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  • From Auckland: Hobbiton & Waitomo Caves Day Trip with Lunch

    1. From Auckland: Hobbiton & Waitomo Caves Day Trip with Lunch

    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 one easy small-group 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, sh...

    Amazing trio - great, knowledgeable and friendly guide, and two sites absolutely worth seeing! Would highly recommend.

  • Auckland: Hobbiton Movie Set and Waitomo Small Group Tour

    2. Auckland: Hobbiton Movie Set and Waitomo Small Group Tour

    The tour starts with pickup from Auckland city, where the adventure begins as you drive through the stunning Waikato countryside, the most extensive farming area in the world, on a fully guided journey to Hobbiton. Along the way, don’t forget to take advantage of the photo opportunities as you admire the stunning natural landscapes all around of beautiful mountains and farmlands. After the drive, arrive at Alexander Family Sheep Farm and Shire's Rest, the entrance to Hobbiton, and marvel at the thousands of sheep that live here. While you’re here, grab a bite to eat, a coffee, or enjoy an ice cream to cool off while your guide collects your tickets to the movie set. Next, hop on board one of the big green Hobbiton buses to depart on your two hour fully guided tour of this amazing 12-acre movie set with a professional Hobbiton guide to ensure you get the most out of your visit. During y...

    I went with my mum & partner to Hobbiton & Waitomo. We had Michael for our tour & he was so generous & full of knowledge about everything & anything. Also such a great conversationalist . Highly recommend, would love to be on another tour with him. Thank you for a great day out!

  • From Auckland or Rotorua: Hobbiton and Cave Rafting Day Trip

    3. From Auckland or Rotorua: Hobbiton and Cave Rafting Day Trip

    Get picked up from your accommodation or an agreed-upon meeting point in Auckland or Rotorua and set off for Hobbiton. Upon arrival, you'll have some time to get something to eat or explore the Shires Rest souvenir shop before joining a two-hour walking tour of the Hobbiton Movie Set, which includes a complimentary drink at the Green Dragon Inn.  Transfer to the movie set on one of the tour operator's buses and hear about how this set was used for all filming of both "The Lord of the Rings" and the "The Hobbit" movies. After the tour, take 15 minutes to relax in the Green Dragon Inn before traveling to Waitomo Caves. Between the two stops, you'll have time to enjoy your picnic lunch. At Waitomo Caves, join a group of up to 12 people on the Black Labyrinth tour, which includes cave tubing and caving in the river that runs through the bottom of the Ruakuri Cave. After arriving at the cav...

    Hobbiton was much larger than expected and the tour did not disappoint! Tubing through the gloworms at Waitomo was a great way to see them. The cave river is definitely cold but worth it. Nothing too scary or difficult! The pick up in Royorua and drop off in Auckland was perfect for us! Anne our driver was very knowledgeable about the area even with the detours for roadworks.

  • From Auckland: Hobbiton, Rotorua & Waitomo Caves Day Trip

    4. From Auckland: Hobbiton, Rotorua & Waitomo Caves Day Trip

    Visit the Hobbiton Movie Set, Te Puia Maori Arts & Crafts Institute, and Waitomo Caves in one day on a fully-guided tour from Auckland. See three of North Island’s iconic sites in one attraction-filled day. Be ready and waiting at your hotel in time for your specified pickup time. Travel from Auckland to Hobbiton through Waikato. On arrival, you’ll be guided through the picturesque twelve-acre site and given fascinating details of how the movie set was created. The official tour concludes with a complimentary drink at the Green Dragon Inn. Climb back into the vehicle for the approximately 55-minute drive to Rotorua where you will spend around 1.5-hours.  Arrive at Te Puia Maori Arts & Crafts Institute where you’ll have lunch. Te Puia is home to the Pohutu geyser, mud pools, hot springs, silica formations, the Kiwi bird, and the national schools of wood carving, weaving, stone and bone ...

    The driver cum guide , Ron, was punctual to pick up at my hotel. Had an enjoyable tour with clear explanation

  • From Auckland: Two-Day Rotorua, Hobbiton, Waitomo Caves Tour

    5. From Auckland: Two-Day Rotorua, Hobbiton, Waitomo Caves Tour

    Enjoy this overnight all-inclusive tour from Auckland and experience the Central North Island's most iconic attractions at a leisurely pace.  Take guided tours of Hobbiton and Waitomo Caves. Discover the Waiotapu Thermal Wonderland and the thermal areas and geysers of Te Puia. Experience a Maori cultural evening with a meal and concert.  At the end of the two days, you will return to your hotel in Auckland or a different location in the central area, if specified. Most of the transport is supplied in Mercedes minibuses with luxury seating. Your driver guide will take the time to make sure you enjoy your time on the tour. The largest vehicle seats 15 passengers, but on most occasions your group will be 12 people or less.

  • From Auckland: Hobbiton and Waitomo & Ruakari Caves Day Trip

    6. From Auckland: Hobbiton and Waitomo & Ruakari Caves Day Trip

    Get extra value by visiting both the Hobbiton Movie Set and the 2 caves at Waitomo in one day with this tour. Avoid the trap of standard tours that only visit 1 cave, and enjoy more time off your coach to explore and less time hanging around waiting for others. The order in which you do the two activities changes from day to day but the start time always remains the same and pickup from centrally located hotels in Auckland is always included. On days where Hobbiton is visited first, get picked up from your hotel then travel through the Waikato region, passing by cattle, dairy, and sheep farms along the way. Upon arrival at Hobbiton, have some time to get something to eat or explore the Shires Rest souvenir shop before joining Hobbiton Tours for a tour of the Hobbiton Movie Set. Be transported into the movie set by one of their buses, then go on a guided walking tour of the set, which w...

  • From Auckland: Hobbiton & Waitomo Caves Full-Day Trip

    7. From Auckland: Hobbiton & Waitomo Caves Full-Day Trip

    Depart Auckland and embark on a scenic journey through the beautiful mountains of the Kaimai Range on a 2-hour drive to the Hobbiton Movie Set. Relax aboard a luxury Mercedes vehicle equipped with free Wi-Fi and complimentary snacks and water. On arrival, follow in the footsteps of your favorite Lord of the Rings characters on an official 2-hour guided tour of the 1,250-acre sheep farm where the movie was shot. Get amazing views of the Kaimai Range as you are led through the site to discover the Hobbit Holes, Old Mill and Double-Arched Bridge. Stop for a complimentary drink at The Green Dragon Inn. Continue to the Waitomo Glowworm Caves and learn about the amazing glowworms and the caves' historical and geological aspects on a guided boat ride. Sit back and relax, and enjoy the scenery on the return drive to Auckland, where you will get dropped off at your hotel on arrival. 

    Hobbiton is very magical for any level of Lord of the Rings or Hobbit fans. The caves are very cool but not as friendly for small children as you are asked to be quiet for an extended period of time.

  • From Auckland: Small-Group Hobbiton and Waitomo Day Tour

    8. From Auckland: Small-Group Hobbiton and Waitomo Day Tour

    After pickup from your inner city Auckland accommodation, travel south over the Bombay Hills to the rich farmland of the Waikato region. Your driver guide will provide commentary on the way to Hobbiton with insights into the areas you are travelling through, along with some background to The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit movies. On arrival at Shire’s Rest, embark on your Hobbiton movie set tour. This location is the largest “green set” in the world and the only part of the set remaining in New Zealand. See 44 hobbit holes, the Mill, the double arch bridge, and the party tree. At this stunning location you can take a photo at the gate to Bilbo’s house, “Bag End”, whilst looking out over the whole set to the hills in the distance. The tour ends with a visit to the Green Dragon Inn for a drink. Following your drink, you will be treated to a sumptuous buffet lunch in the Green Dragon ma...

    Had a wonderful time at Hobbiton. It was definitely a bit of a drive to get there and back though. The tour itself was extremely well organized and the grounds of Hobbiton are very lovingly cared for.

  • From Auckland: Hobbiton, Waitomo Glowworm Caves, and Te Puia

    9. From Auckland: Hobbiton, Waitomo Glowworm Caves, and Te Puia

    Set off on a day tour from Auckland to explore the most famous attractions on the North Island. Enjoy entrance to the Hobbiton Movie Set, the glowworm caves at Waitomo, and the geothermal park at Te Puia. After pickup from your accommodation, journey to Middle-earth for a 2-hour tour of the movie set from The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit trilogies. Soak in the picturesque views as your guide brings the magical world of Hobbiton to life. Stop for a drink at the Green Dragon Inn, and enjoy lunch at The Shire’s Rest. Continue to Rotorua, to visit the world-famous Te Puia geothermal park and Maori Arts and Crafts Institute. See the Pōhutu geyser and discover Maori history, culture, art works, and traditions. Follow lush nature trails across the site and get up close to New Zealand’s iconic native bird, the Kiwi. The final stop is at the Waitomo Glowworm Caves, filled with thousands of...

  • From Auckland: Day Trip to Hobbiton and Spellbound Cave

    10. From Auckland: Day Trip to Hobbiton and Spellbound Cave

    Enjoy an incredible day out in the North Island that starts and finishes in Auckland. Receive door-to-door pickup from your accommodation before heading off on your journey.  First, enjoy a scenic drive to Waitomo to see the magical Glowworm Caves at Spellbound. Enter into the caves to see the glowworms and take as many photos as you want. After this, there will be time for lunch that will be at your own expense.  Next, you will head to the Hobbiton Movie Set. Enjoy a free drink at the Green Dragon. At the end of the day, return to Auckland

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What people are saying about Matamata

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 370 reviews

Originally hailing from the South Island and currently living in Australia, this was my first time visiting the North Island and I am SO glad I booked this tour! David, the tour guide, was an absolute wealth of knowledge and made the whole experience so much more enjoyable. He went the extra mile to make mine and my fellow tourists day extra special, including taking photos of us around Hobbiton and keeping the transitions between locations as effortless as possible. Kevin, the guide for Hobbiton, was such a gem too. The whole experience was so immersive, yet peaceful at the same time, and you could tell he sincerely enjoyed being a part of the experience. Lastly, a big shout out to Moi, our guide for the Waitomo Glowworm caves. From the minute he started the tour to the very end, you genuinely felt in awe. It was an experience like no other, and his integration of Maori culture was touchingly beautiful. I will 100% be booking this tour again (with friends next time!).

David was the best tour guide we could’ve asked for. He was very knowledgeable and gave us a lot of interesting historic facts as well as tips to get the best out of our Hobbiton tour. He took care of us so well throughout the day but also became our photographer knowing where the best photo spots were. We highly recommend this day tour as we enjoyed it immensely and would definitely do it again!

Amazing trio - great, knowledgeable and friendly guide, and two sites absolutely worth seeing! Would highly recommend.

The trip was a long day but both venues were interesting and places we wanted to tick off the bucket list

Guide David was knowledgeable and shared many info with us