Hobbiton Movie Set And Waitomo Glowworm Caves Small-Group Day Tour From Rotorua

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Key Details

  • Mobile Voucher Accepted
  • Hotel pickup Available
  • Duration: 9 Hrs
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  • Departure Time :
    07:00 AM
  • Departure Details :
    1106 Arawa Street, Rotorua 3010, New Zealand
    Traveler pickup is offered
    If your Hotel is not listed please state on additional information!
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  • Return Details :
    Returns to original departure point
  • Cancellation Policy :
    This activity is non-refundable Tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.


Experience two of New Zealand's top attractions on a one day tour!

"The Waitomo Glowworm Caves" and "The Hobbiton Movie Set Tour: (Limited numbers)
Pick-up and drop off from your hotel/accommodationinc airbnb pick-up!
This tour is for your small group only!!!
Complimentary beverage waiting for you at the Green Dragon.
Your Glowworm Caves Official Guide will escort you through the caves explaining the discovery and unique aspects of these cave formations!
Your Hobbiton Official guide will escort you through the 12 acre site, recounting fascinating stories and anecdotes about the trilogies.
We do not change vehicles during the day shuttling passengers!!!

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Begin with pickup from your accommodation/hotel in Rotorua and take a scenic drive to Hobbiton.

See Bilbo and Frodo's home and wander around the vegetable patches were Hobbits grow their food with giant pumpkins laying around. Learn about the movie secrets and the attention to detail that is truly mind-boggling. Your guide will explain anecdotes about New Zealand and how it compares to Tolkien's book. Learn interesting facts about the set; for example, how the fake oak tree on the hill was created 376,000 artificial leaves imported from Taiwan and wired onto the tree. When the leaves faded in the sun, someone was employed to repaint them, one by one.

Walk past the Mill and the famous Party Tree that were created for The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit films.

The tour concludes at The Green Dragon Inn with a complimentary beverage from the exclusive Hobbit Southfarthing range. The guests will then be moved through into The Green Dragon dining room and treated to a banquet feast fit for a Hobbit. The tables will be full of traditional Hobbit fayre and, as is the tradition in the Shire, second helpings are encouraged. The tables will be layered with a variety of meats, rice, pasta dishes, vegetables, salads, breads and much more.

To conclude this premium Hobbiton experience, after dinner the guests will re-join their guide to make their way back through the wandering paths of The Shire. The trails will be illuminated by path lighting and handheld lanterns will be distributed amongst the guests to help light the way. This stunning journey under moonlight will travel through the village breathtakingly lit up, with Hobbit Hole chimneys smoking and lanterns glowing in the darkness.

From here, make your way back to Rotorua, to your accommodation/hotel.


Professional Guide in the Waitomo Glowworm Caves

Professional Guide at the Hobbiton Movie Set!

Hotel pickup and drop-off

Transport by air-conditioned minivan

Coffee and/or Tea

Alcoholic Beverages

Entry/Admission - New Zealand Discovery Tours

Entry/Admission - Waitomo Glowworm Caves

Entry/Admission - Hobbiton Movie Set


Lunch - Time is allowed at venues to purchase food and drink.

Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking

Not wheelchair accessible

Children must be accompanied by an adult

Near public transportation

Infant seats available

Most travelers can participate

This tour/activity will have a maximum of 19 travelers

Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff

Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas

Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized

Guides required to regularly wash hands

Traveler Reviews

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  • 10-Dec-2022

    Amazing day! We was picked up early morning and joined two other couples traveling to the Glowworms caves and later visited Hobbiton which my husband had been so excited to see the real movie set! John was our driver and had so much knowledge, the day was so relaxed !

  • 20-Mar-2020

    Andrew was an awesome tour guide! We were picked up at our resort and off we went. Andrew have a great commentary about NZ all along the drive. He remembered our names and made sure to engage us and ask questions to keep the conversation going. The Glow Worms tour was awesome. It was better than I expected! Back in the bus and over to Hobbiton. Hobbiton was everything you could hope for. Very magical and fun. Andrew kept us informed of our tour times and was very accommodating throughout. Highly recommend New Zealand Discovery Tours.

  • 12-Mar-2020

    Brilliant and entertaining day was an amazing experience and would definitely recommend to anyone andrew was funny educational and took very good care of us

  • 20-Feb-2020

    Andrew, the tour guide, was awesome, really sweet. The tour was incredible, everything it's super beautifull.

  • 16-Feb-2020

    This tour was fantastic - you get to see the real set of the Hobbit - lots of hobit holes and you learn some fascinating facts and trivia about hobits. Scenery is fantastic and afterwards at the green dragon is very fun.

  • 06-Feb-2020

    Myself and girlfriend had an amazing time on this trip! Andy, our tour guide, was full of knowledge and made it extremely fun, telling us all about the fun facts and backgrounds to the rotorua and waitomo areas! The tour was very enjoyable and would definitely recommend to families, friends and strangers looking to make the most of their time in the North Island of New Zealand! If you’re a fan of the LOTR trilogy it’s a must do as you will not be disappointed!

  • 04-Feb-2020

    Fantastiskt! Både Hobbiton och Waitomo Caves var över förväntningarna. Riktigt bra. Vår guide till och från Waitomo och Hobbiton var suverän! Berättade fakta det vi passerade och hade roliga anekdoter. Smidigt var det också, blev upphämtade på vårt boende och sedan på Waitomo och på Hobbiton var allt ordnat med biljetter och tider. Bara att njuta!

  • 28-Jan-2020

    Exellent way of spending a day and learn about New Zealand. Guide was super. Stories he told were fun and informative.

  • 28-Jan-2020

    The caves were amazing - a truly unique experience on the boat. The set was cool, too. Guide and transportation were great. Drive was a great entertainer.

  • 25-Jan-2020

    Andrew was our driver/guide for our small group tour of Waitomo and Hobibiton movie set tour. he gave us a lot of information of New Zealand, its culture, people and of the places we were going to visit. He is originally from Scotland but settled down in NZ. He was punctual and overall it was a 5 star trip. Both places are a must to see if you are in Rotorua.

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