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


11 hours
Pick-up offered
Free cancellation
1 - 14
Mobile ticket

Overview

Join this tour to visit two of New Zealand’s most famous attractions, Hobbiton Movie Set and Waitomo Caves, in one easy day trip from Auckland. Be fascinated as the magical world of Hobbiton comes to life and take photos in front of your favourite places like the Hobbit Holes, the Shire and the Green Dragon Inn. Then journey to the World Famous Waitomo Glowworm Caves and be captivated by the thousands of magical glowworms twinkling in the Grottos, the stalactites and stalagmites as you glide silently through the cave by boat. Marvel at the stunning scenery en route as we journey off the motorways into the real hinterland of New Zealand. All admission fees and lunch included.

Description

Itinerary
This is a typical itinerary for this product

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

Inclusions

  • Small-group tour (maximum of 14)
  • Kiwi café-style lunch
  • Local driver/guide
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off from downtown Auckland City
  • Local taxes
  • Admission ticket: Hobbiton and Waitomo Glowworm Caves
  • Entry/Admission - Hobbiton Movie Set
  • Entry/Admission - Waitomo Glowworm Caves

Exclusions

  • Food and drinks, unless specified

Additional information

  • 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 14 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 experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 14 travelers
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Proof of COVID-19 vaccination required for travelers
  • COVID-19 vaccination required for guides

Ticket delivery

You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.

Operates

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Cancellation

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start time of the experience.

afshaa001
June 2021

Amazing summer day out with the family, beautiful scenery and the best tour guide. The history of the movie set and relating back to scenes from the movies was great.

Naomi_S
April 2022

Such a great experience on both tours. The scenic views were amazing and tour guides were friendly & knowledgeable. Our tour guide operator Mike was absolutely superb, friendly, funny and extremely informative. We would 💯 recommend this package. Long day but definitely worth it 👌

nimis2022
April 2022

It was a very pleasant experience .we were picked up on time by Matt , and along the journey , he gave us knowledge information about the route and different attractions en route . At hobbiton , he showed us all the hidden spots for beautiful pictures and was very interactive. Lunch was include...

diegoch21
February 2022

Excellent guide, hobbiton is an amazing place, and waitomo caves are amazing, beautiful view on the way.

SanthoshiKumari
January 2022

Such a wonderful experience. Had a great time and David was very detail-oriented very friendly. His planning is top-notch. even we did not felt tired during the trip. Much recommended trip

lucyc12304
December 2021

Fantastic tour consisting of two great experiences and an awesome tour guide. David was extremely knowledgeable and provided us with lots of advice to make the most of Hobbiton as well as the Glowworm Caves (along with capturing some great photos for us too). Would recommend to all! Thanks Auckla...

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