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Hobbiton Movie Set and Waitomo Glowworm Caves Day Trip from Auckland

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What you can expect during this experience
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Hand sanitizer available to travellers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
Updated 31/12/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
Updated 31/12/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
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.
Itinerary
  • You'll get picked up
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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
  • Admission ticket: Hobbiton and Waitomo Glowworm Caves
  • 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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Sara Becker wrote a review Jan. 2021
Tempe, Arizona219 contributions44 helpful votes
VISIT: end of February 2020 TOUR: Hobbiton Movie Set/Waitomo Glowworm Caves Day Trip TOUR GUIDE: 5 stars ACCOMODATING: 5 stars The tour guide was able to pick is up from our hotel and showed up on time with no hiccups. I wish I remembered his name because he was so friendly
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Response from DavidS23368, Owner at Hobbiton Movie Set and Waitomo Glowworm Caves Day Trip from Auckland
Responded 4 weeks ago
Thank you for these lovely comments about our Company, our Tour and one of our guides; and also the headline. We pride ourselves on our punctuality and we thank you for recognizing this. All our guides are so passionate about our beautiful country and our 16 tours and I sense in your comments that you could feel this. All our fleet is late model 12 or 15 seater Mercedes-Benz, so designed for the personalized tour that you experienced and also for maximum comfort and with their large windows, viewing space. You would have appreciated this as we got right off the motorways on to the quaint country roads as this affords the best viewing of the ever-changing and spectacular scenery en route. On our tour you visited what New Zealanders widely regard as the 2 most famous and iconic attractions in New Zealand. Is there any more idyllic, magical and enchanting place to be that in the Hobbiton Movie Set and seeing the Set come alive in front of you. I sense you captured some beautiful photos that you will cherish for a long, long time. Yes, the world-famous Waitomo Glowworm Caves are so unique and are the oldest attraction in New Zealand with the first guided tour undertaken over 130 years ago in 1887. The limestone formations (stalactites and stalagmites) are simply stunning as is the boat ride on the river. Is there any more tranquil and serene experience than to be be in the boat gliding silently through the caverns of the Caves and you look aloft and see the myriad of glowworms shining down on you. It is awe-inspiring and spell-binding. Thank you sincerely for both choosing our tour and these lovely comments. It was our privilege and pleasure to host you. We look forward one day in the future to hosting you again on one of our 16 tours. Stay safe and best wishes for 2021.
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Haley C wrote a review Jan. 2021
Whangarei, New Zealand3 contributions1 helpful vote
What an amazing day!! ABSOLUTE MUST DO!!! our tour guide David was superb and had an amazing array of local knowledge, felt like a V.I.P tour! Would definitely recommend this tour to anyone looking into it!!
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Date of experience: January 2021
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Response from DavidS23368, Owner at Hobbiton Movie Set and Waitomo Glowworm Caves Day Trip from Auckland
Responded 30 Jan. 2021
I sense from your comment "Amazing Day" that you had a very special day that you will remember and cherish for a long time and hopefully also have some very special photos to similarly cherish. We love your comment that you felt you were like a V.I.P; every one of our guests on any of our 16 tours should always feel similarly. You visited 2 simply amazing attractions, with the world-famous Waitomo Glowworm Caves being the oldest attraction in New Zealand with the first guided tour undertaken by the legendary Maori guide, Tane Tinorau, 134 years ago. Is there any more enchanting place to be in New Zealand than in the Hobbiton Movie Set and seeing the Set come alive in front of your eyes. You would have marveled at the detail; and as you now realize, you do not need to be a Hobbit Movie fan to enjoy this magical tour; it stands alone even if you have never watched one of the movies or read a Tolkein book. Then after your yummy lunch (included in our tour) visiting the awe-inspiring Waitomo Glowworm Caves that leave you spell bound; is there any more serene, tranquil and breathtaking place to be than in the boat on the river gliding silently through the caverns of the Caves and you look aloft and see the thousands and thousands of glowworms shining down on you like the cosmos in the sky? Thank you also for the lovely comments about one of our tour guides. You can appreciate first hand now why our guides are renowned for their knowledge not only of these attractions and the points of interest en route, but the rich history and culture of New Zealand. Thank you sincerely for choosing our tour.
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George Hamilton wrote a review Jan. 2021
Auckland, New Zealand15 contributions
They exist! Haha, that's how many of my friends from abroad react when seeing Hobbiton. Amazing experience, even for a local like me!
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Date of experience: February 2020
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Response from DavidS23368, Owner at Hobbiton Movie Set and Waitomo Glowworm Caves Day Trip from Auckland
Responded 28 Jan. 2021
You are right. Isn't Hobbiton the most magical and enchanting place you could ever visit? Is there any more idyllic place to be than being in the Movie Set and seeing the Set come alive. You would have marveled at the 44 Hobbit holes and standing beside them with some making you look bigger and others making you look smaller. Then from Bag End and the Party Tree looking across the tranquil lake with its magical reflections and the Green Dragon on the opposite side just waiting for you to enter and relax inside and enjoy a complimentary ale, stout, cider of Ginger Beer. As you travelled around the Set you would have marveled at the detail and the design thought process. You truly are captivated here in Middle Earth. Stay safe and best wishes.
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Katarina wrote a review Jan. 2021
Auckland, New Zealand4 contributions
Everything was great, even beyond expectations! David, our driver and tour guide, made the whole experience even more amazing with his kindness and sense of humour! Would definitely recommend to anyone regardless of being LOTR fan or not - this is a "must see" in New Zealand :)
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Date of experience: January 2021
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Response from DavidS23368, Owner at Hobbiton Movie Set and Waitomo Glowworm Caves Day Trip from Auckland
Responded 21 Jan. 2021
You are right that our Hobbiton and Waitomo Glowworms Caves Combo Tour is a magical and enchanting experience. As you mention it is a "must see" experience regardless of whether you are a Lord of The Rings fan or not. You don't have to be to marvel at the detail in one of the most idyllic places in New Zealand. Looking for the perfect 1 Day return trip from Auckland where you visit the 2 most famous attractions in New Zealand in 1 Day and the stunning, ever-changing scenery en route? Then our tour does exactly that. We loved your photos and I suspect you have lots more to remember your magical experience in Middle Earth. Thank you for the lovely comments about one of our tour guides and for choosing our tour. Best wishes.
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Paula M wrote a review Jan. 2021
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A fabulous day from start to finish. Hobbiton is magical, but the most breathtaking part of the day were the Waitomo Caves! A wonder of nature. I traveled with my mother who is 73, she thoroughly enjoyed the whole day! Dave our Tour Guide was a true gentleman and filled with
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Response from DavidS23368, Owner at Hobbiton Movie Set and Waitomo Glowworm Caves Day Trip from Auckland
Responded 12 Jan. 2021
Love your head line " Wow! Book this Tour." Also love your photos. Like you, I think the Waitomo Glowworm Caves, the oldest attraction in New Zealand, are the most amazing, awe-inspiring and spell-binding attraction in New Zealand. Is there any more special, tranquil and serene place to be than in the boat on the river gliding silently through the caverns of the Caves and you look aloft and you are mesmerized by the thousands and thousands of glowworms shining down on you. It is like looking at the Milky Way on a clear moonlight night. It was our pleasure and privilege to host you on this magical and enchanting tour. Thank you also for the lovely comments about one of our tour guides and we look forward to hosting you again in the future. Best wishes.
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Incredible day out!
This tour and experience was incredible - every details from beginning to end was made so easy by David, and with a
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Fantastic experience
Amazing day, the best service and top quality wine! Loved each winery we visited and lunch was fantastic! Our tour
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Plenty of quality wine tasting with excellent guide /driver with no fear of being “over the limit”
David our driver and tour guide had excellent knowledge as well as fun and was very enthusiastic. It was perfect to
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Fantastic tour
We had a fantastic craft beer tour around Auckland. David was very friendly and knowledgeable and the 4 craft beer
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Valentine’s Day beer tour
It’s was very amazing day . David was amazing and showed us amazing places . Really enjoyed and would def try again
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New Zealand Beauty
The tour was worth it from beginning to end. Habbiton was astounding, perfect for pictorial purposes.
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Asset85
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I would highly recommend this tour! It was amazing!
It was a nice experience having a tour in Hobbiton. The place itself was beautiful and it was worth our money. Davi
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Worth every cent
I did a lot of research into which Hobbiton tour was the easiest and safest and I came across this deal by chance a
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The BEST of the BEST! :-)
My husband and I did a Wine Tour in Auckland with David. He is one of the best tour guides we have had so far. He
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Hobbiton and then Waitomo Caves, what a great day!
Never been to Hobbiton before but have to say it was bloody great, well worth the time and money... & enjoyed the d
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A Fabulous Journey to Middle Earth & Back
From the early morning pickup until our 2.30pm drop off, Dave from Auckland Scenic Tours took care of all the detai
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Nice trip!
I was very lucky that I was the only member in the tour (well not lucky for the tour company), so it's like having
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Auckland Craft Beer Urban Tasting Tour....
.... And I thought I knew Craft Beer!!! David, our host and tour guide took us to 4 Craft Breweries..... ranging fr
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Awesome
The tour was one to cherish for both LOTR fans and people in general. The Hobbiton is a place that every movie love
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It was an amazing tour we had me and my partner, the driver David was informative and was a big help for us to know
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