Hobbiton Movie Set And Waitomo Glowworm Caves Day Trip From Auckland

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  • Duration: 11 Hrs
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  • Departure Time :
    6:30 AM
  • Departure Details :
    Traveler pickup is offered
    All centrally Located Auckland hotels and BNBs etc in the Central Business District. Any of the following or others in the Central Business District
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    Centrally Located Auckland hotels
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    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.


Join this tour to visit two of New Zealands 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.


Small group ensures personal service

All entrance fees included

Perfect introduction for first-time visitors

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This is a typical itinerary for this product

Pass By: Auckland Scenic Tours, Auckland Central, North Island

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 Tours, Hinuera, Waikato Region, North Island

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, Waitomo Caves, Waitomo District, Waikato Region, North Island

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 Cove famous for its acoustics
Your return trip to Auckland will then take you initially through some of New Zealands 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


Small-group tour (maximum of 11)

Kiwi caf-style lunch at The Shire's Rest at Hobbiton

Local driver/guide

Hotel pickup and drop-off from downtown Auckland City

Local taxes

Entry/Admission - Hobbiton Movie Set

Entry/Admission - Waitomo Glowworm Caves


Food and drinks, unless specified

Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking

Children must be accompanied by an adult

Minimum age is 4 years

A maximum of 11 people per booking (We can provide this tour to groups larger than 11 by discussions with Viator and ourselves)

A small amount of easy walking is involved

Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately

This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate

Traveler Reviews

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  • 19-Dec-2019

    Long day. Excellent tour guide. Amazing vehicle. Perfect timings. Wonderful tours and adventures. Well worth it.

  • 18-Dec-2019

    Tyler was great as the van tour guide. Really knowledge, friendly, engaging and respectful. He ensured everything was going well throughout the day and he provided tips to enhance the experience. Josh as the tour guide at Hobbiton provided a great experience. The movie set was beautiful and the tour is a great way to experience part of New Zealand. The glow worm experience is unique and interesting. Overall awesome day!

  • 17-Dec-2019

    It was a fun and wonderful experience. Glowworm caves is just amazing to see. Our driver, Matt, from Auckland Scenic Tour was very friendly, very helpful, accommodating and very knowledgeable and he made our experience great.

  • 16-Dec-2019

    Seeing Hobbiton was a treat. Our guide Nick was informative and funny. We got along great with him. I wish we could have stayed longer at the Dragon Inn though!

    The glowworm caves were very interesting and cool, but the actual tour was a bit strange. You are shuffled down the cave with random people into a small boat and just sit silently in the dark while the guide paddles you around the small area of the glowworm cave. Kind of wish the guide would have at least spoke a little more about the glowworms or cave. We all just sat there staring up in silence. Anyway, I still recommend the experience.

  • 09-Dec-2019

    My friends and I absolutely loved this trip! Our tour guide, Mike, made it so much better. He had a lot of knowledge about New Zealand's history, Auckland, and the surrounding cities. The tour of the Hobbiton Movie Set is a must-see if you're a fan of Lord of the Rings/The Hobbit, and the Waitomo Glowworm Caves is amazing to see for anyone! The lunch included was also great, we loved the food selection. We were in Auckland for only a few days, but this trip was worth taking out a whole day for. Thanks for the great time, Mike!

  • 09-Dec-2019

    The locations were spectacular, as expected. Our tour drive, Alex, was exceptional especially with my disabled mother who was dependent on a wheelchair for distance walking. He would push her right along, which I very much appreciated, and not once made retrieving the chair or making arrangements ahead of our visits out to be a bother in any way. He even arranged a golf cart assist at Hobbiton which was wonderful!
    The only issue I had with the trip was the rather short amount of time. IMO not enough time is given between pick up, driving and the locations to allow for traffic issues that arise. Simple rush our traffic meant no time upon arriving at Hobbiton to grab a coffee or browse the shops. A road closure due to an accident detoured us, which meant 20 minutes for lunch, and arriving at the glow caves, rushed right in. An extra 30-40 minutes added to the overall trip would help ease the pressure on the drivers/guides and the rush on the customers. I highly doubt anyone would complain over a few more minutes to look at the gift shops.
    Overall would recommend the tour to anyone visiting NZ,

  • 09-Dec-2019

    Really enjoyed the day, though as others have said, it was a lot of driving - over 5 hours. The Hobbiton movie set was well organized and fun, the flowers and details were amazing. And the Waitomo caves were stunning. The boat ride was quite short though, only maybe 10 minutes, but there were so many glowworms. Our guide/driver Nick was helpful and informative for the driving parts.

  • 25-Nov-2019

    Had a good time at Hobbiton and the caves. Nick was our driver and he was top notch. He made sure that all our needs were met, every step of the way.

  • 25-Nov-2019

    So enjoyed this tour. Hobbiton was a unique experience with stops to hear about its history and take pictures. Glowworm Cave was cool to see. Wonderful guide on our boat who is 6th generation. Loved the drive through the country side.

  • 21-Nov-2019

    We had a great time. Mike, our tour guide was awesome. I’d definitely do this again if we ever come back to New Zealand.

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