Day trip

Auckland to Rotorua Small Group Tour & Activity Add-Ons

4.6 / 5

69 reviews

Activity provider:Cheeky Kiwi Travel
Day trip

Auckland to Rotorua Small Group Tour & Activity Add-Ons

Activity provider:Cheeky Kiwi Travel
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From US$ 120.46 per person

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Immerse yourself in the incredible natural landscapes of New Zealand on this fully guided tour from Auckland to the geothermal wonderland and adventure playground of Rotorua.

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Duration 12 hours
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Live tour guide
Pickup included
Hotel pick-ups are from the below hotels only, starting up to 20 mins before your tour time. Please see below what group your hotel is in and what your pick-up time is. Auckland Airport (Butterfly Creek) pick ups must be requested and confirmed in advance. Group 1: 20 minutes before tour start time. Sofitel Hotel Auckland. Group 2: 15 minutes before tour start time. Adina Apartments, Copthorne Hotel Auckland, Grand Mercure Hotel, Hilton Hotel Auckland, SO/ Hotel Auckland, JUCY Snooze, M Social, Pullman Hotel, Queen Street Backpackers, Waldorf Bankside Apartments, Waldorf Celestion Apartment Hotel, Waldorf Stadium Apartments. Group 3: 10 minutes before tour start time. AVANI Metropolis, Barclay Suites, Base Backpackers, CityLife Hotel Auckland, Heritage Hotel Auckland, Ibis Budget Auckland, Rydges hotel Auckland, Stamford Plaza Auckland. Group 4: 5 minutes before tour start time. Crowne Plaza Auckland, Scenic Hotel Auckland, Skycity hotel, Skycity Grand Hotel.


  • Explore the geothermal wonderland of Rotorua on a fully guided tour
  • Choose two optional activities or attractions to add to your tour including Te Puia, Wai-O-Tapu, The Agrodome, Polynesian Spa & Skyline Gondola
  • Learn about New Zealand's rich history and Maori heritage
  • Adventure or relax your way through the tour with plenty of options for everyone including the Polynesian Spa and the Skyline Gondola and Luge
  • Take in the sights with a Rotorua highlights tour around the city, included in the tour price
Full description
The tour starts with pickup from Auckland city, where the adventure begins as you drive through the stunning Waikato countryside, the most extensive farming area in the world, on a fully guided journey to Rotorua. Along the way, don’t forget to take advantage of the photo opportunities as you admire the stunning natural landscapes all around of beautiful mountains and farmlands. As you drive, pass through the pass through the unique town of Tirau, the corrugated iron sculpture capital of the world, and the stunning Fitzgerald Glade. Upon arrival in Rotorua, enjoy a guided tour of the city’s most famous and historical sites including Lake Rotorua, The Government Gardens, Blue Baths, Thermal Springs and Polynesian Spa. From here enjoy the option to add on up to two of Rotorua's most popular activities and attractions (additional cost). Please add on the activities or attractions you would like to include during the booking process. Maybe head to the famous geothermal park and Maori cultural village of Te Puia, bathe in the geothermal waters of the Polynesian Spa, experience some farm culture at the Agrodome Sheep Show, or ride the gondola at Skyline! Or you can simply choose to explore the city at your own pace before your return to Auckland.
  • Fully guided small group return tour from Auckland (maximum 16 passengers)
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off (specific central Auckland hotels only)
  • Rotorua city highlights tour
  • Refreshments and snacks whilst driving
  • On screen entertainment during the drive
  • Charging ports available in vehicle
  • Transport in modern and comfortable 11 or 16 seater minibuses
  • Choose the attractions and activities you want to visit or do (maximum 2 due to timings)
  • Food and drinks (unless specified)
  • Optional Activities - please choose and add on the activities you would like to do

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Important information

What to bring

  • Passport or ID card
  • Comfortable shoes
  • Sunglasses
  • Sun hat
  • Sunscreen
  • Rain gear

Know before you go

  • Children below 5 years old are required to travel in a child safety car seat. If you don't have a car seat one can be rented from us for $50 per child (with 24 hours notice). Children between 5-7 years old are also recommended to be in a booster seat for their safety
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.6 /5

based on 69 reviews

Review summary

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  • Service
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Our tour guide, Cam, was great! He gave us a lot of cool facts about New Zealand during the drive and was very accommodating to everyone’s itinerary for the day. Plus he provided snacks along the way! Highly recommend heading to Rotorua for the day and adding on one or two activities.

April 23, 2023

(Young!) John was a very good driver and battled difficult conditions to get us to all the planned destinations on time. He was friendly and affable and showed flexibility towards guests who had bespoke requests for stops to see things along the way. He gave us lots of information about NZ culture and history and kept us entertained along the way. Altogether a very enjoyable day.

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February 14, 2023

It was really nice trip. It would make it excellent if the price would be a bit less than I paid. The guide was attentive, had a good sense of humour and entertained us all trip. The van was not completely full, and it made journey even more comfy, as you spend a lot of time in the car. Guide had a good organisation skills, therefore the drops off and pick ups were really smooth and quick. It would be nice to have a bit longer time for the second activity (for me was Spa).

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February 14, 2020

Product ID: 228682