From Auckland: Waitomo Caves & Optional Hobbiton Day Trip

From Auckland: Waitomo Caves & Optional Hobbiton Day Trip

From $147.43 per person

Design your own ideal day with a full day tour to Waitomo. Ride a boat beneath thousands of twinkling glowworms in the famous Waitomo Caves, with the option to tour the nearby Ruakuri cave. ‘Lord of the Rings’ devotees can add on a trip to Hobbiton.

About this activity

Free cancellation
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COVID-19 precautions
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Mobile ticketing
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Duration 12 hours
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Skip the line through a separate entrance
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Live tour guide
Pickup included
Various addresses in Auckland


  • Discover the fascinating world of glowworms and hobbits
  • Enjoy the world famous boat ride under thousands of magical glowworms and become a part of over 120 years of cultural and natural history
  • Have a day of excitement and intrigue at Waitomo Glowworm Caves and the Hobbiton Movie Set features on The Lord of The Rings movies
  • Experience the spectacular spiral entrance to Ruakuri Cave. Marvel at the incredible limestone formations and crystal tapestries in an intimate group.
Full description
Depart Auckland from your centrally located meeting points in a comfortable 11-seat van or 24-seat minibus. Relax aboard and enjoy a 2.5 hour scenic drive from Auckland to Waitomo Caves, a renowned New Zealand attraction famous for its glowworm caverns. Follow your informative guide on a tour underground to view the icicle-shaped stalactites and learn how they were formed. A boat ride takes you through the Glowworm Grotto, where you will be beneath thousands of twinkling glowworms in a breathtaking display. This is a truly surreal experience! For passengers adding on Ruakuri, you will take a short journey from Waitomo to Ruakuri. Here you Experience the spectacular spiral entrance to Ruakuri Cave. Marvel at the incredible limestone formations and crystal tapestries in an intimate group. Depart Waitomo at 2:00 PM in summer or 1:00 PM in winter for Hobbiton. If chosen, enjoy a 2-hour Hobbiton Movie Set tour, where you will see famous locations such as Bilbo's home Bag End, the Green Dragon Inn, and the Party Tree. You'll be amazed by the beauty, history, and size of this location. A complimentary refreshment is also available at the end of your Movie Set Tour.  After the tour return to Auckland by 8:00 PM in summer or 7:00 PM in winter, or finish in Rotorua.
  • All connections and entry fees coordinated by the driver
  • Waitomo activity of choice
  • Optional Hobbiton movie set tour
  • Pickup from centrally located meeting point
  • Transport by air conditioned coach or van
  • Lunch
  • Personal expenses
Not suitable for
  • People with mobility impairments
COVID-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • Customers must keep distance in vehicles
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • Customers must bring their own headphones
  • Customers are required to bring and wear masks

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  • Please Note: if you decide to do our Glowworm Cave only tour you will have up to 4 hours of free time in Waitomo to enjoy further activities such as Bush Walks through native New Zealand Flora, Lunch or other caving options. Please ask your driver for more details on the day.
  • Please note: if you do not want to join the Hobbiton Movie Set Tour you will have a 2 hour wait at Hobbiton to relax in their cafe (aptly named The Shires Rest) or peruse their gift shop for some iconic souvenirs
  • If you have opted to finish your day in Rotorua you will not have a wait at Hobbiton and will finish in Rotorua by 4:00 PM
  • Note the times may vary dependent seasonality and traffic
  • Please bring walking shoes, a warm waterproof jacket, and personal snacks
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