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Hobbiton Movie Set & Waitomo Caves Trip from Auckland

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See two magical places come to life on this day tour from Auckland. First explore the Waitomo Glowworm Caves and be entranced by the thousands of twinkling lights in the glowworm grotto. Then visit the Hobbiton Movie Set, the filming location of the village of Bilbo Bagins and his fellow hobbits in ‘The Lord of the Rings’ movie trilogy. As you explore Hobbiton, you can pose for pictures in front of the hobbit holes, the pond and the Green Dragon Inn.
  • Tour Waitomo Glowworm Caves and Hobbiton Movie Set from Auckland
  • Combine two great sites to conveniently see more of New Zealand
  • Watch the sparkling display of glowworms on an underground boat tour
  • Picnic lunch served in the beautiful Waitomo Valley
  • Guided tour of the Hobbiton Movie Set goes behind the scenes
  • Choose between Auckland or Rotorua drop-off
What to Expect
Start the day with pickup at selected hotels in Auckland, or at a centrally located meeting point. You’ll board a coach for the trip to Waitomo, enjoying a morning snack as you pass through rolling hills and farmland. Upon arrival in Waitomo, go underground on a boat tour of the Waitomo River, where twinkling glowworms provide the only light in a series of caves and caverns. After the Waitomo Glowworm Caves tour, pause for an included picnic lunch and continue through the Kaimai Ranges to Matamata. At the Hobbiton Movie Set, join a guide for a behind-the-scenes tour of the film site for The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit, where director Peter Jackson recreated the world of Middle Earth. After the Hobbiton Movie Set tour, you have the option to return to Auckland or continue to Rotorua, famed for bubbling hot springs and vibrant Maori culture.
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Important Information
Departure Point
102 Hobson St, Auckland CBD, Auckland 1010, New Zealand

Traveler pickup is offered
Hotel pick ups in most cases will be earlier. Please check with provider open til 8pm - Toll free within NZ 0800744487
If your pick up location is not on the supplied list please contact our reservations team 24 hours prior
Departure Time
8:00 AM
Return Details
Returns to original departure point
  • Morning snack
  • Transport by luxury coach
  • Lunch - Buffet lunch at Hobbiton's Party Marquee
  • Entry/Admission - Hobbiton Movie Set
  • Entry/Admission - Waitomo Glowworm Caves
  • Food and drinks, unless specified
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Infant seats available
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 40 travelers
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Overall, the drive and experience out to Hobbiton were great. Seeing all of the wildlife along the way, and walking through the Shire were truly a sight to behold. The only drawback is that it is quite crowded, so good luck taking photos without strangers...More

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank heyyrosario
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is pre - cruise tour before embarking on a ship that took us from Auckland to Sydney. The pick- up was so early in the morning in the hotel where we are staying. It was drizzling but that did’t dampen our enthusiasm as the...More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank Gabriel L
Reviewed 12 August 2019

I have been here three times! Each time that I went the weather was different. Sometimes it was rainy, or damp or sunny and hot - it will be a toss up, as I have gone in the Spring and the Summer. OK, you need...More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank LeRoyJN
Reviewed 30 July 2019 via mobile

Hobbiton is for die hard fans. The glow worm caves are magical, a must do experience. We took a boat ride on the underground river that runs through the caves.Looking upwards, the roof resembled a night sky filled with myriad blue, glowing stars. So beautiful...More

Date of experience: July 2019
Thank cpkang
Reviewed 27 July 2019 via mobile

The bus picked me up 15 mins later than the agreed time, although they are emphasizing at the booking that I have to be there 15 mins earlier, so this means that I was waiting for the bus 30 mins in the cold and I...More

Date of experience: July 2019
Thank LunaticKat
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19 June 2019|
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Response from tonyr172 | Reviewed this property |
No idea but suggest u contact the transport company.
21 September 2018|
Response from Tosakes | Reviewed this property |
Probably not. We walked on a lot of uneven and uphill surfaces
Analiza B
8 July 2018|
Response from LLinos2 | Reviewed this property |
We were each traveling with a large suitcase and they safety and securely stowed all of it luggage throughout the excursion. Once finished with the cave tour, they helped guide us and our luggage to another bus that dropped... More
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