Posted March 11th, 2010, 12:01 AM
hello and thank you for the feedback.
Seems everyone prefers the Caves but goes from Auckland. Can someone please tell me how far a drive from Auckland it is? I thought it was the same 2 hours?
Also, I am having a private tour take me and I thought even though it was a long drive it would be nice to see a bit of the country. Is that not a nice drive?
When we were on our cruise last month, we rented a car in Tauranga and drove to Wai-O-Tapu, it took us close to 2 hours to get there (we got a little bit lost). They have a geyser that goes off about 10:00 every day - but we missed it. We did spend about 2-2.5 hours there - walking the trails around the sites. It was a nice drive from Tauranga - passing Lake Rotorua and several kiwi farms, corn fields and tree farms. We had also planned on seeing Lake Taupo as well, but our ships departure was moved up several hours due to the tide situation.
The cruise ended in Auckland, where we stayed for 3 days. We did rent a car, and on the second day, we drove to the Waitomo Caves. I believe it was about a 2-2.5 hour drive as well. We did not to a tour there - instead purchased a combo ticket for the glow worm cave and the Aranui cave. Both caves have lighting in them, and in the glow worm cave, you get on a small boat, and the Maori guide will take you on a short
ride below the worms. It really was spectacular! When that was done, we drove a short distance to the other cave for a tour - that cave was beautiful too. After the cave visits, we set off to see Lake Taupo, before heading back to Auckland. I think the drive back to Auckland from Taupo was about 4 hours.
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