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Auckland to Waitomo, Taupo & Rotorua 3-Day Private Luxury Tour

Our Private Luxury Three Day tours in our beautiful Mercedes luxury vehicles offer you the unforgettable experiences across a diverse range of stunning landscapes in the North Island of New Zealand.

  • Pass through beautiful farmland of the Waikato and King Country regions
  • See historic river towns and the site of the famous Turangawaewae Marae (traditional Maori meeting place)
  • Experience Waitomo which offers a vast range of unique sights and experiences (at your cost)
  • See the famous Glowworm Caves at Waitomo, the adventurous can even try Black Water rafting
  • Take in the stunning scenery of the Lake Taupo area, with Mt Ruapehu in the distance
  • Enjoy the many fun activities in Taupo including Jet Boating, Trout Fishing, Huka Prawn Park, Huka Falls and stunning Golf courses
  • Visit the naturally beautiful thermal wonderland of the Rotorua district – see bubbling hot mud pools and enjoy a Maori Cultural show.
  • Enjoy many of the activities available in the region – there are plenty to choose from to suit all tastes
  • Have a photo opportunity in Matamata, the quiet dairy town which shot to stardom as Hobbiton in Peter Jackson’s famous film “The Lord of the Rings”
  • Visit Hobbiton on your way back to Auckland and take a guided tour around the famous movie set.
Auckland to Waitomo, Taupo & Rotorua 3-Day Private Luxury Tour
TIME Unlimited ToursAuckland to Waitomo, Taupo & Rotorua 3-Day Private Luxury Tour
TIME Unlimited ToursAuckland to Waitomo, Taupo & Rotorua 3-Day Private Luxury Tour
TIME Unlimited ToursAuckland to Waitomo, Taupo & Rotorua 3-Day Private Luxury Tour
TIME Unlimited ToursAuckland to Waitomo, Taupo & Rotorua 3-Day Private Luxury Tour
TIME Unlimited ToursAuckland to Waitomo, Taupo & Rotorua 3-Day Private Luxury Tour
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Auckland to Waitomo, Taupo and Rotorua Private Luxury 3 Day Tour: our Auckland to Rotorua Private Luxury 3 Day Tour begins at 8am (or another time chosen by you) on day 1 when we collect you in our air-conditioned luxury vehicle from your Auckland accommodation, or at any other time you choose.

Day 1:
On the 2 ½ hour drive south we follow the mighty Waikato River through the rich, rolling farmland of the Waikato region and the King Country. We pass through a string of small, historic river towns, including Ngaruawahia, site of the famous Turangawaewae Marae (traditional Maori meeting place) and seat of Aotearoa New Zealand’s Maori King.

Waitomo Caves is an amazing natural wonderland which offers a vast range of unique sights and experiences. Your range of tours tours (at your cost) will ensure that you experience the full magic of Waitomo. We recommend a 3-4 hour tour where you can decide on a soft adventure option to see both a Glowworm Cave and a cave with Stalactites and Stalagmites, or the more adventurous Black Water Rafting!

The soft adventure options includes:

  • Huge, natural underground chambers at Waitomo Caves;
  • Strange formations of stalagmites and stalactites; 
  • A dark, mysterious underground river that helped form some of the caves; 
  • Best of all, the Glowworms that light the caves like stars.

Black Water Rafting includes:

  • You walking and floating through magical caves partly sitting on an inflated lorry tyre and partly walking through the caves!
  • Depending on which option you choose, you can also abseil down the surfaces of the giant underground caverns in a rope harness to explore these amazing caves.

You can also explore the Otorohanga Kiwi House after seeing the amazing Waitomo Caves, where you’ll see the Kiwi, our national bird and emblem, as well as a host of other native birds and wildlife.

We then set off for the Central Volcanic Plateau with the huge volcanic caldera Lake Taupo as its centerpiece and New Zealand’s largest lake. When we arrive in Taupo you can just relax or have a range of options for relaxation and activities in the evening, including some great restaurant options. You can also have a luxurious swim in Taupo’s thermal pools and/or enjoy a relaxing spa experience.

Accommodation in Taupo.

Day 2:
In Taupo you can stroll along the shores of New Zealand’s largest lake or take a dip, if you dare, in its snow-fed waters. You can browse in the town’s brilliant mix of local craft and fashion shops, or picnic in its sunny, sheltered lakefront gardens.

Here too, you can choose a range of additional tour options (own cost) in addition to our guiding in this special area: 

  • A scenic cruise of beautiful lake Taupo;
  • Trout fishing - Fly Fishing or from a boat - in various locations in or around Lake Taupo, which is reputed to be one of the world’s best Trout fishing spots;
  • Jet boating along the Waikato River, if you like including a visit to a spectacular thermal area swim in a hot spring!
  • Huka Prawn Park, where we can also stop for lunch if you like Prawns;
  • An afternoon of golf at the famous and fabulous Wairakei Course, voted one of the world's finest golf courses.

Continuing north past the Craters of the Moon, we stop at spectacular Huka Falls on the mighty Waikato River. Here, safe bush-fringed paths and viewing platforms offer stunning vistas of the river. We can also show you the impressive Aratiatia Rapids, an amazing spectacle when a lock in the Waikato River is lifted and the river is allowed to roar through at amazing force and speed a few times per day.

We then head north towards Rotorua across the volcanic plateau. The region is home to several of New Zealand’s most impressive
Thermal Parks and we suggest visiting Wai-o-Tapu, Orakei Korako or Waimangu Volcanic Valley, where you can experience the full might and majesty of this unique and spectacular volcanic landscape, which Rotorua and Taupo are so famous for.

We continue on to Rotorua itself, where we catch our first glimpses of the shimmering blue lake with bush-clad Mokoia Island at its centre.

After settling into our accommodation at our specially chosen hotel (we have a range of hotel and accommodation options for you, depending on your preferences), in the evening we highly recommend a unique Maori cultural experience in Rotorua. Here you’ll enjoy a traditional Kai Maori (Maori food) cooked in a Hangi (earth oven) and enjoy a performance of song and dance in a traditional Maori village setting.

Alternatively, our hotel is perfectly placed close to a range of Rotorua’s finest attractions, offering you the opportunity to explore more of Rotorua on foot at your leisure.

Accommodation in Rotorua.

Day 3:
The next morning on day 3 and as part of your Auckland to Waitomo, Taupo and Rotorua Private Tour with us, we can show you (all part of our tour): 

  • Rotorua City
  • Government Gardens and seeing the outside of Rotorua Museum, which not only holds some of New Zealand’s most fascinating collections but is also housed in the stunning old Victorian bath house in the centre of the beautiful Government Gardens.
  • Rotorua Lake Front with view across the to magical Mokoia Island
  • Time-permitting, Redwood Forest (widely regarded as one of the world’s most beautiful forests)
  • Blue Lake
  • Green Lake
  • Lake Tarawera with the peak of Mount Tarawera towering above the lake.

We can also arrange extra tour options (at your cost) to cater for your particular preferences and abilities. They include:

  • Helicopter or floatplane flights to see both Rotorua and Lake Rotorua, as well as a huge amount of amazing volcanic sights from above. This can include a landing and tour on a currently active volcano, or flight to the most isolated (and one of the most beautiful) thermal areas in this amazing region!
  • A cruise to Mokoia Island, the sacred island and bird sanctuary in the middle of Lake Rotorua, where you can walk in the pristine bush, listen to the song of some of our shy native birds (and spot some of the cheeky ones) bathe in the hot pools and hear the story of Rotorua’s legendary lovers, Hinemoa and Tutanekai. 
  • The Skyline Gondola, which will swing you up to the top of Mount Ngongotaha for a spectacular view and the Luge, which will spin you back down.
  • The Polynesian Spa, on the site of one of Rotorua’s historic bath houses in the lovely Government Gardens, is also home to one of the world’s best spas, so here you can steep yourself in luxury and well-being as well as history. This is also a great option on the evening of day 2 if you prefer this to the Maori cultural evening.
  • White water rafting, on one six scenic and challenging local river courses.
  • Entry into Rotorua Museum;
  • Fly Fishing or Boat Fishing for Trout on some of the world's best Trout fishing waters;
  • The Agrodome, where you can experience all the magic of New Zealand farming, with a fascinating range of agricultural shows and displays.

We leave Rotorua at about 3pm. On our way back to Auckland we stop at Matamata, the quiet dairy town which shot to stardom as Hobbiton in Peter Jackson’s famous film “The Lord of the Rings”. The Hobbiton sign in the town centre offers a wonderful photo opportunity. “Hobbiton Movie Set Tours”, of the village and countryside which featured in the film, are also available and we are happy to book one for you. We can easily do this by leaving Rotorua a little earlier and amending day 3 of your Private Tour itinerary to incorporate this attraction about an hour from Rotorua. Please also see our Auckland to Hobbiton Movie Set Private Luxury Tour
as a 1-day option from Auckland.

We return you to your Auckland accommodation at between 6pm and 7pm, later if we include Hobbiton.

Auckland to Waitomo, Taupo and Rotorua Private Tours include pick up and drop off at your Auckland city accommodation or other location, plus our comprehensive, expert and friendly guiding during your tour. Also included are all taxes plus guide accommodation during the tour. Entry fees to attractions and accommodation is not included but we will be happy to arrange for you.

Please contact us if you have any special requirements – we are always happy to fit in with your plans to ensure you have “the TIME of your life!”

P.S: Please note that for all our Private Tours from Auckland, you also have the option of booking 1-day or multi-day Private Tours to other stunning destinations such as the Coromandel Peninsula
and the Bay of Islands. Please ask us and we’ll be able to advise you, since we know both Auckland and New Zealand exceptionally well and can arrange itineraries, tour options and accommodation to cater to your individual needs. Please email us for larger groups, which we can price individually.

Rate Information: (NZ$)

Rates: 01 April & 30 September (Low Season)*

5 or more Adults price per adult per day: $345
4 Adults price per adult per day: $395
3 Adults price per adult per day: $495
2 Adults price per adult per day: $695

Rates: 01 October & 31 March (High Season)*

5 or more Adults price per adult per day: $395
4 Adults price per adult per day: $445
3 Adults price per adult per day: $545
2 Adults price per adult per day: $745


Children 4-11 years 50% off adult price

This Tour is available for a minimum of 2 people. If you would like to make a booking for one person click here to enquire.

Tour Type: Private Tour

View our Additional Information section below for a breakdown on the difference between Small Group Tours and Private tours, along with all inclusions explained.
Auckland to Waitomo, Taupo & Rotorua 3-Day Private Luxury Tour
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Additional Information

Tour Inclusions:

  • Fully guided service in luxury vehicle with pick-up/drop-off within Auckland’s Downtown area including Cruise wharf terminal (for airport transfer please refer to our private tours)
  • Complimentary snacks
  • All taxes
  • Driver/Host-Guide Expenses

  • Please bring: Outdoor clothing for the day’s weather conditions and sensible flat walking shoes, sun hat, sunscreen, your camera and a smile.

Age Information:

  • Adults are from 12 years
  • Children's age is between 4 and 11 years
  • Infants age is 0-3 years (Please note: we are only able host infants on our Private Tours)
  • Our Private Tours can be for any number of guests

General Information:

  • Accommodation, Attractions/Entry Fees and Meals (unless specified) are not included;
  • All tours are able to be booked as Auckland Shore Excursions from Cruise ships berthed at the port of Auckland;
  • All our Private Tours can be offered in foreign languages such as German, French, Spanish and others but are subject to availability and additional fees apply. Please request this additional service at the time of booking along with any other special client requirements (i.e. dietary requirements, mobility issues, medical information / equipment requests, children’s ages for NZ child seat rules, special reasons for travel, etc);
  • On Private Tours, pick-up and drop-off locations can be from your designated accommodation, airport, cruise ship or other location. Please specify the location when booking. When pick-up is from a designated meeting place including cruise ship terminal or airport, we would really appreciate receiving your mobile phone number with the booking. This will ensure we are able to contact and locate you if required, when we are not picking up directly from your accommodation.

Our Different Tour Types:

Small Group Tours are operated on a non-exclusive basis with other guests min 2 pax and max 15 pax and are priced on a per person basis.

Private Tours
are operated exclusively for our guests and are priced per day per passenger for any group size from 1 pax to any number required.

Please note: when we incorporate visits to attractions on Private Tours (these must be specifically stated as included, otherwise entry fees to attractions are NOT included on our Private Tours), these may or may not be private depending on what is booked. Our Private Tours on the other hand will be private just for your party.

Cancellation Policy:

Click here to view our most up to date Cancellation Policy located on our Terms and Conditions page.
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