New Zealand

Great Sights - Rotorua Return

Location:Rotorua

GS39 Discover Rotorua Morning Sights

Enjoy a morning sightseeing tour around three of Rotorua's iconic visitor attractions.

Experience Te Puia, a place of Maori culture and a thermal wonderland of impressive geysers and boiling mud pools. Explore Rainbow Springs Nature Park, which showcases native flora and fauna as well as the New Zealand Kiwi. Then see NZ's agricultural industry in action with a sheep shearing display and sheep dog trials at the Agrodome.

Highlights:

  • Half Day Tour
  • Complimentary Hotel Pick up /drop off available
  • Te Puia Thermal Reserve & Maori Arts and Crafts Institute
  • Rainbow Springs Nature Park
  • Agrodome Sheep Show 

Optional Add Ons:

Skyline Skyrides Gondola - Travel on the Skyline Gondola up the side of Mount Ngongotaha.  From 487 metres above sea level there is a stunning panoramic view over Rotorua's main centre, Lake Rotorua and it environs.  A delicious lunch is available at extra cost, and the oppoortunity to experience the thrill of a luge ride (additional cost). 

Waitomo Glowworm Caves - Travel through these underground limestone caverns on a 45 minute guided tour and hear how the amazing stalactites, stalagmites and other weird and wonderful rock formations were formed over 30 million years.  Travel by boat along an underground stream while above tiny glowworms illuminate the cavern.

Hobbiton Move Set - Enjoy a scenic drive across the Kaimai Ranges to the picturesque 1,250 acre farm near Matamata where scenes from the Lord of the Rings and Hobbit movies were filmed. Learn how this beautiful farmland was transformed into The Shire from Middle-earth.

GS37AN Waitomo Glowworm Caves (from Rotorua)

Experience stunning scenery above and below ground on a sightseeing day tour from Rotorua to the fascinating Waitomo Glowworm Caves.

Leaving Rotorua in the morning, travel through lush farmland, enjoying commentary from your local driver guide, who will point out sites of interest like Fitzgerald Glade, where trees have formed a tunnel of natural greenery arching over the road. On arrival in Waitomo take a guided tour through the Waitomo Glowworm Caves. See vaulted caverns, stalactites and stalagmites and hear how these limestone formations were created over millions of years. Your tour ends with a boat ride through the Glowworm Grotto, a subterranean cavern illuminated by the lights of thousands of tiny glowworms – it's magical!

Highlights:

  • Half Day Tour
  • Waitomo Glowworm Caves Tour

GS40H/42H Hobbiton Movie Set Tour (from Rotorua)

Take a half-day tour from Rotorua to the Hobbiton Movie Set and take a tour of the farm that was transformed intoThe Shire for the award-winning Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit movie trilogies. The home of Tolkien's beloved hobbits Bilbo, Frodo, Sam, Merry and Pippin has been preserved since filming wrapped, and now draws visitors from around the world.

Highlights:

  • Half Day Tour
  • Hobbiton Movie Set Tour

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