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Waitomo Caves Full Day Trip with Option to Add Hobbiton from Auckland

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You'll start at
280 Queen Street
Or, you can also get picked up
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  • 1
    Waitomo Glowworm Caves
    Stop: 3 hours - Admission included
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  • 2
    Ruakuri Cave
    Stop: 2 hours - Admission included
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  • 3
    Hobbiton Movie Set
    Stop: 2 hours -
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You'll return to the starting point
Highlights
    Important Information
    Departure Point
    280 Queen Street, Auckland CBD, Auckland 1010, New Zealand

    Traveler pickup is offered
    Our main pick up point is outside JB HIFI - 280 Queen Street at  6.15am. Please ensure you are waiting 15 minutes prior to pick up time.

    However, if you want to be picked up from one of the other locations listed below, please call or email the local supplier with your Viator voucher ready so is can be arranged.

    6:03 am 6 Hopetoun Street (Verandah Backpackers)
    6:05 am 373 Karangahape Road (Haka Lodge).
    6:07 am Corner Pitt and Vincent Street (YMCA)
    6:09 am 69 Beach Street (Omega Rentals)
    6:10 am 80 Queens Street (BNZ)
    6:15 am 280 Queen Street (JB Hi Fi)
    6:16 am 380 Queen Street (Scenic Hotel)
    6:17 am 490 Queen Street
    6:18 am 520 Queen Street (Kiwi International)
    6:20 am 63 Karangahape Road (Bus Stop)
    6:40 am Manukau City - Leyton Way opposite the Mall
    6:55 am Bombay Hills - Caltex Service Station
    7:25 am Huntly - Main Bus Stop
    7:55 am Hamilton Central Bus Stop, 340 Anglesea Street
    Departure Time
    6:15 AM
    Duration
    13h
    Return Details
    Returns to original departure point
    Inclusions
    • Pickup from centrally located meeting point
    • Waitomo activity of choice (The Waitomo Cave option you have selected)
    • 2 Hour Hobbiton movie set tour (IF CHOSEN)
    • Transport by air-conditioned coach or van
    • Glowworm Cave Option includes Waitomo Glowworm Caves Only - (45 minute Tour including boat ride)
    • 2 Caves Option Includes Waitomo Glowworm Cave (45 Minute tour) PLUS Ruakuri Caves (2 Hour Tour)
    • Entry/Admission - Waitomo Glowworm Caves
    • Entry/Admission - Ruakuri Cave
    Exclusions
    • Lunch
    • Personal expenses
    • Hobbiton (Unless Chosen as an option at check-out)
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    Additional Info
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Child ages 4-14 years old with price 60% of adult
    • Black Labyrinth: Minimum age 12 years old, & minimum weight 45kg
    • Black Abyss: Minimum age 16 years old, & minimum weight 45kg
    • Customers doing Black Abyss and Black Labyrinth options need to bring swimewar, a towel and a warm change of clothes. Wet suit and booties are provided.
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Infants must sit on laps
    • Most travelers can participate
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 22 travelers
    Cancellation Policy
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
    22Reviews2Q&A
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    Popular mentions
    None of our guides has tried to pass any extra information, one of them didn't speak English at all. The whole tour was done in a hurry and we arrived late at ALL attractions. For a tour lasting 13h, 22 minutes of "lunch" didn't seem enough to me. In the end, we still had to pay
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    I decided to go check the Waitomo Caves and Hobbiton and I couldn't have made better choice. Small group tour, which means you're not sitting in one of those overwhelming buses with 50 passengers, but it's 12 people max. They were punctual, kind, polite and the driver/guide Yang
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    What a great experience! Headfirst made it extremely easy to travel by yourself especially when you don't know where you are going! Got picked up in an easy location and drop off was the same! Also met really cool people during the trip! Would highly recommend if you are looking
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    Response from HeadfirstTravelTeam, Director of Sales at Waitomo Caves Full Day Trip with Option to Add Hobbiton from Auckland
    Responded 5 Oct. 2019
    Thank you so much for taking the time to review. Yes - It is such a great way to meet people! We provide several pick-up locatoins to make your trip as easy as possible for you.
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    Before 7am, the driver was arguing with a passenger. In addition, the driver (Yang) has such a THICK accent when he was giving us instructions, I could barely understand him. I grew up in NYC, the city of accents... had to listen intently to understand the gist of what he was
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    This was a really well rounded trip. The convenience of everything being handled for you was a huge boon. Everything is taken care of when you reach the destination and you don’t have to stress about anything and can just enjoy. The only thing that was a bit annoying was that
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    About the operator
    By: Headfirst Travel
    30 reviews
    Matheus M
    30
    STAY AWAY FROM THIS COMPANY!
    None of our guides has tried to pass any extra information, one of them didn't speak English at all. The whole
    Read more
    frankonion87
    50
    Amazing experience with great guide
    I decided to go check the Waitomo Caves and Hobbiton and I couldn't have made better choice. Small group tour,
    Read more
    eviestrang
    20
    Great Company and Made it very easy!
    What a great experience! Headfirst made it extremely easy to travel by yourself especially when you don't know
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    teacatten
    London, United Kingdom
    97
    Hobbiton Express tour from Auckland (with Mustafa)
    It was an early start, but we had a lovely drive to Hobbiton (clutching our coffees!). There were just three of us
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    Irene G
    Genoa, Italy
    112
    Well organized transportation and tour company
    I recently took a 2 day tour to Waitomo, Rotorua and Hobbiton with Headfirst and I definitely recommend it! The
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    gmacs777
    Glasgow, United Kingdom
    20
    Fantastic Waitomo and Hobbiton Tour
    Had a fantastic time on the Waitomo Black Labyrinth and Hobbiton tour from Auckland! Pick up was super punctual
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    cclarke617
    Charlotte, North Carolina
    57
    Skip This Company Go On Your Own
    Before 7am, the driver was arguing with a passenger. In addition, the driver (Yang) has such a THICK accent when
    Read more
    jackrriordan
    Maihama, Japan
    73
    Great for the Convenience
    This was a really well rounded trip. The convenience of everything being handled for you was a huge boon.
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    kevintse94122
    San Francisco, California
    31
    Misleading itinerary, inexperienced tour guide/driver, sacrificing customers’ time for their own business interests
    If you are planning to take one of the Waitomo Day trip in conjunction with Hobbiton Movie set from Auckland,
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    LiMaMe96
    10
    Early Hobbiton Tour starting in Auckland
    It was great day and a magical experience. I would recommend this tour to everyone who visits Auckland and is
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    Bruce K
    Houston, Texas
    3415
    One Way Travel from Auckland to Rotorua via Waitomo Glow Worm Cave & Hobbiton
    This was an incredibly efficient way of seeing two major sites and travel from Auckland to Rotorua all in one day!
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    725gretac
    284
    Thank you for the amazing day!
    I did Hobbiton and Waitomo from Auckland to Rotorua last week. Everything was absolutely amazing. The driver Yang
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    Relax821322
    20
    Awesome experience
    Waitomo is amazing specially if you choose the "wet option". The guides are amazing, they create a friendly
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    Ellie P
    293
    excellent experience
    We booked Headfirst for the following shuttle service to Wai-O-Tapu and Waimangu and also the tour to the waitomo
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    JasonH5856
    20
    Magic
    Thank you to all of the staff. I had an awesome time on the tour, it was amazing and beautifully stunning. I am
    Read more
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