Hobbiton Movie Set and Waitomo Glowworm Caves Day Trip from Auckland
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Hobbiton Movie Set and Waitomo Glowworm Caves Day Trip from Auckland

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Pass By: Auckland Scenic Tours, Auckland Central, Auckland 1052 New Zealand

After leaving Auckland you will travel south over the Bombay Hills as you get elevated panoramic views of the Waikato Region and travel across the scenic Hauraki Plains to Matamata, the home of Hobbiton Movie Set.

Stop At: Hobbiton Movie Set, 501 Buckland Road Matamata, Hinuera 3472 New Zealand

Begin with a tour through the picturesque 1,250 acre sheep farm with spectacular views across the Kaimai Ranges. Your guide will escort you through the 10 acre site recounting fascinating details of how the Hobbiton Movie Set was created. Hobbit Holes, The Green Dragon Inn, The Mill and other structures can be viewed and you will see how this beautiful piece of Waikato farmland was transformed into the Shire from Middle-earth. Complimentary specially brewed beverages are available at the Green Dragon Inn as you complete your tour

Afterwards, enjoy a very “Kiwi” style lunch at the "Shire's Rest" and get to share stories from Hobbiton and interact with your fellow travellers.

Duration: 2 hours

Stop At: Waitomo Glowworm Caves, 39 Waitomo Village Road, Waitomo Caves 3943 New Zealand

You will then travel to the mesmerizing Waitomo Glowworm Caves. Be amazed by the thousands of magical glowworms as you glide silently by boat in the world famous Waitomo Glowworm Caves. Your guide on this 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

Your return trip to Auckland will then take you initially through some of New Zealand’s most beautiful countryside before following northwards the majestic Waikato River, the longest river in New Zealand, part of the way back to Auckland. You will pass Ngaruawahia, the home of the Maori King; Taupiri with its very sacred Maori burial ground.

To complete that day, you will be taken back to your hotel in the Auckland CBD.

Duration: 4 hours

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  • Small-group tour (maximum of 11 or 14)
  • Kiwi café-style lunch
  • Local driver/guide
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off from downtown Auckland City
  • Local taxes
  • Entry/Admission - Hobbiton Movie Set
  • Entry/Admission - Waitomo Glowworm Caves
Not included
  • Food and drinks, unless specified
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Minimum age is 4 years
  • A maximum of 14 people per booking (We can provide this tour to groups larger than 11 by discussions with Viator and ourselves)
  • A small amount of easy walking is involved
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infant seats available
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
Noah S
5 | 2019-08-28

Had a tour with another company and they cancelled about 12 hours before. Luckily I got this one and they were able to accommodate me, including pickup. Hobbiton was super fun but the glow worms are the highlight. Overall really great tour and I was very happy.

Alison C
5 | 2019-08-26

It was one of those must-do things while we were in New Zealand. A very special tour that was done well even if it was an early morning. The glow-worm caves were the icing on top and with it being lamb season everything was that much more adorable and special. Thank you so much!!

5 | 2019-08-23

Hobbiton set so unreal amazing. Drive to Waitomo caves was breath taking. Rolling hills. Sheeps. Cows. Our driver Mike was great. He was on time throughout the day kept everything on schedule.

Jacqueline M
5 | 2019-07-03

Going to Hobbiton was the highlight of the trip so far! Anyone who is a fan should go. Waitomo caves is short but also pretty amazing to see. It was a great tour and having Mike as our tour operator really made the difference. He’s wonderful to talk to and very knowledgeable about the area. Everything about our tour with him was a delight! If you’re looking into this tour, I’d definitely recommend taking it.

Dennis P
5 | 2019-07-03

First off, Nick was the best tour guide ever. He made ever one comfortable and drove us safely to each place. His knowledge of New Zealand is incredible. Hobbiton is an magical place even if you’re not a fan of LoTR. The glow worm caves are a bucket list item, incredible. This is the way to do visit these places, you learn so much. Amazing!

David Michael G
5 | 2019-07-03

My girlfriend and I went on this tour on June 9, 2019. Mike, our driver and tour guide, was warm and friendly. He accommodated us and made sure that we were all safe and comfortable. He was also very engaging during the tour, which made it more memorable as well. He took the time to explain the townships and scenic views when we were on our way to our destinations. Hobbiton and the Waitomo Glowworm Caves were beautiful. I will definitely recommend this particular tour to my friends and family.

Hannah H
5 | 2019-07-03

I was SO excited to do this tour and our tour guide made it so much better, Mike was so knowledgable and very witty. Definitely recommend adding this to your list of things to do when you visit Auckland.

Kathleen L
5 | 2019-07-03

SO happy with this tour! First off, we had the most aMAZing tour guide, Tyler. He was full of information while riding in the van, and also knew when to have some quiet time to squeeze in a nap(except for me, I was too excited!!). He also made a couple extra stops along the way to really show us more of NZ's awesomeness, yeah! We learned so much about Auckland/NZ AND by the end, he gave us the best recommendations for other places to check out, which we did-Elliott Stables and the Fish Market--excellent food and experience!! Thanks Tyler! :) Hobbiton was everything I've been waiting for-gorgeous country, another excellent tour guide, SO many pictures taken. We all had a perfect time there. Glowworm Caves were also essential to see. Not disappointed at all. I would 100% recommend this tour for anyone short on time in Auckland and wanting to squeeze in a bunch in one day. Yes, there is driving involved, but during that, it's a great time to either rest in between tours, learn about NZ, or just revel in its beautiful country :)

Oscar O
5 | 2019-05-08

It was our guides first time But he did a great job job and was super friendly! Both of the attractions are once in a lifetime things you really must see them while in NZ!

Jonni M
5 | 2019-04-15

Every nerd needs to go! My heart exploded with happiness in the shire. The glow worms were also very cool to see. Our bus driver was very sweet and funny. Full of information.

William C
5 | 2019-03-07

The best part of the visit was our tour guide who was originally from Finland (I think). He used different character voices and sang us to the pub. His "theatrics" really added to the experience.

Bhavin M
5 | 2019-03-05

The tour of Hobbiton and Waitomo Caves was excellent. Alex, our driver and guide picked us up and gave us all the key information about both locations (which have separate tours and tour guides) - note that once you reach Hobbiton you will form part of a larger group of 40-50 which is just how the tours at Hobbiton work. The included lunch provided lots of choice in the Hobbiton cafe with a few yummy vegetarian/vegan options. Similarly, the tour of Waitomo is run by the Māori owners and was also very good. Alex drove us through many different towns /cities and gave us interesting facts /key information about all of them. He was very informative, very funny and provided us with lots of information; he had an answer for all our questions about NZ, and looked up the answers he didn’t have! We stopped off for ice cream on the way back. Overall, this was an A+ tour, worth every second of lost sleep to be at Hobbiton early in the morning for the first tour. With his stops and commentary, it never felt like we were stuck in the car driving around the country.

Tuong Q
5 | 2019-03-04

The driver was very friendly and knowledgeable the area. The Hobbiton Movie Set and Waitomo Glowworm Caves were the most fascinating tours we had by far. The provided lunch was good. Thank you!

Catherine W
5 | 2019-01-30

Alex and Tyler were fun to spend the day with as we explored Hobbiton in the rain and the glowworms in the dark Waitomo Caves! We got hooked on hokey pokey ice cream too! Great day trip from Auckland.

Cynthia G
4 | 2018-12-10

The Hobbiton movie set is a must see for Lord of the Rings/Hobbit fans. It’s primarily a exterior set, but the drive from downtown Auckland to see the set and surrounding areas was beautful. Our driver was very entertaining and informative. This tour was limited in size, so there were only 11 of on the tour van, which made it a more personal experience. The glowworm caves don’t sound like much, but were an awesome natural phenomenon that you are not likely to experience anywhere else in the world.

Luis M
5 | 2018-11-26

My party of six went to this all day trip and we enjoyed it a lot. Louise, our guide from Auckland scenic Tour was on time,kindness and very informative given us many details. We loved this trip and recommended it to everyone visiting New Zealand, North island. I wish to return there one day to expend more time in this beautiful country.

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