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A three-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 and cattle. Pass Ngaruawahia, home of the Maori King, and Taupiri, known for a mountain sacred to the Maori people.
Your first stop is the Waitomo Glow-worm 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 glow-worms call home. 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. As you embark on a short 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.
When you have completed your Glowworm Cave visit, take a 30-minute scenic drive to Crosshills Farm. A home-cooked lunch, accompanied by 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 meal, enjoy a relaxing motorcoach ride back to port.