Auckland: Waitomo Caves, Rotorua Maori Village, and Hobbiton

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Auckland: Waitomo Caves, Rotorua Maori Village, and Hobbiton

From US$ 303.11 per person

Visit 3 of the best attractions in New Zealand in just one day. Tour the Waitomo Glowworm Cave and choose between visiting the Whakarawarawa Living Maori Village and Te Puia geothermal valley. Finish your day with a guided tour of the Hobbiton film set.

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Duration 13 hours
Starting time 6:15 AM
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  • Ride a boat through the legendary Waitomo Caves while marvelling at thousands of twinkling glowworms
  • Experience the Whakarewarewa Living Maori Village or the geothermal valley of Te Puia
  • See all the great and memorable sites from the Shire, including the Green Dragon Inn and the field where Bilbo's birthday party was held
Full description
Depart from Auckland at approximately 6:15 AM and enjoy the scenic 2.5-hour drive to Waitomo. Arriving at approximately 9 AM, begin your tour through the famous Waitomo Glowworm Caves. Admire this amazing natural wonder, as you meet thousands of little glowworms that turn these dark caverns into gorgeous turquoise tunnels. These unique creatures are only found in New Zealand. Explore their subterranean home on a guided tour, and ride a boat beneath thousands of twinkling glowworms in the famous caves. Afterwards you'll head to Whakarewarewa Living Maori Village or Te Puia geothermal valley, depending on which option you select. With the Whakarewarewa option, you'll discover authentic Māori culture at your next stop. The village is home to 20 Māori families who have lived there for 500 years. You will later experience a 30-minute Maori cultural performance, and can choose to purchase a Hangi Pie in the cafe at additional cost. If you choose the Te Puia option, travel to the geothermal valley to marvel at the amazing Pōhutu geyser that erupts up to 30 meters (100 feet) every 40 minutes. The valley is full of hot springs, silica terraces, and bubbling mineral rich mud pools that have been used over centuries by Māori people for cooking and remedies. Enjoy a sumptuous buffet lunch in front of the geysers, and keep a look out for the kiwi bird. Continue to Hobbiton, where you'll follow an expert guide as they lead you through this expansive film set. See all the memorable places in the Shire, including the Green Dragon Inn, and the field where Bilbo's birthday party was held, as your guide provides commentary about the films and the set. Finish the tour at the Green Dragon, where you can enjoy a pint of Girdley Fine Grain or Frogmorton Ginger Beer, before returning to Auckland in the evening.
  • Transportation
  • Driver/guide
  • Admission fees and guided tour of Waitomo Glowworm Caves
  • Boat ride
  • Admission to the Whakarawarawa Maori Living Village (depending on option selected)
  • 30-minute cultural performance at Whakarawarawa (depending on option selected)
  • Admission to Te Puia Geothermal Valley (depending on option selected)
  • Lunch (depending on option selected)
  • Entry and guided tour of Hobbiton
  • Food (depending on option selected)
Not suitable for
  • Wheelchair users

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Meeting point

Meet outside the JB HiFi shop.

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What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes
  • Snacks
  • Water
  • Rain gear

Know before you go

  • A moderate amount of walking is required
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 7 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    4.2 / 5
  • Transportation
    4.5 / 5
  • Value for money
    4.2 / 5
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This is a great trip if you are limited on time and we loved our driver/guide. Saing that, the schedule is VERY tight. You may have a few minutes to get to the bathroom but do not count on time to get something to eat. Take food and water to last a day. The driver is limited by their license to how long they can drive. if you leave at 6 am.... and return to Auckland after 7, there is no flex. Having said all that, all 3 tours were great fun and oddly different. Lots of stairs in the glow worm cave and some at Hobbiton (In case you have mobility isaues). We enjoyed the day esp since we culd sleep in the nexr.

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December 4, 2019

January 5, 2020

Amazing tour guides/bus drivers, amazing places to visit and just an all round amazing thing to do. Well worth the money! Highly recommend.

December 28, 2019

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