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Auckland: Hobbiton Movie Set and Waitomo Small Group Tour

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Activity provider: Cheeky Kiwi Travel

Auckland: Hobbiton Movie Set and Waitomo Small Group Tour

Activity provider: Cheeky Kiwi Travel
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From US$ 191.96 per person

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Visit two of New Zealand’s most famous attractions in one day on this guided, small group tour from Auckland. Immerse yourself in magic at the Hobbiton Movie Set and explore the Waitomo Glowworm Caves

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Duration 12 hours
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Live tour guide
Pickup included
Please look for the minivan with Cheeky Kiwi Travel signwriting on it. Please wait in the hotel lobby at least 10 minutes prior to your pick up time below: Group 1: 20 minutes before tour start time Sofitel Hotel Auckland Group 2: 15 minutes before tour start time Adina Apartments, Copthorne Hotel Auckland, Fat Camel Backpackers Hostel, Grand Mercure Hotel, Hilton Hotel Auckland, JUCY Snooze, M Social, Pullman Hotel, Queen Street Backpackers, Waldorf Bankside Apartments, Waldorf Celestion Apartment Hotel, Waldorf Stadium Apartments Group 3: 10 minutes before tour start time AVANI Metropolis, Barclay Suites, Base Backpackers, CityLife Hotel Auckland, Heritage Hotel Auckland, Ibis Budget Auckland, Rydges hotel Auckland, Stamford Plaza Auckland Group 4: 5 minutes before tour start time Crowne Plaza Auckland, Scenic Hotel Auckland, Skycity hotel, Skycity Grand hotel Group 5: At tour start time (or up to 10 minutes after) Auckland City Hotel, Cordis Hotel Auckland


  • Admire thousands of glowworms above your head while on glowworm grotto boat
  • Marvel at the stalagmites and stalactites in the world famous Waitomo Caves
  • Explore the beautiful movie set of Hobbiton with a guide
  • Know the secrets and gascinating stories about the making of the movie Hobbiton
  • Enjoy a complimentary beverage at the Green Dragon Inn
Full description

The tour starts with pickup from Auckland city, where the adventure begins as you drive through the stunning Waikato countryside, the most extensive farming area in the world, on a fully guided journey to Hobbiton.

Along the way, don’t forget to take advantage of the photo opportunities as you admire the stunning natural landscapes all around of beautiful mountains and farmlands.

After the drive, arrive at Alexander Family Sheep Farm and Shire's Rest, the entrance to Hobbiton, and marvel at the thousands of sheep that live here. While you’re here, grab a bite to eat, a coffee, or enjoy an ice cream to cool off while your guide collects your tickets to the movie set. 

Next, hop on board one of the big green Hobbiton buses to depart on your 2-hour fully guided tour of this amazing 12-acre movie set with a professional Hobbiton guide to ensure you get the most out of your visit.

During your tour trip into the lush pastures of the Shire, visit 44 hobbit holes, see amazing gardens, hear secrets and stories about the making of the movies and finish your LOTR experience with a cold beverage at the famous Hobbiton pub, The Green Dragon Inn.

After your LOTR experience, it’s time to head west towards the stunning Waitomo region. Along the way admire the incredible hydro dams, beautiful farmland, race horses, and the Kiwiana capital of New Zealand. Before arriving at the caves, stop by Waitomo homestead for lunch, and a little surprise.

Once in Waitomo, explore the ancient and amazing caves and marvel at the many cave formations including Stalactites, Stalagmites, and Lime Columns before descending even further underground for your Glowworm Grotto experience.

Board your glow-worm boat for a cruise on the grotto river with thousands of glowworms sparkling above you. Unique to New Zealand for over 120 years, Waitomo Glowworm Caves are a must-see for any traveler. 

On the guided trip back to Auckland the sights continue with New Zealand's longest river, the Huntly power station, and the Maori Queens’ burial site.

  • Fully guided small group return tour from Auckland (maximum 16 passengers)
  • Hotel pickups and drop-off (specific central Auckland hotels only)
  • Entry and fully guided tour of Hobbiton Movie Set
  • Complimentary beverage at the famous Green Dragon Inn
  • Alexander Family Sheep Farm and Shire's Rest
  • Entry and fully guided tour of Waitomo Glowworm Caves
  • Refreshments and snacks whilst driving
  • Entertainment during the drive
  • Charging ports available in vehicle
  • Transport in modern and comfortable 11 or 16 seater minibuses
  • Food and drinks (unless specified)
Not suitable for
  • People with mobility impairments
  • People with heart problems
Covid-19 precautions

You must book this activity online because the ticket office is closed

Safety measures in place
  • All required protective equipment is provided
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • You must fill out a travel information form

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Important information

What to bring

  • Passport or ID card
  • Comfortable shoes
  • Sunglasses
  • Sun hat

Know before you go

  • This tour is not recommended for people with limited mobility or serious back or heart problems
  • Children below 5 years old are required to travel in a child safety car seat. If you don't have a car seat one can be rented from the local partner for $50 per child (with 24 hours notice)
  • Children between 5-7 years old are also recommended to be in a booster seat for their safety
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.9 /5

based on 54 reviews

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Our guide Grand was very knowledgeable and friendly. We throughly enjoy the trip, he try to keep us entertain and informed on history of New Zealand during the long ride to the Hobitton, it was very interesting knowledge. Hobbiton was very beautiful and not to be missed for Lord of ring fans. The scenery was amazing and we took a long of pictures. The second trip to waitomo was interesting as well but felt that it is a bit short. The trip ended with a short boat ride through a dark cave and we can see the glowworm in the ceiling of the cave.

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August 17, 2022

I went with my mum & partner to Hobbiton & Waitomo. We had Michael for our tour & he was so generous & full of knowledge about everything & anything. Also such a great conversationalist . Highly recommend, would love to be on another tour with him. Thank you for a great day out!

November 15, 2020

Michael was great. He had a lot of local knowledge and he made it all such fun. He also had a special knack to accommodate every member of the travelling team, though his work was not made easy at all due to language and other issues making it a really diverse group

February 1, 2020

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