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Hobbiton and Waitomo Caves from Auckland Small Group Tour

Highlights
  • Get guaranteed entry to two of New Zealand’s top attractions
  • Snap photos at Hobbit holes and cruise the illuminated Waitomo Glowworm Caves
  • Take in picturesque farmland and Maori sites on the North Island
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Hobbiton and Waitomo Caves from Auckland Small Group Tour
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Hobbiton and Waitomo Caves from Auckland Small Group Tour
From US$177.68
Overview
Visit New Zealand’s must-see Hobbiton Movie Set and Waitomo Glowworm Caves on a comprehensive full-day tour from Auckland. Along with a guided bus tour of the Lord of the Rings locale and a boat cruise through illuminated glowworm caves, see sacred Maori sites like Mount Taupiri. Travel in comfort through the rural countryside with a small group, which allows for a more personalized tour.
What to Expect

After morning pickup at select hotels in Auckland, travel by minibus through the Waikato countryside to Hobbiton.

Upon arrival, join a local guide for a 2-hour tour of the 12-acre (4.85-hectare) Hobbiton Movie Set. See the lush pastures of the Shire, explore numerous hobbit holes and gardens, and hear stories about the Lord of the Rings films before ending up at the Green Dragon Inn.

Continue west into the Waitomo region and stop at the Waitomo Homestead for lunch (own expense). Afterward, visit the Waitomo Glowworm Caves: explore impressive stalactites and stalagmites, then board a boat for your glowworm cruise. Glide along the grotto river and see thousands of twinkling glowworms along the cave walls.

On the scenic return drive, see landmarks such as the Huntly Power Station, Waikato River, and Mount Taupiri, a sacred Maori site. Your tour ends with hotel drop-off in Auckland.

Reviews (44)
1 - 5 of 37 reviews
Reviewed 3 days ago
Beautiful scenery!

I have not watched the Lord of the Rings movies and still enjoyed this tour immensely . The 2 1/2 hour ride there seemed short with our great guide Lance giving us commentary all the way. Had a great group of travellers from the US...More

Thank Sandra M
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile
Must do!

This tour was absolutely amazing! Lance, our driver and guide, was one of the best guides I’ve had during my time here in New Zealand! He was very animated and genuinely loved what he was talking about. As we drove from Auckland to Hobbiton, he...More

Thank rachelhO8548YP
Cheeky Kiwi Tra... B, Guest Relations Manager at Cheeky Kiwi Travel, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

"By the end of the day, Lance was more than a guide, he felt like a friend." And that really does say it all. :) Thank you Rachel for taking the time to write such an in-depth review; one which highlights exactly what Lance and...More

Reviewed 8 October 2018
The place is even more charming than scenes in the movie

We visited during the low season to avoid the crow. Love how they paid attention to every details. The narrative of the tour guy was as enjoyable as the serene scenery. The ending drink in the Green Dragon Inn helped round up a perfect day.

Thank Pwong368
Cheeky Kiwi Tra... B, Guest Relations Manager at Cheeky Kiwi Travel, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thanks for your review! We're glad you enjoyed Hobbiton (who doesn't love a chilled drink at the Green Dragon?), and hope you also enjoyed the rest of your tour as well, learning about New Zealand's landscape and people.

Reviewed 4 October 2018 via mobile
Best tour ever! Lance is a legend!

My friend and I were greeted with an awesome smile from our tour guide, Lance who then fed us with heaps of snacks especially CASSAVA CHIPS along the way and he was super knowledgeable in every way possible and whole experience was beyond my expectations....More

Thank YangmayC
Cheeky Kiwi Tra... B, Guest Relations Manager at Cheeky Kiwi Travel, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Kia Ora! Thanks for your enthusiastic review; we absolutely appreciate it. We agree with you; Lance is an excellent guide! And nothing beats getting in ahead of the crowds! We pick you up early but now you see why.... Enjoy the rest of your time...More

Reviewed 2 October 2018 via mobile
This tour is absolutely amazing!! Lance was such a wonderful tour guide :)

I joined the tour yesterday on 2018 Oct 1, pick up time was really early at 5:45am but it was so worth it because we got the earliest time slot at Hobbiton, it was not crowded and we got plenty of time to take pictures...More

Thank WinnieLenoreChe
Cheeky Kiwi Tra... B, Guest Relations Manager at Cheeky Kiwi Travel, responded to this reviewResponded 3 October 2018

Thank you for taking the time to write such an in-depth review. We really appreciate it! Everything you mentioned is spot on; our guides go out of the way to make sure everyone has just as an amazing day as you did, and we always...More

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Response from Rose K | Reviewed this property |
Our family rented a vehicle to tour the north island. We booked our tickets online and drove from Auckland to the site. The address is 501 Buckland Road Hinuera Matamata 3472 New Zealand
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