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

Duration: 11 hours
Destination: New Zealand, North Island, Auckland
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  • 11 hours
  • Auckland
  • E-Voucher
  • Lowest Price
  • Cancellable

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.

Itinerary
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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 "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

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
  • 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
Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered
All centrally Located Auckland hotels, BNBs, Backpacker Hotels in the Central Business District. Any of the following or others(not mentioned) in the Central Business District

Adina Apartments

Amora

Ascotia off Queen

Auckland City Hotel

Auckland Harbour Oaks and Residences

Backpackers-all CBD locations

Barclay Suites

City Life

Copthorne

Cordis

Crowne Plaza

De Bretts

Dilworth

Econolodge

Empire Apartments
Fable Hotel

Grand Chancellor

Grand Mercure

Grand Millennium

Haka Hotel & Suites, 2 Day Street (only)

Haka Lodge

Heritage

Hilton
Holiday Inn Express, CBD

Ibis City (Wyndham)

Jucy Snooze

Kiwi International
Mercure Auckland, 500 Queen St

Metropolis (Avani Metropolis)

MSocial

President Hotel

Princes Wharf Apartments

Pullman

Quadrant Hotel & Suites

Quest (all CBD locations)

Ramada

Rydges

Scenic

Sebel (both Viaduct Harbour and Quay West)

Sky City Grand

Sky City Hotel

Sofitel

Stamford Plaza

Star Park Apartments, 30B Swanson St

Star Queen Apartments, 438 Queen Street

Star Victoria Apartments, 64 Federal Street

Swiss bel Suites
Voco

VR Auckland City

VR Queen

Waldorf (Nesuto) -all in the Downtown CBD area

Waterloo Quadrant

YHA Backpackers


Departure Time

06:30 AM

Voucher info

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

Duration

11 hours

For a full refund, cancel at least 3 days in advance of the start date of the experience.

User's Reviews

Ian_R

24 Jan, 2023

Both Hobbiton and the fireflies very good, guides very good and knowledgeable, all in a very good day out from Auckland

Kami_H

23 Jan, 2023

I loved Hobbiton so much! I even got to reenact Bilbo running and yelling “I’m going on an adventure!” That is my life motto. Such a neat environment and safe and exciting feeling!

Nadne_L

18 Jan, 2023

The trip to see the movie set of the hobbit was a fantastic experience. We learned about movie making and were able to see the hobbit holes plus get a lovely drink at the green dragon.

Patricia_S

18 Jan, 2023

What an amazing day! Our tour guide Mike really went out of his way to make our day special! The tour ran so smoothly and never felt rushed! The highlight was the caves, absolutely stunning and seeing hobbiton (non LOR fan) topped it off! You have to book this!

Resort789914

17 Jan, 2023

Wonderful day spent with our guides Mike and Brenda. A font of knowledge about the countryside we were visiting. I would recommend going with this company.

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