Waitomo Caves and Kiwi House Tours
You will be picked up from your hotel or airport accommodation and we will head south of Auckland for approximately 1 hour when we begin to follow the mighty Waikato River. This river is New Zealand’s longest river and winds some 425 kilometres throughout the centre of the north island. The name Waikato comes from the Maori language and translates as flowing water. The Waikato River has spiritual meaning for various local iwi, including the Tainui tribe. The widely-respected marae of Turangawaewae which is the home of the present Maori King.
On arrival at Waitomo Caves you will enter the Glowworm Caves, where you will see a deep limestone shaft and a soaring subterranean cathedral that will leave you speechless before you hop aboard your little boat and are enchanted by the thousands of magical glow-worms above as you glide gently and quietly through these world famous Caves.
After lunch we stop at the Otorohanga Kiwi House to view New Zealand’s national bird, the flightless nocturnal rare Kiwi. There is also opportunity to view the pre historic ancient reptile the Tuatara which are hiding within an enclosure along with some of our native birds within the park. Timing it right, we will see feeding time for the great spotted kiwi.
- Return transport from Auckland in our luxury Mercedes Van with full commentary
- Tui Tours guide with you for the whole day
- Admissions and guided tour of Waitomo Caves and Kiwi House
- Pick up and drop off at inner city or airport accommodation
Duration approx 8 hours
Departure time by arrangement