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Golden Triangle Experience

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. 

DURATION

Three Days &

Two Nights

LOCATION

Auckland City, Waitomo, Hobbiton & Rotorua

TOUR TYPE

Scenic Tours

Overnight Experience

PRICE FROM

NZ $1,199

Per Person

Te Puia
Te Puia

Geothermal Valley

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Te Puia
Te Puia

Geothermal Valley & Pohutu Geyser

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Waitomo Glowworm Caves
Waitomo Glowworm Caves

Waitomo Glowworm Caves

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Te Puia
Te Puia

Geothermal Valley

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Tour Summary

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. 

Itinerary At a Glance

  • Day 1: Waitomo Triple Cave Experience - Glowworm Cave, Aranui Cave, Rukauri Cave & Overnight Stay in Rotorua

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

  • Day 3: Middle Earth Experience Hobbiton Movie Set Tour and return to Auckland 

Tour Highlights

 

​Day1

  • Experience top best North Island destinations in one day on an all-encompassing tour

  • Marvel at awe-inspiring stalactites and stalagmites during the iconic Glow-worm Caves

  • Be captivated by the thousands of magical glow-worms as you glide silently by boat in the world-famous Waitomo Glow-worm Caves

  • Walk through the Cathedral Cave and experience the amazing acoustics.

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

  • 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

  • Leave you open-mouthed, awe-struck and humbled by the sheer majesty of nature

  • Marvel at unique rock formations, subterranean rivers, and thousands of glow-worms

  • Go deeper into the story as you descend the dramatic spiral entrance

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

  • Marvel at the softly folding shawl-like limestone formations

  • The delicate formations create a place for quiet contemplation and a time to reflect on the wonders of nature

  • Encounter the Cave Wetas insects that are unique to New Zealand

Day2

  • Sightseeing historical government gardens, thermal springs and Polynesian spa

  • Plenty of time in a landscape of steaming thermal waters

  • Chance to see the towering water jets of Pōhutu Geyser

  • A captivating experience of the Whakarewarewa thermal wonderland

  • Insights into Māori heritage & historical uses of the land

  • Traditional weaving tutorial to craft your own masterpiece

  • Afternoon at leisure explore the options of your choice

Day3

  • Travel through the Waikato region, which is well known for cattle and dairy farming

  • Join the official guided tour of the Hobbiton Movie Set

  • Listen to fascinating stories from your guide as you explore the 12-acre set

  • Remarkable 360-degree views of the rolling Kaimai Range

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

  • See where major scenes were filmed and discover behind-the-scene secrets

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

  • Amazing photo opportunities in front of every hobbit holes

  • Learn how the film magic was made from a local guide

  • Be amazed by the spectacular scenery en route and listen to engaging commentary from your guide

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

  • Luxurious temperature-controlled transportation in a minibus

  • Exclusive immersive activities and interaction with local communities

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

  • 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

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