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Hobbiton Movie Set and Waitomo Caves Full Day Tour departing Auckland provided by GreatSights

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What you can expect during this experience
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Contactless payment for gratuities and add-ons
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Hand sanitizer available to travellers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
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A note from Hobbiton Movie Set and Waitomo Caves Full Day Tour departing Auckland
Certain seats on the vehicles will be no sit zones for distancing, Increased contact tracing is in place so you are required to provide your details upon arrival. We are following the guidelines and precautions set by the New Zealand Government.
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Updated 13/07/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
Overview
Visit the Waitomo Glowworm Caves and the Hobbiton Movie Set on a convenient tour from Auckland that explores two top sites in one all-inclusive day. You’ll cruise an underground river lit by twinkling glowworms, then see hobbit holes and filming sites, all while taking in the North Island’s gorgeous scenery. End the day at the original departure point or in a central location in Rotorua.
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You'll start at
102 Hobson Street
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  • 1
    GreatSights
    Stop: 15 minutes -
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  • 2
    Hobbiton Movie Set
    Stop: 2 hours - Admission included
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  • 3
    Waitomo Glowworm Caves
    Stop: 60 minutes - Admission included
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You'll end at
102 Hobson Street
102 Hobson Street, Auckland 1010, New Zealand
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Highlights
  • Tour Waitomo Glowworm Caves and Hobbiton Movie Set from Auckland
  • Combine two great sites to conveniently see more of New Zealand
  • Watch the sparkling display of glowworms on an underground boat tour
  • Picnic lunch served in the beautiful Waitomo Valley
  • Guided tour of the Hobbiton Movie Set goes behind the scenes
  • Choose between Auckland or Rotorua drop-off
What to Expect
Start the day with pickup at selected hotels in Auckland, or at a centrally located meeting point. You’ll board a coach for the trip to Waitomo, enjoying a morning snack as you pass through rolling hills and farmland. Upon arrival in Waitomo, go underground on a boat tour of the Waitomo River, where twinkling glowworms provide the only light in a series of caves and caverns. After the Waitomo Glowworm Caves tour, pause for an included picnic lunch and continue through the Kaimai Ranges to Matamata. At the Hobbiton Movie Set, join a guide for a behind-the-scenes tour of the film site for The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit, where director Peter Jackson recreated the world of Middle Earth. After the Hobbiton Movie Set tour, you have the option to return to Auckland or continue to Rotorua, famed for bubbling hot springs and vibrant Maori culture.
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Important Information
Departure Point
102 Hobson Street, Auckland 1010, New Zealand
Duration
11h
Return Details
Returns to original departure point
Inclusions
  • Morning snack
  • Transport by luxury coach
  • Buffet lunch at Hobbiton's Party Marquee
  • Entry/Admission - Hobbiton Movie Set
  • Entry/Admission - Waitomo Glowworm Caves
Exclusions
  • Food and drinks, unless specified
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Infant seats available
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Most travellers can participate
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travellers. If it’s cancelled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 40 travellers
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
442Reviews
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Ngaria Marsters wrote a review Jul 2020
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Case was wanderful I enjoyed her delivery and presentations also the landscapes scenery’s and ginger beer was my favourite
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Date of experience: July 2020
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Lorraine wrote a review Feb 2020
Bristol, United Kingdom3 contributions
Absolutely outstanding. So well planned by the tour agent. The coach driver was fantastic and kept us entertained with great history and facts on the journey. Comfortable travel. Hobbiton was just as I suspected simply brilliant and great fun. Highly recommended.
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Response from GreatSightsNZ, Customer Service Representative at Hobbiton Movie Set and Waitomo Caves Full Day Tour departing Auckland
Responded 20 Feb 2020
Kia Ora LMTC52, Thank you for choosing to see Hobbiton with us. We appreciate you writing a review and we wish you all the best for all future travels - in New Zealand and beyond. Jerome and the team at GreatSights
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maxiesmart wrote a review Feb 2020
Mount Maunganui, New Zealand126 contributions21 helpful votes
spent a good four hours on the site. I had seen the film some months earlier. Here I was seeing the real thing !! Rather humbling actually. Plenty of time to look, enter and touch with a nice ending in the "restaurant" where one could and have a drink. Experience not to be
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Date of experience: November 2019
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Response from GreatSightsNZ, Customer Service Representative at Hobbiton Movie Set and Waitomo Caves Full Day Tour departing Auckland
Responded 13 Feb 2020
Kia Ora maxiesmart, We are pleased to hear that you enjoyed your experience, definitely such a surreal feeling seeing the Hobbiton Movie Set in person to see everything you have seen in the movies come to life! The Green Dragon Inn is definitely a great way to end the tour with a nice cold beverage. All the best for your future travels, Cheyenne and the team at GreatSights
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Rahul R. wrote a review Jan 2020
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We had a great, albeit long, day going to Hobbiton and Waitomo with Great Sights tours. Our driver (Brian) was filling in for the day yet did an incredible job getting us where we needed to be in a timely manner. The other tour guides we had at Hobbiton and Waitomo were also
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Date of experience: December 2019
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Response from GreatSightsNZ, Customer service representative at Hobbiton Movie Set and Waitomo Caves Full Day Tour departing Auckland
Responded 5 Jan 2020
Kia Ora bigra123, Thank you for taking out your precious time to write this review and we really appreciate the informaion you have provided in the review for other fellow travellers. We are glad that we could make your day enjoyable.Our drivers and the guides are all really well informed and try to provide the best experience for the travellers. We hope to see you again for more amazing tours in New Zealand. All the best for your future travels, Sam and the team at GreatSights
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520jeanettec wrote a review Jan 2020
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We had a great day and our driver was very informative The whole tour was fun with a lovely lunch to top it off
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Date of experience: December 2019
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Response from GreatSightsNZ, Customer Service Representative at Hobbiton Movie Set and Waitomo Caves Full Day Tour departing Auckland
Responded 2 Jan 2020
Kia Ora 520jeanettec, We really appreciate your feedback, and we are so happy that you enjoyed the tour, we will forward your feedback to the driver. All the best for your future travels, Jerome and the team at GreatSights
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bevzaifman
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Very long day
Not sure this was worth it...it was a very long day to see some beautiful scenery which we had seen all over New Ze
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frandavies57
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Stunning scenery & outstanding commentary - something to interest every passenger
We did the full day trip last month with driver Stuart on a GreatSights bus. It was a well-paced day with lots of s
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Nagesh090859
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A Day of sightseeing in NZ
The tour was very organised. We had to stick to our timings and all passengers kept time. Our driver Rachael was ve
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Surreysunlovers
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An excellent tour
We enjoyed our tour to the Waitomo Caves and Rotorua. To see all the highlights makes for a long day so therefore e
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yoaggie
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Glow worm
This is such a great cave to visit. But be careful when following the guide; kind of dark and narrow. Was so cool t
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K8788LNmartinas
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Day Tour to Bay Islands
Took this tour and have mixed feelings about it. Had the tour description specifically mentioned a more than 7 hour
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OSUGYPSY
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Long Day but Awesome Tour
This is a long day. About 2 1/2 hours to get there and another 2 1/2 to get back. And you’re only in the cave for
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224SusanD
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Don’t waste your money evidently you can get a whale watching tour out of Buckland where they spot the whales and no where to go
Four hours there and four hours back in the bus. On the way the bus driver was entertaining and I learned a lot. Th
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Q1418WTelizabethh
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Great trip
This was an amazing experience. Also highlighted the fragile state of nature given the recent loss of some of the
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Findo2018
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Bay of island tour with boat ride to hole in the rock
It’s definitely a very long day just like the tour says but it’s so worth it! We were picked up promptly and droppe
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Bob H
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Waitomo Glow-worm Caves, Waitomo
We went on this tour and while it was nice, it was not great. Part of the problem was that our guide was a soft spo
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WebUserUnknown
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Very nice
Very well organized. Because it's a long haul, it was important for us to stick to a strict schedule, and our drive
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Me2rean
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Great full day trip
I knew it would be a long day of riding on the bus, but this was one place I wanted to see but could not afford to
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Katie W
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Average
The cave and worms were very cool. Granted that was all we did but Im not sure it was worth the 3 hour drive there
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sarahlynnsan
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a very long day
To get to the venues there is A LOT of driving in a bus. the driver was very nice and chatty The caves were interes
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  • Duration: 11h
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