We began our road trip from Auckland to Waitomo Glow Worm Cave, the drive is around 2.5 hrs. The cave is known for species of glow worm exclusive to New Zealand. On your guided tour, you are taken around the banquet chamber, and the cathedral where your friendly guide will give you a quick performance to let you experience the acoustics of the chamber. But the real experience lies in wait as you onboard a boat, to enter deeper into the cave. The glow worms light up the roof of the cave, like the stars dot the night sky, leaving you with a sense of wonder.
Next stop for the day was the Polynesian Spa near Lake Rotorua. Geothermal spas, with their hot mineral water are known for their therapeutic benefits. There were multiple options available, we chose a private adult pool with a view of the lake. After a relaxing spa, we wandered around the city experiencing the calm pace and great weather.
A must visit attraction in Rotorua are the active geothermal areas, top two among them being the Hell’s gate and Wai-O-Tapu. Due to paucity of time we chose one, and decided to give the Wai-O-Tapu a chance. You will be amazed as you witness myriad natural colors and boiling water heated up by the active volcanoes.