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From Auckland To The Waitomo Caves - Private Tour

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From Auckland To The Waitomo Caves - Private Tour

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This might seem like something out of the movies, but we promise that it's real!

Most of New Zealand's epic beauty comes from the stunning coastline and breath-taking inland mountain ranges. You can access these by road, hiking trails, kayaks, or even soar above them in six passenger airplanes. It's hard not to get caught up in this magnificence, but there are also underground chambers in Waitomo that have made a name for themselves as one of the best destinations in the country. Time to go underground!

After being picked up in your private vehicle, you will travel through the Waikato and King Country countryside. We will travel part of the famous Thermal Explorer Highway as far as Waitomo Caves, showing you some gorgeous New Zealand countryside along the way.

Once at Waitomo Caves, you will explore a natural landmark that has become a part of over 125 years of New Zealand history. A world-famous easy walk and boat ride through these amazing caves will show you the marvels of Mother Nature as thousands of remarkable Glowworms display themselves in what feels like a cinematic wonderland. A local guide will provide informative commentary on all aspects of the caves and how they have developed into what they are today. The Glowworms that line caves are unique to New Zealand and something you can't see anywhere else.

You will also have time for lunch (additional cost) at Waitomo before returning to Auckland in time for your cruise ship departure.

- This tour includes entrance fees, but does not include the cost of lunch or any additional snacks and beverages.
- Entrance to the Waitomo Caves includes a 45 minute guided tour with a guide at the Waitomo Caves as well as a boat ride at the end.
- The drive from Auckland to Waitomo takes approximately 2.5 hours each way. The Waitomo Caves are approximately 2 hours from Tauranga. If you are also visiting Tauranga, you may want to visit the Waitomo Caves while there.

- This tour is not wheelchair accessible.

Days offered: 7 days a week

  • 07:00 AM, duration: 10 hours
  • 08:00 AM, duration: 10 hours
  • 09:00 AM, duration: 10 hours
  • 10:00 AM, duration: 10 hours
  • 11:00 AM, duration: 10 hours
  • 12:00 PM, duration: 10 hours