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Hobbiton Movie Set and Waitomo Glowworm Caves Day Trip from Auckland

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Overview
Join this tour to visit two of New Zealand’s most famous attractions, Hobbiton Movie Set and Waitomo Caves, in one easy day trip from Auckland. Be fascinated as the magical world of Hobbiton comes to life and take photos in front of your favourite places like the Hobbit Holes, the Shire and the Green Dragon Inn. Then journey to the World Famous Waitomo Glowworm Caves and be captivated by the thousands of magical glowworms twinkling in the Grottos, the stalactites and stalagmites as you glide silently through the cave by boat. Marvel at the stunning scenery en route as we journey off the motorways into the real hinterland of New Zealand. All admission fees and lunch included.
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  • Pass by Auckland Scenic Tours
  • 1
    Hobbiton Movie Set
    Stop: 2 hours - Admission included
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  • 2
    Waitomo Glowworm Caves
    Stop: 4 hours - Admission included
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Highlights
  • Cross off two North Island highlights in one day—no rental car needed!
  • 'Lord of the Rings' fans will love an official Hobbiton Movie Set tour
  • Ride a boat through the illuminated Waitomo Glowworm Caves
  • Learn about native New Zealand history and culture from a Maori guide
What to Expect
After pickup at your central Auckland hotel, leave the city behind as you drive through the Bombay Hills and Hauraki Plains to reach a sheep farm used as the filming location for the 'Lord of the Rings' trilogy and 'The Hobbit.' J.R.R. Tolkien fans recognize Middle-earth locales like hobbit holes, the Mill, and the Green Dragon Inn as you learn behind-the-scenes secrets of the epic movies.  After a Kiwi-style lunch, depart for the mysterious underground world of the Waitomo Glowworm Caves. Glide through glittering caverns on a boat as thousands of bioluminescent glowworms provide a natural light show. Explore the acoustically rich Cathedral Cove on foot, and learn about the area’s history and legends from a Maori guide.  Travel along the Waikato River and past a sacred Maori burial ground on the drive back to your Auckland hotel, where your tour ends.
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Important Information
Departure Point
Traveler pickup is offered
All centrally Located Auckland hotels and BNBs etc in the Central Business District. Any of the following or others in the Central Business District

Adina Apartments

Amora

Ascotia off Queen

Auckland City Hotel

Auckland Harbour Oaks and Residences

Backpackers-all CBD locations

Barclay Suites

City Life

Copthorne

Cordis

Crowne Plaza

De Bretts

Dilworth

Econolodge

Empire Apartments

Grand Chancellor

Grand Mercure

Grand Millenium

Grand Windsor

Haka Hotel & Suites, 2 Day Street (only)

Haka Lodge

Heritage

Hilton

Ibis City (Wyndham)

Jucy Snooze

Kiwi International

Metropolis (Avani Metropolis)

MSocial

President Hotel

Princes Wharf Apartments

Pullman

Quadrant Hotel & Suites

Quest (all CBD locations)

Ramada

Rydges

Scenic

Sebel (both Viaduct Harbour and Quay West)

Sky City Grand

Sky City Hotel

Sofitel

Stamford Plaza

Star Park Apartments, 30B Swanson St

Star Queen Apartments, 438 Queen Street

Star Victoria Apartments, 64 Federal Street

Swiss bel Suites

VR Auckland City

VR Queen

Waldorf (Nesuto) -all in the Downtown CBD area

Waterloo Quadrant

YHA Backpackers
Departure Time
6:30 AM
Duration
11h
Inclusions
  • Small-group tour (maximum of 11 or 14)
  • Kiwi café-style lunch
  • Local driver/guide
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off from downtown Auckland City
  • Local taxes
  • 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
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Minimum age is 4 years
  • A maximum of 14 people per booking (We can provide this tour to groups larger than 11 by discussions with Viator and ourselves)
  • A small amount of easy walking is involved
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infant seats available
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 14 travelers
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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As a fan of the Lord of the Rings and the Hobbit, it was wonderful to experience the Shire! Our guide was very knowledgeable and entertaining. They keep it as though it’s being lived in. You end up at the Green Dragon cafe for a complimentary drink. Then off to the glow worms
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If you want a great one day tour from Auckland to Hobbiton and Waitomo Caves, I'd highly recommend Auckland Scenic Tours. Our guide was Tyler and his commentary and personalised service made it a great day. Everything ran smoothly and he ensured we had all the info required
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Alex was fantastic. Knowledgable, funny and easy to chat with. Ran the show well. Advice for cave use handrails and wear non slip shoes
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Response from DavidS23368, Owner at Hobbiton Movie Set and Waitomo Glowworm Caves Day Trip from Auckland
Responded 5 days ago
Thank you for these lovely comments about our tour, its organization and one of our tour guides. It is clear from your comments that our tour guide helped enhance your tour so that it was truly an adventure and a day you will treasure for a long time. We were privileged to host you to the 2 most famous and iconic attractions in our 1 Day return excursion from Auckland. Thank you sincerely for choosing our tour
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The tour was fantastic, taking in two quite diverse main attractions in one day. Yes, it was an early start and a long day, but well worth the effort. The small group size was a great bonus (this review being written by a person whose nightmare would be being herded around on a
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Response from DavidS23368, Owner at Hobbiton Movie Set and Waitomo Glowworm Caves Day Trip from Auckland
Responded 6 days ago
Thank you! We appreciate these lovely comments not only on the tour itself but the way we have organized this and your lovely comments about one of our tour guides. You are right that it is a long day given that the attractions are 2 hours south of Auckland; but equally you get to see in our 1 Day return excursion the 2 most famous and iconic attractions in New Zealand in 1 Day. All our Mercedes host either 11 or 14 guests so all our tours are designed to be personal tours as you commented on and appreciated. In essence we start as strangers when we pick you up but by the end of our tour we are almost like family. This is the culture and the ethos of our Company. We want you to just sit back and enjoy this magical and enchanting tour confident that we are taking care of all the little details so you miss the crowds and the queues. Thank you sincerely for choosing our tour and best wishes for the remainder of your time in New Zealand
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It was real cool to see the 44 little hobbit homes. A must for fans. Glow worm cave is unreal. Just know that it takes a bit to get out to these locations. It is a full day and starts early. Pick up at hotel was on time.
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Response from DavidS23368, Owner at Hobbiton Movie Set and Waitomo Glowworm Caves Day Trip from Auckland
Responded 1 week ago
Thank you for these lovely comments about our tour. Is there any more enchanting experience that being in The Shire as you travel from Hobbit Hole with the lake to your side and the Green Dragon on the other side. This is such a beautiful landscape and so meticulously manicured. You would have marvelled at the detail. Interestingly, over half the 1 Million visitor that visit the Movie Seat annually have never watched a LOTR Movie or read any of the Tolkein books; and you don't have to have to appreciate this magical experience. The Caves...……….I am so pleased you enjoyed these as I personally believe the World famous Waitomo Glowowrm Caves are the best attraction in New Zealand. Yes, you can't negate the travel (just like coming to New Zealand). These attractions are a couple of hours south of Auckland in the middle of no where, literally. But as you experienced we mitigate this by travelling for some 80% of the day on these simply stunning country roads on a route that we have specially designed so that we can showcase the stunning landscape, fauna and flora of this region. Thank you for choosing our tour
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By: Auckland Scenic Tours
666 reviews
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VikkiBPerth
Perth, Australia
4119
Well worth it
I did the full day Hobiton and Waitomo glow worm caves. Very reasonably priced and our driver / guide Dwayne was
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Escape259889
Santa Monica, California
30
Wonderful!
As a fan of the Lord of the Rings and the Hobbit, it was wonderful to experience the Shire! Our guide was very
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Phil M
Melbourne, Australia
7731
Great Full Day Tour
If you want a great one day tour from Auckland to Hobbiton and Waitomo Caves, I'd highly recommend Auckland Scenic
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JMR707
Huntington beach
10
Around Auckland
We had a wonderful day visiting Auckland with our guide Nick. He was funny, informative, and provided a very
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jkfiler
Baltimore, Maryland
20
Tour
Alex was fantastic. Knowledgable, funny and easy to chat with. Ran the show well. Advice for cave use handrails
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DoctorTraveller1959
New York
445
Wonderful Tour and Excellent Guide
The tour was fantastic, taking in two quite diverse main attractions in one day. Yes, it was an early start and a
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HollyS2445
8113
Awesome for LOTR and Hobbit fans
It was real cool to see the 44 little hobbit homes. A must for fans. Glow worm cave is unreal. Just know that
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Niebora
Saverne, France
44
Unforgettable day
It was an amazing experience. What a fantastic tour and day it was. Matt took great care of everyone and he is
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Tanja167
10
Best value
Really enjoyed this tour to the Hobbiton Movie set and the glowworm caves. The group in the bus was just 9 people
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nomiab2020
10
Amazing experience
Best tour I could possibly imagine. The tour guide was really friendly and always made sure that everyone had an
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945amyj
Melbourne, Australia
81
Great day out - worth the early start!
We had a wonderful day with Mike, our driver, who made sure we knew everything we needed to know, and made the
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lorifR3412GA
10
Beautiful Hobbiton and Glowworms!
This tour went beyond my expectations in every way! And I want to point out that driver was friendly, had great
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guilfordgirl2010
91
Amazing Tour
This tour was worth every penny. It has a little something for everyone. My husband absolutely loved the movie set
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625aliceo
30
MUST DO!!!
This was the best highlight of our 2 weeks trip in New Zealand!!! Our guide/driver Nick from Auckland Scenic Tour
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thewanderlusttwins
Grass Valley, California
82
Awesome tour!
My sister and I had a wonderful time on this tour! Our guide, Mike, was super friendly and very knowledgeable. We
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