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Rotorua: Hobbiton and Waitomo Caves Full-Day Trip

Rotorua: Hobbiton and Waitomo Caves Full-Day Trip

From US$ 227.58 per person

Explore two of New Zealand's top attractions in one day with this fantastic guided tour from Rotorua! Take a magical boat ride through the stunning Waitomo Glowworm Caves, then step into Hobbiton and discover the secrets of the movie set.

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Pick-up and drop off is available from all accommodation located in Rotorua. Please provide your accommodation details when booking and the local tour operator will confirm your pick-up details.


  • Step into Hobbiton and explore the movie set on an official guided tour
  • Enjoy a complimentary drink in the Green Dragon Inn
  • Experience a magical boat ride through the Waitomo Glowworm Caves
  • Learn about the region with the help of your experienced local guide
  • Travel in comfort in a modern air-conditioned vehicle
Full description
After being picked up from your hotel in Rotorua, enjoy a pleasurable and scenic drive through the New Zealand countryside and learn about the region from your professional local driver/ guide. Travel in the comfort of your modern and fully air-conditioned vehicle. Set off on a journey of discovery at the infamous Waitomo Glowworm Caves. Sit back and relax as you take a magical boat ride beneath thousands of glowworms. Discover more about the 120 years of cultural and natural history on this fully guided tour and marvel at this mesmerizing natural light display as you silently glide through the wonderland of the Glowworm Grotto.  Continuing your fantastical journey, step into Hobbiton, where an official guide will show you around this breathtaking and impressive movie set. Wander into Hobbit holes, including Bilbo and Frodo's home, and take a turn around their vegetable patches with giant pumpkins! At the end of the tour, be transported to Middle Earth as you enjoy a complimentary drink in the Green Dragon Inn. If you're looking to experience some of New Zealand's top attractions, or are an avid Lord of the Rings fan, then this is a truly unmissable and unforgettable experience! 
  • Pick-up and drop off from your accommodation in Rotorua
  • Transportation in a modern air-conditioned vehicle
  • Experienced driver/ guide
  • Informative and entertaining commentary in English
  • Entry plus a 2-hour official tour of the Hobbiton movie set
  • Entry plus a 40-minute official tour of the Waitomo Glowworm Caves
  • Information booklets in various languages at all venues
  • Lunch (available to purchase on the day)
Not suitable for
  • Wheelchair users
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • You must keep social distance while in vehicles
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • You must fill out a travel information form

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Important information

What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes
  • Comfortable clothes

Know before you go

  • The complimentary beverage at the Green Dragon Inn can be alcoholic or non-alcoholic, depending on your preference
  • Please wear casual clothing and comfortable shoes, as the guided tours involve walking
  • All vehicles used are modern and feature dual air-conditioning, UV protection glass and meet the highest safety standards
  • All bookings made within 36 hours of the tour will not be provided hotel pickup; you will be asked to come to Rotorua i-SITE Visitors Center instead
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.8 /5

based on 49 reviews

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Magical day! The caves are beautiful and glow warms are amazing. Hobbiton was magically cute. I haven’t watched the movie but I totally enjoyed every second. I need to warn you it is too crowded. You wouldn’t feel that much but at our first stop we have seen at 4 mini hobbiton houses although there were more of them at that area. I thought on the way back we will see that section but we haven’t. So if you see hobbiton houses and you want to get close to them and take photos do that! We are given time to see the gift shop in the beginning and at the end. Too much time is given for that, I would rather spend more time in Hobbiton around the houses... Complimentary drink was a nice touch at the end.

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February 19, 2020

My family and I had an amazing time on the full day tour of waitomo and hobbiton A lot of credit definitely goes to our guide Andrew. He is very knowledgeable and generates a lot of curiosity and great conversations throughout the tour. It was definitely best value for money. I would highly recommend Andrew for the tours.

December 24, 2019

Both activities were fine, but I would say they were not spectacular in any way. The glow worms are very interesting to see, but the boat cruise through the cave takes less than 5 minutes, the rest of the time being just a regular visit of the cave from a geological point of view. The hobbit little houses from Hobbiton are nice as advertised, but I would have expected to be able to enter in one of them and see them furnished inside. We were able to enter in one of them, but only to make a photo with the door open, because there was nothing inside. I have to mention I haven't seen Lord of the Rings nor Hobbit, so for movie fans maybe would have been a more exciting experience. For me it was nice to see the houses and take lots of pictures, but they get repetitive after seeing a few of them. The driver that we had for the day was very nice and told us many stories about the region and about life in New Zealand.

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December 23, 2019

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