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Auckland to Waitomo Caves and Hobbiton Movie Set Private Tour provided by TIME Unlimited Tours

Auckland to Waitomo Caves and Hobbiton Movie Set Private Tour

Auckland to Waitomo Caves and Hobbiton Movie Set Private Tour
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See two iconic NZ attractions all in one wonderful day. Visit the world-famous Waitomo Glowworm Caves and Hobbiton Movie Set for a tour of one of the most iconic movie sets worldwide. This ultimate Downunder (Cave) Tour combined with “Middle Earth” will optimise your time in NZ.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 11h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Available languages
English
Know before you go
  • Duration: 11h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Available languages
English
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Need help booking?
Call the number below and use the product code: 5213P31
Call +44 12 2492 8241
Important information
Inclusions
  • Fully guided Private Tour in Mercedes luxury vehicle.
  • Pick-up/drop-off in Auckland incl airport/cruise terminal.
  • Tour times: 8am to 7pm (flexible).
  • Complimentary snacks & water.
  • All tours support local eco-cultural initiatives.
  • Entry fees to attractions: Waitomo Glowworm Caves NZ$53 p.p.
  • Hobbiton Movie Set Tour NZ$84 p.p.
  • Entry/Admission - Hobbiton Movie Set
Duration
11h
Departure details
  • Traveller pickup is offered.
  • Pick-up/drop-off in Auckland incl airport/cruise terminal.
  • Sky Tower, Victoria Street West, Auckland CBD, Auckland 1010, New Zealand Pick-up/drop-off in Auckland incl airport/cruise terminal.
  • Airports:
  • Auckland Intl Airport, Auckland Central, Auckland New Zealand
  • Ports:
  • Level 1, Ports of Auckland Building/1 Sunderland St, Parnell, Auckland 1010, New Zealand
  • Hotel pickup is offered. View the hotel list on our checkout page to see if yours is included among the pickup points.
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infant seats available
  • Most travellers can participate
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
Inclusions
  • Fully guided Private Tour in Mercedes luxury vehicle.
  • Pick-up/drop-off in Auckland incl airport/cruise terminal.
  • Tour times: 8am to 7pm (flexible).
  • Complimentary snacks & water.
  • All tours support local eco-cultural initiatives.
  • Entry fees to attractions: Waitomo Glowworm Caves NZ$53 p.p.
  • Hobbiton Movie Set Tour NZ$84 p.p.
  • Entry/Admission - Hobbiton Movie Set
Departure details
  • Traveller pickup is offered.
  • Pick-up/drop-off in Auckland incl airport/cruise terminal.
  • Sky Tower, Victoria Street West, Auckland CBD, Auckland 1010, New Zealand Pick-up/drop-off in Auckland incl airport/cruise terminal.
  • Airports:
  • Auckland Intl Airport, Auckland Central, Auckland New Zealand
  • Ports:
  • Level 1, Ports of Auckland Building/1 Sunderland St, Parnell, Auckland 1010, New Zealand
  • Hotel pickup is offered. View the hotel list on our checkout page to see if yours is included among the pickup points.
Duration
11h
Return details
  • Returns to original departure point
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infant seats available
  • Most travellers can participate
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
Travel safe during COVID-19
Last updated: 20 Oct 2021
A note from Auckland to Waitomo Caves and Hobbiton Movie Set Private Tour
We meet and exceed all safety measures to keep both our guests and our wonderful team of guides safe. Our safety measures adapt based on requirements to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience for all.
What you can expect during your visit
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
  • Temperature checks for tour participants upon arrival
What you can expect during your visit
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
  • Temperature checks for tour participants upon arrival
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitised
  • Contactless payment for gratuities and add-ons
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
  • Gear/equipment sanitised between use
  • Face masks required for travellers in public areas
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Face masks provided for travellers
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chellebelle61
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Wonderful Experience!
Feb 2020
When I booked this private day tour for my husband and myself he said "You paid HOW much, for WHAT?!?" By the end of the day, he was eating his words, it was worth every penny!
Hinauri, picked us up in a clean, comfortable Mercedes van at our Auckland hotel promptly at the scheduled time. This tour entails a LOT of drive time, and it was a relief to have a guide who was personable, knowledgeable, and who clearly loved being able to share her country with us.
The first stop or us, after enjoying the scenic drive from Auckland to Matamata, was Hobbiton. It's a must-see for fans of the films and books, but I don't know if it's worth it for anyone completely unfamiliar with the Tolkien world. The site is run to a Disneyesque standard of organization, cleanliness and branding. The Hobbit Holes are beyond charming, and the gardens surrounding them beautiful. I loved the way each hole has objects in front of them that indicate the occupation of the Hobbit living there! These constructions were only used for exterior filming, so there aren't any furnished ones to go into, there's one where you can stand in the doorway of for photos, though. I loved it. We enjoyed the drink at the Green Dragon that's part of the guided tour, but we elected not to eat lunch at the Shire's Rest Cafe in order to get back on the road faster.
After Hobbiton, it's back on the road to Waitomo and the Glowworm caves. Hinauri was happy to make a quick stop at a takeaway cafe along the way for us to grab drinks and a couple of sandwiches to eat during the drive. We were able to round out our sandwiches with the plentiful snacks included with our tour (bottled water, apples, oranges, potato chips, popcorn, snack bars and more).
The Glowworm Caves are a unique place, first your guide escorts the tour through the upper section of cathedral-like limestone caverns with beautiful stalagmite and stalactite structures, then you board boats in darkness for a silent trip along an underground river with luminescent glowworms shining softly above your head. Photography is not allowed on the Waitomo tours, which keeps things moving and avoids a lot of annoyance of flashes and people pushing and blocking others who want to see too. My husband began to experience some issues with his asthma during the tour, at times the 0² can get low, so make sure you’ve got your inhaler in your pocket! I think it’s definitely worth having the Glowworm Caves in your itinerary, it’s a one of a kind experience.
In summary, this combo tour is GREAT, five out of five stars. If you value riding in comfort, having one on one attention from a guide whose only goal is that the tour meet your personal expectations, it’s definitely worth it. There is a tour with the option of including Rotorua, and I wish we could have gone there as well, but it seems as though that would be a really tight schedule. I also wish we’d booked an Auckland area tour with the same company, I know we didn’t make the most of our time only walking around our hotel. If I'm ever in New Zealand again, TIME Unlimited Tours will be the company I look up to take me anywhere!
Written 20 February 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
It was a great pleasure to read your wonderful review of our Auckland to Waitomo Caves & Hobbiton Movie Set Private Tour. On this tour, you will visit two world-famous icons in one magical day. Your magical day experience doesn’t start at Waitomo Caves. It starts the moment you embark in one of our luxurious Mercedes vehicles. The journey to Waitomo takes you through Waikato and King Country, with green pastures and tales and Maori lore. On this tour, we offer the option of continuing to Rotorua, or returning you to your Auckland accommodation. We are delighted that you enjoyed your tour, and your time with Hinauri, and we hope to welcome you back to Auckland again in the future. Ka kite ano (see you again soon!). Neill & Ceillhe Sperath
Written 9 March 2020
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macotak
Tucson, Arizona72 contributions
Outstanding First Impression of Amazing New Zealand
Jan 2020
Peter picked us up from our hotel downtown at 8 AM and led us on a great day tour of the countryside south of Auckland to the Waitomo Caves and Hobbiton movie set, two really fun and different sites. Waitomo is not to be missed, the glowworms are unlike anything we've ever seen. Hobbiton is a hoot and the landscape is worth the trip even if you're not that familiar with the series of Hobbit/LOTR movies. As this is our first trip to NZ, Peter was a treasure trove of information and educated us well for the rest of our trip. Very interesting conversation and a very professional performance... and just downright fun! Very nice Merc minivan and perfect personal service. We're in awe of this great country and the wonderful people here. Great job TIME Unlimited!
Written 17 January 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Thank you so much for your wonderful review of our Auckland to Waitomo Caves and Hobbiton Movie Set Private Tour. On this tour our manuhiri (guests) have the opportunity to see two iconic New Zealand attractions all in one wonderful day. On this private tour with our guide Peter, you visited the Waitomo Glowworm Caves and also Hobbiton Movie Set for a tour of one of the most iconic movie sets worldwide. We are delighted you enjoyed your tour with us so much and we hope to see you again soon! Neill Sperath
Written 22 January 2020
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
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