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Sanctuary Mountain (Mt Maungatautari) & Waitomo Luxury Day tour from Auckland

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In this exclusive luxury tour you will visit one of the largest pest proof wildlife sanctuaries in the world as well as the Waitomo Caves, primarily famous for their limestone and glow worm caves, but for the more adrelalin charged, there is abseiling, blackwater rafting, and cave tubing. Not to mention an amazing variety of walks and trails. In the surrounding district the Otorohanga Kiwi House is the best place to see our native Kiwi bird and the Tuatara. The oldest living relative to the dinosaurs. There are also numerous private gardens open to the public.

What You'll Get

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Stop At: St Andrews Anglican Church, 85 Hamilton Road, Cambridge 3450, New Zealand

Departing Auckland at 7am you will take a pleasant drive south over the Bombay Hills into the rich dairy farmland of the Waikato and beside the Waikato River before arriving in Cambridge, billed as our most English like town. With it’s stately oak trees, village green and historic St Andrew’s Anglican Church 1881. A morning tea/coffee break is taken here.

Duration: 10 minutes

Pass By: Mighty River Domain, Lake Karapiro, 601 Maungatautari Road, Karapiro 3494, New Zealand

Then it's a short drive to lake Karapiro and the hydro-electric power station on the Waikato River for a photo stop, before crossing over the dam. The majestic 797m Mt Maungatautari (Sanctuary Mountain) looms in the background.

Stop At: Sanctuary Mountain, 99 Tari Road, Pukeatua 3880, New Zealand

Maungatautari. A mainland ecological island created by a 47 km pest proof fence, the largest of it’s type in the world. Join an informative 1½ hour guided tour about many of New Zealand’s rarest and most endangered plants, insects, birds, fish, geckos, frogs, bats and flora that co-exist in this spectacular environment, on one of the many well maintained tracks to the 16m viewing tower. A picnic lunch is included here.

Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes

Pass By: Otorohanga i-SITE Visitor Information Centre, 27 Turongo Street, Otorohanga 3900 New Zealand

Our tour now takes us further south west into the King Country, named after the kingitanga (Maori King Movement) and it’s followers during the New Zealand Wars of the 1860’s and our “Kiwiana” (iconic NZ) town of Otorohanga, to Waitomo.

Stop At: Footwhistle Glowworm Cave, 23 Waitomo Village Road Cnr of Access Road and Waitomo Village Road, Waitomo Caves New Zealand

At Waitomo we take the Footwhistle guided tour comprising of an hour 15 mins duration (Note; This is a dry tour). A more personalized experience with no more than twelve in the group, where you are able to get right up close to the glow worms (Arachnocampa) and take photos!

Duration: 1 hour 15 minutes

Additional Information

  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Child rate applies only when sharing with 2 paying adults
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Stroller accessible
  • Infant seats available
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
  • Sanctuary Mountain & guided tour
  • Picnic lunch
  • Waitomo - Footwhistle guided tour
  • Lunch
  • Bottled water
  • Entry/Admission - Sanctuary Mountain
  • Entry/Admission - Footwhistle Glowworm Cave

  • Excess luggage charges (where applicable)

Departure Point
Traveler pickup is offered
Private homes, Serviced Apartments, Motels, anywhere within central Auckland and the inner suburbs, Auckland Airport.

Departure Time
7:15 AM

8 to 12 hours

Voucher Info
You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.

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The Fine Print

7-day cancellation rights do not apply; no refunds or exchanges permitted. Voucher valid only for date and time listed; may not be exchanged or redeemed for other dates. Purchaser name and phone number must be provided at checkout; this information will be shared with Viator and the tour operator for purposes of order fulfillment. Groupon promo codes may not be used for this offer. Groupon voucher Terms of Sale do not apply. See the tour operators terms and conditions for this offer here. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised Goods and services.