New Plymouth & Waitomo Caves
When travelling with us from Wellington to Auckland it takes two days and there are alot of miles to cover. What makes this journey of your tour special is our fantastic overnight location in New Plymouth and the unique natural wonders of the Waitomo Caves.
For those travelling through this region here's a taste of what you will experience.
About the Taranaki region:
Taranaki, on the North Island's West Coast, is on a peninsula that juts into the Tasman Sea and is half way between Auckland and Wellington. The most striking natural feature of Taranaki is the near-perfect volcanic cone of Mt Taranaki that dominates the whole region. From mountain trails, you can see spectacular views of Egmont National Park spread out below and lush green dairy pastures that stretch as far as the eye can see.
New Plymouth and surrounding districts are known for their glorious parks and gardens, particularly the dazzling array of rhododendrons and azaleas on display in spring. Many of the area's magnificent private gardens are open for public viewing year round. There is a choice of walking tracks on Mt Taranaki.
The sunsets you'll experience from our beach side camp are some of the best in the country!
Waitomo Black water rafting - 2hrs. Float through Te Anaroa Cave on a rubber tyre tube. See thousands of glow worms & beautiful cave formations. Jump off a waterfall and top it all off with a fun water slide. Return to base for hot showers and complimentary hot drink.
Waitomo Glow-worm tour - 1hr 30mins. Enjoy a relaxed guided walk down through Footwhistle Glowworm Cave. See glowworms, beautiful cave formations and ancient Moa bones. The cave is located on beautiful farm land and in the middle of native scenic bush. Upon exiting the cave, you are invited to sit in a Ponga hut to enjoy a tasting of kawakawa tea.
A farmland walk or a great cave walk through the glow-worm caves
TOURS THAT VISIT THIS AREA:
- Ultimate Explorer Tour
- Total Aotearoa Tour
- Reverse Traverse Tour
- Hot Rocks Tour
- Northern Express Tour