Golden Triangle Experience - Overnight [3 Day Tour]

The best way for a first-time visitor to experience New Zealand’s must-see destinations. Our Golden Triangle experience has been intricately designed for those who wish to see iconic sites and magnificent treasures. If you only have a short time in New Zealand, it’s the perfect route to get a taste for what this wild country is all about, and you’ll immerse in the rich and vibrant culture. 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 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.

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Duration 3 days
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  • What's included :
    • 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
    • Luxurious temperature controlled transportation
    • Admission to fully guided 45 minutes experience Waitomo Glow Worm Cave
    • Boat ride on an underground stream through the Waitomo Glowworm Caves
    • Admission to fully guided 75 minutes experience Waitomo Ruakuri Cave
    • Admission to fully guided 75 minutes experience Waitomo Aranui Cave
    • Admission to full day pass at Te Puia Geothermal Valley
    • Rotorua city highlights – Government gardens, thermal springs & Polynesian spa
    • Admission to 2 hour fully guided experience at Hobbiton movie set
    • Complimentary Hobbiton beverages - Ale, cider, ginger beer or an English dark beer
    • Marvel at awe-inspiring stalactites and stalagmites during the iconic Glow-worm Caves
    • Walk through the Cathedral Cave and experience the amazing acoustics.
    • See more glow-worms than you could ever imagine all lighting up above your head!
    • Discover Waitomo’s longest underground guided walking tour as you explore Ruakuri Cave
    • Marvel at unique rock formations, subterranean rivers, and thousands of glow-worms
    • Discover the stalactites, stalagmites, flowstones and decorative formations of Aranui Caves
    • Chance to see the towering water jets of Pōhutu Geyser
    • A captivating experience of the Whakarewarewa thermal wonderland
    • Remarkable 360-degree views of the rolling Kaimai Range
    • Chance to step into a real The Lord of the Rings film set
    • Opportunity to have a drink at the cosy Green Dragon Inn
    • Amazing photo opportunities in front of every hobbit holes
    • Entry/Admission - Waitomo Glowworm Caves
    • Entry/Admission - Aranui Cave
    • Entry/Admission - Ruakuri Cave
    • Entry/Admission - Te Puia
    • Entry/Admission - Hobbiton Movie Set
    What's excluded :
    • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
    • Accommodation
    • Access to Wi-Fi on board for a small surcharge
    • Child safety car seat rental NZD $50.00 plus booking fees payable directly (with 24 hours’ notice).

  • Day 1: Waitomo Triple Cave Experience - Glowworm Cave, Aranui Cave, Rukauri Cave & 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.
    No accommodation included on this day.

    Day 2: Rotorua City Highlights, Te Puia Geothermal Valley & Overnight Stay in Rotorua

    Stop At: Government Gardens, Queens Dr 9 Queens Dr, Rotorua New Zealand
    his day we start our morning exploring the geothermal city highlights by visiting the stunning locations in the heart of Rotorua. Explore historic gardens that surround a Tudor-style spa bath house and an ornate Mediterranean-style public swimming pool. Peer through the steam into ancient bubbling geothermal pools.
    Duration: 30 minutes

    Stop At: Te Puia, Hemo Road, Rotorua New Zealand
    Situated five minutes from central Rotorua, Te Puia is an iconic destination for visitors featuring the world famous Pohutu Geyser, Māori cultural performances, live Kiwi, boiling mud pools, native bush and the National Schools of Wood Carving and Weaving. Feel the warm welcome of Māori guides from the moment you walk into Te Puia past the twelve monumental carvings – Te Heketanga a Rangi reaching skywards.Explore Te Puia’s unique Whakarewarewa geothermal valley home to the world famous Pohutu Geyser, which erupts up to twenty times a day, and up to thirty metres high into the air.

    The rest of the day you can Wander through vibrant Rotorua or you can choose to experience additional tour options of your choice.
    Duration: 3 hours

    No meals included on this day.
    No accommodation included on this day.

    Day 3: Middle Earth Experience - Hobbiton Movie Set Tour and return 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 :
    Mövenpick Hotel Auckland, 8 Customs Street East, Auckland CBD, Auckland 1010, New ZealandTraveler pickup is offered
    Departure Time :
    06:30 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
    • Infant seats available
    • COVID-19 precautions -Safety measures in place. All areas that exposed to customers are frequently cleaned & sanitised.
    • Souvenir photos are available for purchase after your tour.
    • The caves are accessible to those with reasonable mobility, as there are good handrails and paths. There is no wheelchair access.
    • Aranui Cave has a natural cave entrance and is the smallest and most delicate of Waitomo's three main caves. As a dry cave without a river running through it, it houses very little life past its entrance.
    • Caves average at a temperature of 16-17 degrees year round.
    • Boat tour capacity is up to 23 people.
    • We stay dry – the tour does not involve using a wet suit or abseiling or river rapids, it’s very easy.
    • Tours are suitable for people of all ages and average fitness. Our scenic walks are short and optional. Please let our guide know at check in if you have any fitness concerns.
    • Licensed bar available at Te Puia, drinks available for purchase at additional cost.
    • We are able to accommodate a stroller or a pram, provided it is fully collapsible and can fit in the luggage compartment of our buses.
    • This experience requires a minimum number of travellers. If it’s cancelled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.
    • Please wear comfortable clothing suitable for the conditions, walking shoes, sun protection, jacket/warm layer & essential personal items.
    • Bring a camera or a phone with camera capability as these locations are the perfect place to get some great travel photos.
    • No photography is permitted inside the Waitomo caves, and cameras and Go Pros cannot be taken on the tour.
    • Photography is permitted in Ruakuri Cave & Aranui Cave
    • No backpacks or large bags allowed in cave due to delicate formations.
    • Easy and good fitness level required.
    • This is a guided walking tour and sensible walking footwear is recommended.
    • You must be able to climb and descend stairs and walk on unpaved or uneven terrain.
    • You must be at least 18 years of age and present a valid photo ID in order to consume alcohol.
    • 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
    • Regular temperature checks for staff
    • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
    • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
    • COVID-19 vaccination required for guides
  • 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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