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Auckland: Hobbiton & Waitomo Bus Tour with Festive Lunch

Product ID: 25045
Visit the Hobbiton Movie Set and Waitomo Caves on a day trip by premium bus from Auckland. Savor a sumptuous festive lunch onsite at Hobbiton. Immerse yourself into the landscape of Middle Earth under the care of your expert guide.
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Duration: 1 day
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  • Journey by premium bus to Hobbiton and Waitomo Caves from Auckland
  • Explore the Waitomo Glowworm Caves on a guided tour
  • Step foot in Hobbit holes at the Hobbiton Movie Set
  • Savor a festive lunch in the party marquee at the Green Dragon Inn
  • Surf the net to your heart's content with free Wi-Fi onboard the bus
Full description
Visit two of New Zealand's most iconic and famous attractions, the Hobbiton Movie Set and the Waitomo Glowworm Caves, on a hassle-free tour by premium bus from Auckland. 

Relax in the comfort of a premium bus with free Wi-Fi as you begin your journey. Travel through picturesque scenery as your friendly and experienced guide shares local insights with you. At the Waitomo Glowworm Caves, enjoy a 45-minute guided tour. You’ll walk in and float out, marvelling at the sparkling galaxy of blue lights on the silent boat ride through Glowworm Grotto – a subterranean cavern lit by thousands of tiny glowworms.

Your next stop is the iconic Hobbiton Movie Set. Enjoy a sumptuous buffet lunch fit for a Hobbit, served up in the festive party marquee beside the Green Dragon Inn. After lunch, your Hobbiton guide will greet you and take you on a magical journey to Middle Earth. Learn insights behind the making of the movies, pose for photographs outside hobbit holes, and sip a specially brewed beverage at the Green Dragon Inn. You’ll have some free time in the rural town of Matamata before the return trip to Auckland.
  • Transport by premium air-conditioned coach
  • Driver/guide
  • 45-minute Waitomo Glowworm Caves tour
  • 2-hour Hobbiton Movie Set tour
  • Festive buffet-style lunch at the Hobbiton Movie Set
  • Morning snack
  • Free Wi-Fi onboard the coach
What’s Not Included
  • Additional food and drinks

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Important information
Know before you go
• Please specify any dietary requirements when booking
• Children under 3 years travel free if a child seat is not required
• A one-way option is available, concluding in Rotorua after your Hobbiton tour
• If the Waitomo Caves tour cannot operate, a free upgrade to the Ruakuri Cave will be provided subject to availability
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 71 reviews

Review summary

  • Service
    4.8 / 5
  • Organization
    4.7 / 5
  • Value for money
    4.3 / 5
  • Safety
    4.8 / 5
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It was the most amazing tour ever. I highly recommend this to everyone. It was well organized and we gotta learned a lot of behind the scene secrets on how they make these movies. The scenery was spectacular. The only complaint that we have is that we only have 10 mins bathroom break and with all the tourists on board we just didn’t have enough time to walk through the gift shop or grab a drink. But overall it was an amazing experience.

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November 26, 2019

Great Tour

The tour to Hobbiton was excellent despite the rain. The guide was very helpful. Also the same with Witomomo caves. The bus driver Dominic kept us entertained and was very knowledgeable. Thoroughly enjoyed the trip. Only problem was they said they would pick us up around the corner from our hotel but after 30 minute wait rang them only to find they didn't have us on the list and had to walk to the bus terminal 10 minutes away. My advice get on at the bus terminal. Despite this we did enjoy the tour.

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April 20, 2018

Thumbs up for Damian

I did the tour with my 3 yo son and Damian was so helpful and attentive. He calls my son by name every time he sees him and they’d have high five and have little conversation. He also made sure that my son gets lunch without waiting too long as kids can be pretty impatient. So, without doubt I’d recommend this tour to the parents with young kids. The tour cost me 357NZD which is not cheap but it was worth it. After the tour I felt that I’ve learnt so much about New Zealand and seen a lot in one day. So folks (as Damian says) don’t hesitate, just book it! It will be amazing experience

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March 9, 2018

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Product ID: 25045