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Waiheke Island Zipline & Native Forest Adventure

1. Waiheke Island Zipline & Native Forest Adventure

Hosted on Waiheke Island, just 30 minutes by fast ferry from central Auckland, this 3-hour zipline adventure offers nature lovers a thrilling, state-of-the-art dual zipline flight over native forest. Enjoy a mini-tour of Waiheke's beaches, million-dollar properties, and boutique wineries en route to the zipline site, where you'll be geared-up for one of New Zealand’s most exciting eco activities. Soar along 3 dual ziplines, each more than 650 feet (200 meters) long. Glide smoothly, side-by-side with a partner or friend, over a working vineyard and stunning tracts of original and regenerating native New Zealand bush. Catch views of Auckland, Rangitoto, and the Hauraki Gulf, as you zip. On completion of the 3rd line, enjoy a spectacular interpretive walk back to the visitor center, while guides share stories of the local flora and fauna, and Maori and European history of Waiheke.

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From Auckland: Hobbiton & Waitomo Caves Day Trip with Lunch

2. From Auckland: Hobbiton & Waitomo Caves Day Trip with Lunch

Join this tour to visit two of New Zealand's most iconic and famous attractions, the Hobbiton Movie Set and the Waitomo Glowworm Caves, in one easy small-group day trip from Auckland. After pickup from your central Auckland hotel, travel south over the Bombay Hills for panoramic views of the Waikato Region and the scenic Hauraki Plains. Arrive at The Shire's Rest in Matamata, the home of the Hobbiton Movie Set. Your guide will help you skip the crowds so you can explore the Movie Set on an official 2-hour tour. Be escorted through the 10-acre site and learn fascinating details of how the Hobbiton Movie Set was created. See Hobbit Holes, The Green Dragon Inn, and The Mill. Savor a complimentary specially-brewed beverage at The Green Dragon Inn.  Afterwards, travel to the mesmerizing Waitomo Glowworm Caves, where you'll enjoy a Kiwi-style lunch at The Homestead in Waitomo. On the way, share stories from Hobbiton and interact with your fellow travelers. Glide silently by boat in the world famous caves and be amazed by the thousands of magical glowworms. Your guide on the 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 Cove, famous for its acoustics. The return trip takes you through some of New Zealand's most beautiful countryside before following the majestic Waikato River northwards part of the way back to Auckland. You will pass Taupiri with its very sacred Maori burial ground.  The day concludes with your return to your accommodation.

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Auckland: Hobbiton Movie Set and Waitomo Small Group Tour

3. 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 two 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 too. 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, Huntly power station and the Maori Queens’ burial site.

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Auckland: 9000, 13000, 16000, or 20000-Foot Tandem Skydive

4. Auckland: 9000, 13000, 16000, or 20000-Foot Tandem Skydive

Enjoy a scenic flight above Auckland as you reach altitude. When the plane gets to 9000, 13000, 16000, or 20000ft (depending on which altitude option you book), the door will open. Strapped to your tandem instructor, freefall for up to 85 seconds with New Zealand's stunning backdrop. Reach a speed of up to 200km/hr and it will feel like you are flying. Enjoy the serenity of a beautiful parachute with amazing views in every direction.  Take part in an exhilarating, fun and safe skydiving experience. Then, relive the entire experience over and over with your one on one photo and video package available to purchase on the day. Based in Parakai, it is an easy 45-minute drive from Auckland City. Free transport is provided, subject to availability. Want to bring a support crew? The viewing deck is perfectly positioned so your friends and family can watch you land!

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Auckland: Scenic Flight over Auckland and Waikeke

5. Auckland: Scenic Flight over Auckland and Waikeke

Soar over beautiful Auckland City and Waiheke Island on this scenic flight. Your pilot/guide will provide you with interesting commentary on the surrounding countryside while you sit comfortably in the aircraft. Your flight will last approximately 55 minutes. You will be able to see the following points of interest: Harbour Bridge, Central City, Sky Tower, Mt. Eden, Devon Port, and Whitford Forrest. You will also fly over Half Moon Bay, St. Heliers Cliff, Browns Island, and Rangitoto Island.  Be sure to take lots of photos of all the great landmarks you see. Later in the flight your pilot will fly you to Waiheke Island, where you will have the chance to observe the beauty of the island and its wineries from above.  Listen to your expert guide throughout the flight for detailed information and commentary about what you see below. Touch down back at Ardmore Airport.

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Auckland: Coromandel Scenic Flight with 2-Course Lunch

6. Auckland: Coromandel Scenic Flight with 2-Course Lunch

Travel to the Coromandel in the clouds for your own private delicious 2-course lunch with a drink included. Admire the incredible views of the Coromandel Peninsula from above and hear interesting commentary from your professional pilot. This is sure to become a memory of a lifetime. With an extraordinary combination of a unique bird’s eye view from above Auckland all the way to the Coromandel and a beautifully prepared meal you and your partner or group will be sure to have a treasured shared memory. An experienced pilot that has done over 100 scenic flights from Coromandel and back and will offer expert guidance of all the sights on the ground as you make your way to and from your destination.

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Waiheke Island & Hauraki Gulf Scenic Seaplane Flight

7. Waiheke Island & Hauraki Gulf Scenic Seaplane Flight

Make your visit to Auckland Harbour memorable with a special seaplane flight over Auckland's gulf islands. Combine romance, adventure, and history on an exciting scenic flight that will showcase the very best of the Auckland region.  Cruise out into Auckland Harbour, the very heart of the 'City of Sails', ready for take-off. Soar over the majestic Auckland City in no time. Capture as many videos and photos as you like with large side windows that slope out. Admire beautiful city views and breath-taking coastal vistas of the Hauraki Gulf in the Pacific Ocean. Learn about the history of the Auckland region while soaking in spectacular aerial views of Rangitoto, Motutapu and Waiheke islands. Experience an exhilarating water landing in the Auckland Harbour and marvel at the picturesque city skyline. Your adventure concludes with a relaxing cruise along the harbour back to the dock at Wynyard Wharf. 

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Rangitoto Island and Auckland City Scenic Seaplane Flight

8. Rangitoto Island and Auckland City Scenic Seaplane Flight

Enjoy an introductory scenic seaplane flight for a breathtaking 40-minute experience showcasing the highlights of the Auckland region from above. Observe a short safety briefing before climbing aboard the 8-seater seaplane. Cruise out into the middle of Auckland Harbour, the very heart of the 'City of Sails', and prepare for take-off. Enjoy mesmerizing aerial views of Auckland city and past neighboring islands. Learn about the history of the Auckland region with live in-flight commentary from your experienced pilot. Get up close to the summit of Rangitoto Island's volcanic crater as you soar just 200-meters above. Capture as many videos and photos as you like with large side windows that slope out. Continue over the top of Auckland Museum and head downtown, flying eye-level with the iconic Sky Tower. On your descent, marvel at the Harbor Bridge up close before experiencing the thrill of a water landing back in the harbor. Your adventure concludes with a relaxing cruise along the Harbour back to the dock.

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From Auckland or Rotorua: Hobbiton and Cave Rafting Day Trip

9. From Auckland or Rotorua: Hobbiton and Cave Rafting Day Trip

Get picked up from your accommodation or an agreed-upon meeting point in Auckland or Rotorua and set off for Hobbiton. Upon arrival, you'll have some time to get something to eat or explore the Shires Rest souvenir shop before joining a two-hour walking tour of the Hobbiton Movie Set, which includes a complimentary drink at the Green Dragon Inn.  Transfer to the movie set on one of the tour operator's buses and hear about how this set was used for all filming of both "The Lord of the Rings" and the "The Hobbit" movies. After the tour, take 15 minutes to relax in the Green Dragon Inn before traveling to Waitomo Caves. Between the two stops, you'll have time to enjoy your picnic lunch. At Waitomo Caves, join a group of up to 12 people on the Black Labyrinth tour, which includes cave tubing and caving in the river that runs through the bottom of the Ruakuri Cave. After arriving at the cave, you will be given a briefing on the art of cave tubing before starting your rafting excursion. Float through a glow-worm grotto, jump over small waterfalls, and enjoy other adrenalin-filled experiences. The tour runs about three hours, 1.5 of which are underground.  Rejoin the main transport for the day and travel to your drop-off destination. On some occasions, the activities may be reversed. After you have completed the final activity, you will be taken to Auckland or Rotorua. You can start and finish in the same place, or choose to make this a one-way journey beginning or ending in Auckland or Rotorua.

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From Auckland: Hobbiton and Waitomo & Ruakari Caves Day Trip

10. From Auckland: Hobbiton and Waitomo & Ruakari Caves Day Trip

Get extra value by visiting both the Hobbiton Movie Set and the 2 caves at Waitomo in one day with this tour. Avoid the trap of standard tours that only visit 1 cave, and enjoy more time off your coach to explore and less time hanging around waiting for others. The order in which you do the two activities changes from day to day but the start time always remains the same and pickup from centrally located hotels in Auckland is always included. On days where Hobbiton is visited first, get picked up from your hotel then travel through the Waikato region, passing by cattle, dairy, and sheep farms along the way. Upon arrival at Hobbiton, have some time to get something to eat or explore the Shires Rest souvenir shop before joining Hobbiton Tours for a tour of the Hobbiton Movie Set. Be transported into the movie set by one of their buses, then go on a guided walking tour of the set, which was used for all filming in the Village of Hobbiton in both the Lord of the Rings and Hobbit movie series. Enjoy a complimentary drink at the Green Dragon before boarding the coach to return to Auckland. Next, take some time to eat your provided picnic lunch between Hobbiton and Waitomo Caves. On arrival in Waitomo, take a 90-minute tour of Ruakuri Cave, the largest and deepest cave in the Waitomo Complex open to the public. After Ruakuri, you'll have a short break before joining a group tour of the world-renowned Waitomo Cave. Walk into the stunning cave and admire its complex underground formation. Exit on a small boat through the Glowworm Grotto and marvel at millions of glowworms. The tour concludes with a return to Auckland and drop-off at your hotel.

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What people are saying about Auckland

Originally hailing from the South Island and currently living in Australia, this was my first time visiting the North Island and I am SO glad I booked this tour! David, the tour guide, was an absolute wealth of knowledge and made the whole experience so much more enjoyable. He went the extra mile to make mine and my fellow tourists day extra special, including taking photos of us around Hobbiton and keeping the transitions between locations as effortless as possible. Kevin, the guide for Hobbiton, was such a gem too. The whole experience was so immersive, yet peaceful at the same time, and you could tell he sincerely enjoyed being a part of the experience. Lastly, a big shout out to Moi, our guide for the Waitomo Glowworm caves. From the minute he started the tour to the very end, you genuinely felt in awe. It was an experience like no other, and his integration of Maori culture was touchingly beautiful. I will 100% be booking this tour again (with friends next time!).

David was the best tour guide we could’ve asked for. He was very knowledgeable and gave us a lot of interesting historic facts as well as tips to get the best out of our Hobbiton tour. He took care of us so well throughout the day but also became our photographer knowing where the best photo spots were. We highly recommend this day tour as we enjoyed it immensely and would definitely do it again!

Amazing trio - great, knowledgeable and friendly guide, and two sites absolutely worth seeing! Would highly recommend.

The trip was a long day but both venues were interesting and places we wanted to tick off the bucket list

Guide David was knowledgeable and shared many info with us