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From Auckland: Hobbiton & Waitomo Caves Day Trip with Lunch

Activity provider: Auckland Scenic Tours

From Auckland: Hobbiton & Waitomo Caves Day Trip with Lunch

Activity provider: Auckland Scenic Tours
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From US$ 206.89 per person

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Set off on an adventure from Auckland to see New Zealand's two most famous attractions in one day: the Hobbiton movie sett and the Waitomo Glowworm Caves.

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Duration 11 hours
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Live tour guide
Pickup included
Pickup and drop-off are available from downtown Auckland hotels only. Note that your pickup time may be earlier than the tour start time. Please wait in your hotel lobby at least 10 minutes prior to your pickup time.
Small group
Limited to 14 participants


11 hours
  • Auckland

  • Hobbiton Movie Set (guided tour, walk)

  • Waitomo (lunch)

  • Waitomo Glowworm Caves (guided tour, walk)

  • Auckland

Pickup included
Main stop
Other stop
  • Feel nostalgic as you step inside the world of Middle-earth at The Shire
  • Marvel at glowworms while sailing in the world-famous Waitomo Glowworm Caves
  • Sip on a refreshing, specially brewed beverage at The Green Dragon Inn
  • Experience a sense of movie magic as you explore Hobbiton and take pictures
  • Admire the scenery en route and listen to insightful commentary from your guide
Full description

Join this tour to visit two of New Zealand's most iconic and famous attractions, the Hobbiton Movie Set and the Waitomo Glowworm Caves, in a day trip from Auckland. 

After pickup from your central Auckland hotel, travel south over the Bombay Hills for panoramic views of the Waikato Region and the scenic Hauraki Plains.

Arrive at The Shire's Rest in Matamata, the home of the Hobbiton Movie Set. Your guide will help you skip the crowds so you can explore the Movie Set on an official 2-hour tour. Be escorted through the 10-acre site and learn fascinating details of how the Hobbiton Movie Set was created. 

See Hobbit Holes, The Green Dragon Inn, and The Mill. Savor a complimentary specially-brewed beverage at The Green Dragon Inn. 

Afterwards, travel to the mesmerizing Waitomo Glowworm Caves, where you'll enjoy a Kiwi-style lunch at The Homestead in Waitomo. On the way, share stories from Hobbiton and interact with your fellow travelers. 

Glide silently by boat in the world famous caves and be amazed by the thousands of magical glowworms. 

Your guide will likely be a descendant of the Maori Chief who originally explored the Caves and can share with you the remarkable history of the area. Walk through the majestic Cathedral Cove, famous for its acoustics.

The return trip takes you through some of New Zealand's most beautiful countryside before following the majestic Waikato River northwards part of the way back to Auckland. You will pass Taupiri with its very sacred Maori burial ground. The day concludes with your return to your accommodation.

  • Hotel pick-up and drop off (downtown Auckland hotels only)
  • Transportation
  • Local driver-guide
  • Entry to Hobbiton Movie set
  • 2-hour guided tour of Hobbiton Movie set
  • 1 drink at The Green Dragon Inn
  • Kiwi-style lunch
  • Entry to Waitomo Glowworm Caves
  • 45-minute guided tour of Waitomo Glowworm Caves
  • Food and drinks not listed in inclusions
  • Tips (optional)
Not suitable for
  • Children under 4 years

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Important information

What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes

Not allowed

  • Unaccompanied minors

Know before you go

  • Note that hotel pick-ups operate from downtown Auckland only
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • A small amount of easy walking is involved
  • The tour operates in all weather conditions so please dress appropriately
  • This is a small group activity with a maximum of 11 participants and requires a minimum of 2 participants to operate
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.9 /5

based on 532 reviews

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Great tour. Our driver, Danny, was wonderful - friendly, informative and very helpful. Hobbiton and the Waitomo Caves were both well worth a visit. There was time for a quick breakfast and coffee when we arrived so the timing worked well. Highly recommended as a fun and easy day trip combination from Auckland.

January 10, 2023

This was an amazing experience of the beautiful scenery of Hobbiton and the beauty of the glow worms in the Waitomo caves. Martin was a fantastic guide and was very knowledgeable about the history of these places. He was very professional and was very inclusive of all members in the tour. Cannot recommend this tour enough.

January 1, 2023

The trip to Hobbiton and Waitamo cave were amazing! We're not a LOTR / Hobbiton fan, but we thoroughly enjoyed the tour. Those who are not a fan, please do consider this tour when you're in Auckland! Martin is such an amazing guide. He was punctual and was really knowledgeable about the surroundings as we were on our way to hobbiton. His sharing was indeed insightful. Martin definitely shows his genuine care and did beyond what he's supposed to.. It was raining on that day and he waited for us at the end of waitamo cave with umbrella. I didn't see any other guides doing that. Thank you Martin for being such a wonderful guide! We definitely had an amazing time and would definitely recommend this tour to others!

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December 18, 2022

Product ID: 168473