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Auckland to Rotorua via Waitomo Caves Small Group Tour (One Way) provided by Cheeky Kiwi Travel

Auckland to Rotorua via Waitomo Caves Small Group Tour (One Way)

Auckland to Rotorua via Waitomo Caves Small Group Tour (One Way)
4.5
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from £149.08 per adult
Free Cancellation up to 24 hours in advance
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What you can expect during your visit
Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
Guides required to regularly wash hands
Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
What you can expect during your visit
Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
Guides required to regularly wash hands
Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
Transportation vehicles regularly sanitised
Contactless payment for gratuities and add-ons
Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
Gear/equipment sanitised between use
About
Know before you go
  • Duration: 13h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Available languages
English
Know before you go
  • Duration: 13h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Available languages
English
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Need help booking?
Call the number below and use the product code: 56760P15
Call +44 12 2492 8241
Important information
Inclusions
Small Group & Fully Guided Tour • Entry ticket and fully guided tour - Waitomo Caves • Bottled water • Snacks • Entry/Admission - Waitomo Glowworm Caves
Exclusions
Food and drinks, unless specified • Gratuities • Souvenir photos (available to purchase) • Optional extras and activities - please select the tour option you want at time of booking
Duration
13h
Departure details
Traveller pickup is offered.
Hotel pick-ups are from the below hotels only. If you do not see your pickup location please select the closest one to you to be picked up from. Pick ups start up to 20 mins before your tour time. Please see below what group your hotel is in and what your pick-up time is. Please be waiting in your accommodation's lobby or outside no later than this time to avoid missing your pick up. Guides have multiple pick-ups so can on occasion run up to 10 minutes late. Guides cannot wait for late passengers as it will mean the entire group is at risk of missing out, so please be waiting and ready (5-10 minutes before your listed time is highly recommended). Group 1: 20 minutes before tour start time. Sofitel Auckland Viaduct Harbour, Swiss-Belsuites Victoria Park Group 2: 15 minutes before tour start time. Adina Apartments, Copthorne Hotel Auckland, Grand Mercure Hotel, Hilton Hotel Auckland, JUCY Snooze, M Social, Nesuto Stadium Apartments, Pullman Hotel, Queen Street Backpackers, SO/Auckland Group 3: 10 minutes before tour start time. AVANI Metropolis, Barclay Suites, CityLife Hotel Auckland, Heritage Hotel Auckland (Hobson Street), ibis Budget Auckland, Rydges Hotel Auckland, Stamford Plaza Auckland. Group 4: 5 minutes before tour start time. Crowne Plaza Auckland, Four Points by Sheraton, Airedale Boutique Suites Auckland, SkyCity Hotel, SkyCity Grand Hotel, YMCA Hostel Group 5: At tour start time or up to 10 minutes after. Cordis Hotel Auckland, Grand Millennium Hotel, Haka Lodge Auckland City, Kiwi International Hotel, VR Auckland City (Hobson Street), St Martins Waldorf Apartment Hotel, Tetra Serviced Apartments by Nesuto, YHA Auckland City Backpackers Passengers that miss their pick up will be required to meet the tour at the tour's first stop at their own expense to continue on the tour. No refunds will be given to late or no show passengers. Auckland Airport (Butterfly Creek) pick up must be requested and approved by our team in writing to receive your pick up time. Pick up time will normally be 20 - 30 minutes after the tour start time.
Ports:
Auckland Airport (pick up from Butterfly Creek main entrance)
Ports of Auckland (pick up from M Social Hotel)
Hotel pickup is offered. View the hotel list on our checkout page to see if yours is included among the pickup points.
Inclusions
Small Group & Fully Guided Tour • Entry ticket and fully guided tour - Waitomo Caves • Bottled water • Snacks • Entry/Admission - Waitomo Glowworm Caves
Exclusions
Food and drinks, unless specified • Gratuities • Souvenir photos (available to purchase) • Optional extras and activities - please select the tour option you want at time of booking
Departure details
Traveller pickup is offered.
Hotel pick-ups are from the below hotels only. If you do not see your pickup location please select the closest one to you to be picked up from. Pick ups start up to 20 mins before your tour time. Please see below what group your hotel is in and what your pick-up time is. Please be waiting in your accommodation's lobby or outside no later than this time to avoid missing your pick up. Guides have multiple pick-ups so can on occasion run up to 10 minutes late. Guides cannot wait for late passengers as it will mean the entire group is at risk of missing out, so please be waiting and ready (5-10 minutes before your listed time is highly recommended). Group 1: 20 minutes before tour start time. Sofitel Auckland Viaduct Harbour, Swiss-Belsuites Victoria Park Group 2: 15 minutes before tour start time. Adina Apartments, Copthorne Hotel Auckland, Grand Mercure Hotel, Hilton Hotel Auckland, JUCY Snooze, M Social, Nesuto Stadium Apartments, Pullman Hotel, Queen Street Backpackers, SO/Auckland Group 3: 10 minutes before tour start time. AVANI Metropolis, Barclay Suites, CityLife Hotel Auckland, Heritage Hotel Auckland (Hobson Street), ibis Budget Auckland, Rydges Hotel Auckland, Stamford Plaza Auckland. Group 4: 5 minutes before tour start time. Crowne Plaza Auckland, Four Points by Sheraton, Airedale Boutique Suites Auckland, SkyCity Hotel, SkyCity Grand Hotel, YMCA Hostel Group 5: At tour start time or up to 10 minutes after. Cordis Hotel Auckland, Grand Millennium Hotel, Haka Lodge Auckland City, Kiwi International Hotel, VR Auckland City (Hobson Street), St Martins Waldorf Apartment Hotel, Tetra Serviced Apartments by Nesuto, YHA Auckland City Backpackers Passengers that miss their pick up will be required to meet the tour at the tour's first stop at their own expense to continue on the tour. No refunds will be given to late or no show passengers. Auckland Airport (Butterfly Creek) pick up must be requested and approved by our team in writing to receive your pick up time. Pick up time will normally be 20 - 30 minutes after the tour start time.
Ports:
Auckland Airport (pick up from Butterfly Creek main entrance)
Ports of Auckland (pick up from M Social Hotel)
Hotel pickup is offered. View the hotel list on our checkout page to see if yours is included among the pickup points.
Duration
13h
Additional information
Confirmation will be received at time of booking
Not wheelchair accessible
Minimum numbers apply. There is a possibility of cancellation after confirmation if there are not enough passengers to meet requirements. In the event of this occurring, you will be offered an alternative or full refund.
A moderate amount of walking is involved.
Due to uneven surfaces, this tour is not recommended for those with walking disabilities or using a wheelchair.
Stroller accessible
Near public transportation
Infant seats available
No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately.
Travellers should have a moderate physical fitness level
Children below 7 years old are required to travel in a child safety car seat. If you don't have a car seat one can be provided (with 24 hours notice).
This experience requires a minimum number of travellers. If it’s cancelled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
This tour/activity will have a maximum of 16 travellers
Itinerary
  • You'll get picked up
    See Important Information for details
  • Pass by
    Auckland Central
    Waikato Region
  • 1
    Pirongia
    Stop: 15 minutes
    See details
    Pass by
    Otorohanga
  • 2
    Waitomo Glowworm Caves
    Stop: 2 hours - Admission included
    See details
  • 3
    Waitomo Big Bird & Miniature Animal Petting Farm
    Stop: 10 minutes
    See details
  • 4
    Lake Rotorua
    Stop: 5 minutes
    See details
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Patricia C
Palmer, AK7 contributions
Wondrous.
Nov 2019
Our tour from Auckland was great, despite the intermittent rain. Our driver, Martin, was courteous and knowledgeable. His colleague, Andre, helped us understand the thermal park and gave a glimpse into Maori culture and traditional crafts. All in all, a worthy tour. Bravo!
Written 18 November 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Laura A
6 contributions
Nice! Had a good time
Oct 2019 • Solo
Very nice. The guide Michael was very kind, attentive and knew and explained a lot through the journey. The company seems to be quite serious and professional
I do not suggest booking the Maori show at TePuia since it seemed too unnatural. The buffet is expensive but if you are hungry and have a big stomach is a perfect lunch with a variety of foods, very tasty.
Written 24 October 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Lina P
Athens, Greece2 contributions
Excellently organized tour
Jun 2019 • Friends
Amazing one-day tour with Lance!
The communication with the team was excellent, we managed to book the tour the previous day (less than 12 hrs before) and everything was perfectly organized!
There is wi-fi in the van, plus snacks and water :) on our way back we even watched a movie and time passed by so fast! Our guide Lance accompanied us to the geothermal park where he toured us around providing information. We stopped to an amazing cafe for lunch and later on to an ice-cream parlor for dessert :D Everything was great great great, definitely recommended!
Written 9 June 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

DRosa
5 contributions
Loved the small group tour
Apr 2019 • Friends
Kraig was our tour guide. He was very knowledgeable about New Zealand and the Mouri culture. He made our long drive from Auckland to Waitomo so interesting and fun.
I highly recommend This tour company!
Written 22 April 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Niro K
Sao Paulo, SP147 contributions
Nice guide, great scenary
Mar 2019 • Solo
There are many companies that offer this day trip to Waitomo caves and the Rotorua thermal reserve. I chose Cheeky Kiwi on Viator because they had a better price for small groups. There were six passengers on a brand new Mercedes Sprint and our guide Louise was extremely nice. She knew everyone of us by name. She would stop the car to show us birds she could identify from a distance and was very acknowledged about the fauna, history, and geography. We were served water, cookies, and chips during the trip.
The visit to Waitomo caves was very interesting. The light emanating from the larvae was beautiful and worth the visit. As we were ahead of time, Louise took us on a scenic drive through the countryside. Just beautiful.
Te Puia is more than just a park but a cultural center about the Maori people. You get to know about the history and culture of this rich civilization. I did not do the ceremony performance which gave me 2 extra hours to explore the park by myself. Last, our group took the guided tour with the local guide.
I do recommend the company for this trip.
Written 25 March 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Canadabiker
Calgary, Canada10 contributions
Not a 5 star experience
Dec 2018 • Couples
We booked the Waitomo Cave / Rotorua tour and found out two days before that they were cancelling due to low number of customers. Fortunately we were able to accommodate their next tour. The attractions were very good but we were disappointed in the transportation. The driver / guides said very little during the 6 hours or more we were on the road. The biggest turnoff though was the "refreshments" provided. As we loaded our bags in the back of the van, he pulled a used plastic bag off the floor and then put it back on the floor in the passenger area. It contained a couple of bottles of water and opened bags of chips and a couple of random granola bars from a previously opened box. They were all obviously left over from the last trip or could have been weeks before but could have been stored and presented much better. Because this was the first thing on the trip, it really tainted the rest for me.
We were considering using this company again for our Milford Sound tour but rather went with a **** ******** Coach and had a much improved experience (at a lower cost).
Written 31 December 2018
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Austin T
1 contribution
Amazing tour, amazing tour guide
Nov 2018 • Friends
Probably the best guided tour I have ever been on. The locations speak for themselves and the smaller groups made the whole experience feel genuine and immersive.

Our tour guide Krieg was definitely the highlight and made the whole experience a standout. His incredible knowledge, insight and charisma made the tour a delight. He was clearly very passionate about not only our tour, but also the local culture.

Krieg made everyone feel welcome and ran the tour extremely smoothy. I cannot speak highly enough about Krieg and tours Cheeky Kiwi run.
Written 17 November 2018
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

rodneyh405
Honolulu, HI19 contributions
Long Way to Travel
Oct 2018 • Couples
Our Maouri guide was excellent in explaining the local customs and culture. However, the 3.5 hour drive one way to the Waitomo Caves was too long......even by car. Because there were only two of us, we were able to see sites that larger groups could not visit. While in the caves, the guide turned off the lights while we were walking. My wife slipped on the uneven edge and sprained her ankle and bloodied her knees. The guide did not offer any assistance during or after the tour. They could have offered to "ice" the ankle or offer her some medical assistance. However, the guide was just interested in a few "young" women and forgot about his responsibility---taking care of the entire group.
Written 6 November 2018
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
Inappropriate review after customer declined a refund, please read response in full. We will start with the small stuff. The drive to Waitomo is a maximum of 2.5 hours and the full length of the tour is described in tour descriptions. This incidence has been investigated thoroughly and incidence reports filed as safety is our number 1 priority. Your accident happened while in the care of the Waitomo guide not ours and the guide you are describing is the Waitomo guide not your Cheeky Kiwi tour guide for the day. The lights are turned out in the cave for you to experience it fully and there is plenty of warning this is going to happen. All health and safety measures are taken by Waitomo. The Cheeky Kiwi tour guide noticed you had fallen over as soon as you came out of the caves and asked you to check in the bathroom if you were ok. Both yourself and your husband ensured your guide you were ok and wanted to continue. Even though reassuring the guide you were ok the guide had you in the back of the bus with pillows (his driving pillow) under your leg. The guide was then checking on you for the rest of the day asking if you needed anything but was assured you were fine. Once arriving at the hotel your husband was going to collect ice as you got sorer toward the end of the ride home and the guide was assured he was not needed. After our guide doing all he could for you and you assuring him you were ok you contacted Viator and asked for a refund but were declined as you received your full tour, Cheeky Kiwi or Waitomo were not at fault for you falling over and all stages of the trip were saying you were ok. If you even need anything on our tours please let us know and our guides will go out of there way to do what they can. Our guide was devastated to see your comments and wished he had known you needed more at the time.
Written 7 November 2018
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
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ChariotOfFaith
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Superb tour and very fun trip!
The tour guide was friendly, entertaining, funny, accommodating and informative, provided refreshments along the wa
cristian s
cristian s
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Great day!! Great guide!!
Excellent day!! Our guide Mani was simply magnificent!! Right from his timely arrival in the morning to the incredi
Inspire738867
Inspire738867
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Fantabulous day trip
Tour guide Mani is a very enthusiastic and entertaining guide with lot of information. The time given for each loca
M6828DUlisao
M6828DUlisao
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Fantastic day out
We enjoyed this tour from start to finish. It was a fantastic day out. Our tour guide Mani was amazing. He had such
verbelmonte
verbelmonte
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Highly recommended
Mani is the friendliest tour guide and very knowledgeable of the place, Hot Beach experience is nice and worth comi
Wawabko
Wawabko
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Excellent Tour
We had a great time with our driver/guide Michael which made the tour more enjoyable. Great communication skills, v
Coaster80
Coaster80
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Book today
100% excellent - I booked the tour last year and could follow the booking numbers - I offered to withdraw as there
heritagead
heritagead
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Amazing sights and learned a lot about the area and its history
Our tour was informative and I had the pleasure of learning about New Zealand history and some of the great spots t
BarbaraH4036
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Te Anau to Milford Sound
Excellent communication. Lance was a most excellent driver and guide. We had a great day made even better by Lance'
KalGoeysinsup
KalGoeysinsup
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Fantastic day trip and tour guide!
Fantastic day trip. Thanks to Brendon. I do really enjoy the trip even though the weather was not great. Looking fo
vojtak574
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The most AMAZING MILFORD SOUND Tour ever!
We bought our tour from Queenstown and would definitely do it again. If you want to get the most out of your Milfo
Biggs1970
Biggs1970
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Great Customer Service - Above and Beyond.
I made a last minute booking with Cheeky Kiwi Travel and was surprised that they took my booking. Then it happened
EstherRDM
EstherRDM
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Fantastic day trip
Big thank you to Michael & Brendon for the amazing trip - you both were super hospitable, extremely friendly. Thank
Ryanmarie28
Ryanmarie28
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Great experience!
Amazing trip and awesome experience. Big thanks to Nick for making this trip great. You're such an awesome!. Hoping
maab901
maab901
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Awesome, great and worth it....
Thanks to Mr Michael Healey and Mr Manny (the man standing beside us) for a wonderful day during our trip. Keepin
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