After pickup from your central Auckland hotel, journey to the Waitomo Caves in the King Country region in an air-conditioned coach.
Once there, explore underground caverns, caves, and tunnels, and marvel at stalactites and rock formations. Visit Glowworm Grotto and join an underground riverboat cruise beneath thousands of glittering glowworms.
In the Agrodome, a working sheep and cattle farm, glimpse into New Zealand farming traditions. Learn day-to-day running of a dairy farm, watch sheep shearing and mustering demonstrations, and take part in activities, such as milking a cow or feeding calves and lambs.
Eat a packed lunch (included) in the coach, as you travel to Rotorua. Keep your camera on hand at the Te Whakarewarewa Thermal Reserve, as you stroll past bubbling mud pools, hissing fumaroles, and striking silica terraces. Don’t miss a peek at the Pohutu Geyser, which can reach up to 100 feet (30 meters) high.
At the Maori Arts and Crafts Institute, discover New Zealand’s rich Maori heritage; learn Maori culture, customs, and traditions in a meeting house that’s considered sacred by the Maori; and admire wood carvings, weavings, and artworks.
Finally, remain in Rotorua to explore further or be dropped back at your Auckland hotel.
New Zealand Maori Arts and Crafts Institute
Waitomo Glowworm Caves
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