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We booked a one way tour from Auckland that ended in Rotorua. There is a lot of driving involved for this tour, however, between the commentary by the drivers, stops, and countryside views it wasn't bad.
Hobbiton was amazing!! Such a beautiful setting and so much fun to see the Hobbit homes.
Waitoma Caves was interesting. I wasn't sure what to expect. You walk through the cave and end with a short boat ride which is in complete darkness except fro the glow of the worms.
Rotorua - Te Puia was ok. We got there rather late, having about an 90 minutes. The geyer was really nice to see, as well as the Maiori buildings. However, we were at a loss as to the functions of the building and any other information about them as no one was around to provide any information. The Kiwi's were adorable. As we entered the Kiwi House, they were being fed so they were quite active.
We only had two days in Auckland on our way to Canada and weren't sure about doing such a huge day, but it was well worth it. We saw so much of the spectacular countryside. The commentary on the coach was informative and entertaining. The itinerary was fairly tight, but we had plenty of time at each place and no waiting in queues. Plenty of time to sit back and relax while we were driven between locations. Hobbiton was fantastic for us as big fans of the movie. Rotorua and Waitoma Caves showcased New Zealand's natural wonders.
This was a great tour and one of our favorite days in New Zealand. Our guide had to keep us right on track as the day was full of sights. Hobbiton was so adorable and in such a beautiful setting. I hadn't seen the movies, just read the books, and loved it. The attention to details is amazing. Then off to the geyser and mudpots and a peek at a kiwi bird in the kiwi house. ALso included the hangi lunch which was delicious and more than enough food. Our last stop was the glow worms which were amazing. Make sure you see the fibers hanging under the caves before getting on the boat. The scenery on the trip, both ways, was some of the prettiest we saw in New Zealand. We really enjoyed every minute of this tour.
Such a fun tour of Hobbiton! Te Puia was beautiful, although REALLY bad smelling geyser. And the Waitomo caves was a fun ending. The scenery on the way is beyond stunning!
Our tour was really awesome from start to finish. Our tour guide Ron was exceptional. He was informative and totally patient answering our questions with a smile. A really nice guy. We loved the Hobbiton part the best as we have been to Rotorua and Waitomo before but revisiting was fun. A long day but most enjoyable as Ron was doing all the driving. We will be back again.
Had a wonderful time on this tour - Ramon with Flexi Tours was very informative and gave us great insights into North Island as we traveled down to each of the spots. We were the first tour of 2018! It rained at Hobbiton but it was still a beautiful landscape to see. The glowworms was also fascinating to see. Loved the geysers and the bubbling mud pools at Rotorua. Wish we had an opportunity to see Maori cultural song/dance but we missed the timing. All in all, a fantastic trip and would highly recommend it!
I wish I could give more than 5 stars for this trip! Hobbiton was amazing! The Geyser was incredible! Unfortunately, there was an accident on the road that delayed us and we did not get to the Caves. We did get a prompt refund for that portion of the trip. Vic was our tour guide and even though it was a tough day for him, due to traffic, he was an amazing guide to have. He kept us informed and entertained the whole day. I will just have to go back to New Zealand some day and do this trip again so I can see the GlowWorms!
We got picked up exactly at 6:30a.m. it was operated by Flexi tours. Our guide/driver Ron was awesome and very helpful and informative.
It was long day and driving on some winding road. But Hobbiton the movie set was nice although it was raining when we were there. Our guide there was Glenn nice guy, he didn't mind being asked as a photographer and he is good at it, like a natural. Geyser in Rotorua was beautiful, the lunch was provided and I had local food it was good. In Waitomo cave was amazing taking photos was not allowed. Our guide... her name was Tee going through the cave was really amazing. Especially when we were in the little boat, that's when you see a lot of glow worms. It's like the clear night sky with full of bright stars. I saw a big dipper... just so I thought. Kind of use your own imagination. They wanted you to be quite when you go through it. And when you get off the boat there was like a big opening like you are going through the forest. You are allowed to take photos as soon as you get off the boat. The whole entire tour, although it was tiring because three places in one day.... but it was totally worth it. Beautiful and amazing places, helpful and friendly people. I will definitely recommend this tour through Viator. Really enjoyed our 4 days in New Zealand after 3 days in Australia. just have to plan ahead of time. Awesome!! and Amazing!!! Thanks Flexi tours and Viator for an amazing experienced.
Long day but worth it!
We are so glad we booked this tour! Rob was a great 'local' tour guide. During the drive he shared lots of historical and geographical information and stories. I took notes because it was so fascinating! The drive is long between destinations, so we were glad to not be driving ourselves. Hobbiton was quaint and fun, just as promised. Rotorua was very interesting, but as others have said, we didn't have much time there. But I finally got to see a live kiwi in the nocturnal display area! We were pleased that they could accommodate our request for vegan hangi, which was delicious. The Waitomo Caves were really coolin both senses of the word! The highlights were our cave guide singing a Maori love song to demonstrate the acoustics of the cave, and of course the glow worms. Who ever thought worms would make us feel romantic? If you've got limited time in New Zealand whether because of time, or because there are so many other places to go there, then this is a great way to get 3 unique New Zealand experiences.
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