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Thermal Getaway Experience

Thermal Getaway hosts unique insight for travellers wanting to experience a fulfilling and enriching journey that will create lasting memories. Uncover under cave wonders, geothermal hotspots, discover vibrant cities and be immersed in the awe-inspiring Māori heritage that holds a special bond with this ancient land. A huge range of family attractions for adults and kids, adventure and adrenaline activities, as well as peaceful nature-based experiences that will get you back in touch with the real world. Come and discover New Zealand’s most unique geothermal experience.

DURATION

Four Days &

Three Nights

LOCATION

Waitomo, Matamata, Rotorua & Taupō

TOUR TYPE

Scenic Tours

Overnight Experience

PRICE FROM

NZ $1,499

Per Person

Rotorua Canopy Tours
Rotorua Canopy Tours

Zipline Adventure Tours

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Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland

Aerial View of Champagne Pool

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Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland

Devil's Bath

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Tour Summary

Thermal Getaway hosts unique insight for travellers wanting to experience a fulfilling and enriching journey that will create lasting memories. Uncover under cave wonders, geothermal hotspots, discover vibrant cities and be immersed in the awe-inspiring Māori heritage that holds a special bond with this ancient land. A huge range of family attractions for adults and kids, adventure and adrenaline activities, as well as peaceful nature-based experiences that will get you back in touch with the real world. Come and discover New Zealand’s most unique geothermal experience.

Itinerary At a Glance

  • Day 1: Travel from Auckland to enjoy Waitomo Caves & Hobbiton Movie Set Tour. Overnight Stay in Rotorua

  • Day 2: Rotorua Highlights, Whakarewarewa Living Māori Village and Hell’s Gate Excite Experience. Overnight Stay in Rotorua

  • Day 3: Full day at leisure to explore the options of your choice. Overnight Stay in Rotorua

  • Day 4: Travel to Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland Huka Falls, Lake Taupō and return back to Auckland

Tour Highlights

 

Day 1

  • Experience best of North Island's top destinations in an all-encompassing tour

  • Marvel at awe-inspiring stalactites and stalagmites during the visit to 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

  • Witness the history created over thousands of years

  • See more glow-worms than you could ever imagine all lighting up above your head!

  • 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

Day 2

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

  • 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, The Living Māori Village

  • Insights into Māori heritage & historical uses of the land

  • Explore the walking track to see the beautiful lakes, boiling mud-pools, steam vents and bubbling pools

  • Be entertained by the cultural performance group by way of song and dance

  • View the fully carved ancestral meeting house, the great significance in history and traditions of Tuhourangi tribe

  • Enjoy a traditional cooking demonstration

  • Experience the magical qualities of the nutrient rich mud pool at Hell’s Gate

  • Relax and rejuvenate yourself in the sulphur spa and cool plunge pool

  • Promote good skin health and overall well being

  • Soak up stunning views over the amazing geothermal reserve

Day 3

Full day at leisure to enjoy and experience the vibrant land of Rotorua & explore the options of your choice (at an additional cost)

  • Deluxe Lake Spa

  • Amphibious Duck Tour

  • Rotorua Canopy Tour

  • Skyline Gondola

  • Velocity Valley Adventure Park

Day 4

  • Visit the thermal wonderland of Wai-O-Tapu and witness its unique volcanic features

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

  • Walk through the surreal lunar-like environment to witness the volcanic wonders

  • Carry on past the Champagne Pool, a bubbling hot spring famed for its brilliant orange rim

  • Find a spot with the perfect mix of hot and cold temperatures for you

  • Witness the frightening display of geothermal chemistry, the Devil’s Bath- neon green is a natural wonder

  • Enjoy the largest freshwater lake in NZ, one of the main attractions

  • Explore the scenic beauty of Lake Taupō by stretching your legs along the lakeside

  • Enjoy the best water-level viewing of the majestic Huka Falls

  • Experience dazzling views of the falls and river from the pedestrian bridge

  • Admire beautiful Waikato scenery and look out for native bird life

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 at Waitomo Glow Worm Caves

  • Boat ride on an underground stream through the Waitomo Glowworm Caves

  • Admission to 2 hour fully guided experience at Hobbiton Movie Set

  • Complimentary Hobbiton beverages - Ale, cider, ginger beer or an English dark beer

  • Rotorua city highlights – Government gardens, thermal springs & Polynesian spa

  • Admission to Whakarewarewa, The Living Māori Village & Cultural Experience

  • Admission to Hell's Gate Excite Experience including geothermal walk & Māori carving

  • Bathe in world-famous mud baths, soak in the sulphur spas & cool plunge pool

  • Admission to Lady Knox Geyser & self-guided walk at Wai-O–Tapu Thermal wonderland

  • Visit to the stunning lake city of Taupō waterfront

  • Visit mighty and majestic Huka falls