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Hobbiton & Waitomo Caves Small-Group Day Tour from Auckland

Product ID: 168473
Set off on a full-day adventure from Auckland to see New Zealand's two most famous attractions in one day. Visit the Hobbiton Movie Set, from the Lord of the Rings, and the Waitomo Glowworm Caves on a fully guided small-group tour.

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About this activity
Duration: 10 hours
Starting time 6:30 AM
Printed or mobile voucher accepted
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Live tour guide

Pickup included

Pick-up and drop off is available from downtown Auckland hotels only. Note that your pick-up time may be earlier than the tour start time.
Free cancellation up to 24 hours before activity starts

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  • Be fascinated as the magical world of Hobbiton comes to life on a 2-hour tour
  • Take photos in front of Hobbit Holes and around The Shire
  • Enjoy a complimentary specially-brewed beverage at The Green Dragon Inn and taste a kiwi-style lunch at The Homestead in Waitomo
  • Be captivated by the thousands of magical glowworms as you glide silently by boat in the world-famous Waitomo Glowworm Caves
  • Marvel at awe-inspiring stalactites and stalagmites during the 45-minute tour of the iconic Waitomo Glowworm Caves
  • Be amazed by the spectacular scenery en route and listen to engaging commentary from your guide
10 hours
  • Auckland

  • Hobbiton Movie Set (guided tour, walk)

  • Waitomo (lunch)

  • Waitomo Caves (guided tour, walk)

  • Auckland

Pickup included
Main stop
Other stop
Full description
Join this tour to visit two of New Zealand's most iconic and famous attractions, the Hobbiton Movie Set and the Waitomo Glowworm Caves, in one easy small-group day trip from Auckland. After pickup from your central Auckland hotel, travel south over the Bombay Hills for panoramic views of the Waikato Region and the scenic Hauraki Plains.

Arrive at The Shire's Rest in Matamata, the home of the Hobbiton Movie Set. Your guide will help you skip the crowds so you can explore the Movie Set on an official 2-hour tour. Be escorted through the 10-acre site and learn fascinating details of how the Hobbiton Movie Set was created. See Hobbit Holes, The Green Dragon Inn, and The Mill. Savor a complimentary specially-brewed beverage at The Green Dragon Inn. 

Afterwards, travel to the mesmerizing Waitomo Glowworm Caves, where you'll enjoy a Kiwi-style lunch at The Homestead in Waitomo. On the way, share stories from Hobbiton and interact with your fellow travelers. Glide silently by boat in the world famous caves and be amazed by the thousands of magical glowworms. Your guide on the 45-minute tour will likely be a descendant of the Maori Chief who originally explored the Caves and can share with you the remarkable history of the area. Walk through the majestic Cathedral Cove, famous for its acoustics.

The return trip takes you through some of New Zealand's most beautiful countryside before following the majestic Waikato River northwards part of the way back to Auckland. You will pass Taupiri with its very sacred Maori burial ground.  The day concludes with your return to your accommodation.
  • Hotel pick-up and drop off (downtown Auckland hotels only)
  • Transport
  • Local driver guide
  • Small-group tour
  • Entry and 2-hour guided tour of Hobbiton Movie Set
  • Kiwi-style lunch
  • Entry and 45-minute guided tour of Waitomo Glowworm Caves

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Important information
What to bring
  • Comfortable shoes
Know before you go
• Note that hotel pick-ups operate from downtown Auckland only
• Children must be accompanied by an adult
• The minimum age for the tour is 4 years
• A small amount of easy walking is involved, please wear comfortable footwear
• The tour operates in all weather conditions so please dress appropriately
• This is a small group activity with a maximum of 11 participants and requires a minimum of 2 participants to operate
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Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.9 / 5

based on 388 reviews

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    4.6 / 5
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It was a very fulfilling tour. The guide and driver were kind and guided us well. In Hobbiton village, I took a lot of photos for me who was alone. He seemed to know a wonderful shooting point. Lunch was hearty and delicious. It was a type where you could choose what you like. Waitomo cave was very nice though photography was impossible. I was able to finish my schedule almost on time. This is a recommended tour.

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28 March 2020

Thank Matt as he's very friendly and helpful. Hobbiton is great, must go, but the local tour guide is a bit too fast and people feel rushed to catch up with the group. Would be better if people could stay for a total of 2.5 hours at Hobbiton. The Waitomo Caves is also good

15 February 2020

Hobbiton was great--so much fun to be there! If I had only gone to the glowworm cave, I think I would have been a bit disappointed, as it was mostly a traditional cave and there was just a little section was where we got to see the glowworms. But Hobbiton exceeded my expectations.

30 January 2020

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Product ID: 168473