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From Auckland: Small-Group Hobbiton and Waitomo Day Tour

Product ID: 267487
Visit two iconic New Zealand attractions with this small group day tour to Hobbiton Movie Set and Waitomo Glow Worm Caves. Enjoy by a sumptuous buffet lunch and time for shopping.
About this activity
Duration: 12 hours
Starting time 7:00 AM
Printed or mobile voucher accepted
Instant confirmation
Live tour guide
English

Pickup included

Pickup and drop-off from inner city Auckland is included. Please be waiting in the lobby at the given pickup time (pick ups are between 6.30 AM and 7:00 AM)
Free cancellation up to 24 hours before activity starts

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Experience

Highlights
  • Explore Hobbiton Movie Set on a guided tour
  • Enjoy a complimentary ale, cider, or ginger beer in the Green Dragon Inn
  • Savour a delicious buffet lunch at the Green Dragon marquee
  • Spend time browsing the Hobbiton gift shop, using the $10 shopping voucher included in the tour
  • Marvel in silence at Waitomo Glow Worm Caves as you glide through the glow worm grotto
Itinerary
12 hours
  • Auckland

  • Hobbiton Movie Set (guided tour, walk)

  • Hobbiton Movie Set (lunch, free time)

  • Waitomo Caves (guided tour)

  • Auckland

Pickup included
Main stop
Other stop
Full description
After pickup from your inner city Auckland accommodation, travel south over the Bombay Hills to the rich farmland of the Waikato region. Your driver guide will provide commentary on the way to Hobbiton with insights into the areas you are travelling through, along with some background to The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit movies.

On arrival at Shire’s Rest, embark on your Hobbiton movie set tour. This location is the largest “green set” in the world and the only part of the set remaining in New Zealand. See 44 hobbit holes, the Mill, the double arch bridge, and the party tree. At this stunning location you can take a photo at the gate to Bilbo’s house, “Bag End”, whilst looking out over the whole set to the hills in the distance. The tour ends with a visit to the Green Dragon Inn for a drink.

Following your drink, you will be treated to a sumptuous buffet lunch in the Green Dragon marquee. There is time for shopping before your tour continues to Waitomo.

On arrival in Waitomo, join a 45 minute guided tour of the incredible Waitomo Glow Worm Caves. Discover an ancient world 30 million years in the making. Enjoy the delicate cave formations and be wowed in the Cathedral, before taking the iconic boat ride through the glow worm grotto (subject to water levels). Marvel in silence at thousands of magical glow worms, which are unique to New Zealand, before exiting the cave. After your tour at Waitomo, return to Auckland. Enjoy an afternoon tea stop on the way, at your own expense.
Includes
  • Inner city Auckland accommodation pick up and drop off
  • Fully guided full-day tour
  • Hobbiton Movie Set tour entrance fee
  • Drink in the Green Dragon
  • Shopping voucher
  • Buffet lunch in the Marquee
  • Waitomo Glow Worm Caves entrance fee and tour
What’s Not Included
  • Afternoon tea
  • Gratuities
Not suitable for
  • People with claustrophobia
  • Wheelchair users

Prepare for the activity

Important information
What to bring
  • Comfortable shoes
Not allowed
  • Drones
Know before you go
• This tour requires a minimum of two adults to run. If you are a solo traveller you can join with others travelling on the same day.
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Our bus driver was lovely and talkative, though they don't run the two tours - we get another guide. I loved Hobbiton as I'm a big fan of the films and books. We were lucky with the weather though, if we wanted, we were invited to borrow a Hobbiton umbrella which was a thoughtful offer! The tour guide was informative and fun and happy to take photos. I loved having a drink in the Green Dragon - very tasty and really enjoyed the buffet lunch in the marquee - well worth paying extra for this tour that included this lunch if you are a big fan. I do wish we had just half an hour extra to really enjoy the drink and food and to let it settle in our stomachs as it was a tiny bit rushed towards the end. However, it is also quite a drive back to Auckland and we had yet to get to the caves! The caves part of the tour was also really good and much better than I expected. You cannot take photos in the cave so if you want a momento, bring some dollars for the photo they take at the beginning!

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December 22, 2019

Nowa Zelandia to magiczne krajobrazy nawet pod koniec upalnego lata kiedy większość pagórków jest już wypalona słońcem na złoto. Hobbiton to dla fanów punkt obowiązkowy. Tutaj przyroda jest wspomagana i nawadniana więc można przespacerować się znanymi z filmu dróżkami pomiędzy zielonymi pagórkami. Aż żal, że teren nie jest większy. Nieco innych wrażeń dostarczają jaskinie Waitomo. Już na samym początku zwiedzania jaskinia, w której byliśmy zaskakuje niesamowitymi formacjami i swoją wielkością, ale przepłynięcie w ciemności przez jaskinię i podziwianie świecących robaczków - bezcenne. Mogłabym tak siedzieć w tej łódce i siedzieć i patrzeć bez końca. Natura potrafi stworzyć scenerir zapierające dech w piersi i te jaskinie to jest takie miejsce. Jedyny minus tej wycieczki to myląca nazwa o małych grupach. Przemieszczaliśmy się busem w ok 11 osób a w atrakcjach łączono nas z osobami z drugiego busa. Gdybym wiedziała wybrałabym wycieczkę zwykłym autobusem byłoby wygodniej.

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March 9, 2020

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Our bus driver was lovely and talkative, though they don't run the two tours - we get another guide. I loved Hobbiton as I'm a big fan of the films and books. We were lucky with the weather though, if we wanted, we were invited to borrow a Hobbiton umbrella which was a thoughtful offer! The tour guide was informative and fun and happy to take photos. I loved having a drink in the Green Dragon - very tasty and really enjoyed the buffet lunch in the marquee - well worth paying extra for this tour that included this lunch if you are a big fan. I do wish we had just half an hour extra to really enjoy the drink and food and to let it settle in our stomachs as it was a tiny bit rushed towards the end. However, it is also quite a drive back to Auckland and we had yet to get to the caves! The caves part of the tour was also really good and much better than I expected. You cannot take photos in the cave so if you want a momento, bring some dollars for the photo they take at the beginning!

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December 22, 2019

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Product ID: 267487