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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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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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Everything was well organized, from pick up to drop off! The tour guide was very friendly and knowledgable, the shuttle was comfortable, and the provided lunch was tasty too. It was great to get out of the city and see some of the natural beauty and both the Movie set tour and
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Response from DavidS23368, Owner at Hobbiton Movie Set and Waitomo Glowworm Caves Day Trip from Auckland
Responded 2 days ago
Thank you for these lovely comments about our tour, its organization and the route that we have designed. From the moment we pick you up we want you to just sit back in the comfort of one of our Mercedes , as you mention, and enjoy the stunning country route that we have specially designed en route to Hobbiton and beyond. As you appreciated for some 80% of the day we get right off the motorways on the less busy and more scenic routes; in fact a couple of the roads scarcely have a car and it often affords us great opportunities to see some of our native birdlife as they remain largely undisturbed by traffic. Pleased you loved the yummy lunch included in our tour. I sense you had a very special but also fun day as you mention and appreciated the deep knowledge of our of our guides but equally his professionalism and affability. Thank you sincerely for choosing our tour and best wishes for 2020
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The day started with Mike (our driver and guide) getting to our hotel right on time as promised. The day was flawlessly executed and the attractions were spectacular. Mike was knowledgable and curteous, but what made him standout was his clear communication and ability to
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Response from DavidS23368, Manager at Hobbiton Movie Set and Waitomo Glowworm Caves Day Trip from Auckland
Responded 2 days ago
Thank you! We loved reading your headline " Exceeded Expectations." Our guide feels privileged to have hosted you to the 2 most famous attractions in New Zealand in this 1 Day return excursion from Auckland. We welcomed reading your lovely comments about one of our tours guides. Yes, we pride ourselves on our punctuality, which your realize can be challenging in Downtown Auckland at the moment with the underground railway being built. For us, this is extremely important as we beat the peak hour traffic out of Auckland to make your experience relaxing as you would have experienced but also to ensure that your Hobbiton Tour is similarly relaxing before the 4,000 that visit there everyday arrive. We want you , in essence , to have the Shire and Movie Set almost to yourself as you would have experienced. We appreciated your lovely comments about one of our tour guides and you can now appreciate why they are so widely regarded for their depth of knowledge, professionalism affability and just simply taking care of all the little details, as you experienced so you can just sit back and enjoy this absolutely magical and enchanting tour Thank you for choosing our tour and best wishes
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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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Response from DavidS23368, Owner at Hobbiton Movie Set and Waitomo Glowworm Caves Day Trip from Auckland
Responded 3 days ago
Thank you. We were privileged to share with you the 2 most famous attractions in New Zealand in our 1 Day return excursion from Auckland. Being a fan of LOTR you would have absolutely loved the magical setting of the Movie Set and I suspect took hundreds of photos. You would have marvelled at the detail and how well manicured and maintained the Set is. And yes, is there any more special place than being in The Green Dragon sipping a complimentary ale, stout, cider or ginger beer. We think not. Then the awe-inspiring world famous Waitomo Glowworm Caves which are the oldest attraction in New Zealand dating back to 1887. I personally believe are the most awe inspiring and enchanting experience you will ever have during your stay in New Zealand. It is clear from reading your comments that you had a evry special day that you will treasure for a long, long time. Thank you sincerely for choosing our tour
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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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Response from DavidS23368, Owner at Hobbiton Movie Set and Waitomo Glowworm Caves Day Trip from Auckland
Responded 3 days ago
You are right that there is no better 1 Day return excursion from Auckand than our Hobbiton/Waitomo Caves Combo Tour. Not only do you get to see the 2 most famous and iconic attractions in New Zealand but also the stunning scenery of the region en route as we travel on a specially designed country route so that we can showcase this region as you experienced first hand. Thank you also for the lovely comments on the organization of our tour and also about one of our tour guides who are renowned for their professionalism, affability and their deep knowledge not just of the 2 attractions and the points of interest en route but New Zealand history and culture. Thank you for choosing our tour and best wishes
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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 1 week 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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By: Auckland Scenic Tours
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pjshindig
20
Well organized and fun day
Everything was well organized, from pick up to drop off! The tour guide was very friendly and knowledgable, the
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Curious594036
Taipei, Taiwan
21
Exceeded Expectations
The day started with Mike (our driver and guide) getting to our hotel right on time as promised. The day was
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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
455
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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