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Auckland: Hobbiton Movie Set and Waitomo Small Group Tour

4.8 / 5

95 reviews

Activity provider: Cheeky Kiwi Travel

Auckland: Hobbiton Movie Set and Waitomo Small Group Tour

Activity provider: Cheeky Kiwi Travel
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From US$ 216.77 per person

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Visit two of New Zealand’s most famous attractions in one day on this guided, small group tour from Auckland. Immerse yourself in magic at the Hobbiton Movie Set and explore the Waitomo Glowworm Caves

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Duration 12 hours
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Live tour guide
Pickup included
Please look for the minivan with Cheeky Kiwi Travel signwriting on it. Please wait in the hotel lobby at least 10 minutes prior to your pick up time below: Group 1: 20 minutes before tour start time Sofitel Hotel Auckland Group 2: 15 minutes before tour start time Adina Apartments, Copthorne Hotel Auckland, Fat Camel Backpackers Hostel, Grand Mercure Hotel, Hilton Hotel Auckland, JUCY Snooze, M Social, Pullman Hotel, Queen Street Backpackers, Waldorf Bankside Apartments, Waldorf Celestion Apartment Hotel, Waldorf Stadium Apartments Group 3: 10 minutes before tour start time AVANI Metropolis, Barclay Suites, Base Backpackers, CityLife Hotel Auckland, Heritage Hotel Auckland, Ibis Budget Auckland, Rydges hotel Auckland, Stamford Plaza Auckland Group 4: 5 minutes before tour start time Crowne Plaza Auckland, Scenic Hotel Auckland, Skycity hotel, Skycity Grand hotel Group 5: At tour start time (or up to 10 minutes after) Auckland City Hotel, Cordis Hotel Auckland


  • Admire thousands of glowworms above your head while on glowworm grotto boat
  • Marvel at the stalagmites and stalactites in the world famous Waitomo Caves
  • Explore the beautiful movie set of Hobbiton with a guide
  • Know the secrets and fascinating stories about the making of the movie Hobbiton
  • Enjoy a complimentary beverage at the Green Dragon Inn
Full description

The tour starts with pickup from Auckland city, where the adventure begins as you drive through the stunning Waikato countryside, the most extensive farming area in the world, on a fully guided journey to Hobbiton.

Along the way, don’t forget to take advantage of the photo opportunities as you admire the stunning natural landscapes all around of beautiful mountains and farmlands.

After the drive, arrive at Alexander Family Sheep Farm and Shire's Rest, the entrance to Hobbiton, and marvel at the thousands of sheep that live here. While you’re here, grab a bite to eat, a coffee, or enjoy an ice cream to cool off while your guide collects your tickets to the movie set. 

Next, hop on board one of the big green Hobbiton buses to depart on your 2-hour fully guided tour of this amazing 12-acre movie set with a professional Hobbiton guide to ensure you get the most out of your visit.

During your tour trip into the lush pastures of the Shire, visit 44 hobbit holes, see amazing gardens, hear secrets and stories about the making of the movies and finish your LOTR experience with a cold beverage at the famous Hobbiton pub, The Green Dragon Inn.

After your LOTR experience, it’s time to head west towards the stunning Waitomo region. Along the way admire the incredible hydro dams, beautiful farmland, race horses, and the Kiwiana capital of New Zealand. Before arriving at the caves, stop by Waitomo homestead for lunch, and a little surprise.

Once in Waitomo, explore the ancient and amazing caves and marvel at the many cave formations including Stalactites, Stalagmites, and Lime Columns before descending even further underground for your Glowworm Grotto experience.

Board your glow-worm boat for a cruise on the grotto river with thousands of glowworms sparkling above you. Unique to New Zealand for over 120 years, Waitomo Glowworm Caves are a must-see for any traveler. 

On the guided trip back to Auckland the sights continue with New Zealand's longest river, the Huntly power station, and the Maori Queens’ burial site.

  • Fully guided small group return tour from Auckland (maximum 16 passengers)
  • Hotel pickups and drop-off (specific central Auckland hotels only)
  • Entry and fully guided tour of Hobbiton Movie Set
  • Complimentary beverage at the famous Green Dragon Inn
  • Alexander Family Sheep Farm and Shire's Rest
  • Entry and fully guided tour of Waitomo Glowworm Caves
  • Refreshments and snacks whilst driving
  • Entertainment during the drive
  • Charging ports available in vehicle
  • Transport in modern and comfortable 11 or 16 seater minibuses
  • Food and drinks (unless specified)
Not suitable for
  • People with mobility impairments
  • People with heart problems

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Important information

What to bring

  • Passport or ID card
  • Comfortable shoes
  • Sunglasses
  • Sun hat

Know before you go

  • This tour is not recommended for people with limited mobility or serious back or heart problems
  • Children below 5 years old are required to travel in a child safety car seat. If you don't have a car seat one can be rented from the local partner for $50 per child (with 24 hours notice)
  • Children between 5-7 years old are also recommended to be in a booster seat for their safety
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.8 /5

based on 95 reviews

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I am truly impressed by the trip and how well it was organized. Everything went smoothly and on time. Our guide John was amazing - cheeky and funny guy who knows a lot about the region. His knowledge and passion about travelling made me feel like a real explorer for about 13h. He definitely knows how to talk and inspire people. All in all, I am left with an extremely positive experience which I will remember for years. Thank you for being on the market because your staff is a definition of real customer care and inspiration.

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December 24, 2022

Our guide, John, was an absolute delight. He made everyone feel very welcome on the tour, was very well informed, and was very friendly with all involved in the experience, from the tourists to the staff at Hobbiton and Waitomo. He even threw in some cheeky surprises (almost felt like we were in NYC at one point :P ) along the way. Amazing way to spend a day; I heartily recommend.

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January 5, 2023

John was wonderful- he provided great commentary, was funny, and informative. Our problem was with the other passengers- it was very obvious two of them were sick. They mentioned their daughter was feeling so unwell she couldn’t come and then the father and son coughed the entire van ride. They didn’t wear masks or even cover their mouths. I think at a minimum windows in the van should’ve been kept open and the passengers required to wear masks. But actually I think they shouldn’t have been allowed on the tour and should’ve been rebooked when feeling better. My husband and I were very uncomfortable the whole day and wouldn’t do it again for that reason.

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December 15, 2022

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