TOUR INTRODUCTION (150 words max)
Visit Waitomo and take a cruise on an underground river that travels through limestone caverns illuminated by glowworms. The Grotto's "Cathedral" is an acoustically perfect chamber where international stars have performed. Enjoy a home-cooked lunch at Crosshills Farm.
FULL DESCRIPTION (500 words max)
A 3-hour motorcoach ride to the Waitomo Caves is a wonderful opportunity to take in all of Auckland's spectacular natural scenery. After driving through the thriving downtown area, you'll find yourself following the Waikato River into the rural countryside, where the lush green fields are populated by grazing sheep. Pass Ngaruawahia, home of the Maori King, and pass through Hamilton, New Zealand's largest inland city. Your drive continues into Taupiri, known for a mountain sacred to the Maori people.
Your first stop is the Waitomo Glowworm Caves, a true geological phenomenon of nature. Unique to New Zealand, these tiny creatures radiate a fluorescent blue-green glow that illuminates the caves and underground streams the glowworms call home. As you cruise in an open boat through the limestone formations, your guide will share information, legends, and facts about this fascinating and beautiful oddity of nature. The largest chamber of the cave is known as the "Cathedral," an acoustically perfect auditorium that has hosted a number of renowned performing artists drawn to the area for the purity of sound it produces.
When you have completed your Glowworm Cave cruise, take a 30-minute scenic drive to Crosshills Farm. A home-cooked lunch, accompanied by the splendid local wine, is served at Debbie and Fraser Robertson's home, where the lovely English garden setting and the warm New Zealand hospitality match the delicious food.
At the completion of your tour, enjoy a motorcoach ride back to Auckland.
SUMMARY DESCRIPTION USED IN TOUR BOOK (250 words max)
Explore Auckland’s natural beauty on an adventure celebrating its indigenous sights. A three-hour scenic motorcoach ride from port brings you to the Waitomo Glowworm Caves, a true geological phenomenon of nature. Unique to New Zealand, these tiny creatures radiate a fluorescent blue-green glow that illuminates the caves and underground streams they call home. Cruise in an open boat through the limestone formations and learn fascinating facts about this oddity of nature. Then, enjoy a home-cooked lunch with wine at Debbie and Fraser Robertson’s country farm home, where the lovely English garden setting and the warm New Zealand hospitality match the delicious food.