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Waitomo Caves and 'The Lord of the Rings' Hobbiton Movie Set Day Trip from Auckland

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  • Tour Waitomo Glowworm Caves and Hobbiton Movie Set from Auckland
  • Combine two great sites to conveniently see more of New Zealand
  • Watch the sparkling display of glowworms on an underground boat tour
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Waitomo Caves and 'The Lord of the Rings' Hobbiton Movie Set Day Trip from Auckland
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Overview
Visit the Waitomo Glowworm Caves and the Hobbiton Movie Set on a convenient tour from Auckland that explores two top sites in one all-inclusive day. You’ll cruise an underground river lit by twinkling glowworms, then see hobbit holes and filming sites, all while taking in the North Island’s gorgeous scenery. End the day at the original departure point or in a central location in Rotorua.
What to Expect
Start the day with pickup at selected hotels in Auckland, or at a centrally located meeting point. You’ll board a coach for the trip to Waitomo, enjoying a morning snack as you pass through rolling hills and farmland.

Upon arrival in Waitomo, go underground on a boat tour of the Waitomo River, where twinkling glowworms provide the only light in a series of caves and caverns. After the Waitomo Glowworm Caves tour, pause for an included picnic lunch and continue through the Kaimai Ranges to Matamata.

At the Hobbiton Movie Set, join a guide for a behind-the-scenes tour of the film site for The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit, where director Peter Jackson recreated the world of Middle Earth. After the Hobbiton Movie Set tour, you have the option to return to Auckland or continue to Rotorua, famed for bubbling hot springs and vibrant Maori culture.
Reviews (424)
1 - 5 of 29 reviews
Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Breath Taking

This was one of our favourite tours this trip! It was a long bus ride but we had a fantastic driver, Raphael, who gave great commentary and details about the culture, land and fun facts. The Hobbiton set was incredible! My husband is a huge...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank kathleenp222
Reviewed 11 October 2018
Fantastic day

I am not a huge fan of Lord of the Rings, but still decided to go along on the trip. This is a long and tiring day, however was definitely a highlight of my trip. The bus driver, Hobbiton guide, the guide at Waitomo caves...More

Date of experience: September 2018
2  Thank Rebecca P
Reviewed 7 September 2018 via mobile
Two very different and interesting stops

From Auckland, expect a 2.5 hour bus ride to Hobbiton. The driver would offer interesting facts about the New Zealand countryside along the way - lots of rolling green hills and pastures with mountains and dead volcanoes in the background. Grab a seat on the...More

6  Thank C3654UXtomg
Reviewed 11 July 2018
Yes, yes, yes.

I didn't do the day trip. I was in a camper van with my kids and wife, but we visited both spots and both are absolutely great experiences. We saw one of the trips in front of us at both locations so the only difference...More

Date of experience: March 2018
1  Thank Chris L
Reviewed 9 July 2018
This one surprised me...

I'm not a huge Lord of the Rings fan. I liked it, but quite honestly, the idea of spending money to see the Hobbiton was my girlfriends idea. And I will say, it turned out excellent! I think I became more interested in the movies...More

Date of experience: February 2018
3  Thank Chris R
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