A truly magical journey! From Auckland we take a drive to enter a magic underworld! Escape the crowds and tour coaches of the Waitomo Caves with a tour into a more private magical Glowworm Cave (group sizes in the caves of max 11 people and max 2 groups at the same time). This tour includes some of the most beautiful natural scenery in Waitomo – and the intimate small-group cave tour, for many is the highlight of their time in New Zealand.
Then we drive further on to New Zealand’s highest city – to the rich cultural heritage and geothermal Rotorua.
After settling into our handpicked accommodation (4 Star Hotel or Boutique Lodge) there are so many options. We will visit New Zealand’s longest Treetop Walk. Redwoods Treewalk is a 600-metre long, eco-tourism walk in the heart of Rotorua’s Redwood Forest. Consisting of a series of 23 suspension bridges, traversing 22 majestic Redwood trees that are more than 120-years-old.
The next morning you will experience a Maori Cultural Performance and stunning geothermal activities like Geysers and hot springs. Enjoy the show of Maori song and dance inside Te Puia’s sacred meeting house – and you can learn the dance and the Haka!
On the way back to Auckland you will have another everlasting and remarkable experience – Hobbiton Movie Set – a place like no other in the world. Have a closer look to Frodo’s home in middle-earth and enjoy a drink in the Green Dragon before we are driving back to Auckland through the Waikato District, New Zealand’s biggest dairy and farm district.
Enjoy this truly magical journey!
There, you will walk down into the cave through a natural chasm. The scene is set for an intimate cave experience, the solar powered lights are kept low so you can appreciate the magnificent glowworm displays at their best, only inches away. Around a corner lie the bones of one of New Zealand’s lost treasures, the ancient Moa.
The soothing sound of Footwhistle cave stream flows in the darkness below. Stunning formations are around every corner. Be sure to bring your camera as you will be able to take photos and your guide will also be able to help you out with the best camera settings to get your best holiday pic. Complete the tour by enjoying a complimentary Kawakawa tea whilst you relax in our ponga hut nestled in native forest and surrounds. We drive further on to New Zealand's rich cultural heritage and geothermal bounty in Rotorua. After settling into your accommodation we will explore New Zealand's longest Treetop Walk.
We visit Te Puia where you can experience Zealand's Maori culture and geothermal wonders. Te Puia spans 70 hectares within the historic Te Whakarewarewa Geothermal Valley, on the edge of Rotorua. Come face to face with Pōhutu Geyser, jumping mudpools, and live kiwi birds; watch master carvers and weavers at work, and hear the Te Puia guides share stories passed down from their ancestors. Experience a pōwhiri (‘poor-fee-dee’) the traditional Māori welcoming ceremony. At Te Puia the concerts and cultural performances will not just move and entertain you, but enable you to ‘get inside’ our fascinating culture. Surrounded by the beautiful carvings of Maori ancestors, you will experience entertaining stories told through song and dance, with plenty of surprises thrown in.
Heading back to Auckland the City of Sails via Bombay Hills after two great days on a magical journey.
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