Leaving Auckland in the morning, we travel through the lush farmland of the Waikato and King Country regions. Your experienced local driver guide will provide entertaining commentary and point out historical sites of interest including Rangiriri, the location of a major battle in the Maori Land Wars in 1863. On arrival in the small town of Waitomo, enjoy a 45-minute guided tour through the world famous Waitomo Glowworm Caves with their amazing stalactites, stalagmites, towering caverns and other rock formations. Your tour finishes with a short but magical boat ride through the Glowworm Grotto – an underground cavern illuminated by the twinkling lights of thousands of tiny glowworms. Leaving Waitomo, enjoy a delicious picnic style lunch en route to Rotorua, in the heart of the Central North Island. Visit the Agrodome on the outskirts of Rotorua and take a tour of an organic working farm in all terrain vehicles. Get an insight into farming life in New Zealand as you see sheep-shearers in action and view a livesheep dog trial. At the conclusion of the Agrodome tour, we make our way to Te Puia, one of New Zealand's foremost cultural venues. At Te Puia's marae (meeting house) you will receive a traditional welcome and be invited to experience a Maori cultural performance, in which ancient and modern stories are told through song, dance, poi and stick games. You'll gain an understanding of this unique culture and its history and be thoroughly entertained by the talented and charismatic performers. Next, venture into a landscape unlike any other with a guided tour of the bubbling mudpools and active geysers of the Whakarewarewa Thermal Valley. See the world-famous Pohutu geyser unleash vapour jets up to 30 metres high. The tour also includes a visit to Te Puia's woodcarving and weaving schools, where apprentices are trained in these traditional skills by master carvers and weavers. After your full day Waitomo and Rotorua tour, board the coach for the return journey to Auckland. A delicious afternoon snack, including traditional Maori rewana bread, can be enjoyed en route.
Or Instead of the Agrodome farm tour you can do this alternative options :
Zorb Experience :
Is the classic ZORB ride with some water thrown in (don't worry - the water is warm during winter and cool during summer). After your downhill adventure you will rejoin your group in time for your Maori and geothermal experience at Te Puia.
Skyline Gondola Ride:
Board the Rotorua Skyline Gondola that will take you up Mt Ngongotaha, 487 metres above sea level. Enjoy panaromic views over Rotorua and the lake, take a walk on one of the nature trails or ride the luge which has over 4 kilometers of thrilling and scenic tracks. Rejoin your group in time for your Maori and geothermal experience at Te Puia.
Opt for a tranquil spa experience, relaxing in the shallow alkaline rock pools at Polynesian Spa. You will be surrounded by revitalizing native New Zealand flora, natural rocks and the sound of waterfalls, with views over Lake Rotorua. The pools will leave your skin soft and supple and relaxed. Rejoin your group in time for your tour of Te Puia.