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Hobbiton and Waitomo Caves from Auckland Small Group Tour

  • 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
Hobbiton and Waitomo Caves from Auckland Small Group Tour
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Hobbiton and Waitomo Caves from Auckland Small Group Tour
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.
What to Expect

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.

Reviews (41)
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Reviewed 1 week ago
The place is even more charming than scenes in the movie

We visited during the low season to avoid the crow. Love how they paid attention to every details. The narrative of the tour guy was as enjoyable as the serene scenery. The ending drink in the Green Dragon Inn helped round up a perfect day.

Thank Pwong368
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile
Best tour ever! Lance is a legend!

My friend and I were greeted with an awesome smile from our tour guide, Lance who then fed us with heaps of snacks especially CASSAVA CHIPS along the way and he was super knowledgeable in every way possible and whole experience was beyond my expectations....More

Thank YangmayC
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile
This tour is absolutely amazing!! Lance was such a wonderful tour guide :)

I joined the tour yesterday on 2018 Oct 1, pick up time was really early at 5:45am but it was so worth it because we got the earliest time slot at Hobbiton, it was not crowded and we got plenty of time to take pictures...More

Thank WinnieLenoreChe
Cheeky Kiwi Tra... B, Guest Relations Manager at Cheeky Kiwi Travel, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you for taking the time to write such an in-depth review. We really appreciate it! Everything you mentioned is spot on; our guides go out of the way to make sure everyone has just as an amazing day as you did, and we always...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
An amazing trip

Our tour guide was very nice, I would definitely recommend this trip. THe bus was comfortable, and the sites we visited were great.

Thank alghamdir
Cheeky Kiwi Tra... B, Guest Relations Manager at Cheeky Kiwi Travel, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Short and to the point; thanks for your 5-star review! It certainly helps to know we're doing things right. :)

Reviewed 9 September 2018 via mobile
Hobbiton & Waitomo Tour

What an incredible tour and experience! Lance was an exceptional tour guide and driver for the day, and he’s extremely knowledgeable about pretty much everything relating to New Zealand. I had an amazing time!

Thank lucadW3527LU
Cheeky Kiwi Tra... B, Guest Relations Manager at Cheeky Kiwi Travel, responded to this reviewResponded 14 September 2018

Ah yes, Lance is a perfect example of Cheeky Kiwi guides; knowledgeable, witty, passionate. As you say; exceptional! Thank for your 5-star review of Lance and Cheeky Kiwi!

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1 September 2018|
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Response from Rose K | Reviewed this property |
Our family rented a vehicle to tour the north island. We booked our tickets online and drove from Auckland to the site. The address is 501 Buckland Road Hinuera Matamata 3472 New Zealand
17 May 2018|
Response from PhamT306 |
Hello, do you have an option that stops at Rotorua at the end of the day? thank you :)