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2 Day Waitomo Caves, Hobbiton Movie Set and Rotorua Tour from Auckland

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Auckland, New Zealand

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What you can expect during your visit
Face masks required for guides in public areas
Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
Social distancing enforced throughout experience
Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
Gear/equipment sanitized between use
Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
Guides required to regularly wash hands
Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
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Overview

Discover the otherworldly beauty of New Zealand’s North Island, from Rotorua’s geothermal pools and the Waitomo Glowworm Caves to the Shire at the Hobbiton Movie Set. On this 2-day coach tour from Auckland, you’ll experience ancient Maori traditions with a ‘hangi’ dinner, the filmmaking history of ‘The Lord of the Rings,’ a duck tour and a visit to the Agrodome. Enjoy standard (3 star hotel) or superior (4 star hotel) overnight accommodation in Rotorua.
  • 2-day tour of Waitomo Caves, Hobbiton and Rotorua from Auckland
  • Visit the famous Waitomo Caves and learn how the glowworms radiate a magical luminescent light
  • Discover Rotorua's cultural heritage and geothermal activity on a relaxing duck tour by amphibious vehicle!
  • Experience real Maori culture at Tamaki Village with rituals, ceremonies, performances, storytelling and a traditional feast
  • Admire Te Puia with its thermal mud pools and impressive geysers
  • Enjoy a scenic drive across the Kaimai Ranges before you head to the Shire and Middle-earth on a Hobbiton Movie Set tour
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Dinner
Lunch
Air-conditioned vehicle
Overnight accommodation in Rotorua
Hobbiton Movie Set tour
Rotorua duck tour
Maori Evening Experience
Te Puia geothermal experience
Commentary or guide during tours
Gratuities
Meals unless specified
Travel insurance. We recommend travel insurance for all tours

Departure Point

InterCity Sky City Bus Terminal, 102 Hobson Street, Auckland CBD, Auckland 1010, New Zealand

Departure Time

7:30 AM

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
Day 1: Auckland – Waitomo – Rotorua (L, D)Following hotel pickup, depart Auckland aboard your air-conditioned coach, heading south to the North Island’s renowned Waitomo Glowworm Caves. Enter the otherworldly limestone labyrinth with your guide, observing the stalactite formations and phosphorescent shimmer of tiny glowworms during a tour of the caves.

After you emerge from this subterranean marvel, re-board the coach for a boxed lunch served while you are driven east to Rotorua. Enjoy free time to explore before a duck tour of Rotorua’s scenic lakes by amphibious vehicle.

Discover New Zealand’s Maori heritage during a cultural evening including a traditional Maori hangi — a feast of meat and vegetables cooked in an earth oven — before retiring at your hotel for the night.

Overnight: Standard or superior hotel accommodation in Rotorua

Day 2: Rotorua – Hobbiton – Auckland (B)After breakfast, head to Te Puia for an otherworldly geothermal experience. Stroll the walkway past bubbling mud pools and spouting geysers on display before you enjoy more cultural performances by the local Maori people. 

Next, your guide takes you to Rainbow Springs Nature Park for a rare glimpse of the kiwi, New Zealand’s signature bird. Then stop at the Agrodome, a working farm, to watch sheepdogs and sheep-shearing in action.

Continue on with a scenic coach drive across the Kaimai Range to a farm near Matamata. Here, you’ll explore the fairytale landscape of the Shire featured in The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit movies. During your Hobbiton Movie Set tour, stop for photo ops in front of Bilbo Baggins’ house and other hobbit holes, and visit the Green Dragon Inn.

Your tour concludes in the early evening, with the option to be dropped off in Auckland or Rotorua.
Itinerary
Waitomo Glowworm Caves
Leaving Auckland, you’ll travel south to visit the world-famous limestone formations of Waitomo Caves. Enter the subterranean labyrinth of caves to admire a magical world of stalactites and stalagmites, eerily lit by the luminescent gleam of tiny glowworms.
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
Rotorua Duck Tours
After your tour of the Waitomo Caves, a picnic lunch is served on board the coach as you are driven east across the North Island to Rotorua. There’s time to check in at your Rotorua accommodation before boarding an amphibious ‘duck’ vehicle for a tour of Rotorua’s picturesque lakes.
Duration: 3 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
Tamaki Maori Village
In the evening, discover Rotorua’s rich Maori heritage during a night of ritual, ceremony and cultural performances, including a traditional Maori 'hangi' feast featuring meat and vegetables cooked in an earth oven.
Duration: 3 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
Rotorua
Experience the best of New Zealand's North Island.
Duration: 12 hours 
Admission Ticket Free
Accommodation:
 You have the choice of a 3-star or 4-star hotel
Meals:
 Lunch  Dinner  
Te Puia
Get ready to see mud pools, spouting geysers and other geothermal displays at Te Puia, where you’ll also enjoy Maori cultural performances.
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
Rainbow Springs Nature Park
Meet New Zealand’s national icon, the kiwi bird, at Rainbow Springs Nature Park.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Free
Agrodome
Stop in at the Agrodome, an organic working farm where you can learn all about farming in New Zealand. Take a tour of the Agrodome farm in an all-terrain vehicle, see how sheep are shorn and watch a live sheep dog trial.
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
Hobbiton Movie Set
Your tour continues with a scenic drive across the Kaimai Ranges to the farm near Matamata that was transformed into Hobbiton for The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit movie set. Enjoy a guided tour of the Hobbiton Movie Set, where you’ll see the fairy tale landscapes of the Shire, including the hobbit holes, and visit the Green Dragon Inn and Mill.
Duration: 3 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
InterCity Sky City Bus Terminal
Following your memorable visit to Hobbiton, your tour concludes in Auckland this evening.
Duration: 3 hours 
Admission Ticket Free
Accommodation:
  Not Included
Meals:
  Not Included
  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 20 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Discover New Zealand

If you cancel at least 4 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee.

If you cancel within 3 day(s) of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.

  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

Learn more about cancellations.

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during 2 Day Waitomo Caves, Hobbiton Movie Set and Rotorua Tour from Auckland?
A:
The policy on face masks and attendee health is:

  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
See all safety measures taken by 2 Day Waitomo Caves, Hobbiton Movie Set and Rotorua Tour from Auckland.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during 2 Day Waitomo Caves, Hobbiton Movie Set and Rotorua Tour from Auckland?
A:
The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by 2 Day Waitomo Caves, Hobbiton Movie Set and Rotorua Tour from Auckland.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during 2 Day Waitomo Caves, Hobbiton Movie Set and Rotorua Tour from Auckland?
A:
The policies on social distancing are:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
See all safety measures taken by 2 Day Waitomo Caves, Hobbiton Movie Set and Rotorua Tour from Auckland.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during 2 Day Waitomo Caves, Hobbiton Movie Set and Rotorua Tour from Auckland?
A:
The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
See all safety measures taken by 2 Day Waitomo Caves, Hobbiton Movie Set and Rotorua Tour from Auckland.
Q:
What is the maximum group size during 2 Day Waitomo Caves, Hobbiton Movie Set and Rotorua Tour from Auckland?
A:
This activity will have a maximum of 20 travelers.

See all safety measures taken by 2 Day Waitomo Caves, Hobbiton Movie Set and Rotorua Tour from Auckland.

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  • "It is a very full on tour with very little down time except for waiting for fellow travellers who do not respect that the tour has to be at specific places at specific times." See review
  • "The tours were arranged well, and all the sites were worth visiting." See review

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Two days packed with diverse entertaining fun
Mark_K
, Feb 2020
Our bus drivers were very entertaining and informative. The tours were arranged well, and all the sites were worth visiting. The multiple changes from one bus to another between tours was a little unexpected, but for the most part the drivers did well explaining where to be for the next pickup. Had a great time and enjoyed it all.
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Great experiences
victoriahK2674HU
, Jul 2019
This tour was fantastic in the sights it went to and in its guides. It is a very full on tour with very little down time except for waiting for fellow travellers who do not respect that the tour has to be at specific places at specific times. However the drivers did do all they could to move those guests along. The other issues were the last bus driver who returned us to Auckland and seemed very tired and the uncertainty of knowing what was happening next as different tours had combined and we all had different itineraries. But all iin all an excellent value for money tour. Thank you
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Overall the trip was excellent. We...
Michelle F
, Apr 2018
Overall the trip was excellent. We saw a lot, learned a lot and had a great two days! My only comment is about the buses- going to the dinner and the return to Auckland part. Going back to Auckland- we were left at a bus station for about an hour and a half waiting for the bus after leaving MataMata. We had no idea what was going on. Going to the dinner we had one time in our itinerary for the bus - but when we went to get on they said we were on the next one, they didnt have our names. We were grateful for the extra time since the day was rushed and we wanted to change but it was a bit of a confused scramble. There are many drivers and routes and tours taking place on any given day so we were always questioning a little what bus we were supposed to be on. Also- the buses at the end of the day were very crowded that we had to sit at opposite ends of the bus if we wanted seats.
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Excellent tour -fully recommend to...
Viney K
, Jan 2018
Excellent tour -fully recommend to future travelers!
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One of the best organized trips I've...
Laura T
, Oct 2017
One of the best organized trips I've ever been on! Everything ran on time, and when my husband and I were super impressed by how well we were looked after by everyone. Even when there was a change in schedule the staff organized it all in the background so my husband and I didn't have to worry about anything. The staff went above and beyond to make sure that we were looked after. My greatest fear on these types of trips is that I'll be forgotten by the tour bus, but this never happened. I easily could have spent more time in each of the places we stopped, but I was okay with this quicker pace as it meant we got to see more of the highlights. The only complaint my husband and I had was on the trip home we were picked up at a later spot than the majority of the tour group those who did the one day trip instead of the two day trip and remained on the same bus all day, and by that point the other guests had spread out across all the remaining seats, meaning that we were forced to sit apart. On the way out from Auckland, our bus driver had asked single travelers to sit together to allow couples and families seats together, but the bus driver on the way home not only refused, but started yelling at the person who asked her to do this, which put guests in the awkward spot of either having to ask other guests to move to a different seat, or splitting up for the drive home. A small annoyance amidst a wonderful trip, and I felt that particular bus driver was the exception rather than the rule. I would definitely book a tour with Viator again. I was very impressed with how well organized everything was.
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Fabulous trip, pity it was a bit...
Allen R
, Oct 2017
Fabulous trip, pity it was a bit rushed in Rotarua. Hobbiton out of this world. Fabulous guide called Sarah
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The tour was really nice and...
Déa
, Sep 2017
The tour was really nice and everything work on time. The places are unbearable! Waitomo Caves and Hobbiton movie set were the best!
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Amazing tour!! I loved every part of...
alyssa h
, Sep 2017
Amazing tour!! I loved every part of this trip. Everything was planned out very well and the staff were awesome! There are other places they take you during your tour which was an added bonus for me. Highly recommend this trip!
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My son and I really enjoyed this...
salvam
, Aug 2017
My son and I really enjoyed this tour package. Cost of tour based on time spent in each site, qualities of tour guides who went with us and the number of places visited is so worth it! A real value for money.
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We really enjoyed this 2 day tour to...
Heather F
, Jul 2017
We really enjoyed this 2 day tour to see so many sights in New Zealand. We only had a few days in New Zealand, so this was the best way to make the most of our time there. Everything was well coordinated for us in our itinerary and we were surprised that this tour is really a compilation of several separate tours/experiences with different guides/buses/groups of people on each part of the trip. I was glad that I had printed out the overall itinerary ahead of time so we had a good idea about the sequence of events and timing. At one point we called the Great Sights phone number with a question about a bus pick-up time and they were very helpful and responsive. Each part of this tour was incredible! The pick-up and drop off in Auckland was easy and the coach bus was comfortable with gorgeous views of the rolling green hills dotted with sheep and cattle. On the first busride we also enjoyed the informative commentary about New Zealand. The glowworm cave tour was fascinating and definitely a unique experience. The duck boat tour was a fun way to view the lakes of Rotorua. That evening we really enjoyed visiting the Tamaki Maori Village where we learned a lot about Maori culture, had a fantastic buffet meal lots of meats, seafood, veggies, desserts, and loved the performances as well as the very entertaining busdriver Mark! Mark had everyone on the bus laughing and singing along with him to all kinds of songs. He was like a stand-up comic and so talented at impressions/accents! That night our accommodations were great enjoyed the heated pool and the next day we had another busy day full of interesting and fun experiences. The tour of the geothermal lands of Te Puia geysers, hot springs, mudpools, the sheep demonstration at the Agrodome, the tour of the bird sanctuary at Rainbow Springs Nature Park, and the tour of Hobbiton were all wonderful. We highly recommend this tour!
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