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.

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 14)
  • Kiwi café-style lunch
  • Local driver/guide
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off from downtown Auckland City
  • Local taxes
  • Admission ticket: Hobbiton and Waitomo Glowworm Caves
  • 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 14 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 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 14 travelers
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered
All centrally Located Auckland hotels, BNBs, Backpacker Hotels 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 3 days in advance of the start date of the experience.

User's Reviews


We took this trip for me and my sister’s birthday and it was AMAZING! First of, our driver Mike was GREAT! He was very friendly, knowlegable, caring, always making sure me and my family and the rest that was on the tour were good. Always letting us know the best seats and best way to go around the tour! He offers to take our pictures and even sang our birthday song! Hobbiton was massive and sooo goood to experience the beauty of nature. The details of things in there are just amazing! But Waitomo glow worms ohh! Magical. First the tour guy there, George was amazing and knows his stuff. He was very funny, loved his sense of humor, very kind and told very interesting history of Maori and of the cave. Seeing the glow worms was very very magical. It was so pretty. I defs recommend this tour 10000%

Maria Teresa

Fantastic Day trip. Totally worth it!
The guides were great: kind, friendly and knowledgeable. The guide driving our van, Matt, went out of his way to make us feel welcome and comfortable, giving us information on the way to both sites, and being super nice and helpful, even taking lots of pictures for us.
As a Lord of the Ring fan I had great expectations for Hobbiton, and was not disappointed. What a special place! Didn't know what to expect with the caves, but the experience was phenomenal. What a beautiful place!
An amazing day! Will definitely recommend it! Thank you!


Absolutely amazing experience. Our tour was only two people making it very personal. David our tour guide was very knowledgeable and went above and beyond to make it an unforgettable experience. I would highly recommend this tour to anyone. On top of everything you get to see two of NZ's famous sights!

Stewart Hangewa

As a The Lord of the Rings fan, it was a no-brainer for me to visit the Hobbiton Movie Set as a day trip from Auckland! And as I had limited time during my trip to NZ, I booked this tour combined with Glowworm Caves. Both places are amazing on its own and I was truly mesmerized by both places.

The van pickup was very on time, and the driver cum guide did such an amazing job bringing us to the places and provided fun and informative commentaries during the drive. We had 1 quick stop on the way to Hobbiton for sunrise photo with beautiful hills as the backdrop and another 1 quick stop on our way back to Auckland for hockey pokey ice cream, plus 1 lunch stop as well between Hobbiton and Waitomo Glowworm Caves.

I can really recommend this tour!

Deborah R

30 Mar, 2020

Hobbiton Movie Set: What a happy place! The flowers, fruit trees, vegetable gardens, wild life are abundant and colorful. It was so much fun to learn about the filming of the Hobbit movie series. The attention to detail is overwhelming.

Waitomo Glowworm Cave: what a unique experience. Once we were in the depths of the cave in total darkness the wonders of the glowworms are breathtaking and magical.

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