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GreatSights New Zealand Day Tours

102 Hobson Street, Auckland Central, Auckland 1010, New Zealand
+64 9-583 5790
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Waitomo Caves and Rotorua Day Trip from Auckland
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Founded in 1987, GreatSights New Zealand operates the most comprehensive range of premium day sightseeing tours in New Zealand. Our nationwide network provides luxury sightseeing tours to destinations throughout New Zealand. Day tours from Auckland include the Bay of Islands, Waitomo Caves, Rotorua and the Hobbiton Movie Set. Everything is taken care of when you travel with GreatSights. Entrance fees are included within the tour price and optional extras like lunches can be added if required. Complimentary hotel transfers are provided on most tours and our experienced local driver guides will keep you entertained with informative commentary throughout the tour.
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  • Very good17%
  • Average5%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible5%
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Hours Today: 7:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
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102 Hobson Street, Auckland Central, Auckland 1010, New Zealand
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102 Hobson Street, Auckland Central, Auckland 1010, New Zealand
+64 9-583 5790
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

We had this tour in Jan first week. We were with a 15 months old. Their driver was rude since starting. When I went to check if it's the bus we need to take, he scolded me and asked me to come in a queue....More

Thank nemat2017
GreatSightsNZ, Marketing Coordinator at GreatSights New Zealand Day Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Kia ora nemat2017, I am so sorry to hear about this disappointing experience. Our drivers should be helpful and accommodating, especially when passengers are travelling with young children. I'm sorry this wasn't the case. So we can look into this further, can you please email...More

Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

We booked the Hobbiton Waitomo caves tour which was a full day. The bus picked up at 7:30am and dropped us back in Auckland around 6:30pm. Our bus tour guide Damian is a world class historical storyteller and made the bus ride (which is really...More

Thank bmaty85
GreatSightsNZ, Marketing Coordinator at GreatSights New Zealand Day Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Kia ora bmaty85, It's wonderful to hear about your experience with us exploring the Waikato and King country region! These two attractions are so special in their own right and definitely worth a visit, I'm glad you enjoyed visiting them. I'll be sure to pass...More

Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Damien and Rachel were our guides for a day trip to Hobbiton and the Waitomo Glowworm Caves. Right from the start Damien was amazing, he gave a very heartfelt and inspiring account of the history of NZ dropping in some great stories as we passed...More

Thank Natalie F
GreatSightsNZ, Marketing Coordinator at GreatSights New Zealand Day Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Kia ora Natalie, Thanks for sharing with us! We'd have to agree, Damian, Rachel and the guides at Hobbiton and Waitomo Caves go above and beyond what you'd expect from your average tour guide! They really know how to engage and enthral their guests. Thanks...More

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Damien, our bus driver was very informative and provided us with a lot of historical and cultural information about New Zealand, but got slightly preachy towards the end of our first leg of the tour (approaching Hobbiton) when he started talking about New Zealand’s laws...More

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GreatSightsNZ, Marketing Coordinator at GreatSights New Zealand Day Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Kia ora Carly Louise, Isn't the Hobbiton Movie Set incredible to see? And learning about all of the special effects and filming tricks is great! I'm glad to hear you enjoyed your day tour with us and Damian and I'm sorry that your lunch was...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I went on the hobbiton and waitomo caves day tour and I have to say even though the sites were fantastic, the commentary from our tour guide Damien was a highlight for me. Someone should sign him up for history classes at our schools so...More

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GreatSightsNZ, Marketing Coordinator at GreatSights New Zealand Day Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Kia ora Rai, I could see Damian doing very well as a history teacher! But we really do need him as a tour guide, he's a great host and so good at showing visitors to NZ just how wonderful our country is. Thanks for your...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Finally we made it to Hobbiton. For an LOTR fan it can only be fantastic and that it was. The lunch was very good and afterwards we really felt like fat little hobbits.Of course the tour to the Waitomo Cave was nice too. We were...More

Thank Myusernameisnotavail
GreatSightsNZ, Marketing Coordinator at GreatSights New Zealand Day Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Kia ora Myusernameisnotavail, I'd have to agree with you there, lunch at the Green Dragon Inn is simply delicious, and the deserts are good too, I'm glad you enjoyed it! Thanks for sharing, Damian is a wonderful host, I'll make sure your feedback is passed...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We only had half a day due to a missed flight, and this bus tour was perfect for for our needs. The driver Brian was knowledgeable and entertaining.

Thank CCR1138
GreatSightsNZ, Marketing Coordinator at GreatSights New Zealand Day Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Kia ora CCR1138, We're glad to hear you were still able to get out and see parts of our beautiful country. Thanks for sharing! All the best for your future travels, Esther and the team at GreatSights

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We initially tried to sign up for Waitomo Caves and Black Water Rafting but were told by our travel agent that we could not do both. They recommended the caves and glow worms. Be warned! You are looking at over five hours in a bus...More

Thank Jeff C
GreatSightsNZ, Marketing Coordinator at GreatSights New Zealand Day Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Kia ora Jeff, I'm sorry to hear you didn't enjoy our express Waitomo Caves tour from Auckland. Yes, there is a lot of driving / sitting on the bus and this is because Waitomo Caves are over 2 hours away from Auckland. The tour itself...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We went on a tour from Auckland -> Waitomo -> Rotorua today. Our experience with GreatSights was spoiled after we did not receive the $60 lunch we previously selected and paid for online, and were repeatedly brushed off/ignored by the driver. We selected our lunch...More

Thank thetravelingmusician
GreatSightsNZ, Marketing Coordinator at GreatSights New Zealand Day Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Kia ora thetravellingmusician, I'm so sorry to hear about this, can you please send us an email with your booking reference so we can work out what went wrong? You can reach us on info@greatsights.co.nz. All the best for your future travels, Esther and the...More

Reviewed 11 December 2017

After getting picked up from our hotel, we were greeted by Damian our driver who seemed nice and easygoing. He gave us an interesting history of NZ which I enjoyed very much on the way there. After our Hobbiton tour which we loved, we visited...More

1  Thank Mikaela C
GreatSightsNZ, Marketing Coordinator at GreatSights New Zealand Day Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Kia ora Mikaela, I'm so sorry to hear about this disappointing experience. Unfortunately, it seems that Damian did get you confused with other passengers who boarded the bus in Waitomo. We're very sorry about the stress and inconvenience that this caused you. All the best...More

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ankurmalik83
9 January 2017|
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Response from InterCityNZ | Property representative |
Kia ora, You should be able to tick a small box to the right of "Add Meal". This option is available on both tours and the Milford Sound Day Tour from Queenstown has three options to choose from - Buffet Lunch, Indian Lunch... More
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ankurmalik83
6 January 2017|
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Response from VikramWKarve | Reviewed this property |
Yes - starting point Christchurch will give you better scenery. On the way back from Queenstown to Christchurch you will see Lake Tekapo anayway.
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Mayrendezvous C
11 September 2016|
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Response from InterCityNZ | Property representative |
Kia ora Mayrendezvous, there is a honey centre located near Warkworth, a short journey north of Auckland. However, we don't visit this location on any of our day tours, sorry.
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