Discover two of the best places to see in NZ on this full-day trip from Auckland; wind through scenic farmland aboard your luxury coach, journey into Middle-earth on a guided Hobbiton tour and marvel at the world-famous Waitomo Glowworm Caves. Plus, enjoy informative commentary from your expert driver guide along the way (headsets provided for recorded Spanish, Mandarin and Japanese commentary). Departing Auckland in the morning, begin your coach tour by winding through the lush rolling farmland as you travel south to the small rural town of Matamata where youll discover the Hobbiton movie set. Journey into Middle-earth with your expert guide on a Hobbiton tour; see The Shire, Bilbo Baggins house and many other locations youll recognise from the Lord of the Rings and Hobbit trilogies. Conclude your Hobbiton tour with the unforgettable experience of tucking into a buffet style lunch outside the Green Dragon Inn. After lunch, your tour continues as you board your luxury coach and make your way to Waitomo. Upon arrival at Waitomo Glowworm Caves, embark on a guided tour through a subterranean wonderland; see stalactites and stalagmites, learn about how these limestone caves were formed and conclude your tour with a boat ride through the enchanting Glowworm Grotto. After a magic-filled day, allow your eyes to adjust as you climb aboard your luxury coach once again for the return trip to Auckland. Highlights: - Waitomo and Hobbiton day trip from Auckland - Discover Hobbiton with an expert guide - See The Shire, Bilbo Baggins house and the Green Dragon Inn - Marvel at Waitomo Glowworm Caves - Drift through the world-famous Glowworm Grotto - Complimentary hotel transfers (must be pre-booked) April to October Departs Auckland: 7:30am Arrives Auckland: 8:10pm November to March Departs Auckland: 7:00am or 8:00am Arrives Auckland: 7:00pm Please note the order of this tour is subject to change.
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- Duration: 11 Hrs
Departure Time :
8:00 AM Hotel pickups commence prior to this time, you must contact the local service provider to verify your exact pickup time.
Departure Details :
102 Hobson Street, Auckland CBD, Auckland 1010, New Zealand
Traveler pickup is offered
Hotel pick ups in most cases will be earlier. Please check with provider open til 8pm - Toll free within NZ.. read more
Return Details :
Returns to original departure point
Cancellation Policy : 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.
See two magical places come to life on this day tour from Auckland. First explore the Waitomo Glowworm Caves and be entranced by the thousands of twinkling lights in the glowworm grotto. Then visit the Hobbiton movie set, the filming location of the village of Bilbo Bagins and his fellow hobbits in The Lord of the Rings movie trilogy. As you explore Hobbiton, you can pose for pictures in front of the hobbit holes, the pond and the Green Dragon Inn.
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Transport by luxury coach
Entry/Admission - Waitomo Glowworm Caves
Food and drinks, unless specified
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Had a great day thanks to Bonnie who drove and acted as our guide for the day. Very knowledgeable about Auckland and kept us informed and all why she was driving.
Thought this was a great tour. Hobbiton was an awesome experience. Even for someone who isn't a huge lOTR fan, the set is worth the trip. Felt that we had plenty of time there, the included lunch and beer from the Green Dragon were great. Waitomo was a unique experience, I didn't enjoy it as much as Hobbiton but given the amount of driving for the day it's good to get a second site in. It's a lot of driving (probably somewhere between 6-7 hours on the bus) but there's no way around it if you want to see these sites from Auckland and the tour guide did a nice job giving tons and tons of information on what we were passing.
The tour gave enough time to enjoy both the Hobbiton Set and the Waitomo Caves. We didn't have to line up too much like other visitors. Informative driver explaining NZ, as we drove towards the destinations.
Excellent tour with terrific guide/driver - Rafael. Arrangements for pickup and drop off were well explained and efficient.
Not worth the amount of money and travel time you spend to go and see this. I will not recommend as it takes almost 10 hours to go and come back
Absolutely loved every minute of the tour. Lunch was delicious. Our tour guide was very knowledgeable and entertaining.
The bus picked up at sky city. It was easy to check in. The morning was hobbiton and it was great. The guide for that portion really needed a microphone because we had trouble hearing her as it was a large group. The caves were breathtaking.
First of all, go see Hobbiton. It's wonderful and I enjoyed it immensely. The glow worm cave was stunning, and I only wish our group was smaller (and that fewer people were having side conversations...). The only issue I have was with our second driver, who left his microphone on the entire last leg of the trip. We heard every bite, crunch, and guttural noise he made for about two hours, and it was excruciating. I could neither sleep nor read, and I believe other travelers felt similarly.
We were picked up promptly at our hotel and delivered to the Great Sights Tours motor coach. The coach was very comfortable and clean.
Our driver was great and delivered a running narration of everything about New Zealand and and the points of interest along our route.
The Hobbiton Movie Set was just as seen in the movie. The guide from Hobbiton was very good and explained everything. Our buffet lunch at Hobbiton was enjoyable with many selections.
The Waitomo caves with the glow worms was amazing. If you didn't know better you could think that the glow worms were a bunch of bluish LED lights. Our guide there was also very good.
We traveled about 300 miles. It was a long day but we thoroughly enjoyed it.
No one likes long bus rides while on vacation, but our driver Brian made the trip informative, funny, and very enjoyable. Visiting the Hobbiton movie set was amazing - if you're a Hobbit movie fan, it is a must-see. The Waitomo Caves are breathtaking - nature at it's finest; just don't try to sneak any pictures as they get very angry.