Golden Triangle Experience



Waitomo Caves
Waitomo Caves



Tour Summary

The best way for a first time visitor to experience New Zealand’s must-see destinations. Unwind on 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. 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.

Tour Highlights

  • Enjoy a scenic drive through lush countryside with excellent photo opportunity

  • Marvel at the thousands of glow-worms as you ride on a boat

  • Immerse yourself in geology and history of the Waitomo caves with the help of a tour guide

  • Discover the stalactites, stalagmites, flowstones and decorative formations of Aranui Caves

  • Embrace nature’s sanctuary and slip into five mineral hot pools overlooking Lake Rotorua.

  • Plenty of time in a landscape of steaming thermal waters

  • Explore the incredible Lady Knox geyser eruption with heights of 10 to 20 metres

  • Explore the amazing Wai-o-Tapu thermal wonderland geothermal walk including the truly fascinating champagne pool

  • Discover surreal beauty and dramatic geothermal landscapes

  • Skyline Gondola ride which takes 7 minutes one way

  • Skyline luge rides

  • Chance to step into a real The Lord of the Rings movie set

  • Remarkable 360-degree views of the rolling Kaimai Range

  • Opportunity to have a drink at the cosy Green Dragon Inn

  • Amazing photo opportunities at the colourful Hobbiton village

Tour Inclusion

  • Fully guided return transfers from Auckland

  • Complimentary pick up and drop off from Auckland CBD

  • Complimentary refreshments and water on board

  • Access to Wi-Fi on board for a small surcharge

  • A local English-speaking tour escort throughout the journey

  • Hand-picked accommodation, selected to immerse you in your destination

  • Luxurious temperature controlled transportation in a minibus

  • All entrance and activity fee excluding add-on activity

  • Exclusive immersive activities and interaction with local communities

  • Built-in leisure time, to explore destinations as you wish

Tour Description

Day 1: Waitomo Glowworm Cave, Aranui Cave and Ruakuri Cave


Discover all that Waitomo has to offer with this super scenic Triple Cave experience, where you’ll discover three of the most breathe taking, magical caves in Waitomo and in New Zealand. There’s so much to do! Above ground attractions combine with underground attractions to create two Landscapes. See thousands of these tiny creatures as they radiate their unmistakable luminescent light in a subterranean world. The high chambers, magnificent limestone formations and the pale brown, pink and white shades of the huge stalactites in the Aranui Cave are truly spectacular. At Ruakuri cave, experience a captivating blend of the most compelling subterranean experiences (including glowworms), it will leave you open-mouthed, awe-struck and humbled by the sheer majesty of nature.


After a magical and mesmerizing experience at the caves, relax for an overnight stay in Rotorua.

Day 2: Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland and Skyline Gondala & Luge


Experience a land where myth and legend come to life, where the earth boils, mud heals, and steam disappears into the clouds above. Explore spectacular nature at New Zealand's most colourful natural volcanic park. and provide a wide range of amazing photo opportunities at unique features including the world famous Champagne Pool, naturally coloured hot and cold springs,  bubbling mud, steaming ground, expansive vistas, huge volcanic craters and sinter terrace formations. 


Our second destination to Skyline, a Fun, Family-Friendly Rotorua Activity! Jump on-board one of the eight-seater Gondola cabins and experience spectacular views of Lake Rotorua, the city and steaming geothermal vistas. Nestle into a Luge cart and zip off with friends or family to discover who has the skills to master the Luge. First up, ride the sweeping bends of the Scenic track through the Redwoods Forest.  After a stunning chair-lift ride back to the top, the Intermediate and Advanced tracks await. Once Is Never Enough! 

Suggested activity/Add-on [Optional] : Deluxe Lake Spa


Enhance your Rotorua enchanting experience by escaping to Polynesian Spa and unlock nature’s gift in Rotorua. Your soul will thank you for it.


Nestled on the shores of Lake Rotorua lies Polynesian Spa – a geothermal bathing and soul soothing retreat, where you can experience wellness sourced from Rotorua’s very own backyard.  Channeling the geothermal marvels in its backyard, waters from two natural springs are fed into the 28 hot mineral pools at Polynesian Spa. The slightly acidic Priest Spring relieves tired muscles, aches and pains while the alkaline waters of the Rachel Spring nourish skin.


After the therapeutic spa, relax at our overnight stay in Rotorua


Day 3 Hobbiton Movie Set Tour &  Return to Auckland

After departing the Lake Rotorua area, your coach will take you across the scenic Mamaku Ranges and through the native Fitzgerald Glade before arriving in the Waikato Region and the rolling hills of 'The Shire'.

Located 10 minutes away from the bustling Matamata Township the Shires Rest sits among the hills on a private working farm awaiting our arrival. Walk into the real-world landscape of Middle Earth on a walking tour of the Hobbiton™ Movie Set, where you get a behind-the-scenes look at ‘The Lord of the Rings’ and ‘The Hobbit.’ Pause at the Green Dragon™ Inn to for a draft of Hobbit™ Southfarthing™, see the remarkable detailing that brought Hobbiton™ to life on screen, and visit the places where key scenes were created.  Get lost among the hobbit holes and visit the Green Dragon Inn, the mill and the Party Tree. Listen to spell-binding tales of how Hobbiton came to be.


After returning to Matamata, re-join the luxury coach to travel through majestic tree-lined town that sits at the heart of New Zealand’s rural heartland to visit Lake Karapiro, a man-made lake on the Waikato River and is renowned as a world-class rowing venue. With a green treat we return back to Auckland.

Tour Requirements

  • Comfortable walking shoes

  •  A minimum of 2 people are required for this tour to operate.

  • Comfortable walking shoes

  • Sunglasses, sunscreen and hat

  • Warm layers in cooler months and a waterproof

  • Camera, Go-Pro, binocular

  • A sense of adventure

  • A low level of fitness is required

Tour Upgrades

ExperienceKart can arrange accommodation for you at a superior / standard hotel or you can book your own. Extend, enhance your holiday to New Zealand by choosing an add-on activity or upgrade to a full package including accommodation + Add on.


There is nothing like New Zealand and there is nothing like classic New Zealand luxury. This program is all about the experience!

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