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Waikato River: Our most recommended tours and activities

From Auckland: Hobbiton Movie Set Full-Day Small-Group Trip

1. From Auckland: Hobbiton Movie Set Full-Day Small-Group Trip

Make the most of your time in Auckland with a small-group tour to the magical and enchanting Hobbiton, Lord of the Rings Movie Set. You will have the movie set almost entirely to yourself. See how this beautiful piece of farmland has been transformed into the Shire from Middle Earth. Start off your adventure with pickup from your centrally located hotel or the Auckland Sky Tower. Travel south in an air-conditioned Mercedes-Benz. Look out the van's extra-large windows on the scenic drive to Matamata over the Bombay Hills and through the beautiful Hauraki Plains. Listen to facts and anecdotes from your guide clearly via a hi-tech audio system. When you arrive at Hobbiton, take a 2-hour tour with a knowledgeable guide. Take plenty of time to explore the locations you’ve seen at home. Pose for photos in front of your favorite places like the Hobbit Holes and The Mill. At the end of the tour, enjoy a specially brewed drink at the Green Dragon Inn. Afterward, visit the Shire Store, which features an extensive selection of souvenirs to remind you of your visit to the Hobbiton Movie Set. On the drive back home, follow the amazing Waikato river and drive past the Taupiri Maori burial ground. Finish your fun day trip from Auckland with convenient drop-off at your hotel or back at the Sky Tower in Auckland’s city center.

Waikato River: 1-Hour Ecological River Cruise

2. Waikato River: 1-Hour Ecological River Cruise

Experience an ecological river cruise on a speedboat that is tailored to the wishes of the customers on board, this includes the speed, and the number of slides and spins if any. The experienced driver will give you a detailed history of the area and Karapiro Dam and power station. Admire the native birds and wildlife which make the area home. Your guide has a diploma in environmental management and an in-depth knowledge of the local flora and fauna. Encounter numerous fish species and birds species such as Fantail, Kingfisher, Tui, Harrier Hawk, NZ Falcon, Heron, Shag, Mallard Duck and more. See large waterfalls from the towering cliffs above. Experience some of the narrowest sections of the Waikato River with the forest canopy above. Visit the base of the Karapiro Hydro Power station with full commentary provided. Then, cruise back to beautiful Cambridge.

Waikato: Half-Day Karāpiro River Trail Bike Tour

3. Waikato: Half-Day Karāpiro River Trail Bike Tour

Start your day by arriving at the headquarters of the local partner where you will meet your friendly guide. From here, you will travel to the start of the ride in a shuttle van. Once you have arrived you will receive a quick instruction on what you will need to know along the way. You can relax in the hands of professional guides who have plenty of experience and know the trails well.  You will bike between 12-14km along a beautiful gravel trail, that passes through native bush and spectacular farmland. All the while travelling along New Zealand's longest River - The Waikato River. Get to discover flora and fauna only seen in New Zealand and the native birdlife that is all around you. Approximately half way through this extremely popular section of trail, you will take a route through a unique wetland over a 500-meter long continuous boardwalk. You will also travel over an awe inspiring swingbridge built in the 1920's.

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What people are saying about Waikato River

Overall rating

5.0 / 5

based on 20 reviews

Amazing experience from start to end. The booking is easy. Our guide Mike was incredibly nice and had a lot of great stories to share during our journey. Very accessible as well to ask any question about New Zealand. Everything is well organised and really easy, thus all our time was dedicated to enjoy the tour. I highly recommend !

Was picked up on time, delightful driver Matt gave us interesting facts, gave us space to rest and shot lots of photos of me. It was a lovely day and Hobbiton was a treat, better than I expected. Ginger beer at the Green Dragon in front of the fire made me feel like a proper Hobbit.

We would have Mike as a driver. Punctual, nice and he provided a lot of information. He can't do anything about the weather. Showed us a great vantage point on the way there and on the way back there was a stop at a normal shop where you could eat ice cream. Highly Recommended.

Hobbiton was amazing, a great day trip for any fan of the movies or even just to see some of the beautiful New Zealand country side. Mike our bus tour guide was entertaining and full of local knowledge and made our journey to hobbiton fun and exciting.

Could not recommend this trip or company any higher! David was fantastic, very knowledgeable and friendly. Made even the drive to / from interesting and fun. Will definitely be using this company again.