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Itinerary

After morning pickup at select hotels in Auckland, travel by minibus through the Waikato countryside to Hobbiton.

Upon arrival, join a local guide for a 2-hour tour of the 12-acre (4.85-hectare) Hobbiton Movie Set. See the lush pastures of the Shire, explore numerous hobbit holes and gardens, and hear stories about the Lord of the Rings films before ending up at the Green Dragon Inn.

Continue west into the Waitomo region and stop at the Waitomo Homestead for lunch (own expense). Afterward, visit the Waitomo Glowworm Caves: explore impressive stalactites and stalagmites, then board a boat for your glowworm cruise. Glide along the grotto river and see thousands of twinkling glowworms along the cave walls.

On the scenic return drive, see landmarks such as the Huntly Power Station, Waikato River, and Mount Taupiri, a sacred Maori site. Your tour ends with hotel drop-off in Auckland.

Locations visited
Hobbiton Movie Set Tours
Waitomo Glowworm Caves
Cheeky Kiwi Travel
Overview
Visit New Zealand’s must-see Hobbiton Movie Set and Waitomo Glowworm Caves on a comprehensive full-day tour from Auckland. Along with a guided bus tour of the Lord of the Rings locale and a boat cruise through illuminated glowworm caves, see sacred Maori sites like Mount Taupiri. Travel in comfort through the rural countryside with a small group, which allows for a more personalized tour.
Highlights
  • Get guaranteed entry to two of New Zealand’s top attractions
  • Snap photos at Hobbit holes and cruise the illuminated Waitomo Glowworm Caves
  • Take in picturesque farmland and Maori sites on the North Island
  • Enjoy easy round-trip transport and personalized attention from your guide
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Reviewed 6 days ago
Thinking of a tour. Cheeky Kiwi Travel is the way to go.

My wife and I wanted to do the Hobbiton and Waitomo caves. We asked our Concierge if he could book us a tour the next day (Monday). The Travel company he tried could not accommodate us so he called Cheeky and they immediately agreed to...More

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Reviewed 6 days ago
Awesome Day 1 Intro to New Zealand - Hobbits and Worms

Sit back, relax, and enjoy the tour!!! After a long airplane ride it was refreshing to kick off our NZ vacation riding with Lance learning about more than only the 2 locations we visited - Hobbiton and Waitomo Caves. To see the landscape on the...More

Thank John H
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile
Super Day Trip

I had a great day out exploring Hobbiton and Waitomo Caves. It was an early start but well worth it because we got to do the first tour of Hobbiton without the crowds. It was great travelling with a smaller group because you could get...More

Thank Emma D
Reviewed 25 June 2018
Wonderful!

Went by myself and had an awesome time! Our tour guide/bus driver Ciaran was tremendous and full of fun facts and laughs and snacks. Would reccommend for anyone to go!!

Thank lilikenya
Reviewed 18 June 2018
Excellent day-trip to the Top Two attractions near Auckland

This trip is a 12 hour day trip from Auckland city and covers the top 2 attractions near Auckland with pickup and drop facility. I would highly recommend taking this trip. Our tour guide Cairan was highly professional and his friendly nature made the entire...More

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Mark R, Owner at Cheeky Kiwi Travel, responded to this reviewResponded 22 June 2018

Thank you for your. We try as often as we can to run below our max numbers for that reason and buy minibus with large seats and high roofs to make our guests as comfortable as possible, So glad you enjoyed the day even through...More

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