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Hobbiton, Rotorua and Waitomo Caves Day Trip

  • More sights in less time: Cover three New Zealand highlights in one day
  • Tour the Hobbiton Movie Set plus Rotorua's geysers, hot springs, and more
  • Delve underground into glow worm territory on a Waitomo Caves river cruise
Hobbiton, Rotorua and Waitomo Caves Day Trip
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One day tour = Auckland to Auckland
Hobbiton/Waitomo end Rotorua
Start Auckland and finish in Rotorua
Visit three top New Zealand destinations—the Hobbiton Movie Set, Rotorua, and Waitomo Caves—in a single day of exploring on this tour from Auckland or Rotorua. Step into the world of Lord of the Rings, check out bubbling geysers and mud pools, then float down an underground river lit only by sparkling glowworms. This unforgettable adventure follows a route that minimizes travel time and maximizes amazing time.
What to Expect
Get picked up at your hotel in Auckland or Rotorua, then board your bus for the trip to the Hobbiton Movie Set. En route, pass through a sprawling sheep farm with views of the Kaimai Ranges. Upon arrival, tour the Hobbiton Movie Set’s film sites and highlights, and learn how the Lord of the Rings set was created. 

After a drink at Hobbiton’s Green Dragon Inn (included), continue to Te Puia in Rotorua. Dine in the Te Whakarewarewa Valley, then tour the simmering mud pools, springs, and geysers fed by Rotorua’s geothermal activity. The final stop is Waitomo Caves, whose native glowworms shine and sparkle over an underground river. See thousands of glowworms on a boat tour as you learn about the geological significance of the caves.

This tour concludes with hotel drop-off in Auckland or Rotorua.
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1 - 5 of 24 reviews

Reviewed 19 June 2018
Loved this place - great for kids and young at heart

Even if you don't know the stories - it is an amazing place to visit. Could have stayed longer if the tour permitted. Worth every cent. Would do again in a heartbeat.

1  Thank m10_family
Reviewed 15 June 2018

We had the best day. Even though it was a long day, our bus driver Chris kept us entertained, with his amazing knowledge of NZ history and short stops to see different things on the way and ensured we were early for our tours to...More

3  Thank Sue R
Reviewed 11 June 2018 via mobile
Got to see a lot but felt rushed

We were picked up at 6:40am (right on time!) and transferred to our small van. There was only 12 or 13 of us on this trip so plenty of room on the bus, but definitely not a comfortable ride! Listen to the advice of other...More

2  Thank Rochelle K
FLEXI2014, General Manager at FlexiToursNZ, responded to this reviewResponded 12 June 2018

Hi - We are very clear in our brochure and on our website with regards to the amount of time and travel on this tour - We recommend -but are generally ignored - that if you want more time in Rotorua - book our tour...More

Reviewed 28 May 2018

It is worth every penny and I didn't even read the books or see the movies. I recommend taking the tour bus and leave the driving to the experts. The scenery on the way is beautiful and you can feast your eyes on it while...More

1  Thank NMura
Reviewed 21 May 2018
Very nice experience

There are two parts of this tour. The 1st is the cave tour by walk which is fairly nice experience and visitor may like this geographical wonder. But the 2nd part is a brief journey by boat to experience the glowing worms. It is a...More

3  Thank Royadip
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5 August 2018|
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Response from NMura | Reviewed this property |
I agree with Bob, the driver won’t drop you to the airport. It is probably a policy.
James L
7 July 2018|
Response from Philippa D | Property representative |
Yes you can go one way and yes you can bring a duitcase
James L
7 July 2018|
Response from Osote | Reviewed this property |
The tour group is very accommodating, so I suggest you just ask them. I did not do that. You may bring a suitcase or backpack. I was there in November; the weather was great.