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Thermal Shuttle - Waitomo Tours (from/to Rotorua)

Waitomo Caves, New Zealand
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About Thermal Shuttle - Waitomo Tours (from/to Rotorua)
Thermal Land Shuttle, an operator with over 10 years of experience, believes the only way to truly experience Waitomo, is to spend the whole day there! So in 2019 we launched easy and cost-effective full-day option from and returning to Rotorua. There are also some awesome sights on the route which we would love to show you – come join us for a great day out!
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Waitomo Spellbound Glowworm and Cave Tour Full Day from/to Rotorua

Be picked up from your Rotorua accommodation and be transferred to the Spellbound base. You will join the Spellbound team for a 3-hour Glowworm & Cave Tour.
Be spellbound by Spellbounds kind and personal service, knowledgeable guides, and very impressive glowworm display.
They know the only way to really enjoy Waitomo’s biggest and brightest glowworm show, is slowly. Rushing through will not do justice to such breath-taking spectacle. Take time to let your eyes adapt and you will be rewarded with the soft glow of many of thousands of glowworms. Walkthrough the lovely succession of chambers in the Cave of the Spirit to find speleothems, fossil remains of extinct moa and cathedrals.
You will have, 1 guide, 2 caves to visit, up to 12 people in your group and 30 000 or more glowworms to amaze you.
Post the experience, check out Ruakuri walk, have a bite to eat in the cafe and then return with us to Rotorua.
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9 hours
from US$152.17

Waitomo - Lost World 4hr Full Day Tour to/from Rotorua

Be picked up from your Rotorua accommodation and be transferred to Waitomo Adventures. You will join the Waitomo Adventures team for the Lost World 4hr experience; a 4-hour action-packed caving and abseiling adventure.
Abseil down slowly alongside your instructor who although on a separate rope provides information, reassurance ...and a backup safety tether.
Imagine free-hanging in this massive void…bouncing a bit & turning because of the sheer length of the rope. Look around into upper levels of the cave; giant spagatites, weird plants clinging to the sheer walls and the roar of the Mangapu river echoes up from caverns far below.
One guide looks after up to 4 people - who all make their unforgettable descent together and eventually landing in the base of this massive cavern.
Once down, you explore the massive vaults - See excellent glowworms; gigantic flowstone formations; massive caverns.
Have a hot shower and a quick bite to eat, before heading back to Rotorua with us.
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9 hours
from US$358.96

Waitomo Haggas Honking Holes Full Day Tour from/to Rotorua

Be picked up from your Rotorua accommodation and be transferred to Waitomo Adventures. You will join the Waitomo Adventures team for the Haggas Honking Holes experience - A 4-hour action-packed caving adventure. You'll encounter abseils (often in waterfalls), rock climbs, unique limestone formations and get up close to glowworms while exploring this fantastic cave system.
There's no swimming required but you're definitely going to get wet!
This trip is not for the faint-hearted. Participants are brave & fit but, you don’t need any prior experience. Full equipment and training are provided. There is a high guide ratio and your safety is assured. Few things in NZ compare to this activity. Loads of fun and empowering experience!
Hot showers provided before heading back to Waitomo/Rotorua
Haggas Honking Holes takes up to 4 hours, including at least 2 hours underground.
Post the experience, have a bite to eat in the cafe and then return with us to Rotorua.
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9 hours
from US$215.37

Waitomo - Blackwater Rafting TTT Full Day Tour from/to Rotorua

Be picked up from your Rotorua accommodation and be transferred to Waitomo Adventures. You will join the Waitomo Adventures team for their Blackwater Rafting TTT experience - Blackwater rafting at it's best!

This ripper of a trip combines the best elements of blackwater rafting with walking, climbing, swimming, and tubing through distinctive sections of the spectacular TumuTumu Cave. See awesome cave formations as well as one of the best Glowworm displays in New Zealand.
You will get wet up to your neck but you don’t need to be a good swimmer – the wetsuits provide lots of warmth and buoyancy.
Remember Blackwater Rafting is nothing like White Water rafting…and don’t let anyone tell you otherwise
Hot showers provided before heading back to Waitomo/Rotorua.
The blackwater rafting experience takes 3.5-4 hrs.
Post the experience, have a bite to eat in the cafe and potentially check out the local sites and then return with us to Rotorua.
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9 hours
from US$193.53
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Padraic Ryan wrote a review Yesterday
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One of the best experiences we’ve had in New Zealand!! Our guide, Norm, was an incredible mixture of knowledgeable, personable and experienced! We couldn’t have imagined having a better glow worm and caving. 10/10 would highly recommend this experience to anyone and everyone
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TNT wrote a review Nov 2020
Tauranga, New Zealand31 contributions5 helpful votes
TrThis is one of those trips not to be missed. It is so different and beautiful. Descending 100m down into the Lost World is spectacular....looking up and down. The climb out is a real adventure with a wonderful glow worm as a bonus. Felt safe at every stage of the trip. Excellent, friendly guide who gave informal talks about caves, glow worms and geology.We travelled to Waitomo in own transport.
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Date of experience: November 2020
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Sparsh K wrote a review Dec 2019
Rotorua, New Zealand14 contributions1 helpful vote
Absolutely amazing trip, the service was incredible and the tubing was amazing in the Waitomo Glowworm caves! Definitely a must try if you’re in rotorua!
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Date of experience: December 2019
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Response from Thomas_Rodda, Owner at Thermal Shuttle - Waitomo Tours (from/to Rotorua)
Responded 20 Jan 2020
Kia ora, Thank you for your time to write this review. We do think we have some really nice products to offer in Waitomo. We are stoked you had a amazing trip with Thermal Shuttle to Waitomo Thanks Again
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Andy L wrote a review Dec 2019
Moulton, United Kingdom3 contributions
We had a Friendly, knowledgeable and funny guide who made our experience a memorable one. Also a nice cafe on site with clean toilets.
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Response from Thomas_Rodda, Owner at Thermal Shuttle - Waitomo Tours (from/to Rotorua)
Responded 23 Dec 2019
Kia ora, Thank you for your time to write this review. We do think we have the best products to choose from in Waitomo. We a glad you had a memorable experience with Thermal land shuttle in Waitomo. Cheers, Thomas
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David H wrote a review Dec 2019
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Went in with very little expectations but was blown away—one of the best experiences that’s I’ve had. It was surreal! The guides were awesome and made it even more enjoyable with their fun facts and jokes. I’d say that it’s definitely not for the weak. It was quite exhausting. Also not for the claustrophobic because you have to navigate very tight spaces. But overall, if you’re relatively fit then you’ll have a good time!
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Date of experience: December 2019
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Response from Thomas_Rodda, Owner at Thermal Shuttle - Waitomo Tours (from/to Rotorua)
Responded 23 Dec 2019
Thank you for your time to write this review. We are glad that your expectations were blown away and was one of the best experiences you have had. We do think we have the best activates to choose from in Waitomo. Thanks again! Thomas
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