Hobbiton Movie Set and Waitomo Glowworm Caves Day Trip from Auckland

Duration: 11 hours
Destination: New Zealand, North Island, Auckland

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  • 11 hours
  • Auckland
  • E-Voucher
  • Lowest Price
  • Cancellable


Join this tour to visit two of New Zealand’s 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

This is a typical itinerary for this product

Pass By: Auckland Scenic Tours, Auckland Central, Auckland 1052 New Zealand

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, 501 Buckland Road Matamata, Hinuera 3472 New Zealand

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, 39 Waitomo Village Road, Waitomo Caves 3943 New Zealand

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 Cave famous for its acoustics

Your return trip to Auckland will then take you initially through some of New Zealand’s 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 or 14)
  • Kiwi café-style lunch
  • 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
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Minimum age is 4 years
  • A maximum of 14 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
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infant seats available
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
Departure Point

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

Adina Apartments


Ascotia off Queen

Auckland City Hotel

Auckland Harbour Oaks and Residences

Backpackers-all CBD locations

Barclay Suites

City Life



Crowne Plaza

De Bretts



Empire Apartments

Grand Chancellor

Grand Mercure

Grand Millenium

Grand Windsor

Haka Hotel & Suites, 2 Day Street (only)

Haka Lodge



Ibis City (Wyndham)

Jucy Snooze

Kiwi International

Metropolis (Avani Metropolis)


President Hotel

Princes Wharf Apartments


Quadrant Hotel & Suites

Quest (all CBD locations)




Sebel (both Viaduct Harbour and Quay West)

Sky City Grand

Sky City Hotel


Stamford Plaza

Star Park Apartments, 30B Swanson St

Star Queen Apartments, 438 Queen Street

Star Victoria Apartments, 64 Federal Street

Swiss bel Suites

VR Auckland City

VR Queen

Waldorf (Nesuto) -all in the Downtown CBD area

Waterloo Quadrant

YHA Backpackers

Departure Time

6:30 AM

Voucher info

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


11 hours

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

User's Reviews

Image - 17 Sep 2019 -

Debbie M

Wonderful, wonderful, wonderful!!! Thanks so much to Nick our driver and on-board-gentleman who helped the whole day run smoothly. Hobbiton exceeded our expectations and my friend was gobsmacked with the Waitomo experience! (I had been before). I can highly recommend this full day tour, inclusive of a good Kiwi lunch on the road AND an ice-cream stop! The small group was great, and it's all worth the early start! 10/10.... a fabulous sightseeing day.

Image - 26 Aug 2019 -

Alison C

It was one of those must-do things while we were in New Zealand. A very special tour that was done well even if it was an early morning. The glow-worm caves were the icing on top and with it being lamb season everything was that much more adorable and special. Thank you so much!!

Image - 28 Aug 2019 -

Noah S

Had a tour with another company and they cancelled about 12 hours before. Luckily I got this one and they were able to accommodate me, including pickup. Hobbiton was super fun but the glow worms are the highlight. Overall really great tour and I was very happy.

Image - 23 Aug 2019 -


Hobbiton set so unreal amazing.
Drive to Waitomo caves was breath taking. Rolling hills. Sheeps. Cows.
Our driver Mike was great. He was on time throughout the day kept everything on schedule.

Image - 22 Aug 2019 -

Lauren R

Our trip to Hobbiton exceeded my expectations! Having only ever seen one of the LOTR movies, I expected to be underwhelmed by this tour, but I was so wrong. Hobbiton was a magical experience and there was so much to see. We were the first tour of the day in Hobbiton which made for the best pictures. Our driver for the day, David, was so funny, knowledgeable, and kind.. He looked out for our safety all day and left no questions unanswered, even pointing out specific attractions along the drive that he thought we would each enjoy based on our interests. The glowworm caves were also spectacular. I was so happy to have found a combined tour since these were the two things I wanted to do while we were in the North Island. It was one of our best days in NZ! The van was comfortable and spacious too which isn't always the case for these types of tours. Thank you!!

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