Day trip

From Auckland: Hobbiton, Rotorua & Waitomo Caves Day Trip

From Auckland: Hobbiton, Rotorua & Waitomo Caves Day Trip

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Embark on a day trip from Auckland to Hobbiton, Rotorua, and the Waitomo Caves. Eat lunch at Pataka Kai restaurant with views of Te Puia's Pohutu Geyser and Whakarewarewa Thermal Valley.

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Duration 13 hours
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Live tour guide
Pickup included
Pick-up and drop off is available from central Auckland hotels. Provide your accommodation details when booking and the local operator will advise your pick-up details with confirmation. Please note that your pick-up time may be earlier than the tour start time.
Small group
Limited to 15 participants


13 hours
  • Auckland

  • Hobbiton Movie Set (free time)

  • Hobbiton Movie Set (guided tour, walk)

  • Te Puia (lunch)

  • Te Puia (walk)

  • Waitomo Glowworm Caves (guided tour, walk)

  • Auckland

Pickup included
Main stop
Other stop
  • Experience 3 top North Island destinations in one day on a complete tour
  • Discover the magic of Middle-earth on an official 2-hour Hobbiton tour
  • Explore Rotorua at your own pace, including Rachel Springs and the lakefront
  • Have lunch at a restaurant next to Te Puia with great views of the geyser
  • Visit the Waitomo Caves and see glittering glowworms on the included boat ride
Full description

Visit the Hobbiton Movie Set, Rotorua, and Waitomo Caves in one day on a guided tour from Auckland. See three of North Island’s iconic sites in one attraction-filled day.

After hotel pickup, travel from Auckland to Hobbiton through Waikato. On arrival, you’ll be guided through the picturesque twelve-acre site and given fascinating details of how the movie set was created.

The official tour concludes with a complimentary drink at the Green Dragon Inn. Climb back into the vehicle for the approximately 55-minute drive to Rotorua where you will spend around 1.5 hours. On arrival, visit key attractions, such as the lakefront, government gardens, and Rachel Springs.

After sightseeing, have lunch at Pataka Kai, a restaurant next to the Te Puia thermal reserve. Enjoy views and take photos of Te Puia's Pohutu Geyser and thermal valley from the restaurant (entry not included).

After Rotorua, drive to the world-renowned Waitomo Caves where you’ll enter the caves on foot and ride out in a small boat. Above your head will be thousands of tiny glowworms radiating their unmistakable luminescent light as an expert guide provides informative commentary. 

  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Transportation in a small air-conditioned coach
  • Driver/guide
  • Hobbiton Movie Set entry ticket
  • Hobbiton Movie Set 2-hour tour
  • Lunch at Pataka Kai
  • Waitomo Glowworm Caves entry ticket
  • Waitomo Glowworm Caves 45-minute tour
  • Morning and afternoon tea (available to purchase)
  • Te Puia Thermal Reserve entry
  • Water
Not suitable for
  • Children under 2 years
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • You must keep social distance while in vehicles
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask
  • All participants over 12 years old must present one of the following: proof of full vaccination, proof of first vaccination administered at least 22 days ago, proof of a Covid-19 infection in the past 6 months, or a negative PCR test taken no more than 48 hours before the activity starts
  • All participants who are over 12 years old must present proof of full vaccination

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Important information

What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes
  • Weather-appropriate clothing
  • Reusable water bottle

Not allowed

  • Smoking in the vehicle
  • Food in the vehicle

Know before you go

  • Note that there is some driving between attractions so this tour may not be suitable for children 2 years or under
  • The tour involves a reasonable amount of walking on uneven ground
  • New Zealand weather can be very changeable throughout the day, so go prepared
  • If you prefer more time in Rotorua, you might like to consider an overnight tour
  • Please note you must be ready and waiting at your specified pick-up time as the tour has set times at each of the attractions visited and unfortunately cannot wait
  • This tour requires a minimum of 4 people to run
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.7 /5

based on 81 reviews

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Great tour, but our driver ran late in the morning, so we were rushed at Hobbiton and had less than 15 mins at the gift shop before the tour started. While our bus driver was extremely knowledgeable about the economy and topography of New Zealand and Auckland in particular, he wasn’t very friendly and it seemed like he didn’t want to be there with us. It was a stark contrast to other tours I’ve been on.

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November 15, 2022

The experience was very good and the guide was lovely and kind. The park where we could see the geysers is amazing, but it wasn't fast enough for this part of the tour. We didn't have much time. My problem was that we couldn't go to Waitomo caves because there weren't enough people on the tour to do that and in the end they refunded me.

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September 29, 2022

We had a wonderful time! FlexiTours was highly organized and super punctual. All 3 sites were amazing and and the lunch buffet was excellent quality. Although, it was a long day, we really enjoyed chatting with our driver/tour guide (Mr. Kelly). He was very professional, personable, and highly knowledgable. He definitely gets a 5*!!!

January 3, 2020

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