2 Great Days from Auckland to Waitomo, Rotorua & Hobbiton

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Experience a Dream of three New Zealand’s everlasting activities!

 

Enjoy this truly magical journey!

From Auckland we take a drive to enter a magic underworld! Escape the crowds and tour buses 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 our intimate small-group cave tour, for many is the highlight of their time in New Zealand.

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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 117-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!

 

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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.

A truly magical journey!

This private tour is designed for your needs and an everlasting holiday. Explore the diversity of this amazing country on a fantastic route with heaps of stunning moments. Enjoy!

 

 

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Price per Person in Double Room/Twin Share from:

NZD$ 1,590.00*

(€uro 935.00*  or  US$  1,045.00*)

 

 

This tour package can be customized to suit your requirements precisely (e.g. Duration, Start/End Point of your Tour, type of accommodation, vehicle, etc)! Please let us know your special requests.  We will tailor your holiday! Enquire now!

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Included within this tour

  • Private Tour (min. 2 People)
  • Entry Fees:
    • Cave World Waitomo
    • Rotorua TreeTop Walk
    • Te Puia Maori Experience & Geothermal Wonderland
    • Hobbiton Movie-Set
  • Accommodation: handpicked 4 Star Hotel or Boutique Lodge, incl. breakfast
  • Guiding: Licenced Driver, at Hobbiton and at Caveworld a specialist Guide
  • Commentary: English or German (other languages on request)
  • Transportation: by car, depending on size of group 4WD, Limousine, SUV or 8-12 Seater Luxury Van, Hybrid Vehicle on request
  • Pick-up/Drop-off: selected Auckland City Hotels / close Cruise Ship Terminal / Meeting Point
  • Start of Tour: 9am - can be modified according to your cruise ship schedule or timetable
  • Duration: 2 Days
  • Drinks/Snacks: New Zealand bottled water
  • Not included: Meals, Personal Expenses

This tour can be customized to suit your requirements precisely! We can include many fascinating other sights of this country in a private day or multi-day tour that starts or ends in Auckland, Rotorua or other places. Please refer to our multi day tours, ask us or let us know your special requests.

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Waitomo "Footwhistle" Glowworm Cave Tour

This Tour starts by picking you up from your Auckland Hotel or cruise ship terminal. We will enjoy a 2.5 hours drive to the Waitomo district.
 
Escape the crowds and tour buses with a Footwhistle Glowworm Tour. Our tour includes some of the most beautiful natural scenery in Waitomo, and our intimate small-group cave tour, for many is the highlight of their time in New Zealand.
 

Enjoy a 3.5km courtesy scenic shuttle to our cave while your experienced guide reveals the rich history of Waitomo. Then, take a short walk through breath taking New Zealand native forest past waterfalls to our cave entrance.

Waitomo "Footwhistle" Glowworm Cave Tour

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.


Then we drive further on to New Zealand's highest city -to the rich cultural heritage and geothermal bounty of Rotorua- located inside a volcanic crater. After settling into your accommodation we will visit New Zealand's longest Treetop Walk.

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Rotorua Redwoods 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 117-years-old. The height of the walkway ranges between 6 m and 20 m, allowing an elevated view of the forest below. Redwoods Nightlights features 30 lanterns designed by world-renowned designer and sustainability champion, David Trubridge. In addition to the lanterns, some of which are up to 2.5 m tall, there are more than 40 colour spotlights which transform the walk into a magical wonderland. The same designer is also behind the Treewalk’s new lantern-inspired entrance.

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 117-years-old. The height of the walkway ranges between 6 m and 20 m, allowing an elevated view of the forest below.


Geothermal Wonders and Geysers

The next morning we will visit Te Puia, the center for New 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.

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Te Puia Maori Cultural Performance

It was originally used to challenge a visiting party and find out their intentions. Though the pōwhiri has a basic structure, there are variations, depending on the occasion. A pōwhiri usually involves a wero (challenge) from a warrior and a karanga (welcome call) from a female host. This is followed by whaikōrero (welcome speeches. Following the speeches, waiata (songs) are often sung and then visitors hongi – press noses together in a traditional Māori greeting.

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.


 
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Hobbiton Movie Set Tour

We take a scenic drive from Rotorua into the rolling green hills of the Waikato district, with scenic stops for amazing photo opportunities while wee make our way to Hobbiton.

The tour of Hobbiton Movie Set is an experience to tantalise the senses of visitors from all across the globe, as guests find themselves engulfed in the sights, smells, sounds and tastes of The Shire, at the home of the Hobbits, as featured in The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit Trilogies.

The extraordinary following that the movies have amassed has led to these tours becoming a must-do while travellers are in New Zealand.

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Hobbiton Movie Set Tour

Hobbiton Movie Set is the only set that remains intact from the trilogies, and that allows our visitors to fully immerse themselves in the wonders of The Shire as they fall in love with the Alexander family sheep farm, just as acclaimed director Sir Peter Jackson did. There are 44 Hobbit holes in total, all of which were reconstructed in 2011 for The Hobbit trilogy. This time the holes were made out of permanent materials, so the set can continue on as a tourism attraction. Join us on a journey through the unequivocal beauty of the farmland, as we escort you around the Movie Set, showing the intricate detailing, pointing out the most famous locations and explaining how the movie magic was made.

Now we will head back to Auckland - the City of Sails - after two great days magical journey. Thank you for joining us!

 

This tour can be customized to suit your requirements precisely! We can include many fascinating other sights of this country in a private multi-day tour that starts or ends in Auckland or other places. Please let us know your special requests.

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Price per Person in Double Room/Twin Share from:

NZD$ 1,590.00*

(€uro 935.00*  or  US$  1,045.00*)

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This tour can be customized to suit your requirements precisely! We can include many fascinating other sights of this country in a private day or multi-day tour that starts or ends in Auckland or other places. Please ask us or let us know your special requests.

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