My Driver on October 14th was Kenny. I found his commentary throughout the trip quite interesting. He was pleasant and answered questions freely. We were served a breakfast snack of fresh fruit at the start of the tour to eat on the bus which was yummy and much appreciated as I didn't take the time to track down breakfast beforehand. I believe that was included in the regular cost of the tour.
I selected this tour because of the free WiFi, but I don't think I ended up using it, so I don't know how good it was.
Our first stop was the Waitomo Glow Worm cave. The commentary provided by the cave guide was also very interesting. The glow worm cave itself was quite a sight!
I paid extra for lunch to be supplied on the tour and received that upon arriving back at the coach after the cave. It was delicious! I highly recommend payment for this add on as there is not really a lot of time at this location after the cave tour. It is probably possible to grab something from the on-site cafeteria, but one might have issues on a busy day, or prefer to take in the wonderful surroundings instead.
I continued on to do the Agrodome and te Puia tours. A yummy afternoon snack was provided after the tours. We were dropped off at our hotels and Kenny had already dropped my bags off for me while we were at our last tour.
If this is your first time in the area, and you're not driving yourself, this seems to be the best way to travel from Auckland to Rotorua (or vice versa). My one complaint would be the Agrodome. While there was nothing really wrong with it, I didn't feel I got anything out of it. While it was fun, it felt like wasted time. I would have rather used that extra time at te Puia to have more time to explore the Maori village or trails around the Thermal area.
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