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Hobbiton Movie Set and Waitomo Glowworm Caves Day Trip from Auckland provided by Auckland Scenic Tours

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What you can expect during this experience
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Hand sanitizer available to travellers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
Updated 31/12/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
Updated 31/12/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
Overview
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.
Itinerary
  • You'll get picked up
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  • Pass by
    Auckland Scenic Tours
  • 1
    Hobbiton Movie Set
    Stop: 2 hours - Admission included
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  • 2
    Waitomo Glowworm Caves
    Stop: 4 hours - Admission included
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Highlights
  • 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
  • Learn about native New Zealand history and culture from a Maori guide
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 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 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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Important Information
Duration
11h
Inclusions
  • 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
Exclusions
  • Food and drinks, unless specified
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Additional Info
  • 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 travellers can participate
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 14 travellers
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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Janice wrote a review Apr 2021
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Our group of 10 very much enjoyed this trip. It was great having a small van to ourselves, and David our driver was very informative with historical knowledge, and interacted in a fun way with everyone on the bus. My dealings with this company was made easier by prompt
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Date of experience: April 2021
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Response from DavidS23368, Owner at Hobbiton Movie Set and Waitomo Glowworm Caves Day Trip from Auckland
Responded 2 weeks ago
Isn't our Hobbiton Movie Set and Waitomo Glowworm Caves Tour, with a yummy lunch included, the most magical and enchanting experience? These 2 attractions are the most famous and iconic attractions in New Zealand and your group experienced both of these in our return 1-day excursion from Auckland. We appreciated you comments on your communication with our Company as we pride ourselves on our communication with our guests from the moment we receive your booking until we finally say Haere Ra (Goodbye). We also welcomed the lovely comments about one of our tour guides. You can now appreciate first hand why our guides are so renowned for their professionalism, affability, attention-to-detail, safety focus and their very deep knowledge. Thank you sincerely for choosing one of our 16 tours.
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karenpretorius wrote a review Mar 2021
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Our day started at 6.00 a.m. being collected by David, our tour guide, which was the start of the most marvellous day. He drove us down to Hobbiton movie set on side roads and by-roads, which was so much more interesting and beautiful than just on the main motorway! Hobbiton
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Date of experience: March 2021
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Response from DavidS23368, Owner at Hobbiton Movie Set and Waitomo Glowworm Caves Day Trip from Auckland
Responded 10 Mar 2021
Thank you for these lovely comments about our tour to the 2 most famous attractions in New Zealand, the Hobbiton Movie Set and the Waitomo Glowworm Caves. I sense you had a very, very special day. We appreciated you commenting on the route that we have specially designed. Isn't this spectacular with every changing scenery, where for 80% of the day we get right off the motorways onto the quaint country roads, some with scarcely a car, which enables us often to see many of our native birds and bird life. Like you, I think the Waitomo Glowworm Caves are simply beautiful; and yes, is there any more serene, tranquil and awe-inspiring experience that being in the boat gliding silently on the river through the caverns of the Caves and you look aloft and see the tens of thousands of Glowworms shining down on you. It is mesmerizingly beautiful. Thank you also for the lovely comments about one of our tour guides and for choosing our tour.
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FarNaz wrote a review Mar 2021
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What an awesome day we had, visiting Hobbiton Movie Set and Waitomo Glowworm Cave! Two of the most desirable tourist attractions in New Zealand. David our tour guide was the nicest person ever. His kindness and sense of humor made this one-day trip much more memorable. It was
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Date of experience: March 2021
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Response from DavidS23368, Owner at Hobbiton Movie Set and Waitomo Glowworm Caves Day Trip from Auckland
Responded 8 Mar 2021
It was our absolute pleasure and privilege to host you on this magical tour to the 2 most famous attractions in New Zealand. On all our 16 tours, we want you to just sit back in the comfort of one of our spacious Mercedes and enjoy this enchanting experience confident that our tour guide is taking care of all the little details so that you will have an experience and photos that you will treasure for a long time. I sense by your comments that you had a very special experience made even more so by one of our tour guides. We would love to host you or your friends on any one of our 16 tours and we look forward to this in the future. Thank you for choosing our tour and best wishes.
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Seaview2013 wrote a review Mar 2021
Auckland, New Zealand17 contributions7 helpful votes
07/03/2021: Hobbiton Movie Set & Waitomo Glowworm Caves. What a great experience it was visiting two of NZ's famous attractions. The scenery on the road-less--travelled was also spectacular and added to our enjoyment. As for our tour guide DAVID, he not only arrived on time
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Date of experience: March 2021
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Response from DavidS23368, Owner at Hobbiton Movie Set and Waitomo Glowworm Caves Day Trip from Auckland
Responded 8 Mar 2021
Thank you for these lovely comments about our Hobbiton Movie Set/Waitomo Caves Combo Tour, our Company and one of our tour guides. We particularly appreciated your comment "excellent safe driver." On every one of our 16 tours your personal safety and the safety of your possessions are our #1 priority. Thank you for noticing and commenting on this. You visited in our 1 Day return excursion from Auckland the 2 attractions that New Zealanders widely regard as the most iconic in New Zealand with the Waitomo Glowworm Caves being the oldest attraction in New Zealand with the first guided tour undertaken 134 years ago in 1887. We loved your comments about the route that we have specially designed for our tour, Thank you also for commenting on this. As you now realize we get right off the motorways for 80% of our tour onto the quaint country roads with less traffic and far more scenic where we can showcase the stunning and ever changing scenery en route plus a lot of our native bird life as on these roads they are largely undisturbed. Thank you sincerely for choosing our tour
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Sara Becker wrote a review Jan 2021
Tempe, Arizona240 contributions68 helpful votes
VISIT: end of February 2020 TOUR: Hobbiton Movie Set/Waitomo Glowworm Caves Day Trip TOUR GUIDE: 5 stars ACCOMODATING: 5 stars The tour guide was able to pick is up from our hotel and showed up on time with no hiccups. I wish I remembered his name because he was so friendly
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Response from DavidS23368, Owner at Hobbiton Movie Set and Waitomo Glowworm Caves Day Trip from Auckland
Responded 1 Feb 2021
Thank you for these lovely comments about our Company, our Tour and one of our guides; and also the headline. We pride ourselves on our punctuality and we thank you for recognizing this. All our guides are so passionate about our beautiful country and our 16 tours and I sense in your comments that you could feel this. All our fleet is late model 12 or 15 seater Mercedes-Benz, so designed for the personalized tour that you experienced and also for maximum comfort and with their large windows, viewing space. You would have appreciated this as we got right off the motorways on to the quaint country roads as this affords the best viewing of the ever-changing and spectacular scenery en route. On our tour you visited what New Zealanders widely regard as the 2 most famous and iconic attractions in New Zealand. Is there any more idyllic, magical and enchanting place to be that in the Hobbiton Movie Set and seeing the Set come alive in front of you. I sense you captured some beautiful photos that you will cherish for a long, long time. Yes, the world-famous Waitomo Glowworm Caves are so unique and are the oldest attraction in New Zealand with the first guided tour undertaken over 130 years ago in 1887. The limestone formations (stalactites and stalagmites) are simply stunning as is the boat ride on the river. Is there any more tranquil and serene experience than to be be in the boat gliding silently through the caverns of the Caves and you look aloft and see the myriad of glowworms shining down on you. It is awe-inspiring and spell-binding. Thank you sincerely for both choosing our tour and these lovely comments. It was our privilege and pleasure to host you. We look forward one day in the future to hosting you again on one of our 16 tours. Stay safe and best wishes for 2021.
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TheresaB934
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Auckland has so much history and charm!
Getting to know the history of Auckland and taking the time to look up at the buildings. The guide was so knowledge
verbelmonte
verbelmonte
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Hobitton and Waitomo Glow worms, highly recommended
Highly recommended, David was super friendly and knows where the best spot for photography, making sure that we are
matthewmanuel
matthewmanuel
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Magnificent and excellent wine tour
Dave, the tour guide exceeded our expectation. He is very knowledgeable and knows the wine tour details very well a
ConorMcWRoss
ConorMcWRoss
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5 Stars
- Catered to all requests - Great communication - Professional Drivers - Tidy vehicles - 5 Start service and no co
marilyn_veggro
marilyn_veggro
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Awesome Full Day tasting
We had an awesome day celebrating one of our friends Birthdays. The tour guides, the tasting experience and the foo
miahsmall3
miahsmall3
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Amazing
Had an absolutely great time! David was our guide and he is such a great driver we all felt super safe. Hes also a
666sofian
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Alex
Alex Lawton is by far the best tour guide we have ever encountered! We have done wine tours around Europe and queen
sarajanee2016
sarajanee2016
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Incredible day out!
This tour and experience was incredible - every details from beginning to end was made so easy by David, and with a
Oliviacat99
Oliviacat99
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Fantastic experience
Amazing day, the best service and top quality wine! Loved each winery we visited and lunch was fantastic! Our tour
S661VQchristinew
S661VQchristinew
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Plenty of quality wine tasting with excellent guide /driver with no fear of being “over the limit”
David our driver and tour guide had excellent knowledge as well as fun and was very enthusiastic. It was perfect to
W2539HQsimonj
W2539HQsimonj
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Fantastic tour
We had a fantastic craft beer tour around Auckland. David was very friendly and knowledgeable and the 4 craft beer
AshnaA21
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Valentine’s Day beer tour
It’s was very amazing day . David was amazing and showed us amazing places . Really enjoyed and would def try again
Balha123
Balha123
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New Zealand Beauty
The tour was worth it from beginning to end. Habbiton was astounding, perfect for pictorial purposes.
Asset85
Asset85
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I would highly recommend this tour! It was amazing!
It was a nice experience having a tour in Hobbiton. The place itself was beautiful and it was worth our money. Davi
BookworminAuckland
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Worth every cent
I did a lot of research into which Hobbiton tour was the easiest and safest and I came across this deal by chance a
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