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Hobbiton Movie Set and Waitomo Glowworm Caves Day Trip from Auckland

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Join this tour to visit two of New Zealand’s most famous attractions, Hobbiton Movie Set and Waitomo Caves, in one easy day trip from Auckland. Be fascinated as the magical world of Hobbiton comes to life and take photos in front of your favourite places like the Hobbit Holes, the Shire and the Green Dragon Inn. Then journey to the World Famous Waitomo Glowworm Caves and be captivated by the thousands of magical glowworms twinkling in the Grottos, the stalactites and stalagmites as you glide silently through the cave by boat. Marvel at the stunning scenery en route as we journey off the motorways into the real hinterland of New Zealand. All admission fees and lunch included.
  • 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 will 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 the Shire 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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Departure Point
Traveler pickup is offered
All centrally Located Auckland hotels and BNBs etc in the Central Business District. Any of the following or others in the Central Business District

Adina Apartments


Ascotia off Queen

Auckland City Hotel

Auckland Harbour Oaks and Residences

Backpackers-all CBD locations

Barclay Suites

City Life



Crowne Plaza

De Bretts



Empire Apartments

Grand Chancellor

Grand Mercure

Grand Millenium

Grand Windsor

Haka Hotel & Suites, 2 Day Street (only)

Haka Lodge



Ibis City (Wyndham)

Jucy Snooze

Kiwi International

Metropolis (Avani Metropolis)


President Hotel

Princes Wharf Apartments


Quadrant Hotel & Suites

Quest (all CBD locations)




Sebel (both Viaduct Harbour and Quay West)

Sky City Grand

Sky City Hotel


Stamford Plaza

Star Park Apartments, 30B Swanson St

Star Queen Apartments, 438 Queen Street

Star Victoria Apartments, 64 Federal Street

Swiss bel Suites

VR Auckland City

VR Queen

Waldorf (Nesuto) -all in the Downtown CBD area

Waterloo Quadrant

YHA Backpackers
Departure Time
6:30 AM
  • Small-group tour (maximum of 11 or 14)
  • Kiwi café-style lunch
  • Local driver/guide
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off from downtown Auckland City
  • Local taxes
  • Entry/Admission - Hobbiton Movie Set
  • Entry/Admission - Waitomo Glowworm Caves
  • 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 11 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 travelers can participate
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

We are really glad we chose this tour, great view and experience!!! Even the views on the way there was phenomenal!

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank helloyayaya
Reviewed yesterday

Exceptional day, tour guide Tyler was informative, engaging and funny! Fully reccommend this tour, no faults! Pick up and drop off was punctual, plenty of stops for breaks, lovely lunch. Appreciated the additional information given during the drive!

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank YLH0
Reviewed 3 days ago

Myself and my two children had a great time on the trip. Hobbiton and the Glowworm Caves were spectacular. Mike, the driver and guide, was funny and helpful. He was on time and very cognizant of our time and ensured to get us to each...More

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank Chante C
DavidS23368, Owner at Auckland Scenic Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Thank you for these lovely comments which we appreciate. You are right that this tour is ideal for families, small or large group and solo travellers. Every single one of our guests we feel privileged to share the 2 most famous and iconic attractions in...More

Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Auckland scenic tours... attention David... were not really a fan of long driving but your guy there name Nick he is a legend... highly recommended because of him - a very entertaining day indeed❤️More

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank Lorna C
DavidS23368, Owner at Auckland Scenic Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Wow! You have made our day. You are right that these attractions are 2 hours out of Auckland, so you can't avoid the travel. They are literally in the middle of nowhere, truly in the hinterland of New Zealand. This, of course, is why Peter...More

Reviewed 4 days ago

It is a long day tour but worth it. Hobbiton is a nice place and if you are in the first tour there you do not have a lot people running in front of you so a good chance to take pictures and the drink...More

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank Simon098765
DavidS23368, Owner at Auckland Scenic Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Thank you for these lovely comments about our. You are right that the Waitomo Glowworms Caves truly are an experience that you will remember for a long, long time. Whilst you can take photos towards the end of the tour, you cannot where the Glowworms...More

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5 September 2019|
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Response from Larry M | Reviewed this property |
Only if you book with a private small vehicle tour > From the movie set to Rotorua it takes 1 hr so a large tour would have to allow an extra 2hrs ,
27 August 2019|
Response from J S | Reviewed this property |
No idea
24 August 2019|
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Response from Gurgi89 | Reviewed this property |
I agree with the other reply. Contact Hobbiton directly.
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