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Auckland: Hobbiton Movie Set and Waitomo Small Group Tour

1. Auckland: Hobbiton Movie Set and Waitomo Small Group Tour

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.

Sea Life Kelly Tarlton's Aquarium General Admission

2. Sea Life Kelly Tarlton's Aquarium General Admission

No trip to Auckland is complete without a visit to SEA LIFE Kelly Tarlton's Aquarium. Experience the underwater world built by the famous diver and explorer Kelly Tarlton over 30 years ago. The Aquarium remains one of Auckland's leading attractions. SEA LIFE Kelly Tarlton's Aquarium is just a 10-minute drive (6 km/3.7 mi) from downtown Auckland. See the cool and calm king penguins and cheeky gentoos interact and swim past as you walk through the Penguin Ice Adventure exhibit.  Touch a starfish or two at our Rockpool. Learn about our turtle rehabilitation program. Stand in awe underneath the Shark Tunnel as great sand tiger sharks, giant stingrays swim past and try find the hiding carpet shark Wobbegong. Explore Seahorse Kingdom to see the world's only public display of the rarely seen spiny sea dragons.

Auckland: Segway Tour to Mount Victoria

3. Auckland: Segway Tour to Mount Victoria

Meet your instructor at the Ferry Ticket Office in the Devonport Ferry Terminal. Sign in, store any bags you want to leave behind and have a helmet fitted. If you haven't ridden before, do some training on various terrains which will have you confident to start the tour. Begin the tour by riding along the waterfront and the grassy slopes to practice riding over different terrain. Enjoy some free riding time in a local park before venturing through the back streets to Cambria Reserve. Cambria Reserve is the location of an old quarry now planted out to make the perfect park. At times, see trees full of the native bird, the Tui, enjoying nectar from the trees. Stop at points of interest to learn the history and local anecdotes from the tour guide.  After exploring Cambria Reserve, glide on a Segway to the summit of Mount Victoria/Takarunga, the highest volcanic cone on Auckland's North Shore. Enjoy 360-degree views of Auckland City and the Hauraki Gulf from the summit. Before European settlement, this volcanic cone was a Maori Pa Site, a fortified village where the Maori made their home. In the 1880s, European settlers transformed it into a fort to protect Auckland against enemy invasion. With such a great view, there's time for photos and some fun among the iconic mushrooms.

Auckland: Full-Day City Highlights Tour

4. Auckland: Full-Day City Highlights Tour

Explore Auckland with an experienced New Zealand driver/guide on a multi-award-winning tour. Enjoy the company of a small, personalized group, allowing you to stop often for stunning photos and to access the best vantage spots that larger buses can't reach. The tour starts with pickup from your hotel in Auckland CBD in the morning. Head to see the stunning attractions and unspoiled scenery of the City of Sails, as Auckland is affectionately known. There are plenty of opportunities to capture amazing photos that you will treasure for a lifetime. The tour stops at the major highlights of the city, including Auckland Harbor Bridge, Devonport and North Head (Maungauika), Auckland Waterfront and Viaduct, Bastion Point, Mission Bay, Tamaki Drive and Achilles Point, and the Historic Mount Eden. Check out the amazing gannet colony at Muriwai Beach, the fabulous Auckland Domain, Museum, and Wintergardens, Parnell, the 1857 historic Riverhead Tavern, as well as the War Memorial, Wynyard Quarter, and the Viaduct Harbor. Your fun and friendly tour guide will offer commentary on the breathtaking scenery and take you out of the concrete jungle and into the stunning landscapes that surround the city. When the tour ends in the afternoon, you'll leave Auckland with a day you'll never forget.

Auckland: Segway to North Head Volcano Summit

5. Auckland: Segway to North Head Volcano Summit

Meet your instructor at the Ferry Ticket Office in the Devonport Ferry Terminal. Sign in, store any bags you want to leave behind and have a helmet fitted. If you haven't ridden before do some training on various terrains which will have you confident to start the tour. Ride around the Devonport waterfront to admire the Victorian villas, lava flows, the local Yacht club and the inner-city beaches on the way to exploring the North Head Reserve. Enjoy some photo opportunities as North Head comes into view, Make a stop with your tour guide to hear about the history of the area. Then glide to the Summit of North Head Volcanic Cone. Get fantastic panoramic views of the region from the summit. Park your Segway and take a walk through the labyrinth of tunnels to see the disappearing gun, and learn about the secret communication pipes. Exit through the naturally occurring cave of the volcano as you make your way back to pick up your Segway for the next part of the tour. Ride along the beaches and the parks before passing through the streets of Devonport village. Travel into the Cambria Reserve, Devonport's best-kept secret, before returning to the starting point.

Auckland: Maritime Museum Entry Ticket

6. Auckland: Maritime Museum Entry Ticket

Take a trip to the Maritime Museum and spend a few hours learning about one of the most maritime nations in the world. Go deep inside the stories and narratives of those affected by the sea through galleries, displays, special exhibitions, and more.  Discover the relationship between the sea and other factors such as immigration, trade, design, innovation, and leisure.  The Museum houses one of the nation’s most important heritage collections which covers the breadth of our relationship with the sea; from the Great Pacific Migration a thousand years ago to the cutting edge of modern technology and design used in America’s Cup and modern yachting. Suitable for all the family, there is something for everyone at the museum thanks to the poignancy of the personal connections and stories told here. 

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Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 82 reviews

I am truly impressed by the trip and how well it was organized. Everything went smoothly and on time. Our guide John was amazing - cheeky and funny guy who knows a lot about the region. His knowledge and passion about travelling made me feel like a real explorer for about 13h. He definitely knows how to talk and inspire people. All in all, I am left with an extremely positive experience which I will remember for years. Thank you for being on the market because your staff is a definition of real customer care and inspiration.

Our guide, John, was an absolute delight. He made everyone feel very welcome on the tour, was very well informed, and was very friendly with all involved in the experience, from the tourists to the staff at Hobbiton and Waitomo. He even threw in some cheeky surprises (almost felt like we were in NYC at one point :P ) along the way. Amazing way to spend a day; I heartily recommend.

픽업 장소가 메일로 선택했던 것과 달라 걱정하며 기다렸는데 다행히 연결이 되어 안심하고 시작했다.가이드인' 존'은 유쾌하고 유머러스하여 이동이 즐겁고 긴장이 풀어져서 좋은 여행을 할 수 있었다. 호비튼 무비세트는 기대 이상으로 실제 호빗족이 살고 있을 듯해서 새로운 경험이었고, 와이토모동굴도 우주공간에서 별을 보듯 반딧불이 아름다워서 환상적이었다.

Loved visiting Hobbiton and Glow worms! Our guide (Simon) was very friendly and informative, would definitely recommend!

The guide was friendly and engaging, I learnt a lot along the trip as well as seeing some amazing sights.