Tauranga Shore Excursion: Waitomo Caves and The Kiwi House
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Tauranga Shore Excursion: Waitomo Caves and The Kiwi House

6 h
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About this activity
This approximately 6-hour tour leaves the Port of Tauranga or local accommodation (within the Tauranga, Mt Maunganui/early Papamoa area) at 8:30am (or at a time suitable to ship arrival/departure times, or as arranged with clients staying locally), then travels over the Kaimai Ranges through the verdant Waikato District (New Zealand's top dairy-farming area) and the historic rocks of the Hinuera Valley.

A stop is made at the Karapiro Look-out, above Karapiro Lake, before travelling on to the Waitomo Caves, where expert guides will give interesting and informative facts on the historical and geographical aspects of the caves.


You will view spectacular stalactites and stalagmites as you enter "The Cathedral" which has such excellent acoustics that the Vienna Boys' Choir have recorded there. This will be followed by a boat trip to the Glow Worm Grotto.

On the return trip, you will enjoy a stop at the Kiwi House in Otorohanga. Travel back along the scenic route which will cross over the Arapuni Dam. You will be able to purchase lunch on the way if you want to.
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  • Driver/guide
  • Live commentary on board
  • Port pickup and drop-off
  • Transport by air-conditioned minivan
Not included
  • Food and drinks
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • A minimum of 2 people per booking is required
Joan R
4 | 2019-04-25

Waitomo Caves were very good. However Kiwi House was average caged zoo with one kiwi bird in darkened room behind glass.

benjamin t
5 | 2017-12-07

Incredible tour!! Seeing the magical glow worms was spectacular!! Our driver was wonderful, friendly, knowledgeable, and kind. Wonder of wonders, we saw a kiwi up close......amazing! Highly recommend this excursion. Well organized and comfortable!!

Dorothy R
5 | 2016-11-29

This tour was a great one also, I can't remember the mans name that took us in his van. He was the best on the whole trip. He knew the country and told us all about everything as a went along, and knew all the best little things we would like. We memtioned we had never had meat pies, and we stopped at a very little town and had the best little meat pies. He also stopped at a river and told us all about the country. He knew all about the wine and would be the best for a wine tour.

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