Tour 5 – Auckland to Rotorua Tour, Via Waitomo Glowworm Caves and Hobbiton
Heading south over the Bombay Hills the Excursion New Zealand tour will enter the rural region of Waitomo, also known King Country. Hear the stories of the New Zealand Wars of the 1860s as we make our way towards Waitomo. Upon arrival in Waitomo we will have a guided tour of the world famous Waitomo Glowworm Caves. The highlight of the tour is the silent boat ride through the darkness in underground caves following the flow of a river and seeing the thousands of tiny glow worms lighting up the caves ceilings and walls.
Enjoy lunch in a local restaurant or a “Taste of New Zealand” picnic lunch. Our next visit is to the Lord of the Rings film set of Hobbiton. Learn how Peter Jackson chose this location and enjoy the fun tour walking in the steps of your favourite Lord of the Rings characters. The tour ends with a refreshing drink in The Green Dragon Inn.
After Hobbiton we will make our way towards the geo-thermal city of Rotorua. Enjoy a final visit of the day to Te Puia Maori Village where we can take in a Maori cultural performance, see the iconic kiwi bird and admire the Pohutu geyser, which spurts up to twenty times a day and reaches heights of over 30 meters.
If you are staying in Rotorua or continuing your journey further south, your guide will drop you at your Rotorua accomodation and bid you farewell. If returning to Auckland enjoy the relaxing ride back to the City of Sails. This is great way to tour from Auckland to Rotorua.C