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$349.00
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$287.00
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6+ hours
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$222.00
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6+ hours
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6+ hours
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$275.00
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6+ hours
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$307.00
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Bus Tours
6+ hours
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Full-day Tours
6+ hours
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$158.98
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Bus Tours
6+ hours
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What travellers are saying

  • AppleStud
    Dallas, TX390 contributions
    Early morning pickup at hotels are a great benefit but be on time....one was almost left behind for being 5 minutes late--it's tight for time so pickups have to be timely since 2 of the sights have specific times. We loved all 3. The glow worm was most amazing and Hobbiton was perfect and the lunch at the Rotorua geyser area was truly superb with local Maori food prep. Comfy bus was appreciated.
    Written 30 March 2020
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  • CRISTIANA
    3 contributions
    had a wonderful day. Waitomo caves are interesting, the glow worms cave structure was explained by the local guide and it's really beautiful. Te Puia was also suprising. Because of COVID restrictions, we coudn't enjoy the buffet, neither the Maori performance, but the guide gave us other tracks around Rotorua. Cheeky Kiwi is reliable and safe. Michael was our guide and was very attentive, good driver, kind, respectful, informative, and a good photographer! I really appreciated and recommend the company.
    Written 25 June 2021
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  • timholiday50
    Calgary, Canada70 contributions
    Grant did a Fabulous job of organizing the day so that everyone got the most of what they wanted to experience. I would highly recommend the geothermal park as it was fascinating and Grant gave us a personal tour. The gondola was a relaxing end to the day in Rotorua. It is a long day but well worth the trip. Exceptional company!
    Written 12 February 2020
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  • Chloe M
    East Wenatchee, WA3 contributions
    Simon was early to pick us up at our hotel and over all a total blast to ride with. Lots of great information, but didn't talk the entire time. Very attentive to breaks and drink/food needs. The springs and mud bath are stunning and the spa is extremely relaxing.
    Written 9 March 2020
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  • Kimi Browne
    Auckland Central, New Zealand75 contributions
    Jafa here, 24th January was my birthday and decided to spend time in Rotorua for the day. It was a bloody hot day but I really enjoyed exploring both Waiotapu Thermal Wonderland and Te Puia which came with free buffet lunch... yum yum!! Then, we did brief Rotoroa Lake and City tour but ended up staying at a park for over an hour as another driver who was meeting us at Matamata was held up on another tour.

    With regard to the seats in bus, the one that took us from Auckland to Hobbiton stopover I sat in the single seat chair and found it really uncomfortable. It wasn't wide enough to fit in and lock my seat belt in. :( At a quick stop before Hobbiton, I asked to move over to front seat (next to driver) and was so relieved and lucky to sit there most of the trip except from Matamata to Auckland. Front seat was unavailable, so I sat at the back and realised they were large seats, they appeared to be wider than seats in front of me? I was not complaining :-)

    Lastly, we had different drivers throughout the day and each of those drivers took care of us which really made our day, thank you team! :-)
    Written 23 February 2020
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  • Shell R
    1 contribution
    Had an amazing day with Grant as our tour guide. He had snack for us since our tour starts so early, and greeted each one of those pick up with the biggest smile! He was nice, funny and knowledgeable about the country - got lots of inside info about NZ. Hobbiton was fun and Wal-O-Tapu was gorgeous. Absolutely loved my experience!
    Written 15 April 2020
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  • Kelly W
    2 contributions
    Andrew was an awesome tour guide! We were picked up at our resort and off we went. Andrew have a great commentary about NZ all along the drive. He remembered our names and made sure to engage us and ask questions to keep the conversation going.
    The Glow Worms tour was awesome. It was better than I expected! Back in the bus and over to Hobbiton.
    Hobbiton was everything you could hope for. Very magical and fun. Andrew kept us informed of our tour times and was very accommodating throughout.
    Highly recommend New Zealand Discovery Tours.
    Written 20 March 2020
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  • sylwia N
    1 contribution
    What a fantastic tour to get to Rotorua which I was staying for the weekend. Ended up being the only one on the bus so had a lovely privatised tour! Mike was my driver and I can't express enough what a lovely time I had. He was knowledgeable and great to have a chat on our drive. Hobbiton was more than what I expected and Te Puia was a great little cultural place and if your lucky they may have some kiwis in the sanctuary. Overall it was a great experience and highly recommend to any one travelling to Rotorua.
    Written 29 June 2021
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  • David L
    2 contributions
    Brilliant day out both at Wai-O-Tapu and Waimangu valley. Keith the driver was excellent, very informative and knew how to time our visits to get the most from the day.
    Waimangu Valley really spectacular, happily come back again.
    Written 28 December 2019
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  • SABRA D
    Southport, UK45 contributions
    My trip was on February 13th with Tony I think ? (Guy with the brummie accent)

    Tony was a brilliant tour guide and kindly showed me some walks around the Waitomo area( as I had free time as I chose just do the do the one tou) .I throughly enjoyed the area Tony showed to me including some external caves.

    Hobbiton was amazing and is as beautiful as it looks in the photos.

    The lady that bought me back to Rotorua was lovely too but I can't remember her name (blonde hair).

    Although it's quite an expensive trip I definitely think it's worth it. I'd say definitely bring your own lunch as it's quite dear in the cafes and restaurants.

    Overall, I do it all over again if I was ever lucky enough to be able to visit NZ again 💕.
    Written 15 September 2020
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  • Julie C
    Melbourne, Australia27 contributions
    We had a wonderful experience taking the FlexiTours trip to Hobbiton from Auckland. Phillipa made the booking process easy. We were assured that even if there were only the two of us, the tour would run. (The first company we booked with cancelled us due to not having sufficient bookings to run the tour). It was great to be picked up and returned to our accommodation. Fran, our driver, was lovely and provided a lot of interesting information about NZ on the way to Hobbiton. The tour of Hobbiton exceeded our expectations and was very well organised. It was handy to have a tour that started later in the morning. High recommend FlexiTours and visiting Hobbiton.
    Written 20 July 2021
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  • Dan e
    Chicago, IL8 contributions
    We did this tour in February. Andrei was out driver and guide. He was very informative. Wai-O-Tapu was awesome. On a side note- learned that 'Sweet as' is not a cuss word !
    Written 14 March 2020
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  • D R C
    1 contribution
    An excellent activity for families. Informative and quite surreal as you observe the glow worms in silence.
    Written 9 December 2019
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  • Abdullah880
    Klang, Malaysia8 contributions
    I just returned from a 8-day North to South Island tour. Lizzy was helpful and professional in her dealings with my bookings. The driver in Christchurch by the name of Graham was very very friendly and informative. I strongly advise all visitors to look for Graham if they are visiting Christchurch. I hope Leisure Tours will give him a good bonus!!
    Written 6 November 2019
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  • FrequentFlier371964
    3 contributions
    I did Hobbiton and Rotoura tour. It was amazing experience, amazing tour guids, with lots of knoweledges, amazing organization, I can just recommend! They are also very qucik with repleys.
    Written 4 March 2020
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