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Auckland to Rotorua: Waitomo Caves & Hobbiton Day Tour

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Set off on a full-day adventure from Auckland to Rotorua to see New Zealand's two most famous attractions in one day. Visit the Hobbiton Movie Set (Lord of the Rings) and the Waitomo Glowworm Caves on a fully guided small-group tour ending in Rotorua.
About this activity
Duration 9.5 hours
Skip the ticket line
Printed or mobile voucher accepted
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Live tour guide

Pick-up service

From any hotel or accommodation address in the downtown Auckland CBD area. Central pickup and drop-off locations are available for those staying outside the downtown areas.
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 cafe lunch at the Shire's Rest Cafe
  • 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 spellbinding tour of the iconic Waitomo Glowworm Caves
Full description
Join this tour to visit two of New Zealand's most iconic and famous attractions, the Waitomo Glowworm Caves and the Hobbiton Movie Set, in one easy small-group day trip. This tour begins in Auckland and drops you off in Rotorua.

After picking you up with your luggage from your central Auckland accommodation, travel south over the Bombay Hills for panoramic views of the Waikato Region and the scenic Hauraki Plains. This route takes you on the scenic routes most of the day, rather than the motorways, to showcase the stunning landscape, fauna, and flora of this region.

Arrive at the mesmerizing Waitomo Glowworm Caves. Be in awe of the limestone formations, the stalactites, and stalagmites. Then 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 Cave, famous for its acoustics.

Afterwards, travel to the Shire's Rest in Matamata, the home of the Hobbiton movie set. Enjoy a Kiwi-style lunch at The Shire's Rest. Then, 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 the 44 Hobbit Holes, the Green Dragon Inn, and the Mill. Savour a complimentary specially-brewed beverage at the Green Dragon Inn.

The trip then takes you through some of New Zealand's most beautiful countryside before arriving in Rotorua. The day concludes with a drop-off at all central Rotorua hotels, or a central Rotorua location for those staying outside the central business district.
  • Hotel pickup (downtown Auckland) and hotel drop-off (downtown Rotorua)
  • For those staying outside the Downtown areas, central pickup and drop-off places are available
  • Luggage transported
  • Transport
  • Local driver guide with fully descriptive commentary
  • Small-group tour
  • Entry and approximately 45-60 minutes guided tour of Waitomo Glowworm Caves
  • Kiwi-style café lunch at the Shire's Rest Café
  • Entry and 2-hour guided tour of Hobbiton movie set
  • Complimentary ale, stout, cider or ginger beer at the Green Dragon at Hobbiton

Prepare for the activity

Important information
What to bring
  • Comfortable shoes
Not allowed
  • Pets
  • Smoking
Know before you go
• Note that hotel pickups operate from downtown Auckland and drop-offs at downtown Rotorua hotels only
• For those staying outside downtown areas in either Auckland or Rotorua, central pickup and drop-off locations are available
• 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
Organized by

Auckland Scenic Tours

Product ID: 237862