Waitomo Day Trip With Option To Add Hobbiton From Rotorua

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Key Details

  • Mobile Voucher Accepted
  • Hotel pickup Available
  • Free Cancellation
  • Duration: 12 Hrs
  • Language:
    English
  • Departure Time :
    6:45 AM Hotel pickups commence prior to this time
  • Departure Details :
    1167 Fenton Street, Rotorua 3010, New Zealand
  • 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.

Overview

You can design your own ideal day with a full-day tour to Waitomo. Choose between Waitomo Glowworm Cave, Ruakuri Cave and or Hobbiton!
At the famous Waitomo caves Waitomo Glowworm Cave, you will skip the queues and ride a boat beneath thousands of twinkling glowworms in the famous Waitomo Cave.
Choose to either have free time in Waitomo and stroll through native forests and the spectacular limestone landscape or visit the nearby Ruakuri cave. The vast Ruakuri Cave features waterfalls and limestone formations.
Feeling adventurous? Join us for a sensational underground Black Water Rafting Adventure, floating down an underground stream on a rubber tube admiring the glowworms above.
Choose to add on Hobbiton movie set (2 hour guided tour) and drink at the Green Toad on completion. Finish your day in Auckland or Rotorua.
Please note; if you decide to end your day in Auckland and do not want to join the Hobbiton movie set Tour you will have a 2-hour wait at Hobbiton

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Itinerary
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Stop At: Hobbiton movie set, Hinuera, Waikato Region, North Island

Follow an expert guide as they lead you through this expansive and amazing village! We'll see all the great and memorable sties from the Shire, including the Green Dragon Inn and field where Bilbo's birthday party was held! Along the way they'll provide exclusive commentary about the films and set, as well as the interesting characters who've visited the set over the years. They will even help take photos of you besides the miniature homes and gardens.

Duration: 2 hours

Stop At: Waitomo Glowworm Caves, Waitomo caves, Waitomo District, Waikato Region, North Island

Here we'll enjoy a tour of an amazing natural wonder and meet the thousands of little glowworms that turn these dark caverns into gorgeous turquoise tunnels! These unique creatures are only found in New Zealand and welcome you to explore their subterranean home. Ride a boat beneath thousands of twinkling glowworms in the famous Waitomo caves. We'll also have free time here to explore on our own.


Duration: 45 minutes

Pass By: Headfirst Travel, Rotorua, Rotorua District, Bay of Plenty Region, North Island

Enjoy the tour with your Local Legend Guide! They will tell you unique history and interesting facts while you journey with them for the day!

Stop At: Ruakuri Cave, Waitomo caves, Waitomo District, Waikato Region, North Island

we'll head to Ruakuri Cave for a 2 hour tour of this fascinating pitch black cavern! Ruakrui, or "Dog's Den" in the local Maori, was originally a Maori burial site. This extensive cave hosts of complexly shaped limestone formations. Here we'll take the longest underground guided tour ever, descending into New Zealand's depths to discover million year old stalactites - some of which even have fossils embedded in them and have grown coral! Don't worry about bringing a flashlight, cause the caverns will be aglow with walls of glowworms!

Duration: 2 hours

Inclusions

Waitomo activity of choice

Hobbiton Movies Set tour (if chosen)

Pickup from centrally located meeting point

Transport by air-conditioned coach or van

Entry/Admission - Hobbiton Movie Set

Entry/Admission - Waitomo Glowworm Caves

Entry/Admission - Ruakuri Cave

Exclusions

Lunch

Personal expenses

Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking

Child ages 414 half price of adult

Black Labyrinth: Minimum age 12 years old, minimum weight 99 pounds (45 kg.)

Black Abyss: Minimum age 16 years old, 99 pounds (45 kg.)

If doing a Black Abyss or Black Labyrinth Tour, a wet suit will be provided for you. However, please bring swimwear to wear underneath your wetsuit as well as a towel and a warm change of clothes.

Please note: if you decide to end your day in Auckland and do not want to join the Hobbiton Movie Set Tour you will have two hours at Hobbiton to relax in their cafe.

This tour/activity will have a maximum of 22 travelers

Traveler Reviews

  • 28-Aug-2019

    Hobbiton was picture perfect - as expected. The visit at Hobbiton also includes a drink at the Dragon Inn. Glowworm was stunning but too short time inside the cave and were not allowed to take pictures inside. While Ruakuri was stunning as well and allowed to take pictures. This is a good offer to transfer us from our hotel in Rotorua - Matamata (Hobbiton) - Waitomo (GlowWorm and Ruakuri) - then to our next hotel in Auckland City Centre.

  • 06-Sep-2018

    The glow worm caves were fascinating and we learned a lot about them and the caves. Hobbiton was fun, our guideKnew her information inside and out and was great!

  • 17-Feb-2018

    Hobbiton movie set was very colorful. The only drawback was the weather - humid and hot. The Waitomo cave was less exciting except the glow worm viewing which was only less than 10 mins. The chaos came from moving from one tour to the other. It was not arranged efficiently and we got up very early.

  • 17-Feb-2018

    Good tour but less efficient. A lot of wasted time. We got up early and met at Isite at 6:45 am. Then there was ample waiting time from the 1st tour to the 2nd. Could have broken into two separate tours with each taking half day.

  • 16-Feb-2018

    The caves tour was excellent, the glowworms were spectacular and well worth the visit.
    The Hobbiton Movie Set tour was outstanding leaving everyone wanting more... the cider at the Dragon Inn was awesome but would have like an extra 10 minutes or so to sit and relax and take it all in, otherwise the movie set was everything I expected and more!
    The first bus driver, Alan was exceptional making sure everyone all of us females was looked after and assured me that I would be taken to my hotel in Auckland on the return journey. However, the next bus driver told me not to worry but then changed his mind and drove straight passed the motel turn off and dropped me off in the city saying it would be easier for me to get a train or a bus back to the motel. He left me on the street in the middle of the city at 8pm at night with all my luggage and pointed to where the train station was at the end of the street. There was construction near the entrance of the train station so I didn't see it when I first walked passed and was wandering around for 20 minutes before I found it, then had to wait 20 minutes for the next train to my destination...
    It took me 2 hours to get to my motel by train so what was a fantastic day ended in a nightmare!

  • 16-Feb-2018

    The caves tour was excellent, the glowworms were spectacular and well worth the visit.
    The Hobbiton Movie Set tour was outstanding leaving everyone wanting more... the cider at the Dragon Inn was awesome but would have like an extra 10 minutes or so to sit and relax and take it all in, otherwise the movie set was everything I expected and more!
    The first bus driver, Alan was exceptional making sure everyone all of us females was looked after and assured me that I would be taken to my hotel in Auckland on the return journey. However, the next bus driver told me not to worry but then changed his mind and drove straight passed the motel turn off and dropped me off in the city saying it would be easier for me to get a train or a bus back to the motel. He left me on the street in the middle of the city at 8pm at night with all my luggage and pointed to where the train station was at the end of the street. There was construction near the entrance of the train station so I didn't see it when I first walked passed and was wandering around for 20 minutes before I found it, then had to wait 20 minutes for the next train to my destination...
    It took me 2 hours to get to my motel by train so what was a fantastic day ended in a nightmare!

  • 29-Nov-2017

    Caverna enorme e muito interessante. Deveria ter tour em Espanhol ou Português.Foi cobrado um valor de 40 dólares a mais para nos levar em outra caverna. ISTO NÃO ESTAVA ESCRITO QUANDO COMPRAMOS O PASSEIO.

  • 11-Sep-2017

    booking preferences could be more details. Could've included the following in the booking process:
    1 the option to be picked up at hotel or the i-site -- i had to call it in to request for pick up at hotel

    2 the option to end the tour in either Rotorua or Auckland -- the information given before booking this tour is that this trip ends in Auckland. So i assumed that i was to be dropped off there. The driver said, i had to inform them beforehand that i wanted to end in Auckland, but the good thing is, they found a way to arrange a trip for me to get to where i intended to be.

    3 the possibility of being dropped off at your hotel -- this site indicated that i could be dropped off at my hotel, but when i asked the driver, they said they couldnt, and only dropped me off at a bus stop in Manukau. With 2 luggage in tow, i had to take a bus in a city i was not familiar with.

    All these issues i raised could have been more organized if this was all indicated in the booking process.

    At the end of the day, the tour itself was still good. Even though my Waitomo Boat Cave tour was cancelled due to rain and flooding of the caves, i was given a different walking tour of a glow worm cave which was still beautiful.

    Hobbiton was spectacular, and i highly recommend seeing this when in New Zealand.