2 Day Waitomo Caves, Hobbiton Movie Set and Rotorua Tour from Auckland

Duration: 2 days
Destination: New Zealand, Auckland, Auckland

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  • 2 days
  • Auckland
  • E-Voucher
  • Lowest Price
  • Cancellable


Immerse yourself in the otherworldly beauty of New Zealand’s North Island on a two-day escape from Auckland. From Rotorua’s famous geysers and the glowing Waitomo Caves to the re-creation of Middle-earth at Hobbiton, you’ll discover scenic beauty and natural wonders, ancient Maori traditions and movie-making magic on this fascinating two-day tour.

This is an Independent coach tour, where you travel on a combination of touring coaches and sightseeing services with commentary and/or point to point coaches which may not have commentary. You will be with different people on each part of the tour and different drivers.You have free time to explore on your own and are free to choose where and when to eat, meals are not included unless specified.


Day 1: Depart Auckland for Waitomo and Rotorua followed by Rotorua Duck Tours and a Maori Cultural Experience

Stop At: Waitomo Glowworm Caves, 39 Waitomo Village Road, Waitomo Caves 3943 New Zealand
Leaving Auckland, you’ll travel south to visit the world-famous limestone formations of Waitomo Caves. Enter the subterranean labyrinth of caves to admire a magical world of stalactites and stalagmites, eerily lit by the luminescent gleam of tiny glowworms.
Duration: 2 hours

Stop At: Rotorua Duck Tours, 1241 Fenton Street, Rotorua 3010, New Zealand
After your tour of the Waitomo Caves, a picnic lunch is served on board the coach as you are driven east across the North Island to Rotorua. There’s time to check in at your Rotorua accommodation before boarding an amphibious ‘duck’ vehicle for a tour of Rotorua’s picturesque lakes.
Duration: 3 hours

Stop At: Tamaki Maori Village, 1220 Hinemaru St, Rotorua 3010 New Zealand
In the evening, discover Rotorua’s rich Maori heritage during a night of ritual, ceremony and cultural performances, including a traditional Maori 'hangi' feast featuring meat and vegetables cooked in an earth oven.
Duration: 3 hours

Stop At: Rotorua, Rotorua, Rotorua District, Bay of Plenty Region, North Island
Experience the best of New Zealand's North Island.
Duration: 12 hours

Meals included:
• Lunch
• Dinner: A traditional Maori 'hangi' feast.
Accommodation included: You have the choice of a 3-star or 4-star hotel

Day 2: Rotorua to Auckland including Rotorua Sights and Hobbiton Movie Set Tour

Stop At: Te Puia, Hemo Road, Rotorua New Zealand
Get ready to see mud pools, spouting geysers and other geothermal displays at Te Puia, where you’ll also enjoy Maori cultural performances.
Duration: 2 hours

Pass By: Rainbow Springs Nature Park, 192 Fairy Springs Road, Rotorua 3015 New Zealand
Meet New Zealand’s national icon, the kiwi bird, at Rainbow Springs Nature Park.

Stop At: Agrodome, 141 Western Rd, Ngongotaha, Rotorua 3010 New Zealand
Stop in at the Agrodome, an organic working farm where you can learn all about farming in New Zealand. Take a tour of the Agrodome farm in an all-terrain vehicle, see how sheep are shorn and watch a live sheep dog trial.
Duration: 2 hours

Stop At: Hobbiton Movie Set, 501 Buckland Road Matamata, Hinuera 3472 New Zealand
Your tour continues with a scenic drive across the Kaimai Ranges to the farm near Matamata that was transformed into Hobbiton for The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit movie set. Enjoy a guided tour of the Hobbiton Movie Set, where you’ll see the fairy tale landscapes of the Shire, including the hobbit holes, and visit the Green Dragon Inn and Mill.
Duration: 3 hours

Stop At: InterCity Sky City Bus Terminal, 102 Hobson Street, Auckland CBD, Auckland 1010, New Zealand
Following your memorable visit to Hobbiton, your tour concludes in Auckland this evening.
Duration: 3 hours

No meals included on this day.
No accommodation included on this day.

  • 1x Dinner
  • 1x Lunch
  • Accommodation included: 1 night
  • Air-conditioned vehicle
  • Overnight accommodation in Rotorua
  • Hobbiton Movie Set tour
  • Rotorua duck tour
  • Maori Evening Experience
  • Te Puia geothermal experience
  • Commentary or guide during tours
  • Entry/Admission - Waitomo Glowworm Caves
  • Entry/Admission - Rotorua Duck Tours
  • Entry/Admission - Tamaki Maori Village
  • Entry/Admission - Te Puia
  • Entry/Admission - Agrodome
  • Entry/Admission - Hobbiton Movie Set

  • Gratuities
  • Meals unless specified
  • Travel insurance. We recommend travel insurance for all tours
  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • 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 20 travelers
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
  • It is now a New Zealand Government requirement on most coach, taxi and transportation services that you wear a facemask to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. We recommend that you purchase a facemask and bringing it along with you when you travel.
Departure Point

InterCity Sky City Bus Terminal, 102 Hobson Street, Auckland CBD, Auckland 1010, New Zealand

Departure Time

7:30 AM

Return Details

Returns to original departure point

Voucher info

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


2 days

If you cancel at least 4 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee.
If you cancel within 3 day(s) of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.

User's Reviews


24 Feb, 2020

Our bus drivers were very entertaining and informative. The tours were arranged well, and all the sites were worth visiting. The multiple changes from one bus to another between tours was a little unexpected, but for the most part the drivers did well explaining where to be for the next pickup. Had a great time and enjoyed it all.

Victoria H

10 Jul, 2019

This tour was fantastic in the sights it went to and in its guides. It is a very full on tour with very little down time except for waiting for fellow travellers who do not respect that the tour has to be at specific places at specific times. However the drivers did do all they could to move those guests along. The other issues were the last bus driver who returned us to Auckland and seemed very tired and the uncertainty of knowing what was happening next as different tours had combined and we all had different itineraries. But all iin all an excellent value for money tour. Thank you

Viney K

03 Jan, 2018

Excellent tour -fully recommend to future travelers!

Laura T

24 Oct, 2017

One of the best organized trips I've ever been on! Everything ran on time, and when my husband and I were super impressed by how well we were looked after by everyone. Even when there was a change in schedule the staff organized it all in the background so my husband and I didn't have to worry about anything. The staff went above and beyond to make sure that we were looked after.
My greatest fear on these types of trips is that I'll be forgotten by the tour bus, but this never happened. I easily could have spent more time in each of the places we stopped, but I was okay with this quicker pace as it meant we got to see more of the highlights.
The only complaint my husband and I had was on the trip home we were picked up at a later spot than the majority of the tour group those who did the one day trip instead of the two day trip and remained on the same bus all day, and by that point the other guests had spread out across all the remaining seats, meaning that we were forced to sit apart. On the way out from Auckland, our bus driver had asked single travelers to sit together to allow couples and families seats together, but the bus driver on the way home not only refused, but started yelling at the person who asked her to do this, which put guests in the awkward spot of either having to ask other guests to move to a different seat, or splitting up for the drive home. A small annoyance amidst a wonderful trip, and I felt that particular bus driver was the exception rather than the rule. I would definitely book a tour with La Vacanza Travel again. I was very impressed with how well organized everything was.

Allen R

19 Oct, 2017

Fabulous trip, pity it was a bit rushed in Rotarua. Hobbiton out of this world. Fabulous guide called Sarah

User's Picture Gallery




Rainbow Springs Nature Park




Te Puia geothermal lands


Tamaki Maori Village


hangi feast at Tamaki Maori Village


black swans on Lake Tarawera


Duck Tour of Rotorua


view from bus


Waitomo Caves


Active Geyser!

This place was really cool and I had no idea it was even on our itinerary



At the Shire!


Maori cultural experience

Good food, and very interesting!


Duck Tour

Hot spring in Rotorua. The driver was hilarious!


Food from the bus trip down to Rotorua

The cheescake was delicious!


Hobiton Village

A fine ale barrel and cart with Hobbiton sheep in the background.



Moonlit Haka


Waitomo Glow Warm Cave

The glow worms were outstanding!


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