You will see
- Farmland and lakes
- Geysers and mud pools
- Kiwi birds
- Maori cultural performance
- Rotorua City sights
- Te Whakarewarewa - Te Puia
- Waikato River and Lakes
- Waitomo Glow Worm caves
- Wood carving & flax weaving
An early start is needed for this full day program. We head first to the Kaimai mountain range that is the barrier between the coastal Bay of Plenty and the rich farm land of the central Waikato district.
Climbing to over 1000 feet, we have great views across the lush plains, the power house of the New Zealand dairy industry.
We travel alongside the longest river in New Zealand, the Waikato, then through the charming town of Cambridge, famous as the heart of the bloodstock industry and many renowned stables.
Arriving at Waitomo, we have a short break for coffee before descending into the caves, first to see many of the huge caverns which were formed over many millions of years in the soft limestone. Then we board the boats for a cruise through the flooded caves to see the Glow Worms hanging from the cave roofs like stars in the sky.
Next its back into the coach for the drive back east towards Rotorua, again passing alongside many rivers and lakes, through dense pine forests and past sheep farms.
We arrive at Te Whakarewarewa - Te Puia, formerly the Maori Arts and Crafts Institute, time first for lunch at the cafe and then we walk through the geothermal valley to see the natural geysers, such as Pohutu, that erupt throughout the day. Plus bubbling mud pools and the nocturnal Kiwi bird in a special enclosure.
The highlight for many is the Maori traditional cultural performance, where you will see demonstrations of dance, song and fighting skills, performed in the authentic Marae.
Departing Te Puia we head into Rotorua City to see sights such as the Blue Baths and Government gardens, before returning to Tauranga to rejoin the ship.
- Air conditioned vehicle
- Entry to Te Puia and concert
- Experienced guide
- Waitomo Caves entry fee
- Any meals
- Bring some warm clothing for the Caves tour, jacket or cardigan etc
- Please be off the ship as soon as possible so we can start the tour on time.
- Tours depart at the time shown on the web site unless this conflicts with the ships ETA or ETD, in which case the tour will operate so that you are back in port at least one hour before sailing. Please meet us at least 15 minutes prior to the departure time.
- The tour will only operate if the tour fits within the ships time in port, this will be confirmed when your booking request is made.
- There are steps and some areas with limited headroom in the glow worm caves, persons with mobility issues may not be able to partake in all parts of this tour.
please contact us for a quotation for your group
Fantastic day! We saw so much in one day and John was a wonderful guide. We were so happy.
T Quinn, USA [Dec 16]
N Quinn, USA [Dec 16]
The tour starts at 8am but our ship arrives later, will you wait for us?
Yes, these tours are run just for cruise ship clients so we only depart when all our passengers are ready. If you ship arrives after the scheduled tour departure time then please meet our guides as soon as you can once the gangways are down.
The tour says it end at 5pm, but our ship is departing earlier, what happens?
If the ship is leaving before the scheduled tour end time, then we would normally start the tour earlier, so that you were back at the ship at least 1 hour before it departs, so the start time would be earlier as well to suit the 9 hour duration.
No mention is made of lunch?
As this is a long tour, we will fit in a short lunch stop during the day. the timing and location for this may vary depending on the group size. we will make sure you don't go hungry, lunch is at your cost.