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From Auckland: Hobbiton & Waitomo Caves Day Trip with Lunch

Activity provider: Auckland Scenic Tours

From Auckland: Hobbiton & Waitomo Caves Day Trip with Lunch

Activity provider: Auckland Scenic Tours
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From US$ 167.38 per person

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Set off on an adventure from Auckland to see New Zealand's two most famous attractions in one day: the Hobbiton movie sett and the Waitomo Glowworm Caves.

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Duration 10 hours
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Live tour guide
Pickup included
Pick-up and drop off is available from downtown Auckland hotels only. Note that your pick-up time may be earlier than the tour start time.
Small group
Limited to 14 participants


10 hours
  • Auckland

  • Hobbiton Movie Set (guided tour, walk)

  • Waitomo (lunch)

  • Waitomo Glowworm Caves (guided tour, walk)

  • Auckland

Pickup included
Main stop
Other stop
  • Be fascinated as the magical world of Hobbiton comes to life on a 2-hour tour
  • Take photos in front of Hobbit Holes and around The Shire
  • Enjoy a complimentary specially-brewed beverage at The Green Dragon Inn and taste a kiwi-style lunch at The Homestead in Waitomo
  • Be captivated by the thousands of magical glowworms as you glide silently by boat in the world-famous Waitomo Glowworm Caves
  • Marvel at awe-inspiring stalactites and stalagmites during the 45-minute tour of the iconic Waitomo Glowworm Caves
  • Be amazed by the spectacular scenery en route and listen to engaging commentary from your guide
Full description

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 a 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 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.

  • Hotel pick-up and drop off (downtown Auckland hotels only)
  • Transportation
  • Local driver-guide
  • Entry and 2-hour guided tour of Hobbiton Movie Set
  • 1 drink at The Green Dragon Inn
  • Kiwi-style lunch
  • Entry and 45-minute guided tour of Waitomo Glowworm Caves
  • Food and drinks not listed in inclusions
  • Tips (optional)
Not suitable for
  • Children under 4 years
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds

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Important information

What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes

Not allowed

  • Unaccompanied minors

Know before you go

  • Note that hotel pick-ups operate from downtown Auckland only
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • A small amount of easy walking is involved
  • The tour operates in all weather conditions so please dress appropriately
  • This is a small group activity with a maximum of 11 participants and requires a minimum of 2 participants to operate
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.9 /5

based on 449 reviews

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Alex the guide was very friendly and helpful the whole time. Helped explain a lot of what we were doing and about near-by attractions along our route. Also helped me personally with advice as someone who had just moved to NZ when I asked questions about living here and apartment hunting, so way above and beyond the call of duty! Absolutely recommend this group for others wanting to experience these two incredible locations, both of which are absolutely worth the visit due to their beauty and of course for fans of the LOTR stories.

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September 13, 2022

Was a wonderful tour and super exciting to see and immerse in this beautiful universe. The tour was friendly and informative and the story telling about the film making and history of the land and story was great! Recommend for any Tolkien/Peter Jackson fan or anyone who loves film and beautiful scenery.

September 8, 2022

The tours were amazing, beyond my expectations! I was nervous I wouldn’t get much time for pictures or breaks in the drive but I was wrong on both occasions. All your guides were amazing. Thank you to Mike from Auckland Scenic Tours for the information on our locations and the beautiful country we are in, thank you to Kevin and Olivia from the Hobbiton set and thank you to Glenn from Waitomo Glow Worm caves for some special experiences I will never forget I can’t think of any negatives from this trip, our fellow travellers were an awesome group to meet on this journey

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August 17, 2022

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