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Hobbiton Movie Set and Waitomo Glowworm Caves Day Trip from Auckland

  • Cross off two North Island highlights in one day—no rental car needed!
  • Lord of the Rings fans will love an official Hobbiton Movie Set tour
  • Ride a boat through the illuminated Waitomo Glowworm Caves
Hobbiton Movie Set and Waitomo Glowworm Caves Day Trip from Auckland
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Hobbiton Movie Set and Waitomo Glowworm Caves Day Trip from Auckland
Visit two of New Zealand’s top attractions on a combo trip from Auckland. Explore the Shire’s hobbit holes and get a drink at the Green Dragon Inn on a Hobbiton Movie Set tour—a favorite for Lord of the Rings fans—and then listen to Maori legends on a boat ride through the mesmerizing Waitomo Glowworm Caves. Along the way, pass through some of the North Island’s most gorgeous landscapes.
What to Expect

After pickup at your central Auckland hotel, leave the city behind as you drive through the Bombay Hills and Hauraki Plains to reach a sheep farm used as the filming location for the Lord of the Rings trilogy and The Hobbit. J.R.R. Tolkien fans will recognize Middle-earth locales like hobbit holes, the Mill, and the Green Dragon Inn as you learn behind-the-scenes secrets of the epic movies. 

After a Kiwi-style lunch, depart the Shire for the mysterious underground world of the Waitomo Glowworm Caves. Glide through glittering caverns on a boat as thousands of bioluminescent glowworms provide a natural light show. Explore the acoustically rich Cathedral Cove on foot, and learn about the area’s history and legends from a Maori guide. 

Travel along the Waikato River and past a sacred Maori burial ground on the drive back to your Auckland hotel, where your tour ends.

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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile
Solid Adventure for Everyone 👍🏻👍🏻

This is a great experience for all to enjoy. Nick was our driver and full of interesting pearls about the country. Hobbiton is the highlight of the trip, as you are transported back to the Shire and you really feel like Frodo, Bilbo or Sam...More

Thank Kevin B
Reviewed 6 days ago
Beautiful Sights, great organization, smaller group

We had David as our bus driver. He was on time, organized, friendly, funny, and gave lots, and lots of information and tips on how to make our time at Hobbiton great. The transportation to Hobbiton is in a van not a big tour bus....More

Thank Ana C
David S, Owner at Auckland Scenic Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Wow! Thank you for these lovely words about our tour, our company and one of our tour guides. This is unquestionably the best 1 day excursion out of Auckland where you get the opportunity to see the 2 most iconic attractions in New Zealand. As...More

Reviewed 1 week ago
Great trip

Our guide was so friendly and funny making the whole day a great experience. Kind of an odd pairing of activities, but it was fun overall.More

Thank wprager
David S, Owner at Auckland Scenic Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for these lovely comments and particularly those about one of our Tour Guides. We pride ourselves on their knowledge, punctuality, affability and ensuring your safety is our #1 priority. You would have realized that. Our tour guide mentioned how you loved the scenic...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Great Service; Really Enjoyed

I actually booked Hobbiton & Glow Worms from Auckland. As a solo traveler, I was having some difficulty finding a tour in the off season. They had an immediate opening/reservation. I really enjoyed the following aspects: • Good communication • Punctual • Informative without living...More

Thank tungstencoil
David S, Owner at Auckland Scenic Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you so much for these lovely comments about our company and one of our tour guides. We pride ourselves on the professionalism of our team, but equally as you point out, their knowledge, punctuality and ensuring all the little details are taken care of...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile
Highly tecommend

I would highly recommend this trip. This was a small group of 8 visitors. David was our guide and driver. You are lucky if your trip is guided by him. He was very professional and drove very carefully. He never talked too much but giving...More

Thank bowiehelen
David S, Owner at Auckland Scenic Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you for your lovely comments which we appreciate. Given the thousands and thousands that go to Hobbiton daily, it is very important for us that we ensure all our guests miss the crowds and the queues so their experience is really enhanced. As you...More

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6 July 2018|
Response from Paul S | Reviewed this property |
Hi....The day trip to Hobbiton and Waitomo with AUCKLAND SCENIC TOURS which we did, left Auckland around 7:45am and was a full day returning to Auckland around 6:00pm. I would suggest going to Auckland scenic tours website... More
Crystal H
24 May 2018|
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Response from Paul S | Reviewed this property |
I would suggest contacting aucklandscenictours. They do amazing tours around Auckland and to Hobbiton and Waitomo Caves. Go to the website and see what they have to offer. We did their Hobbiton tour and it was 1st Class.