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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

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icon11 hours  (Approx.)
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Overview

Visit a pair of New Zealand's must-see attractions with this combo tour from Auckland to the Hobbiton Movie Set and Waitomo Glowworm Caves. Peek into Hobbit Holes, frolic in the Shire, and get a drink at the Green Dragon Inn on a guided tour of Middle-earth, followed by a Kiwi-style lunch. In the afternoon, explore Maori myths and history on a boat ride through mesmerizing caves lit by thousands of glowworms, and finish with a drive through some of the North Island’s most majestic scenery.
  • Full-day combo tour to the Hobbiton Movie Set and Waitomo Glowworm Caves from Auckland
  • Enjoy a Kiwi-style lunch
  • Includes round-trip transport from Auckland CBD hotels
  • Small group limited to 14 ensures personal service
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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
Food and drinks, unless specified

Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered
All centrally Located Auckland hotels, BNBs, Backpacker Hotels in the Central Business District. Any of the following or others in the Central Business District

Adina Apartments

Amora

Ascotia off Queen

Auckland City Hotel

Auckland Harbour Oaks and Residences

Backpackers-all CBD locations

Barclay Suites

City Life

Copthorne

Cordis

Crowne Plaza

De Bretts

Dilworth

Econolodge

Empire Apartments

Grand Chancellor

Grand Mercure

Grand Millenium

Grand Windsor

Haka Hotel & Suites, 2 Day Street (only)

Haka Lodge

Heritage

Hilton

Ibis City (Wyndham)

Jucy Snooze

Kiwi International

Metropolis (Avani Metropolis)

MSocial

President Hotel

Princes Wharf Apartments

Pullman

Quadrant Hotel & Suites

Quest (all CBD locations)

Ramada

Rydges

Scenic

Sebel (both Viaduct Harbour and Quay West)

Sky City Grand

Sky City Hotel

Sofitel

Stamford Plaza

Star Park Apartments, 30B Swanson St

Star Queen Apartments, 438 Queen Street

Star Victoria Apartments, 64 Federal Street

Swiss bel Suites

VR Auckland City

VR Queen

Waldorf (Nesuto) -all in the Downtown CBD area

Waterloo Quadrant

YHA Backpackers

Departure Time

6:30 AM
Begin the memorable day with pickup at your hotel in Auckland’s Central Business District, and head south over the Bombay Hills and across the Hauraki Plains to a sheep farm in Matamata, better known to J.R.R. Tolkien fans as the Shire. On a guided tour of the Hobbiton Movie Set, see recognizable scenery created for the 'Lord of the Rings' and 'The Hobbit' films and learn the secrets and stories behind the creation of Middle-earth. Take in stellar views of the Kaimai Ranges as you visit meticulously crafted sets including Hobbit Holes, the Mill, and the Green Dragon Inn, where you can even enjoy a specially brewed drink fit for a Baggins.

After the tour, trade Hobbit trivia with your fellow travelers over a Kiwi-style lunch.

Next, embark on an underground adventure at the famous Waitomo Glowworm Caves, where thousands of tiny worms illuminate caverns thanks to natural phosphorescent properties. Watch the mesmerizing natural light show while gliding through the cave on a boat, and learn about the area’s natural and cultural history from a guide—likely a descendant of the Maori chief who originally discovered the caves. You also explore on foot Cathedral Cove, known for its impressive acoustics.

On the return drive to Auckland, travel through some of the North Island’s most beautiful countryside, following the Waikato River (New Zealand’s longest), and passing both the Maori king’s home at Ngaruawahia and Taupiri, site of a sacred Maori burial ground. The full-day tour concludes with drop-off back at your hotel in the evening.
Itinerary
Pass By:  
Auckland Scenic Tours
After leaving Auckland you will travel south over the Bombay Hills as you get elevated panoramic views of the Waikato Region and travel across the scenic Hauraki Plains to Matamata, the home of Hobbiton Movie Set.
Stop At:  
Hobbiton Movie Set
Begin with a tour through the picturesque 1,250 acre sheep farm with spectacular views across the Kaimai Ranges. Your guide will escort you through the 10 acre site recounting fascinating details of how the Hobbiton Movie Set was created. Hobbit Holes, The Green Dragon Inn, The Mill and other structures can be viewed and you will see how this beautiful piece of Waikato farmland was transformed into the Shire from Middle-earth. Complimentary specially brewed beverages are available at the Green Dragon Inn as you complete your tour Afterwards, enjoy a very “Kiwi” style lunch at the "Shire's Rest" and get to share stories from Hobbiton and interact with your fellow travellers.
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Waitomo Glowworm Caves
You will then travel to the mesmerizing Waitomo Glowworm Caves. Be amazed by the thousands of magical glowworms as you glide silently by boat in the world famous Waitomo Glowworm Caves. Your guide on this 45-minute tour will likely be a descendant of the Maori Chief who originally explored the Caves and can share with you the remarkable history of the area. Walk through the majestic Cathedral Cave famous for its acoustics Your return trip to Auckland will then take you initially through some of New Zealand’s most beautiful countryside before following northwards the majestic Waikato River, the longest river in New Zealand, part of the way back to Auckland. You will pass Ngaruawahia, the home of the Maori King; Taupiri with its very sacred Maori burial ground. To complete that day, you will be taken back to your hotel in the Auckland CBD.
Duration: 4 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
  • 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 travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 14 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Auckland Scenic Tours

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Hobbiton Movie Set and Waitomo Glowworm Caves Day Trip from Auckland?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Hobbiton Movie Set and Waitomo Glowworm Caves Day Trip from Auckland.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Hobbiton Movie Set and Waitomo Glowworm Caves Day Trip from Auckland?
A:The policy on staff health & safety is:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
See all safety measures taken by Hobbiton Movie Set and Waitomo Glowworm Caves Day Trip from Auckland.
Q:
What is the maximum group size during Hobbiton Movie Set and Waitomo Glowworm Caves Day Trip from Auckland?
A:This activity will have a maximum of 14 travelers.

See all safety measures taken by Hobbiton Movie Set and Waitomo Glowworm Caves Day Trip from Auckland.

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Traveler Tips


  • "While it is an early pick up, don't let it deter you from this tour!" See review
  • "Try and leave as early in the morning as you can to avoid the crowds." See review

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Fun
Thomas_Y
, Jul 2021
Great tour, with amazing scenery. Our guide David was friendly and gave a lot of general information about Auckland. He allowed us to take photos at many different locations, being overly enthusiastic himself.
icon Response from Host , Jul 2021
Thank you! Yes, we want all our 16 tours to be fun; to be an adventure. Thank you for the lovely comments about our tour guide and how he helped capture great photos for you. I sense you marveled at the scenery not only at the Hobbiton Movie Seat and the Waitomo Glowworm Caves but on the route that we have especially designed for this tour so that for most of the day we get right off the motorways and onto the quaint country roads. This affords us the best opportunity to showcase the stunning and ever-changing scenery en route plus also our native birdlife, fauna and flora. Thank you for choosing our tour.
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Hobbiton & Waitomo
Guillaume_D
, Jul 2021
Memorable day. Dave picked me up in the morning (I was alone in the bus, I’m grateful about that. My trip wasn’t cancelled because of it) and shared with me all his advices about the visits, his knowledges and his smile. A five stars day deserved for a five stars guide!
icon Response from Host , Jul 2021
It was our pleasure to host you to the 2 most famous and iconic attractions in New Zealand, the Hobbiton Movie Set and the Waitomo Glowworm Caves. You are right that we NEVER cancel a tour due to insufficient numbers; so all our guests can have the confidence to book any of our 16 tours with confidence, knowing 100% that the tour will happen regardless of numbers. Thank you also for the lovely comments about one of our tour guides which we greatly appreciate. It is clear that you had a very memorable day that you will look back on as you revisit your photos with pleasure. Thank you sincerely for choosing our tour,
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Memories to Last a Lifetime
Meredith_P
, Jun 2021
David was so kind and knowledgeable. It was just me and one other person but it was great because he made us feel like VIPs. He was able to pick us up from the end of the attractions, take pictures of places we didn’t even think to take pictures of, and took us through the country side to really experience/enjoy New Zealand. Definitely worth it and I’ll be coming back!
icon Response from Host , Jun 2021
We loved your headline "Memories to Last a Lifetime." It was a pleasure to host you to the 2 most famous attractions in New Zealand and to showcase the stunning scenery on route on a route that our Company has especially designed. We appreciated your lovely comments about one of our tour guides and how you were made to fell like a VIP. You clearly have some very special photos that you will no doubt cherish for a lifetime and you are right that our guides know the best locations for these and also the right angles. Thank you sincerely for choosing our tour. Best wishes.
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Best Hobbiton tour!
KerenG
, Jun 2021
Dave was very helpful and very professional, in every stop he always went above and beyond. He knew all the good spots for photos and gave us the best tips. I highly recommend this tour, you will not regret it!
icon Response from Host , Jun 2021
Thank you for these lovely comments about our Hobbiton Movie Set Tour. Isn't this the most magical and enchanting experience. And what's more you do not have to be a Tolkein or Hobbit Fan to enjoy this simply idyllic location and experience. We appreciate your lovely comments about one of our tour guides. You experienced first hand why our tour guides are so renowned in our industry for their professionalism, as you mention, but equally their attention-to-detail, affability and their deep knowledge. And yes, great photographic skills. I sense you have some very special photos that you will cherish for a very long time. We want to ensure that every one of our guests truly has a very special experience and adventure. Thank you sincerely for choosing our tour.
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Awesome day
Denise
, May 2021
Great tour!! I had an awesome day and many magical and fun experiences. David, our guide, was really fun and he knows all the good picture spots. Beautiful landscape all day long! Absolutely worth it!
icon Response from Host , May 2021
It was our privilege to host you on our magical and enchanting tour to the Hobbiton Movie Set and Waitomo Glowworm Caves (incl lunch). We want every one of our 16 tours to be fun; to be an adventure; to encapsulate memories that you will treasure for a lifetime. I sense you experienced that from your comments. Thank you for commenting our the stunning scenery en route. As our name Auckland Scenic Tours suggests, we have designed our tours so that we always take the scenic routes. We have designed this tour to showcase the stunning scenery of this region of New Zealand where for most of the day we get right off the motorways and on to the quaint country roads. Thank you also for your lovely comments about one of our tour guides. We pride ourselves on having a team of guides who are renowned for their professionalism, affability, deep knowledge and as you experienced, knowing where to capture the most amazing photos that you will love back on with pleasure and treasure for a lifetime. Thank you for choosing our tour; best wishes.
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I’d go again in a heartbeat
Clair_S
, May 2021
David was very friendly and fun, he was incredibly knowledgeable and went above and beyond to get great photos for us of our experience. He was also an excellent source of information and ideas for other great sights and experiences in the area.
icon Response from Host , May 2021
Thank you for these lovely comments about our Hobbiton Movie Set and Waitomo Glowworm Caves Combo Tour. Isn't this the most magical and enchanting day excursion you could ever have from Auckland seeing our 2 most famous attractions. I sense you had a very special day that you will cherish for a long, long time and that have also some very special photos that you will look back in years to come with very fond memories. Thank you also for your lovely comments about one of our tour guides. You experienced first hand why our tour guides are so renowned in our industry for their enormous knowledge, their professionalism, attention-to-detail and the affability that you mention. We were privileged to host you on one of our 16 tours. Thank you for choosing our tour and best wishes.
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Nicer one.
ShyamS
, May 2021
It was very nice experience.The guide was quite knowledgeable and was on time. I would recommend this trip to anyone who wishes to visit these places.
icon Response from Host , May 2021
Thank you for these lovely comments about our Hobbiton Movie Set and Waitomo Caves Combo Tour (incl lunch) tour. It was a pleasure to host you both to the 2 most iconic and famous attractions in New Zealand. Thank you also for your lovely comments about one of our tour guides. We pride ourselves on our punctuality and the very deep knowledge of every one of our guides. We would love to host you on any of our other 16 tours next time you are both in Auckland. Thank you sincerely for choosing our tour
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Highly recommended
Virgilio
, May 2021
David our tour guide is the best, he’s our photographer, he knows all the Instagramable spots, you don’t have to find the best spot coz he knows it
icon Response from Host , May 2021
Thank you for choosing our Hobbiton Movie Set and Waitomo Glowworm Caves Combo Tour (incl lunch). You are right that there are hundreds of magical photos that you can capture on this tour including the specially designed route there and back that we take, which so many of our guests say it is an attraction in itself. We showcase the stunning beauty and ever-changing landscape of this beautiful part of New Zealand. Thank you also for these lovely comments about one of our tour guides. Yes, they know all the best sports to capture those images that you will treasure for a lifetime; but equally their high professionalism, attention-to detail, affability and their huge depth of knowledge. Thank you sincerely for choosing our tour. Best wishes and we look forward to hosting you again on any of our 16 tours in the future.
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Excellent!!
Debbie_Y
, Apr 2021
Our tour guide was very very friendly, kind, thoughtful and considerate. He is the best guide I have ever met.
icon Response from Host , Apr 2021
Thank you for choosing our Hobbiton Movie Set and Waitomo Glowworm Caves (including lunch) Tour. Thank you also for these lovely comments about one of our tour guides. You experienced first hand why our guides are so renowned for, not only their professionalism, affability and attention-to-detail, but their enormous depth of knowledge of the 2 attractions, the points of interest en route and New Zealand history and culture generally. You visited in this 1-day return excursion from Auckland what New Zealanders widely regard as the 2 most famous attractions in New Zealand. I sense you had a very special day that you will cherish for a long time. Hopefully you or your guide captured some special photos that you will look back on with absolute pleasure. Thank you sincerely for choosing our tour.
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Amazing
Josie
, Jan 2021
Men made beauty hobbtion Natural beauty Waitomo both as extremlly amazing expercinces.Tour giude David was superub.
icon Response from Host , Jan 2021
Thank you for these lovely comments. As you mention, this is an 'amazing' 1 Day return excursion from Auckland where you visit what New Zealanders widely regard as the 2 most famous and iconic attractions. Isn't Hobbiton the most idyllic and enchanting place you could ever visit; and the Waitomo Glowworm Caves leave you simply spellbound and in awe of the beauty of nature. Thank you also for your lovely comments about one of our guides. You can appreciate now why they are so widely renowned for their depth of knowledge, professionalism and affability. Thank you sincerely for choosing our tour and best wishes.
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