Waitomo Caves Full Day Trip with Option to Add Hobbiton from Auckland

Duration: 13 hours
Destination: New Zealand, Auckland, Auckland

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


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

This is a typical itinerary for this product

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

Here you will experience The Waitomo Cave option you have selected:

Glowworms - Includes Waitomo Glowworm Caves Only with free time to explore in Waitomo and Hobbiton

2 Caves - For this option you will have a 45 minute Waitomo Glowworm Cave Tour and also a 2 Hour Ruakri Cave Tour

Black Labyrinth - For this option you will be given a rubber ring and guided down the Waitomo Glowworm Caves.

Waitomo Glowworm Caves

Here we'll enjoy a tour of 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

Ruakuri Caves

For passengers adding on Ruakuri, you will take a short journey from Waitomo to Ruakuri. Here you Experience the spectacular spiral entrance to Ruakuri Cave. Marvel at the incredible limestone formations and crystal tapestries in an intimate group.

The original Waitomo black water rafting tour will have you exploring and tubing through the mysterious Ruakuri Cave. Here you will be given a rubber tube, and you will be taken on an unreal underground adventure you will never forget. Float down the underground river in rubber tubes while admiring the glowworm displays above!

Duration: 3 hours

Stop At: Ruakuri Cave, Waitomo Caves 3977 New Zealand

If 2 Cave Option is selected at check out you will explore The Ruakuri Cave (Den of Dogs) on a two-hour guided tour.

Duration: 2 hours

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

This is only included if chosen in your ticket option price.

Head to one of the most famous sites in New Zealand: Hobbiton! Follow an expert guide as they lead you through this expansive and amazing village! We'll see all the great and memorable sites 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.

Finish the tour at The Green Dragon, where you can enjoy a pint of Girdley Fine Grain, Oatbarton, Sackville cider, or Frogmorton Ginger Beer (own expense)!

Duration: 2 hours

  • Hotels Transfer by air conditioned vehicle
  • Waitomo activity of choice (The Waitomo Cave option you have selected)
  • 2 Hour Hobbiton movie set tour (IF CHOSEN)
  • Glowworm Cave Option includes Waitomo Glowworm Caves Only - (45 minute Tour including boat ride)
  • 2 Caves Option Includes Waitomo Glowworm Cave (45 Minute tour) PLUS Ruakuri Caves (2 Hour Tour)
  • Entry/Admission - Waitomo Glowworm Caves
  • Entry/Admission - Ruakuri Cave

  • Lunch
  • Personal expenses
  • Hobbiton (Unless Chosen as an option at check-out)
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Child ages 4-14 years old with price 60% of adult
  • Black Labyrinth: Minimum age 12 years old, & minimum weight 45kg
  • Black Abyss: Minimum age 16 years old, & minimum weight 45kg
  • Customers doing Black Abyss and Black Labyrinth options need to bring swimewar, a towel and a warm change of clothes. Wet suit and booties are provided.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 22 travelers
Departure Point

280 Queen Street, Auckland CBD, Auckland 1010, New Zealand

Traveler pickup is offered
Our main pick up point is outside JB HIFI - 280 Queen Street at  6.15am. Please ensure you are waiting 15 minutes prior to pick up time.

However, if you want to be picked up from one of the other locations listed below, please call or email the local supplier with your Viator voucher ready so is can be arranged.

6:03 am 6 Hopetoun Street (Verandah Backpackers)
6:05 am 373 Karangahape Road (Haka Lodge).
6:07 am Corner Pitt and Vincent Street (YMCA)
6:09 am 69 Beach Street (Omega Rentals)
6:10 am 80 Queens Street (BNZ)
6:15 am 280 Queen Street (JB Hi Fi)
6:16 am 380 Queen Street (Scenic Hotel)
6:17 am 490 Queen Street
6:18 am 520 Queen Street (Kiwi International)
6:20 am 63 Karangahape Road (Bus Stop)
6:40 am Manukau City - Leyton Way opposite the Mall
6:55 am Bombay Hills - Caltex Service Station
7:25 am Huntly - Main Bus Stop
7:55 am Hamilton Central Bus Stop, 340 Anglesea Street

Departure Time

6:15 AM

Return Details

Returns to original departure point

Voucher info

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


13 hours

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

User's Reviews


06 Jan, 2020

We chose the black-water rafting option at the Waitomo Caves which was awesome, absolutely loved the experience and would highly recommend it! Following this we then went to Hobbiton which was is just stunning (although for our entire tour it was raining and cold, would have been even more gorgeous on a sunny day). The driver was also very friendly and was nice enough to drop us directly to our hotel when we got back to the city.

Our only gripes for the day were that we made a random stop half hour out of Auckland for the bathrooms (both on the way out and the way back) which was unnecessary considering we had only 3 of us on the bus. Also, the driver appeared back at the rafting just as we were finishing lunch, so we only had a short time to view/purchase our photos before being rushed off to get to Hobbiton (where we had to wait 30 minutes until our tour time anyway).

Anna G

16 Dec, 2019

Great experience- Waitomo Glowworm cave was overall ~40 minutes of short walk/ hike and short cruise in glowworm cave. Very beautiful. Need to be able to navigate stairs. No photography allowed.

Definitely ADD ON Ruakuri cave- it was ~90 minute walk/ halk (easy) and FULLY wheelchair accessible. Much more time to enjoy caverns and glowworms. PHOTOGRAPHY allowed. (No flash near worms). Great local guides on both these experiences.

Be ready- it was a full 3 HOURS from my pick up at ~600 am in Auckland (80 Queen Street in front of Bank of New Zealand) until we arrived to first cave sight right at 9. (Very short 5 minute bathroom stop on the way). (Not really traffic, and going full speed ahead--- it's just a LONG trip).
These 2 caves are very close together...
It's then another ~hour to 1.5 hours to Hobbiton.
I'm not a huge fan, but it was worth the add on to not sit around for a couple of hours awaiting return transfer. It was beautiful farm land.

Lunch, on your own, and there was no real opportunity for it until at Hobbiton (~215pm... keeping in mind I was picked up at 6am and hadn't eaten breakfast yet as nothing was open in AKL). So, prepare ahead and have breakfast/ lunch packed if that's an issue. There is a small cafe at the Waitomo caves, but it was ~940am leaving there so I didn't think I'd need to grab lunch so soon or wait until so late! ) Take your own water and snacks/ food if you need!

It's then took ~2.5 hours to return trip to Auckland from Hobbiton...
So, just be prepared. LOTS of time in the mini bus. (When I booked, I am sure it noted to be 2 hours either way and it was definitely 3 hours to first cave and 2.5 hours to drop off in CBD of Auckland from Hobbiton --

For me, VERY worth it. The glowworms were amazing. The transit vehicle was adequate and had AC. The Headfirst guide was fine. Communication via email was prompt and clear and pickups and all happened as had been agreed upon.

I recommend!!!

Ron D

07 Jan, 2019

Did both caves, the second cave is walk thru and you can take pictures. The guide was great the scenery was fantastic. This is a must see if your in New Zealand.

Kylee S

31 Dec, 2018

We did the Waitomo Day Trip from Auckland with Hobbiton and Ruakuri as well. It was definitely worth it! We knocked three things out in one day! I highly recommend doing Ruakuri caves as well, because you can take pictures at this cave, and its walking and very expansive! I would say bring a light jacket it can be pretty cold down there. My only qualm was that between Waitomo and Ruakuri we didn't have much time to go to the gift shop and Ruakuri gift shop is not as expansive as the waitomo one. I wish I had more time before we had to go to the next destination. That being said we assumed that Ruakuri would have a nice gift shop, but definitely buy your gifts at the Waitomo one.


07 Mar, 2018

Long day. The tour is run by Head First Travel New Zealand. Our driver guide, Mustafa, was friendly and energetic. He took us to a few extra places of interest. We were given water and snacks in between which was so thoughtful. We did the two caves option. The morning starts off with the 45 min tour of the Waitomo Glowworm caves. Then, you go to the 2 hour Ruakuri Cave tour. You can take photos here. Then we went to Hobbiton. We were early so had a quick lunch there. The Hobbition tour is 2 hours. From there we went back to Auckland. Thanks to Mustafa for a wonderful day!

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