Small-Group Hobbiton and Waitomo Day Tour from Auckland

Duration: 12 hours
Destination: New Zealand, Auckland, Auckland
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  • 12 hours
  • Auckland
  • E-Voucher
  • Lowest Price
  • Cancellable

Overview

Experience two North Island icons on a day tour from Auckland.

Travel south from Auckland to Hobbiton. On arrival at Shire’s Rest you embark on your Hobbiton Movie Set tour. This location is the largest “green set” in the world. You see 44 hobbit holes, the Mill and double arch bridge and the Party Tree. At this stunning location you can take a photo at the gate to Bilbo’s house, “Bag End”. Finish with a visit to the Green Dragon Inn for a drink.

Following your drink, you will be treated to a sumptuous buffet lunch in the marquee & some time to shop before continuing on to Waitomo.

On arrival in Waitomo, join a 45 minute guided tour of the incredible Waitomo Glow Worm caves. Discover an ancient world 30 million years on the making. Enjoy the delicate cave formations and be wowed in the Cathedral, before taking the iconic boat rode through the glow worm grotto (subject to water levels). Marvel in silence at thousands of magical glow worms.

Return to Auckland in the early evening.

Itinerary
This is a typical itinerary for this product

Stop At: FirePot Cafe, 1063 Gordonton Road, Hamilton 3721, New Zealand

Enjoy a quick stop on your journey to Hobbiton to grab a coffee and use the toilets if needed

Duration: 20 minutes

Stop At: Hobbiton Movie Set, 501 Buckland Road Matamata, Hinuera 3472 New Zealand

Enjoy a small group tour of Hobbiton Movie Set before a drink in the Green Dragon. You will then enjoy a delicious buffet lunch in the Green Dragon Marquee and time for shopping

Duration: 2 hours

Stop At: The Green Dragon Inn, Hobbiton Movie Set, Matamata 3472, New Zealand

Enjoy a complementary cider, ale or ginger beer in the Green Dragon Inn, an iconic location on the Hobbiton Movie set!
Be sure to check out the guest book for some familiar names

Duration: 15 minutes

Stop At: Waitomo Glowworm Caves, 39 Waitomo Village Road, Waitomo Caves 3943 New Zealand

Discover the Waitomo Glowworm Caves tour. Take the world-renowned boat ride through the glow worm grotto, marvel at thousands of magical glowworms and become part of over 130 years of cultural and natural history.


Duration: 45 minutes

Inclusions
  • Delicious buffet lunch in the Hobbiton Movie Set Party Marquee
  • GST (Goods and Services Tax)
  • Admission to Hobbiton Movie Set & tour
  • Admission to Waitomo Glowworm Caves
  • Air-conditioned vehicle
  • Shopping voucher at Hobbiton Gift Shop
  • Carbon-zero certified vehicle and tour company
  • Entry/Admission - Hobbiton Movie Set
  • Entry/Admission - The Green Dragon Inn
  • Entry/Admission - Waitomo Glowworm Caves

Exclusions
  • Gratuities
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Infant seats available
  • This tour requires a minimum of TWO adults to run.
  • Please wear comfortable walking shoes and suitable outdoor clothing
  • Pick up and drop off from inner city Auckland accommodation included
  • Please reconfirm your pick up time 24 hours before the tours departure
  • Please note the tours at Hobbiton and Waitomo are walks - including stairs
  • Most travelers can participate
  • Not recommended for travellers with walking difficulties
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 18 travelers
  • Face masks provided for 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

SkyCity Auckland, Victoria Street &, Federal Street, Auckland CBD, Auckland 1010, New Zealand

Traveler pickup is offered
Pick up from inner city Auckland accommodation included


Departure Time

7:00 AM


Return Details

Returns to original departure point

Voucher info

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

Duration

12 hours

For a full refund, cancel at least 3 days in advance of the start date of the experience.

User's Reviews

bteasley

19 Mar, 2020

Hobbiton was amazing for the Tolkien fan. A full sized Shire with 42 Hobbit holes including Bags End and the Green Dragon!
The Waitomo Cave and glow worm experience was super cool. It's a one-of-a-kind adventure that you'll talk about long after.

Paul Harrington-Moore

04 Mar, 2020

As a life long Tolkien fan, a trip to Hobbiton was a must. It didn’t disappoint. It was great to walk around the places that I had seen on screen and the attention to detail takes your breath away.

I’m glad I added the trip to the Waitomo caves too. The boat trip around the cave was a highlight and helps you appreciate the beauty in the world that living in a big city (London) you often miss.

The organisation for the trips was great. We had two drivers but both were very informative and great hosts.

Saskia R

07 Jan, 2020

I was thinking a loooong time about booking this tour or not doing it, because I thought it is pretty expensive for a one day tour. That's what I still think, and thats the only negative point in my review.

But I really have to say if your not a backpacker like me and you don't have to watch every dollar, this is an absolutely awesome daytour! The pickup worked very good, I even got a call one day before to double check when and where they gonna pick me up. Our driver was super nice and during the tour he told us a lot of interesting things about Auckland, Newzealand in total, history and the areas we were driving through. I'm not a fan of Lord of the rings, I don't even remember the movies, but I still enjoyed hobbiton. Super cool to see and a lot of interesting informations about making of and the movies in total. We had a very cool tour guide there as well, the lunchbuffet was very good and even enough to eat for me as a vegetarian! Didn't expect that! After Hobbiton we went to the Caves, everyone fell asleep on that way, and the caves were super cool as well. Definetly worth a visit.

So at all, I still think the price could be less, but I really enjoyed the day, everything was super super well organised and the tourdriver was just a very nice guy. You will not regret to book it!

Eric B

20 Jan, 2020

Kiwi Segway Tour of the combo Hobbiton / Waitomo is a small group tour...there were only 9 of us and the driver in the comfortable van.
The driver was very good in providing commentary and answering questions while driving, which was good, as there is a fair bit of driving time from Auckland to get to these two interesting, and yet very different locations in one day.
Even if your not into Hobbiton / Lord of the Rings, the tour was very interesting due to the tour guide explanations. Unless your a Hobbiton expert, the guide is very important in order to get a lot more from this site visit than just walking around on your own.
The Waitomo Glow Worm Caves was a definite highlight. Again the expert guide (who was a Maori), let us understand a lot about the caves / history and the Glow Worms.
These are both very very popular sites, so book well in advance to ensure good tours and times, especially if a day before a cruise ship departs Auckland, or arrives in Auckland, as the numbers from a cruise ship will both take up lots of of tour space, and also make these locations very busy.
Small group tours enables both getting to the locations quicker and helping avoid peak times.

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