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Hobbiton Movie Set and Waitomo Glowworm Caves Day Trip from Auckland provided by Auckland Scenic Tours

Hobbiton Movie Set and Waitomo Glowworm Caves Day Trip from Auckland

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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.
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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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  • 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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Important Information
  • Small-group tour (maximum of 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
  • 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 14 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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TURNERO wrote a review Apr 2020
Napier, New Zealand34 contributions3 helpful votes
What an amazing tour! Even if you're not into Lord of the Rings or the Hobbit, it is still a great place to visit. Our tour guide, Emily, was really engaging, knowledgeable and was cheer leader in chief, adding hugely to our enjoyment. The set is really well layed out, and even
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Date of experience: January 2020
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Ben wrote a review Mar 2020
Craponne, France6 contributions
Hobbiton is really a lovely place to go and if you are lucky enough to have Hollie as a guide, everything is going to be perfect. If you don't like the weather, wait just 5 minutes.., you're gonna understand once there! ;-) Like a dream come true!! And the Cave is definitely an
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Date of experience: October 2019
Response from DavidS23368, Owner at Hobbiton Movie Set and Waitomo Glowworm Caves Day Trip from Auckland
Responded 27 Mar 2020
I sense you had a very special day that you will cherish for a long time. Is their any more magical setting than Hobbiton as the movie set comes alive in front of your eyes. Like you I personally think the Waitomo Glowworm Caves are the most spellbinding and awe-inspiring attraction in New Zealand. Dating back to when the first guided tour was taken in 1887 by the legendary Maori guide, Tane Tinorau, these are our most famous attraction. You would have marvelled at the tranquility and the serenity; it is like time stops and as you mention, is there any better place to be than in the boat on the river gliding silently through the caverns of the Caves and you look aloft and you see the Milky Way shining down on you. Looking at the Glowworms aloft is like looking at the night sky. You are just frozen in the moment of this simply enchanting experience. Thank you for choosing our tour and best wishes
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Dianne G wrote a review Mar 2020
Cowes, AU8 contributions1 helpful vote
An excellent trip. Was pleasantly surprised and pleased with Hobbiton and enjoyed Waitomo glowworm caves. Excellent hotel pick up and return service and guide, Mike, was great - always went the extra mile.
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Date of experience: March 2020
Response from DavidS23368, Owner at Hobbiton Movie Set and Waitomo Glowworm Caves Day Trip from Auckland
Responded 21 Mar 2020
Having now been to Hobbiton, it is diffcult to find a more magical place to spend a few hours; and then at the end of the tour sitting in or outside the Green Dragon sipping on a complimentary ale, stout or cider as you look across the reflective lake with the 44 Hobbit holes in the background. It is simply enchanting. I am so pleased that you enjoyed the Waitomo Gloworm Caves. Apart from the stunning limestone formations, you would have marvelled at the serenity and tranquility of the Caves as you pass through the Cathedral Cave and then the boat there any more awe-inspiring place than being in the boat on the river as you glide silently through the caverns of the Caves and you look aloft and see the cosmos of the sky (the Glowworms) shining down on you? Thank you for choosing our tour. Stay safe and best wishes
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Bob L wrote a review Mar 2020
Houston, Texas42 contributions3 helpful votes
My wife and I have seen the Lord of the Rings movies but I would not consider us to be big fans but we loved this tour of the Hobbiton Move Set. Seeing this area has made us want to go back and rewatch the movies! Mike S was our tour guide and did a great job of getting us
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Date of experience: March 2020
Response from DavidS23368, Owner at Hobbiton Movie Set and Waitomo Glowworm Caves Day Trip from Auckland
Responded 20 Mar 2020
You are so right that you don't have to be a LOTR fan to enjoy our simply magical and enchanting tour. Interestingly half the 1 Million visitors to the Hobbiton Movie Set have never read a Tolkein book nor watched one of the movies; you don't have to have done either as you experienced first hand. You can now appreciate the early start and the reason why as not only do we miss the peak hour traffic leaving Auckland (not a good way to start any tour) but the benefit as you experienced is that you have the Hobbiton Movie Set pretty much to yourselves before the 3,000 odd that visit daily descend on the Set. This enables you to capture the absolute best photos and our tour guide would have given you special tips throughout the day, that we give our guests, that would have had a marked impact on your total enjoyment of our tour. We were privileged to share the 2 most famous and iconic attractions with you. Thank you sincerely for choosing our tour. Stay safe and best wishes
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Patrick R wrote a review Mar 2020
Carbondale, Colorado2 contributions
I recently went on the combination tour of the Hobbiton movie set and the Waitomo caves. Both of which I have wanted to do since I was a child and it was a incredible experience! I want to specifically thank our driver and tour guide Mike Silver. He was incredibly warm, friendly
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Response from DavidS23368, Owner at Hobbiton Movie Set and Waitomo Glowworm Caves Day Trip from Auckland
Responded 20 Mar 2020
Loved your photo! I suspect this is one of hundreds you took during our magical tour as you relived your childhood dream to one day immerse yourself in the enchanting Movie setting at Hobbiton. You would have marvelled at the intricate detail, how big the Set is, the way the Set is meticulously manicured and maintained and just its location. We value particularly your comments on one of tour guides as he clearly ensured that with his deep knowledge, affability and professionalism you had a very special day that you will treasure for a long, long time. Thank you sincerely for choosing our tour. Stay safe and best wishes
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