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Hobbiton, Rotorua and Waitomo Caves Day Trip

  • More sights in less time: Cover three New Zealand highlights in one day
  • Tour the Hobbiton Movie Set plus Rotorua's geysers, hot springs, and more
  • Delve underground into glow worm territory on a Waitomo Caves river cruise
Hobbiton, Rotorua and Waitomo Caves Day Trip
From US$302.85
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Hobbiton Rotorua WAitomoMost Popular
One day tour = Auckland to Auckland
From US$309.04
Hobbiton/Waitomo end Rotorua
Start Auckland and finish in Rotorua
From US$302.85
Visit three top New Zealand destinations—the Hobbiton Movie Set, Rotorua, and Waitomo Caves—in a single day of exploring on this tour from Auckland or Rotorua. Step into the world of Lord of the Rings, check out bubbling geysers and mud pools, then float down an underground river lit only by sparkling glowworms. This unforgettable adventure follows a route that minimizes travel time and maximizes amazing time.
What to Expect
Get picked up at your hotel in Auckland or Rotorua, then board your bus for the trip to the Hobbiton Movie Set. En route, pass through a sprawling sheep farm with views of the Kaimai Ranges. Upon arrival, tour the Hobbiton Movie Set’s film sites and highlights, and learn how the Lord of the Rings set was created. 

After a drink at Hobbiton’s Green Dragon Inn (included), continue to Te Puia in Rotorua. Dine in the Te Whakarewarewa Valley, then tour the simmering mud pools, springs, and geysers fed by Rotorua’s geothermal activity. The final stop is Waitomo Caves, whose native glowworms shine and sparkle over an underground river. See thousands of glowworms on a boat tour as you learn about the geological significance of the caves.

This tour concludes with hotel drop-off in Auckland or Rotorua.
Reviews (194)
1 - 5 of 36 reviews
Reviewed 1 week ago
Excellent way to see NZ highlights

A long day, but well worth it. For a short stay in NZ, a good way to get to see some cool places without having to wear yourself out driving to all of them. I knew going in that we were on a relatively rushed...More

1  Thank OnlyAMilestone
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile
Absolutely stunning a MUST DO!!

We visited this set recently & were blown away by the detail . An absolute must do for all domestic & international visitors.

1  Thank DianeP517
Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Worth a visit!

We had the best time on this tour esp at the Hobbiton and the glowworm cave. It's a very well planned tour for 1 day activities. They pick you up and drop you off right on the dot and everything went smoothly and we had...More

1  Thank An N
Reviewed 6 October 2018 via mobile
Top of Must Do List for short Auckland stay

Excellent choice if you have a day free in Auckland and Must Do if you are a Lord of the Rings fan. Our guide Rebecca had been helpful. Arrived on time to pick up at my Auckland hotel at 6.30am. The 12 pax mini bus...More

4  Thank simonlG4494GU
Reviewed 12 September 2018
Go Visit

What a treat........my husband and I toured Hobbiton and absolutely loved it. Our guide, Cane, was excellent and made the village come alive for us. I want to be a Hobbit.

2  Thank Grace M
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13 November 2018|
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Response from Samantha F | Reviewed this property |
Not sure. I did the round trip back to Auckland. But after Hobbiton, we got to Rotorua around 12-1ish. Then we then left the Gloworm Caves about 5ish. If you end up in Rotorua after visiting the Caves, I would say maybe... More
Benjamin T
9 October 2018|
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Response from Philippa D | Property representative |
This tour does not have time for you to do this - If you book the Hobbiton and Rotorua or a two day tour you can add a visit to Polynesian Spa or Hells gate
Susan Z
30 September 2018|
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Response from GerardoI114 | Reviewed this property |
The caves are not small, on the contrary. Te only issue is that in some points you need to stand in complete darkness to adjust your pupils. But the scene worth it....