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Hobbiton Movie Set and Waitomo Glowworm Caves Day Trip from Auckland

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
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Hobbiton Movie Set and Waitomo Glowworm Caves Day Trip from Auckland
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Hobbiton Movie Set and Waitomo Glowworm Caves Day Trip from Auckland
US$174,29
Overview
Visit two of New Zealand’s top attractions on a combo trip from Auckland. Explore the Shire’s hobbit holes and get a drink at the Green Dragon Inn on a Hobbiton Movie Set tour—a favorite for Lord of the Rings fans—and then listen to Maori legends on a boat ride through the mesmerizing Waitomo Glowworm Caves. Along the way, pass through some of the North Island’s most gorgeous landscapes.
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 will 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 the Shire 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.

Reviews (96)
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile
Excellent tour

Awesome tour. We got there and were the first tour group to go in to hobbiton. Louise was great. Definitely recommend doing this tour. Caves were incredible.More

Thank Dylan R
DavidS23368, Owner at Auckland Scenic Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Thank you for choosing our Hobbiton (Lord of the Rings)/ Waitomo Glowworm Caves Tour and for your lovely comments about one of our tour guides. These 2 attractions are the most famous and iconic attractions in New Zealand. This are the best 1 day return...More

Reviewed 1 week ago
Long day but so worth it!

It's a long drive from Auckland and we couldn't help but sleeping most of the drive. Our friendly guide was very informative about Hobbiton & Cave but all NZ and it's culture throughout. Highly recommend this!More

Thank Akiko N
DavidS23368, Owner at Auckland Scenic Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

Thank you for sharing these lovely comments about our Hobbiton (Lordof the Rings)/Waitomo Glowworm Caves Combo Tour. You are right that these are 2 jewels that we were privileged to share with you; widely regarded as the 2 most iconic attractions in new Zealand-"must-sees." But...More

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile
Book it!

Awsome day out. Definitely recommend. Fair bit of travel time from/to Auckland City due to taking the scenic route, but well worth it.More

Thank I7194WQmario
DavidS23368, Owner at Auckland Scenic Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

You are right that the Hobbiton/Waitomo Caves tour is the best 1 Day excursion out of Auckland. As our name, Auckland Scenic Tours, suggests we took the scenic routes to these 2 attractions as we want to showcase to you our stunning scenery en route....More

Reviewed 1 week ago
Incredible day out

Firstly thank you so much to our tour guide Nick for being so helpful in picking us up and dropping us off and also for being informative throughout the trip. Even if you are not a fan of Lord of the Rings and the Hobbit...More

1  Thank Scarlett B
DavidS23368, Owner at Auckland Scenic Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

I love your headline........"Incredible Day Out." You are right that both Hobbiton and the Waitomo Glowworm Caves (nearby each other) are 2 hours from Auckland; you can't avoid the travel if you want to see the 2 most famous attractions in New Zealand in 1...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Long time on the bus, but worth the trip!

We loved the tour of the Hobbiton, it was really beautiful and a good hike. The guide was informative and entertaining. Lunch was good and the beer at the Green Dragon was awesome! The glow worm caves were a neat experience. The only thing is...More

2  Thank Heather H
DavidS23368, Owner at Auckland Scenic Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you for sharing your comments on our Hobbiton/Waitomo Caves tour which we really appreciate. Is there any better way to spend 2 hours than the gentle 2 hour walk around the Hobbiton Movie Set followed by a complimentary ale, cider, stout or ginger beer...More

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PhamT306
17 October 2018|
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Response from Umnit L |
Hi, do you have different time to pick up? My flight arrive in Auckland,NZ at 5.45am then I will go to the hotel . But I do not sure what time I will be at hotel.I would love to take this tour. Thanks
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Chipanda
12 October 2018|
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Response from cpz_197 | Reviewed this property |
Yes it does and we were approximately about 2-3 hours at Hobbiton.
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Denise S
23 September 2018|
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Response from Judy G | Reviewed this property |
We stayed at the MSocial Hotel on Quay Street across from the Hilton and the van picked us up. I would recommend sending them an email message to let them know which hotel you are staying at since hey were very accommodating.
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