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    Day 1: Auckland to Rotorua

    Stop At: Waitomo Glowworm Caves, 39 Waitomo Village Road, Waitomo Caves 3943 New Zealand
    Hobbiton, Waitomo Caves, Rotorua, Huka Falls & Taupo! Join us on this fully guided small group tour to all the top tourist attractions in the North Island. A tour not to be missed for fantastic couple of days away.

    Beginning with a pickup from your Auckland accommodation, we travel through the Waikato region, the world's most extensive dairy farming region and the site of numerous historical battles on the way to Waitomo Caves. We make a short stop at a fantastic bakery where you have the option to purchase something yummy for breakfast.

    Once in Waitomo you will be guided by a direct descendant of the person that discovered the Waitomo caves over a century ago. Experience beautiful cave formations, stalagmites, stalactites, thousands of glowworms, and finally exit the underworld via a gentle glowworm grotto boat ride.
    Duration: 2 hours

    Stop At: Hobbiton Movie Set, 501 Buckland Road Matamata, Hinuera 3472 New Zealand
    After our Waitomo Caves exploration we make our way to Middle Earth and the Hobbiton Movie Set in Matamata. We stop for lunch along the way or at the Alexander Family Sheep Farm and Shires Rest - Hobbiton Movie Sets cafe with amazing food. Next we board one of the official big green Hobbiton buses to depart on a 2 hour fully guided tour of this amazing 12-acre movie set with a professional Hobbiton guide and finish your experience with a complimentary beverage at the famous The Green Dragon Inn.
    Duration: 2 hours

    Pass By: Lake Rotorua, Rotorua New Zealand
    We then continue our journey to the famous geothermal wonderland of Rotorua to check into your hotel for the night. Here you can choose to either relax with free time, or join the optional Maori Cultural dinner experience and show at Tamaki Maori Village (additional cost). This is a multi award-winning experience which we highly recommend!

    No meals included on this day.
    No accommodation included on this day.

    Day 2: Rotorua to Auckland

    Stop At: Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, 201 Waiotapu Loop Road Rd 3, Rotorua 3073 New Zealand
    Day 2 begins with a 9 am pickup from your hotel, allowing you time for breakfast.

    Traveling just 20 minutes south, we arrive at Wai-O-Tapu, the geothermal wonderland, ranked by Trip Advisor as one of the most surreal places on Earth. Here you will have a fully guided tour of the geothermal features on offer, including the impressive geothermal activity of Lady Knox geyser, Champagne Lake, Devils Bath, Artists Pallet and more.
    Duration: 2 hours

    Stop At: Huka Falls Rd, Taupo, Hinuera New Zealand
    Our next stop is the truly mind blowing and powerful Huka Falls, before continuing to New Zealand's largest lake - Lake Taupo.
    Duration: 1 hour

    Stop At: Lake Taupo, Taupo Marina New Zealand
    After some free time for lunch in Taupo we begin to make our way back to Rotorua and then Auckland, with lots of activities and interesting stories along the way. We then drop you back to your Auckland or Rotorua accommodation to finish the tour.
    Duration: 2 hours

    No meals included on this day.
    No accommodation included on this day.
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    Important Information
    Departure Point
    Traveler pickup is offered
    Auckland hotel pick up times:
    Hotel pick-ups are from the below hotels only, starting up to 20 mins before your tour time. Please be waiting in your accommodation's lobby or outside no later than this time to avoid missing your pick up and tour. No refunds given for no show passengers.

    Group 1:
    20 minutes before tour start time.
    Sofitel Hotel Auckland.
    Group 2:
    15 minutes before tour start time.
    Adina Apartments, Copthorne Hotel Auckland, Grand Mercure Hotel, Hilton Hotel Auckland, SO/ Hotel Auckland, JUCY Snooze, M Social, Pullman Hotel, Queen Street Backpackers, Waldorf Bankside Apartments, Waldorf Celestion Apartment Hotel, Waldorf Stadium Apartments.
    Group 3:
    10 minutes before tour start time
    AVANI Metropolis, Barclay Suites, Base Backpackers, CityLife Hotel Auckland, Heritage Hotel Auckland, Ibis Budget Auckland, Rydges hotel Auckland, Stamford Plaza Auckland.
    Group 4:
    5 minutes before tour start time
    Crowne Plaza Auckland, Scenic Hotel Auckland, SKYCITY Hotel, SKYCITY Grand Hotel.
    Group 5: At tour start time or up to 10 minutes after.
    Auckland City Hotel, Cordis Hotel Auckland, Grand Millennium Hotel, Kiwi International Hotel, Waldorf St Martins Aparthotel, YHA Auckland City, VR Hotel.
    Ports
    Auckland Airport (pick up from Butterfly Creek, 10 Tom Pearce Drive)
    Ports Of Auckland (Pick up from M Social Hotel)

    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 15-20 minutes after the tour start time.

    Ports
    Auckland Airport (pick up from Butterfly Creek, 10 Tom Pearce Drive), Ports Of Auckland (Pick up from M Social Hotel)
    Departure Time
    6:00 AM
    Duration
    2 days
    Inclusions
    • Bottled water
    • Snacks
    • Driver/guide
    • Live commentary on board
    • Hotel pickup and drop-off (select and stated hotels only)
    • WiFi on board
    • Air-conditioned vehicle
    • Transport in modern, comfortable minibus
    • Entry/Admission - Waitomo Glowworm Caves
    • Entry/Admission - Hobbiton Movie Set
    • Entry/Admission - Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland
    Exclusions
    • Alcoholic drinks (available to purchase)
    • Food and drinks, unless specified
    • Gratuities
    • Souvenir photos (available to purchase)
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    Additional Info
    • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
    • 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.
    • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately.
    • Children below 5 years old are required to travel in a child safety car seat. If you don't have a car seat one can be rented from us for $50 per child (with 24 hours’ notice). Children between 5-7 years old are also recommended to be in a booster seat for their safety.
    • Stroller accessible
    • Near public transportation
    • Infant seats available
    • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
    • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled 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 travelers
    Cancellation Policy
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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    My husband and I did 2 Cheeky Kiwi Travel tours in February 2019 and we enjoyed both trips immensely. Hats off to the best tour guide, Kreig Leitchze, who made our trips so memorable with snacks, picnic lunch at the Cathedral Cove, a bottle of New Zealand red wine, cheese, etc.
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    By: Cheeky Kiwi Travel
    723 reviews
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    Pietro_BG_90
    Milan, Italy
    20
    Hobbiton and Waitomo caves
    Great Tour. Our guide, Michael, picked us up on time and gave us plenty of information on Auckland and
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    pjcarnot
    La Jolla, California
    62
    Great day, great guide
    We were in a van with 4 others led by an adorable, knowledgeable guide named Kenny. It was a special day and we
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    aideen50
    50
    Brilliant trip
    I really enjoyed this trip. My tour guide Mike was brilliant and knowledgeable. Waiotapu was one of the most
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    WHuntca
    Irvine, California
    10
    Hobbiton
    Just finished Hobbiton tour with Kenna.Learned a lot about movie set and Countryside along the way!Would highly
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    meganhawksley
    10
    Full day of fun!
    Kenna was an excellent guide from Auckland to Hobbiton. She had so much energy for an early wake up call and it
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    I956JTdiana
    Central Romania, Romania
    30
    Excellent experience...
    The movie sets are amazing... it is a tiny special world of fantasy where you would definitely want to get lost.
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    KevinS4025
    10
    Hobbiton is pretty awesome with Cheeky Kiwi Tours
    Kenna and Lou from Cheeky Kiwi Tours were awesome. They looked after us and their knowledge of the area and the
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    mayb772
    Sydney, Australia
    51
    What a Day!
    What a great day we've had with Grant and Cheeky Kiwi tour. Glow worms, Hobbiton, steak lunch at a lovely spot and
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    CDVDWAUS
    30
    Excellent Tour- Wai-o-tapu & Te Puia
    Our Tour guide Grant was a lovely man and an excellent tour guide. He was very informative and made the day fun
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    colinc593
    10
    Small group tour with add ons
    Did waiu-te-Pau as well. Well informed guide who made us feel welcome and kept us refreshed. Was amazing to see
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    tomast907
    11
    A perfect day!
    The tour was so perfect! Everything on time and the cheeky driver, Michael, was very attentive and friendly! I
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    Excursion606979
    10
    Shirley
    The tour inside Hobbiton was a bit rush. Not sufficient time to take pictures. I prefer to be more relaxed to
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    islandpridez
    10
    Excellent Tour
    Our tour guides Andre and Emelia were excellent, learned alot about New Zealand from them. It was a long ride from
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    Navigate518009
    10
    Excellent trip
    Tour guides were excellent and a good way to check off two worthwhile attractions in a one day excursion
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    Gustav S
    Uppsala, Sweden
    41
    Great tour
    Was a really well executed tour from our guide Martin. Lots of nice information about NZ when traveling in the bus.
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