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Bay of Islands, Hobbiton & Waitomo 2-Day Tour from Auckland

Product ID: 179429
Visit three of North Island’s most popular destinations from Auckland over 2-days. Explore the Bay of Islands and discover the Hobbiton movie set and Waitomo Glowworm Caves on two unique day trips over two consecutive days.
About this activity
Duration: 2 days
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Skip the line through a separate entrance
Printed or mobile voucher accepted
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Live tour guide
Audio guide/headphones
Spanish, Chinese, Japanese
Free cancellation up to 24 hours before activity starts

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  • Admire the breathtakingly scenic Bay of Islands on the first day
  • Cruise through the iconic Hole in the Rock plus spot dolphins and whales
  • Discover Hobbiton movie set and Waitomo Glowworm Caves on the second day
  • Immerse yourself in the landscape of Middle Earth and enjoy a delicious lunch
  • Experience the serene beauty of the Glowworm Grotto on a boat ride
Full description
Day 1: Bay of Islands Day Tour with Hole in the Rock Dolphin Cruise
Depart Auckland at around 7:30 AM and travel to Paihia in the beautiful Bay of Islands. Journey through native bush and lush farmland, enjoying engaging commentary from your experienced local driver-guide. After a stroll around Paihia, board a half-day cruise to explore the region’s 144 picturesque islands and sheltered waters. 

Keep an eye out for dolphins, whales, seals and birds. Cruise out along the Cape Brett Peninsula to the famous ‘Hole in the Rock’. If conditions are just right, your skipper will navigate the boat through the hole. Admire great views from the large outdoor viewing decks. After returning to shore, head back to Auckland arriving around 8:10 PM. 

Day 2: Hobbiton Movie Set & Waitomo Caves Day Tour
Board your coach at around 7:30 AM in Auckland and travel south to Matamata, home of the Hobbiton movie set. Discover the specially-built set and behind-the-scenes stories on an official 2-hour guided tour. Pose for photos outside Hobbit holes, the Green Dragon Inn, the Mill and more. Feast on a delicious lunch at the Green Dragon Inn before climbing onboard your coach.

Journey through scenic countryside to the township of Waitomo. Join an official 45-minute Waitomo Caves tour to marvel at stalactites, stalagmites, columns and pillars. Visit the breathtaking Cathedral cave, before taking a short underground boat ride through the Glowworm Grotto. Admire glowworms twinkling overhead in the darkness. At the end of your tour, join the coach for the return drive Auckland, arriving around 8:10 PM. 
  • Hotel pick-up & drop off
  • Experienced driver-guide
  • Engaging live commentary in English
  • Transport by luxury coach
  • Two full-day tours
  • Hole in the Rock half-day cruise
  • Hobbiton Movie Set 2-hour tour and lunch at the Green Dragon Inn
  • Waitomo Glowworm Caves 45-minute tour
  • Free WiFi onboard the coach
What’s Not Included
  • Accommodation
  • Lunch on the first day (Bay of Islands Day Tour)

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Know before you go
• The tour combo must be taken in order, over two consecutive days
• Both tours depart and return to Auckland each day
• Accommodation is not included with this tour combo
• If the Waitomo Caves tour cannot operate, a free upgrade to the Ruakuri Cave will be provided subject to availability. If the Ruakuri upgrade is provided, the Waitomo Caves portion is non refundable
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 27 reviews

Review summary

  • Service
    4.4 / 5
  • Organization
    4.6 / 5
  • Value for money
    4.4 / 5
  • Safety
    4.5 / 5
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Good: its a large 40+ big bus group. The driver guide is good/knowledgable. Bad: we did not enjoy bay of island. It takes 4 hrs to get to the venue. Meeting time at 7.30am and arriving at 11.30am to let you grab lunch for yourselves. The boat for bay of island leaves at 1.30 to see a hole in a rock.. dolphines optional if lucky. Return was another 4 hrs arriving back at the auckland by 8+pm. Hobbiton and waitomo were good and nearer. Another comment is, their voucher kept on stating the tour time is 8.30pm. Description doesnt provide info either. The chat support insists 8.30pm as that was whats written but when i pointed out absurdity of tour starting at 8.30pm evening, they checked and informed me it was 7.30am. The tour may provide hotel pick up and transfer, as to get to skycity bus area, it is uptrek and difficult. But i found out when i got there at the end of 1st day tour and when asked if i can arrange, they answered paperwork is finished and cannot be included for addtl.n

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December 25, 2019

Value for the travel was excellent. The bus was very comfortable and the bus drivers are incredible. Brian and Kenny were some of the most knowledgeable and respectful guides I have ever spent time. Glow worm caves are unbelieveable and hobbiton is cool. Bay of islands is a must do trip as well

August 11, 2019

The varying landscape makes the journeys so interesting. Unlike any vegetation I 've ever seen. Destinations were as promised and though the weather wasn't great, the experiences were worthwhile. Very capable and entertaining coach drivers Kenny and Brian for each day's outing. They were well versed in the history of the country which helped me appreciate NZ.

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August 10, 2019

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Product ID: 179429