Golden Triangle Experience - Overnight [3 Day Tour]

The best way for a first time visitor to experience New Zealand’s must-see destinations. Unwind in one of New Zealand’s most scenic highways, our Golden Triangle Experience has been intricately designed for those who wish to see iconic sites and magnificent treasures. New Zealand’s Golden Triangle Experience comprises the three most visited cities in the country's Waitomo, Rotorua and Matamata (Hobbiton), which are all connected to each other by good road links. Within a small radius, you can experience three cities of varying landscapes and get a taste of three very different and distinct sides of the country. Experience the Waitomo Triple Caves - Glowworm, Ruakuri & Aranui Caves before proceeding to Rotorua to experience Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, indulge in a fun afternoon at Skyline Rotorua by sliding through a luge ride. Finish your Golden Triangle Experience by visiting our Middle-Earth, The Hobbiton Movie Set Tour!

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  • What's included :
    • Accommodation included: 2 nights
    • Fully guided return transfers from Auckland
    • Complimentary pick up and drop off from Auckland CBD
    • Complimentary refreshments and water on board
    • A local English-speaking tour escort throughout the journey
    • Hand-picked accommodation included in our platinum and gold packages
    • Luxurious temperature controlled transportation
    • All entrance and activity fees
    • Exclusive immersive activities and interaction with local communities
    • Built-in leisure time, to explore destinations as you wish
    • Entry to Hobbiton Movie Set Tour
    • Free Beer or Ginger Beer or Cider in Green Dragon Inn
    • Entry to Waitomo Glowworm Caves
    • Entry to Aranui Caves
    • Entry to Ruakuri Caves
    • Entry to Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland
    • Entry to Lady Knox Geyser
    • Entry to Skyline Rotorua Including Gondola & Luge Rides
    • Entry/Admission - Waitomo Glowworm Caves
    • Entry/Admission - Aranui Cave
    • Entry/Admission - Ruakuri Cave
    • Entry/Admission - Lady Knox Geyser
    • Entry/Admission - Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland
    • Entry/Admission - Waiotapu Boardwalk/ Mud Pool
    • Entry/Admission - Skyline Rotorua
    • Entry/Admission - Hobbiton Movie Set
    What's excluded :
    • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
    • Hand-picked accommodation excluded in our silver and bronze package
    • Entry to Deluxe Lake Spa

  • Day 1: Auckland to Waitomo with Overnight Stay in Rotorua

    Stop At: Waitomo Glowworm Caves, 39 Waitomo Village Road, Waitomo Caves 3943 New Zealand
    Discover an ancient world 30 million years in the making and marvel at Mother Nature’s light display as you glide silently through the starry wonderland of the Glowworm Grotto. Experience the serene ambience as you enter this galaxy of tiny living lights. The glowworm (Arachnocampa Luminosa) is unique to New Zealand, making the Waitomo Glowworm Caves an absolute must-do. See thousands of these tiny creatures as they radiate their unmistakable luminescent light in a subterranean world.

    Our guided tour will take you through over 250 metres of stunning underground scenery commencing with the impressive Cathedral. Many of our current guides are descendants of the Maori chief who originally explored the cave and can share with you the remarkable history of the area.

    Enjoy the world famous boat ride under thousands of magical glowworms

    Walk through the majestic Cathedral Cave famous for its acoustics

    Enjoy listening to stories about Maori culture from our local guides

    Guided since the late 1880s, this is the original iconic New Zealand attraction.
    Duration: 1 hour

    Stop At: Aranui Cave, 39 Waitomo Caves Road Ruakuri Scenic Reserve, Otorohanga 3977 New Zealand
    This tour mixes two of Waitomo’s most fascinating caves, the Waitomo Glowworm Caves, and intimate Aranui Cave. Join the guided walking tour through an enchanted forest and learn about the native New Zealand landscape and flora. Enjoy this educational tour as you discover some of Waitomo’s largest public stalactites, stunning rock formations and the infamous cave-dwelling weta colony.
    Duration: 1 hour

    Stop At: Ruakuri Cave, Waitomo Caves 3977 New Zealand
    If you’re looking for a truly unforgettable glowworm experience, then our most popular combo is for you! Go with the glow and visit both the world-famous Waitomo Glowworm Caves, as well as enchanting Ruakuri Cave. Discover thousands of illuminating glowworms as you explore these glittering underground worlds on two walking tours.
    Duration: 2 hours

    No meals included on this day.
    Accommodation included: You can find your own accommodation in Rotorua or upgrade your experience to have accommodation included (charges apply)

    Day 2: Explore Rotorua Thermal Wonderland with Skyline Gondola & Luge Adventure

    Stop At: Lady Knox Geyser, 201 Waiotapu Loop Road, Rotorua 3073 New Zealand
    Come and see the history and beauty of the Lady Knox Geyser at 10.15am every day. Presented by our fantastic staff in a natural amphitheatre. Lady Knox Geyser provides a unique opportunity to see an eruption to heights of 10 to 20 metres.
    Duration: 30 minutes

    Stop At: Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, 201 Waiotapu Loop Road Rd 3, Rotorua 3073 New Zealand
    Sculptured out of volcanic activity and thousands of years in the making, Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland is considered to be New Zealand’s most colourful and diverse geothermal sightseeing attraction. You are introduced to a uniquely different natural landscape – the key to what you see lies below the surface – one of the most extensive geothermal systems in New Zealand, extending over 18-sq. km.
    Duration: 2 hours

    Stop At: Waiotapu Boardwalk/ Mud Pool, Waiotapu Loop Road, Wai-O-Tapu New Zealand
    Visit the Mud Pool to complete your experience at Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland. The largest mud pool in New Zealand, it was originally the site of a large mud volcano which was destroyed through erosion in the 1920’s.
    Duration: 30 minutes

    Stop At: Skyline Rotorua, 178 Fairy Springs Road, Fairy Springs, Rotorua 3015, New Zealand
    Your journey here begins by taking a scenic Gondola ride up the side of the dormant volcano Mount Ngongotaha (487 metres above sea level)

    There is so much to do at the top including taking the best views of Rotorua

    Included in this package is a Gondola ride which takes 7 minutes one way

    Included in this package - 4 x Luge rides per person on this tour.

    Take the driving seat with gravity-fueled Skyline Luge, the thrill ride for all ages

    A world first proudly designed and built in Rotorua. Enjoy a fun-filled gravity ride on a three wheel cart using a unique braking and steering system, giving rider full control.

    Hop on the chairlift to return to the top and do it all again!
    Duration: 3 hours

    No meals included on this day.
    Accommodation included: You can find your own accommodation in Rotorua or upgrade your experience to have accommodation included (charges apply)

    Day 3: Hobbiton Movie Set Tour Experience & Return Back to Auckland

    Stop At: Hobbiton Movie Set, 501 Buckland Road Matamata, Hinuera 3472 New Zealand
    ​​Experience the real Middle-earth with a visit to the Hobbiton Movie Set, featured in The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit films. The Hobbiton Movie Set Tour is where Peter Jackson filmed his famous Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit film trilogies. Once we arrive, you spend 30-45 mins shopping in the official Hobbiton Gift Shop and grabbing a drink or a bite in the famous Shire’s Rest Cafe.

    Fall in love with the Alexander family sheep farm, just as acclaimed director Sir Peter Jackson did, as you journey through the unequivocal beauty of the land, with the mighty Kaimai Ranges towering in the distance. Your guide will then escort you around the set, showing the intricate detailing, pointing out the most famous locations and explaining how the movie magic was made.

    You will be fully guided around the 12 acre set; past Hobbit Holes, the Mill and into the world-famous Green Dragon Inn, where you will be presented with a complimentary, exclusive Hobbit Southfarthing beverage to conclude your own Middle-earth adventure.

    After you finish your amazing golden triangle experience, we make our way through the scenic roads of Waikato back to Auckland city.
    Duration: 3 hours

    No meals included on this day.
    No accommodation included on this day.
  • Departure Point :
    Grand Mercure Auckland, 8 Customs Street East, Auckland CBD, Auckland 1010, New Zealand
    Traveler pickup is offered
    Common Pickup Location in Auckland City: Grand Mercure Hotel, 8 Customs Street East, Auckland CBD, Auckland 1010
    Departure Time :
    6:30 AM
    Return Detail :
    Returns to original departure point
    Hotel Pickup :
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Stroller accessible
    • Near public transportation
    • Infants must sit on laps
    • Infant seats available
    • Most travelers can participate
    • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
    • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
    • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
    • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
    • Face masks required for guides in public areas
    • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
    • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
    • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
    • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
    • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
    • Guides required to regularly wash hands
    • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
    • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
  • You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.
  • If you cancel at least 7 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee.
    If you cancel between 3 and 6 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is a 50 percent cancellation fee.
    If you cancel within 2 day(s) of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.



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