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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.
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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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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
  • 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
Duration
11h
Inclusions
  • 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
Exclusions
  • 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 travellers can participate
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 14 travellers
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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Lan wrote a review Jul 2020
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It was a wonderful day at 2 must-see spots in Auckland. I love everything about it. David, our tour guide, is the best tour guide I have ever met. He is very friendly, helpful, and knowledgeable about New Zealand culture.
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Date of experience: July 2020
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Response from DavidS23368, Owner at Hobbiton Movie Set and Waitomo Glowworm Caves Day Trip from Auckland
Responded 3 weeks ago
Thank you! You are right that these 2 attractions are "must-see" if you are in Auckland and are what New Zealanders widely regard as the 2 most famous attractions in New Zealand. The world-famous Waitomo Glowworm Caves are the oldest attraction in New Zealand with the first guided tour undertaken by the legendary Maori guide, Tane Tinorau, in 1887. Is there any more magical and enchanting Hobbiton Movie Set? You could stay there forever and just soak up the idyllic environment. Every photo is a picture postcard. Thank you also for the lovely comments about one of our tour guides. We pride ourselves on the professionalism, affability and deep knowledge of every one of our guides. Thank you sincerely for choosing one of our 13 tours. Stay safe and best wishes.
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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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Response from DavidS23368, Owner at Hobbiton Movie Set and Waitomo Glowworm Caves Day Trip from Auckland
Responded 4 Jun 2020
Thank you for sharing these lovely comments about our tour. You are right that our tour where you visit in our 1 Day excursion from Auckland the 2 most famous and iconic attractions in New Zealand, is amazing and magical. As you mention over half the guests that go to Hobbiton have never watched one of the movies nor read a Tolkein book; and you don't have to have done either to marvel at the enchanting setting. I suspect you captured some amazing photos of all the Hobbit holes, the Party Tree, Bag End and The Green Dragon. Is there any more magical place to be than standing at the edge of the lake with The Mill to your left when you look out across to the 44 Hobbit holes? Like you, I think the Waitomo Glowworm Caves are the most awe-inspiring attraction in New Zealand. You would have marvelled at the serenity and tranquility as you were in the boat gliding silently on the river through the caverns of the Caves and you look aloft and see the myriad of glowworm shining down on you. Thank you sincerley for choosing our tour. Best wishes.
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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
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Response from DavidS23368, Owner at Hobbiton Movie Set and Waitomo Glowworm Caves Day Trip from Auckland
Responded 28 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
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Response from DavidS23368, Owner at Hobbiton Movie Set and Waitomo Glowworm Caves Day Trip from Auckland
Responded 22 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 ride......is 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
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Response from DavidS23368, Owner at Hobbiton Movie Set and Waitomo Glowworm Caves Day Trip from Auckland
Responded 21 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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Covid-19 Cancellation
Unfotunately we couldn't make this trip as two days before we left for Auckland Covid-19 broke out again in South A
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weileec
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Highly recommended trip to Hobbiton
On time pick up and drop off. Friendly and knowledgeable driver + tour guide, David. Good price and value for money
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Can't fault it
The tour was very well organised and from the moment David picked us up we knew we were in for a good day. He provi
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J R
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Great day of adventure
David was amazing! Filled our day with fun facts and took us on the most lovely scenic roads. Definitely will book
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My first trip to hobbiton
Our first trip to Hobbiton was awesome with Mike, the driver, and the tour guide for the trip. He was very cautious
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rosana_mi
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Wonderful day!!
Because of Covid-19 our tour on 4-Mar-2020 had only two of us. It was a private tour and our guide was very kind!!!
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Surreysunlovers
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An excellent afternoon with Mike!
We went on the afternoon Scenic Tour on 29th January with Mike. What a fantastic tour he provided us with. He gav
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Larry m
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Simply amazing
Picked up at the pier for a full day of exploring the beautiful city of Auckland. Mike was our driver and our tour
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anatolebogatski
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Awesome city
Worth the bucks. Auckland has sights to die for, bucket list heaven. Value for money. Gets you to volcanoes, beache
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D F
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Awesome Day Tour
MickS picked us up at our hotel early and he made the day so enjoyable by his knowledge of the whole area andhis i
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O1267TWkathyb
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5-Star Full-day Tour of Auckland's Most Attractive Sites and Beautiful Scenes
David, our tour guide, was fun and engaging, and very knowledgeable about the past and present history of Auckland.
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tosfive
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Linda & Bill’s excellent adventure
We visited Auckland January 21, 2020. Booked Auckland Scenic Tours for the day with two other couples. Excellent
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shehnaazd2020
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Great Tour
We were 23 of us ranging from 4 years to 79 years we hired 2 tour buses our tour guides were friendly and patient w
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RosBC
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Fabulous tour of a beautiful city
This was a great tour showcasing the beauty of Auckland and surrounding areas. We saw the wild west coast with its
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Our Tour Guide, Tyler, Took the Trip to the Next Level
Each stop on the tour exceeded expectations. Hobbiton was so carefully maintained and built that there was no inkli
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