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Hobbiton Movie Set and Waitomo Glowworm Caves Day Trip from Auckland

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Auckland Central, New Zealand

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icon11 hours  (Approx.)
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Overview

Visit a pair of New Zealand's must-see attractions with this combo tour from Auckland to the Hobbiton Movie Set and Waitomo Glowworm Caves. Peek into Hobbit Holes, frolic in the Shire, and get a drink at the Green Dragon Inn on a guided tour of Middle-earth, followed by a Kiwi-style lunch. In the afternoon, explore Maori myths and history on a boat ride through mesmerizing caves lit by thousands of glowworms, and finish with a drive through some of the North Island’s most majestic scenery.
  • Full-day combo tour to the Hobbiton Movie Set and Waitomo Glowworm Caves from Auckland
  • Enjoy a Kiwi-style lunch
  • Includes round-trip transport from Auckland CBD hotels
  • Small group limited to 14 ensures personal service
Small-group tour (maximum of 14)
Kiwi café-style lunch
Local driver/guide
Hotel pickup and drop-off from downtown Auckland City
Local taxes
Food and drinks, unless specified

Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered
All centrally Located Auckland hotels, BNBs, Backpacker Hotels in the Central Business District. Any of the following or others in the Central Business District

Adina Apartments

Amora

Ascotia off Queen

Auckland City Hotel

Auckland Harbour Oaks and Residences

Backpackers-all CBD locations

Barclay Suites

City Life

Copthorne

Cordis

Crowne Plaza

De Bretts

Dilworth

Econolodge

Empire Apartments

Grand Chancellor

Grand Mercure

Grand Millenium

Grand Windsor

Haka Hotel & Suites, 2 Day Street (only)

Haka Lodge

Heritage

Hilton

Ibis City (Wyndham)

Jucy Snooze

Kiwi International

Metropolis (Avani Metropolis)

MSocial

President Hotel

Princes Wharf Apartments

Pullman

Quadrant Hotel & Suites

Quest (all CBD locations)

Ramada

Rydges

Scenic

Sebel (both Viaduct Harbour and Quay West)

Sky City Grand

Sky City Hotel

Sofitel

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
Begin the memorable day with pickup at your hotel in Auckland’s Central Business District, and head south over the Bombay Hills and across the Hauraki Plains to a sheep farm in Matamata, better known to J.R.R. Tolkien fans as the Shire. On a guided tour of the Hobbiton Movie Set, see recognizable scenery created for the 'Lord of the Rings' and 'The Hobbit' films and learn the secrets and stories behind the creation of Middle-earth. Take in stellar views of the Kaimai Ranges as you visit meticulously crafted sets including Hobbit Holes, the Mill, and the Green Dragon Inn, where you can even enjoy a specially brewed drink fit for a Baggins.

After the tour, trade Hobbit trivia with your fellow travelers over a Kiwi-style lunch.

Next, embark on an underground adventure at the famous Waitomo Glowworm Caves, where thousands of tiny worms illuminate caverns thanks to natural phosphorescent properties. Watch the mesmerizing natural light show while gliding through the cave on a boat, and learn about the area’s natural and cultural history from a guide—likely a descendant of the Maori chief who originally discovered the caves. You also explore on foot Cathedral Cove, known for its impressive acoustics.

On the return drive to Auckland, travel through some of the North Island’s most beautiful countryside, following the Waikato River (New Zealand’s longest), and passing both the Maori king’s home at Ngaruawahia and Taupiri, site of a sacred Maori burial ground. The full-day tour concludes with drop-off back at your hotel in the evening.
Itinerary
Pass By:  
Auckland Scenic Tours
After leaving Auckland you will travel south over the Bombay Hills as you get elevated panoramic views of the Waikato Region and travel across the scenic Hauraki Plains to Matamata, the home of Hobbiton Movie Set.
Stop At:  
Hobbiton Movie Set
Begin with a tour through the picturesque 1,250 acre sheep farm with spectacular views across the Kaimai Ranges. Your guide will escort you through the 10 acre site recounting fascinating details of how the Hobbiton Movie Set was created. Hobbit Holes, The Green Dragon Inn, The Mill and other structures can be viewed and you will see how this beautiful piece of Waikato farmland was transformed into the Shire from Middle-earth. Complimentary specially brewed beverages are available at the Green Dragon Inn as you complete your tour Afterwards, enjoy a very “Kiwi” style lunch at the "Shire's Rest" and get to share stories from Hobbiton and interact with your fellow travellers.
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Waitomo Glowworm Caves
You will then travel to the mesmerizing Waitomo Glowworm Caves. Be amazed by the thousands of magical glowworms as you glide silently by boat in the world famous Waitomo Glowworm Caves. Your guide on this 45-minute tour will likely be a descendant of the Maori Chief who originally explored the Caves and can share with you the remarkable history of the area. Walk through the majestic Cathedral Cave famous for its acoustics Your return trip to Auckland will then take you initially through some of New Zealand’s most beautiful countryside before following northwards the majestic Waikato River, the longest river in New Zealand, part of the way back to Auckland. You will pass Ngaruawahia, the home of the Maori King; Taupiri with its very sacred Maori burial ground. To complete that day, you will be taken back to your hotel in the Auckland CBD.
Duration: 4 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
  • 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 travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 14 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Auckland Scenic Tours

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

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

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the maximum group size during Hobbiton Movie Set and Waitomo Glowworm Caves Day Trip from Auckland?
A:
This activity will have a maximum of 14 travelers.

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Traveler Tips


  • "While it is an early pick up, don't let it deter you from this tour!" See review
  • "Try and leave as early in the morning as you can to avoid the crowds." See review

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star-5
Fun magical experience
Malia_M
, Jul 2020
We took this trip for me and my sister’s birthday and it was AMAZING! First of, our driver Mike was GREAT! He was very friendly, knowlegable, caring, always making sure me and my family and the rest that was on the tour were good. Always letting us know the best seats and best way to go around the tour! He offers to take our pictures and even sang our birthday song! Hobbiton was massive and sooo goood to experience the beauty of nature. The details of things in there are just amazing! But Waitomo glow worms ohh! Magical. First the tour guy there, George was amazing and knows his stuff. He was very funny, loved his sense of humor, very kind and told very interesting history of Maori and of the cave. Seeing the glow worms was very very magical. It was so pretty. I defs recommend this tour 10000%
icon Response from Host , Jul 2020
Thank you! What a very special way for your family to celebrate your sister's 21st Birthday. Our tour guide told me that as you were leaving our Mercedes to finally say good-bye, your family sang the most moving Tongan farewell and thank you song which brought tears to the eyes of the other guests on our transportation and our tour guide. Thank you for being so spontaneous in sharing this very special moment and cultural experience which our other guests marveled at and will long remain in their memory. We were privileged to host you all on this very, very special day to the 2 most famous and iconic attractions in New Zealand. In years to come, your sister will always remember how she celebrated her 21st and we were privileged to host this very special day for you and your family. Thank you for choosing our tour and best wishes. Malo 'aupito
star-5
Fantastic day!
Mayte
, Jul 2020
Fantastic Day trip. Totally worth it! The guides were great: kind, friendly and knowledgeable. The guide driving our van, Matt, went out of his way to make us feel welcome and comfortable, giving us information on the way to both sites, and being super nice and helpful, even taking lots of pictures for us. As a Lord of the Ring fan I had great expectations for Hobbiton, and was not disappointed. What a special place! Didn't know what to expect with the caves, but the experience was phenomenal. What a beautiful place! An amazing day! Will definitely recommend it! Thank you!
icon Response from Host , Jul 2020
Like you, I think the Waitomo Glowworm Caves are the most amazing attraction in New Zealand. When you are in the boat gliding silently on the river in the caverns of the Caves and you look aloft and see the myriad of glowworms shining down on you, you are spellbound as you look at what looks like the cosmos in the sky-the milky way. You visited on our magical and enchanting tour the 2 most famous and iconic attractions in New Zealand in one day. Is there any more enchanting place than being in the idyllic setting at Hobbiton? We think not. I suspect you have some special photos that you will cherish for a long time. Thank you for your lovely comments about our guide and thank you sincerely for choosing our tour. Stay safe and best wishes
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Waitomo caves and Hobbiton
Gabriela
, Jul 2020
Absolutely amazing experience. Our tour was only two people making it very personal. David our tour guide was very knowledgeable and went above and beyond to make it an unforgettable experience. I would highly recommend this tour to anyone. On top of everything you get to see two of NZ's famous sights!
icon Response from Host , Jul 2020
Thank you! Thank you for these lovely comments about our tour and one of our tour guides. We were privileged to host you to the 2 most famous and iconic attractions in New Zealand. Isn't Hobbiton the most magical and enchanting place you could ever visit with simply spell-binding photo opportunities. And the Caves are so awe-inspiring. How do you describe when you are in the boat on the river gliding silently through the caverns of the caves and you look aloft and see the cosmos of the sky shining down on you? You want time to just stop as you soak up this unforgettable experience. Thank you also for the lovely comments about one of our tour guides. We pride ourselves on the professionalism, affability and particularly also the deep knowledge of our guides that you commented on. Thank you sincerely for choosing our tour and best wishes
star-5
Great day trip from Auckland!
stewartlife
, Apr 2020
As a The Lord of the Rings fan, it was a no-brainer for me to visit the Hobbiton Movie Set as a day trip from Auckland! And as I had limited time during my trip to NZ, I booked this tour combined with Glowworm Caves. Both places are amazing on its own and I was truly mesmerized by both places. The van pickup was very on time, and the driver cum guide did such an amazing job bringing us to the places and provided fun and informative commentaries during the drive. We had 1 quick stop on the way to Hobbiton for sunrise photo with beautiful hills as the backdrop and another 1 quick stop on our way back to Auckland for hockey pokey ice cream, plus 1 lunch stop as well between Hobbiton and Waitomo Glowworm Caves. I can really recommend this tour!
icon Response from Host , Apr 2020
Thank you! As you mention, this is a must do tour as in our 1 Day return excursion from Auckland, you visit the 2 attractions which New Zealanders widely regard as the 2 most famous and iconic. Whether you have lots of time to explore NZ or a limited time, as you did, this is a simply magical and enchanting day. Thank you for your lovely comments also about one of our tour guides. We pride ourselves on their deep knowledge but also on our punctuality and from the moment we pick you up in one of our spacious Mercedes-Benz vehicles, we want you to just sit back and as you mention, be mesmerized and have great photos and memories that you will treasure in years to come. Thank you for choosing our tour. Stay safe and best wishes
star-5
Well worth the day trip.
Deborah_R
, Mar 2020
Hobbiton Movie Set: What a happy place! The flowers, fruit trees, vegetable gardens, wild life are abundant and colorful. It was so much fun to learn about the filming of the Hobbit movie series. The attention to detail is overwhelming. Waitomo Glowworm Cave: what a unique experience. Once we were in the depths of the cave in total darkness the wonders of the glowworms are breathtaking and magical.
icon Response from Host , Mar 2020
I sense you had a very special day that you will treasure for a long time. Thank you for sharing these lovely comments about our tour to the 2 most famous and iconic attractions in New Zealand. In our 1 day return excursion from Auckland, you saw both of these in 1 day plus the spectacular and ever changing scenery en route. Like you, I marvel at the attention to detail in the Hobbiton Movie Set. Every time I go into the Shire, I see something I had never seen before. You would, I am sure, have been surprised at the size of the Set; much larger than most are expecting. Is their any other more enchanting place to be? We think not! And the Caves. These are the most magical experience anyone will ever have in New Zealand. I marvel at the serenity and tranquility as I am sure you did and as you mention the breathtaking and magical experience of the myriad of Glowworms shining down on you when you are in the boat on the river gliding silently through the caverns of the Caves. Thank you sincerely for choosing our tour and best wishes
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Once in a Lifetime...
KhattS
, Mar 2020
Whether you grew up with the Lord Of The Rings books, loved the movies or just find yourself in this truly picturesque land, this is a fantastic tour. We felt like we were really in The Shire.
icon Response from Host , Mar 2020
Thank you for sharing these lovely comments about our tour. You clearly had in your words a "fantastic"day. And you are right that you don't have to be a LOTR fan, or read any of the Tolkein books or watched any of the movies to enjoy this simply magical and enchanting tour. You clearly marvelled at the Shire and is there and better place to be than sitting outside The Green Dragon with a complimentary ale, stout , cider or ginger beer marvelling at the picturesque, reflective lake in front of you, the Mill to the side and the 44 Hobbit Holes on the other side of the lake. We think not. Thank you sincerely for choosing our tour and best wishes
star-5
Magical
Pravin_S
, Mar 2020
Awesome trip. Great guide. Loved it. Very comfortable luxurious drive. Guide was very knowledgeable.
icon Response from Host , Mar 2020
Thank you! We were privileged to share the 2 most iconic and famous attractions in New Zealand with you both. Your headline "magical" is a word we often use as our tour is a simply magical and enchanting tour and day excursion from Auckland . Yes, from the moment we pick you up in the luxury and comfort of one of our Mercedes-Benz vehicles, we want you to just sit back and enjoy our tour confident that we are taking care of all the little details as we share the stunning scenery on a specially designed route that we take. Appreciate your lovely comments on one of our tour guides. You experienced first hand why our guides are so renowned for their enormous depth of knowledge plus equally their professionalism and affability. Thank you sincerely for choosing our tour. Stay safe and best wishes
star-5
Two American Girls Who Loved the Tour!
S_N
, Mar 2020
Our tour guide, Nick, was outstanding. He was so fantastic we hope he gets a raise! What an exceptional tour of Hobbiton and the Glowworm Caves. Would do it again in a heartbeat.
icon Response from Host , Mar 2020
Thank you! You clearly both had a very, very special day made even more so by one of our tour guides. Loved your comment " exceptional tour" as you can appreciate now how we have designed our tour, apart from the scenic country route that we take, so that when you get to Hobbiton you pretty much have the Movie Set to your own without the queues and crowds so you can capture the absolute best photos. We were privileged to share the 2 most famous attractions in New Zealand with you. Thank you sincerely for choosing our tour and best wishes
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Hobbiton tour
Carole_G
, Mar 2020
This is a great tour to take. Had lots of fun and our driver was entertaining. Too bad you cannot take photos inside the glow worm cave.
icon Response from Host , Mar 2020
Thank you for these lovely comments about our tour. Yes, unfortunately you cannot take photos inside the Caves; towards the end you can, of course. The reason for this is that the Glowowrms react negatively to light so if everyone is flashing camera lights in the caverns of the Caves, no one will see and experience what they came to see; but the more important reason is that the Gloworms turn their lights totally off and it can take up to 2 hours for them to return to their full luminescence. This clearly then impacts for other visitors following. So you are right that the best camera is your eyes. Thank you for choosing our tour and best wishes
star-5
The shire was amazing!
Glenda
, Mar 2020
Great tour from beginning to end. Throughly enjoyed it. movie set was even better than I expected. I would highly recommend this tour. Everything was well organized with comfortable transportation and excellent tour guides. Thank you.
icon Response from Host , Mar 2020
Is there and better place to be that in the absolutely enchanting Hobbiton Movie Set? I sense you wanted to stay there forever? People are surprised at how large it is and you would have appreciated how we have designed our tour so that you miss the crowds, the queues, the lines. We appreciate you comments on how we have designed our tour and the organization of our company. Equally our transportation. Our fleet of Mercedes Benz are at the top end of luxury and comfort and with their very large viewing windows are ideal when for 80% of the day we journey off the motorways on to the stunning scenic country routes as our name Auckland Scenic Tours suggests. We always take specially designed scenic routes on all our tours. Thank you for choosing our tour and best wishes for the rest of 2020

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