• Location: Auckland, concludes in Rotorua, New Zealand
  • Duration: 6 hours (approx.)
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This one-way coach tour travels from Auckland to Rotorua, making stops at some of the North Island’s natural wonders and historic sites, including the popular Waitomo Glowworm Caves. Drive by the Maori battle site of Rangiriri, then explore Waitomo’s Cathedral Chamber before a boat ride through the Glowworm Grotto. Your guide drives by the Karapiro Dam and through Fitzgerald Glade before arriving at your destination.


  • One-way tour from Auckland to Rotorua via the Waitomo Glowworm Caves
  • Explore the Waitomo Glowworm Caves
  • Drive through beautiful Fitzgerald Glade

What You Can Expect

Auckland to Rotorua via Waitomo Glowworm Caves One-Way Tour

Waitomo Caves

Your coach driver-guide picks you up from your Auckland city hotel, driving past the historic site of Rangiriri. Hear about the fierce conflicts that took place here between the invading British and New Zealand’s indigenous Maori as you travel toward the Waitomo Glowworm Caves.

Upon arrival at the caves, follow your guide into this subterranean wonderland to find impressive galleries inside lofty caverns, including the famous Cathedral Chamber, where stalactites and other fascinating formations hang from the cave ceiling.

Next, board a boat for a ride through the Glowworm Grotto, where the phosphorescent light of thousands of glowworms illuminates the caves’ limestone walls.

Re-board the coach for a drive past the architectural marvel of Karapiro Dam, and enjoy photo ops of beautiful Lake Karapiro. A boxed lunch is served on board (if option selected).  

Travel along a section of Highway 5, where the interlocking canopy of Fitzgerald Glade forms an arboreal tunnel over the road. Then continue over Mamaku Saddle pass before descending into Rotorua, where you’re dropped off at your hotel.

Customer Reviews

Kristine P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2018

Great way to get from Auckland to Rotarua and see some countryside if NZ. Glowworm tour was amazing.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

Love the glowworm cave. Amazing - you travel inside a boat and see the cave lit up by the glowworms. It was a very convenient way to see sights while traveling to our next New Zealand destination - Rotorua

Davjo United Kingdom

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2015

Most enjoyable!

Isobel M United Kingdom

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2015

Good way to get from Bay of Islands to Auckland

Peggy B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2013

Loved this tour!!!!!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2013

Loved this tour. Glowworm caves not to be missed. Driver was a wealth of information

Sonya M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2013

Very suitable tour. The cave is exceptional. I come from Bulgaria where we have all kind of caves, but this small one with this lights in the dark - great experience. This tour is nice because you can stay for a night in Roturua.

Jim and Janet United States of ... 

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2012

Bus trip turns into fun adventure under superb leadership of driver, Paul, and his trainee, Andy. The 5-hour drive flew by as Paul provided facts and stories about New Zealand. The riders played “The Game” to test retention of information provided by Paul and generally entertain the group. The Caves were fascinating. Needed more shopping time and the photos are too expensive.

Marco Antonio E

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2011

The trip from Auckland to Rotorua via Glowworm caves was brilliant. The driver was very helpful. altogether would recommend to anyone.

ANNETTE L Australia

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2010

very nice places we saw

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