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

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


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. Our tour from 1 December 2023 will be the extended Hobbiton Experience (now 2.5 hours) where you can venture beyond the door to a fully themed Hobbit Hole interior. Immerse yourself in the interior with entry hall, bedrooms, bathroom, kitchen, dining area, equipped bathroom, parlour and crackling fireplace. 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 cafe lunch included.


  • 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

What to expect

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 "Homestead" 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

Additional information

  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Minimum age is 4 years
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • A maximum of 14 people per booking (We can provide this tour to groups larger than 14 by discussions with Viator and ourselves)
  • Stroller accessible
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
  • Not Wheel-Suitable Friendly as these are walking tours
  • Near public transportation
  • Infant seats available
  • Most travelers can participate
  • We can provide NZ Safety Approved Child Car Seats and Booster Seats. We do not provide strollers or infant back packs
  • 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
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking

Ticket delivery

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


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

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 👌

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...

February 2022

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

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

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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