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 COASTAL PACIFIC Operating days: 29 SEPT 2022 – 30 APRIL 2023 Thursday to Sunday | 21 SEPT 2023 - 30 JUNE 2024
01 MAY 2023 - 20 SEPT 2023 | 29 APRIL 2024 - 01 JULY 2024 NOT OPERATING
NORTHERN EXPLORER Operating days: Northbound (Wednesday, Friday & Sunday) | Southbound (Monday, Thursday & Saturday)
Northern Explorer Scheduled Track Maintenance: 20-24 October 2022 | 25 December 2022-09 January 2023 | 27-30 January 2023 | 3-6 February 2023 | 7-10 April 2023 | 2-5 June 2023 | 14-17 July 2023 | 25 December - 8 January 2024 All full cancellations No bus replacements. 
TRANZ ALPINE Operating days: 14 JAN 22 – 24 DEC 22 Friday to Monday | 26 DEC 22 – 30 APRIL 23 7 days a week | 28 APRIL 2023 - 28 SEPT 2023 Friday to Monday | 29 SEPT 2023 - 6 MAY 2024 7 days a week | 10 MAY 2024 - 30 JUNE 2024 Friday to Monday
 TranzAlpine Scheduled Track Maintenance - 28-30 May 2022 |  23-24 July 2022 | 13-15 August 2022 | 16-17 October 2022 | 23 April 2023 \ 21-22 May 2023 | 24-26 June 2023 | 15-16 July 2023 | 5-6 August 2023 | 26-27 August 2023 | 16-17 September 2023   All full cancellations No bus replacements. 
 
Face masks are no longer mandatory on any of these train services Northern Explorer, Coastal Pacific, and Tranz Alpine trains. 
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Waitomo Glowworm Express AKL-ROT GS11AN (0730 - 1330)

Enjoy a scenic tour from Auckland to Rotorua, including a guided tour of the Waitomo Glowworm Caves.

Leaving Auckland in the morning we travel through the Waikato and King Country regions, passing by flourishing farmland and picturesque countryside. Your experienced local driver guide will provide entertaining commentary and point out highlights along the way, such as Rangiriri, where in 1863 a major battle was fought between colonial forces and those loyal to the Maori King.

On arrival in the small town of Waitomo, take a trip underground with a 45-minute guided tour through the world famous Waitomo Glowworm Caves, a series of limestone caves formed over 30 million years ago. Learn all about stalagmites, stalactites and other intriguing rock formations as you walk through the caverns, and finish the tour with an enchanting boat ride through the Glowworm Grotto, illuminated by thousands of tiny glowworms.

Your journey to Rotorua continues, passing through the beautiful Fitzgerald Glade where trees arch over the road to form a tunnel of natural greenery. The tour concludes in Rotorua, a city where you can view geothermal activity, Maori culture, spectacular scenery and more.

Tour details
    Full day tour
    Operates daily
    Departs Auckland, arrives Rotorua

Tour highlights
    Luxury coach travel Auckland - Waitomo - Rotorua
    Waitomo Glowworm Caves guided tour
    Waikato and King Country scenery

Free WiFi available on board

Waitomo Glowworm Express - Auckland to Rotorua
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