing comfortable clothing and sensible walking shoes. Sunglasses and sunscreen are also suggested.
Guests must be able to walk on paved, gravel, and packed dirt surfaces, several of which are uneven or at an incline. There are uneven steps and steep curbs in some areas. Participants must be able to enter and exit the tour vehicle without assistance. Infants ages 2 and younger may attend the tour free of charge, provided that they do not occupy their own seat. Please advise if you will be traveling with an infant when placing your booking.
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We are experts in providing exceptional shore excursions. We understand that in today's fast paced world, vacations have become an increasingly important way to relax, reconnect with family and friends, and experience new and interesting places. With this in mind, we provide the highest quality tours by performing extensive research, and detailed reviews. While other companies also offer excursions, we strongly believe our expertise and approach set us apart. The large cruise lines sell shore excursions - typically in very large groups visiting high traffic sites. We focus on smaller groups visiting more interesting and authentic locations using more personalized local operators. While the cruise lines are experts in delivering cruises, we are experts in delivering shore excursions.

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Our goal is to provide customers a wide array of exciting, appealing, and enriching tours. For those customers who prefer to travel in smaller groups with more personalized service, we offer a wide variety of small group tours around the world. These tours generally range in size from 2-12 people compared to larger tours which can number up to 50 people. While exploring the destinations and ports on this website, feel free to search for these "Small Group Tours". For those customers interested in private tours, we offer many outstanding excursions that allow you to travel with your party alone and, in many cases, to fully customize your tour. Search for "Private Tours" if you are interested in this experience. Our "Scenic" tours provide up close and personal access to some of the most spectacular natural environments on Earth from majestic glaciers in Alaska to spectacular reefs in the Caribbean. Our "Cultural" tours allow customers to experience local customs, entertainment and culinary delights ranging from tribal dances in Alaska to an outstanding local meal in Santorini, Greece. Our "Active" tours offer a multitude of exciting and adventurous ways to experience our destinations. Our customers can kayak the turquoise waters of the Caribbean, hike to a spectacular waterfall in Hawaii, or bicycle through quaint villages in France. Our "City" tours allow travelers to see the highlights of great cities around the world with unique insights provided by our expert tour guides.

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Bradford J. Miller
Mr. Miller is the former Executive Vice President and Chief Development Officer for Abercrombie & Kent, the World's leading luxury travel company. In that role, Mr. Miller was responsible for contributing to Abercrombie & Kent's international growth through the development and acquisition of tour products and travel experiences around the world with a specific focus on cruising and land based experiences. Prior to joining Abercrombie & Kent, Mr. Miller held a variety of executive positions with Royal Caribbean International and Celebrity Cruises for more than a decade. These positions included Vice President of Guest Sales & Service, Vice President of Brand Development, and Vice President of Onboard Revenue (which included shore excursions). Mr. Miller also led Celebrity Expeditions, a collection of outstanding and unique tours around the World.

Michael Bonner
Mr. Bonner has over a decade of experience working in the cruise industry in a variety of roles for both Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. and Viking River Cruises. Most recently, Mr. Bonner was the Chief Operating Officer for The Scholar Ship, a Royal Caribbean program aimed at providing college students onboard educational programs in conjunction with enriching shore excursions around the world. Mr. Bonner also helped co-manage Viking River Cruises U.S. Operations, and he ran the corporate, strategic, and deployment planning functions at Royal Caribbean. While at Royal Caribbean, Mr. Bonner was responsible for forming Royal Celebrity Tours, Royal Caribbean's land-based tour operation in Alaska, which takes cruise passengers on multiple day tours through the interior of Alaska either before or after their cruises. Prior to working at Royal Caribbean, Mr. Bonner was a consultant for Booz Allen & Hamilton.

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