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Auckland: Hobbiton & Waitomo Bus Tour with Festive Lunch

4.7 / 5

84 reviews

Activity provider: GreatSights New Zealand

Auckland: Hobbiton & Waitomo Bus Tour with Festive Lunch

Activity provider: GreatSights New Zealand
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From US$ 218.60 per person

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Visit the Hobbiton Movie Set and Waitomo Caves on a day trip by premium bus from Auckland. Savor a sumptuous festive lunch onsite at Hobbiton. Immerse yourself into the landscape of Middle Earth under the care of your expert guide.

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Duration 11 hours
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  • Journey by premium bus to Hobbiton and Waitomo Caves from Auckland
  • Explore the Waitomo Glowworm Caves on a guided tour
  • Step foot in Hobbit holes at the Hobbiton Movie Set
  • Savor a festive lunch in the party marquee at the Green Dragon Inn
  • Surf the net to your heart's content with free Wi-Fi onboard the bus
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Visit two of New Zealand's most iconic and famous attractions, the Hobbiton Movie Set and the Waitomo Glowworm Caves, on a hassle-free tour by premium bus from Auckland.  Relax in the comfort of a premium bus with free Wi-Fi as you begin your journey. Travel through picturesque scenery as your friendly and experienced guide shares local insights with you. At the Waitomo Glowworm Caves, enjoy a 45-minute guided tour. You’ll walk in and float out, marvelling at the sparkling galaxy of blue lights on the silent boat ride through Glowworm Grotto – a subterranean cavern lit by thousands of tiny glowworms. Your next stop is the iconic Hobbiton Movie Set. Enjoy a sumptuous buffet lunch fit for a Hobbit, served up in the festive party marquee beside the Green Dragon Inn. After lunch, your Hobbiton guide will greet you and take you on a magical journey to Middle Earth. Learn insights behind the making of the movies, pose for photographs outside hobbit holes, and sip a specially brewed beverage at the Green Dragon Inn. You’ll have some free time in the rural town of Matamata before the return trip to Auckland.
  • Transport by premium air-conditioned coach
  • Driver/guide
  • 45-minute Waitomo Glowworm Caves tour
  • 2-hour Hobbiton Movie Set tour
  • Festive buffet-style lunch at the Hobbiton Movie Set
  • Morning snack
  • Free Wi-Fi onboard the coach
  • Additional food and drinks

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• Please contact the local partner in advance to arrange hotel pickup if required • Complimentary hotel pick-up can be arranged from selected downtown Auckland hotels by request

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  • Please specify any dietary requirements when booking
  • Children under 3 years travel free if a child seat is not required
  • A one-way option is available, concluding in Rotorua after your Hobbiton tour
  • If the Waitomo Caves tour cannot operate, a free upgrade to the Ruakuri Cave will be provided subject to availability
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4.7 /5

based on 84 reviews

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Great way to see two wonderful sites. It’s a long day overall but well worth the time. The scenery along the way was really beautiful and Tony, our bus driver, kept up a cheerful chatter about sites, history, and highlights along the way. The bus was comfy, but we were informed after we left the station the bathroom on the bus didn’t work.

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November 18, 2022

It was a tour that departed at 8:00, but it was difficult to find the meeting place (there was no guide), and when I arrived at 7:55, the tour had already left. When I asked the receptionist at the bus stop, I was told that the meeting time was 7:45 and that I could not get a refund. I couldn't help it, so I paid more and made a reservation for the next day, this time I went to the meeting place at 7:30, and left at 7:50. I thought that overseas was loose on time, but it was different because it was fast. I was satisfied with the tour itself.

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March 20, 2020

Fantastic bus drivers with a great sense of humor and very well read. The bus trip to Hobbiton was an experience in itself, thanks to our amazing bus driver Brian. The tour of Hobbiton was also absolutely magical, the place felt magical and our guide was very good. The free drink at the Green Dragon Inn tasted good. After that we ate a fantastic lunch buffet which was included. Good selection and very good food! After lunch, there was time to check out the souvenir shop before the bus went on to the Waitomo Glowworm Caves. A fun experience to see the caves and hear interesting information about them. Great fun to see the Glowworms during the boat ride in the underground river. However, we would have liked the boat ride to be longer, even though we got to see many glowworms, the boat ride didn't last more than 10 minutes. All in all an absolutely fantastic experience with incredible staff, highly recommend!!

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January 7, 2020

Product ID: 25045