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Hobbiton Movie Set and Waitomo Glowworm Caves Day Trip from Auckland

From US$187.40
Highlights
  • Cross off two North Island highlights in one day, no rental car needed
  • Fans of J.R.R. Tolkien will love an official Hobbiton movie set tour
  • Ride a boat through the illuminated Waitomo Glowworm Caves
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Hobbiton Movie Set and Waitomo Glowworm Caves Day Trip from Auckland
From US$187.40
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Hobbiton Movie Set and Waitomo Glowworm Caves Day Trip from Auckland
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Overview
Visit two of New Zealand’s top attractions on a combo trip form Auckland that’s a favorite of ‘Lord of the Rings’ fans. Explore the Shire’s hobbit holes and get a drink at the Green Dragon Inn on a Hobbiton movie set tour, 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 country 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 by 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 the drive back to your Auckland hotel.
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Reviewed 1 week ago
Highly recommended

This was a great way to start our New Zealand adventure after coming in late last night from our long flight. Our driver/tour guide Nick was extremely friendly. Our pick-up time was prompt and the drive there and back was very smooth. We had plenty...More

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

Thank you for sharing your comments on our Hobbiton(Lord of the Rings)/Waitomo Caves Combo Tour. This is unquestionably the best day trip out of Auckland where you can see the 2 most iconic attractions in New Zealand in 1 day. Furthermore we recognize that our...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
CHOOSE THIS EXPERIENCE WITH THIS TOUR GROUP

Let's face it there are an overwhelming amount of tour groups you can use for the hobbiton/glow worm experience. I honestly can't imagine a more thoughtful host than David to facilitate this experience. Our comfort, safety, education and fun were absolutely provided for by David...More

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

Wow! Thank you for sharing your experience of our very popular Hobbiton(Lord of the Rings)/Waitomo Glowworm Caves. It was a privilege sharing these 2 iconic attractions with you all plus our beautiful scenery en route. I remember picking you all up at the bottom of...More

Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile
A great experience!!!

We had the coolest tour guide ever!! He picked us up on time! Then he explain us everything about the city and the towns that we went through until we arrived to our first stop! He was so kind with us, so funny and he...More

Thank Caro S
David S, Owner at Auckland Scenic Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

We can see that you marvelled at experiencing the 2 most iconic NZ attractions in 1 day. It is clear that you have memories that you will cherish forever. Is there any better day seeing the Hobbiton Movie Set come alive then being spellbound at...More

Reviewed 14 April 2018
Nick Helped Us See the Sights!

Our tour guide, Nick, was excellent! He picked us up right outside our hotel and drove us safely from Auckland to Hobbiton and the Waitomo Glowworm Caves, and back again. He provided us with fun facts about the places we visited, as well as about...More

Thank Danielle C
David S, Owner at Auckland Scenic Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 15 April 2018

Thank you for sharing you comments on our very popular Hobbiton(Lord of the Rings)/Waitomo Combo Tour. This is the best 1 day excursion out of Auckland where you can see the 2 most iconic attraction in NZ in 1 Day. Our tours are very personalized...More

Reviewed 9 April 2018 via mobile
Hobbiton great, waitomo.. eh

The tour company we booked this through was okay.. we were picked up from our hotel on time and taken to Hobbiton and some facts about Auckland were explained. The van itself was a little old and uncomfortable for such a long trip though. After...More

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David S, Owner at Auckland Scenic Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 9 April 2018

Thank you for your comments which we really appreciate. The Waitomo Caves are the oldest attraction in New Zealand dating back to 1887. As you are aware this Caves tour, which is just over 1 hour, is not hosted by us but by the Waitomo...More

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Response from Ann L | Reviewed this property |
If you are sailing from Aukland tha round trip would probably take around 8-10 hours. Tours normally leave early but if you sail at 6.00 pm you'll need to be on board before then. If you're sailing from elsewhere they make... More
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Response from Janay B | Reviewed this property |
We spent about 2.5 fours in Hobbiton and 1.5 hours in Waitomo. There was quite a bit a driving in between but when I tell you the countryside is gorgeous...you will not mind at all. Our driver was incredibly knowledgeable... More
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