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Hobbiton and Waitomo Caves Small Group Tour from Auckland (Return Trip)

  • Get guaranteed entry to two of New Zealand’s top attractions
  • Snap photos at Hobbit holes and cruise the illuminated Waitomo Glowworm Caves
  • Take in picturesque farmland and Maori sites on the North Island
Hobbiton and Waitomo Caves Small Group Tour from Auckland (Return Trip)
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Hobbiton and Waitomo Caves Small Group Tour from Auckland (Return Trip)
From US$174.43
Visit New Zealand’s must-see Hobbiton Movie Set and Waitomo Glowworm Caves on a comprehensive full-day tour from Auckland. Along with a guided bus tour of the Lord of the Rings locale and a boat cruise through illuminated glowworm caves, see sacred Maori sites like Mount Taupiri. Travel in comfort through the rural countryside with a small group, which allows for a more personalized tour.
What to Expect
After morning pickup at select hotels in Auckland, travel by minibus through the Waikato countryside to Hobbiton.
Upon arrival, join a local guide for a 2-hour tour of the 12-acre (4.85-hectare) Hobbiton Movie Set. See the lush pastures of the Shire, explore numerous hobbit holes and gardens, and hear stories about the Lord of the Rings films before ending up at the Green Dragon Inn.
Continue west into the Waitomo region and stop at the Waitomo Homestead for lunch (own expense). Afterward, visit the Waitomo Glowworm Caves: explore impressive stalactites and stalagmites, then board a boat for your glowworm cruise. Glide along the grotto river and see thousands of twinkling glowworms along the cave walls.
On the scenic return drive, see landmarks such as the Huntly Power Station, Waikato River, and Mount Taupiri, a sacred Maori site. Your tour ends with hotel drop-off in Auckland.
Reviews (85)
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Reviewed today
Unforgettable tour!!!

This tour is valuable. I had a fulfilled day! Michael is the best tour guide, I have never seen before!!! He is very kind, friendly and cheerful! He always look after tour members, so I felt so comfortable and I enjoyed tour. Hobbiton is so...More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank TravellerSoy
Reviewed 4 days ago
I finally made it to the Shire!

I enjoyed this tour for several reasons: it is small and personal, the Hobbit tour is a dream come true for a Tolkien fan like me and lastly our driver, Tania, is so much fun, friendly, helpful and knowledgeable on the history of NZ. But...More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank monina638
Reviewed 1 week ago
Even though the Drive is Long, the Tour Guide was Fun and Kreig Made the Day Fly

Okay, we had to get up at 4 a.m. for a 5:40 a.m. pickup at our hotel and the drive was LONG both coming and going. But, we had an excellent day with Kreig. From the beginning, Kreig made sure that our little group bonded...More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank happyrelaxeddudes
Reviewed 1 week ago
Best Tour I ever made

En visite à Auckland, nous avons décidé de faire le tour d'Hobbiton et de la grotte de Waitomo. Nous sommes passés par Cheeky Kiwi et Kreig est juste le meilleur guide que j'ai jamais eu... Il a permis de détendre l'atmosphère du groupe (en petit...More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank MistouZMoy
Reviewed 1 week ago
One of THE HIGHLIGHTS of my traveling career! Couldn't wait to post pics on Facebook

I travel quite often for work - all over the world - and I often add on a day or afternoon at the end of the trip to see local attractions. This tour ranks as one of my all-time favorite add-ons. I absolutely LOVED it....More

Date of experience: March 2019
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Fiona W
26 January 2019|
Response from ShelbyM268 | Reviewed this property |
I was picked up at my hotel in Auckland. When I googled pickup points I selected a hotel on the designed route. You need to contact them to confirm but my bet is that you would need to UBER from ship to hotel pickup. This... More
31 August 2018|
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Response from Rose K | Reviewed this property |
Our family rented a vehicle to tour the north island. We booked our tickets online and drove from Auckland to the site. The address is 501 Buckland Road Hinuera Matamata 3472 New Zealand