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From Auckland: Small-Group Hobbiton and Waitomo Day Tour

1. From Auckland: Small-Group Hobbiton and Waitomo Day Tour

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 delicious lunch at the Shires Rest Cafe. 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.

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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!

New Zealand is a magical landscape even at the end of hot summer, when most of the hills are burnt gold by the sun. Hobbiton is a must-see for fans. Here, the nature is supported and irrigated, so you can take a walk along the paths known from the movie between the green hills. It's a pity that the area is not bigger. Waitomo Caves provide a slightly different experience. At the very beginning of the tour, the cave in which we were surprised by its amazing formations and its size, but swimming in the dark through the cave and admiring glowing worms - priceless. I could just sit in this boat and sit and watch forever. Nature can create a breathtaking scenery and these caves are such a place. The only downside to this tour is the misleading name for small groups. We traveled by bus for about 11 people and at attractions we were connected with people from the other bus. If I had known, I would have chosen a regular bus trip, it would have been more convenient.

Had a wonderful time at Hobbiton. It was definitely a bit of a drive to get there and back though. The tour itself was extremely well organized and the grounds of Hobbiton are very lovingly cared for.