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Waitomo Day Trip with Option to Add Hobbiton from Rotorua

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Rotorua, New Zealand
Waitomo Day Trip with Option to Add Hobbiton from Rotorua

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Visit Waitomo Glowworm Caves and the Hobbiton Movie Set on a full-day tour from Rotorua that can be customized to your interests. Choose a walking tour of the glowworm caves, enjoy independent time in Waitomo, or splash through the caverns on an adventurous rafting or caving tour. Next, head to the Hobbiton Movie Set to explore hobbit holes and sip a hobbit-themed brew at the Green Dragon Inn. This full-day tour includes pickup at selected locations in Rotorua, with drop-off in Rotorua or Auckland.
  • Full-day combination tour from Rotorua
  • See the natural phenomenon of the Waitomo Glowworm Caves
  • Choose the cave tour option that suits you
  • Guided tour of Hobbiton Movie Set
  • Pay for just the experiences that interest you
  • Pickup in Rotorua, drop-off in Rotorua or Auckland
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Waitomo activity of choice (The Waitomo Cave option you have selected)
Hobbiton Movies Set tour (if chosen)
Pickup from centrally located meeting point
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)
Personal expenses
Hobbiton, unless chosen at check out

Departure Point

1167 Fenton Street, Rotorua 3010, New Zealand

Our main pick up is at 6:45am at 1167 Fenton Street outside I-Site Rotorua. If you want to change to one of the pick ups below please call or email the local supplier with your Viator voucher ready so this can be arranged. Please be ready 10 minutes before departure time. Phone: +64 3 477 9083

Departure Time

6:45 AM

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Child ages 4–14 half price of adult
  • Black Labyrinth: Minimum age 12 years old, minimum weight 99 pounds (45 kg.)
  • Black Abyss: Minimum age 16 years old, 99 pounds (45 kg.)
  • If doing a Black Abyss or Black Labyrinth Tour, a wet suit will be provided for you. However, please bring swimwear to wear underneath your wetsuit as well as a towel and a warm change of clothes.
  • Please note: if you decide to end your day in Auckland and do not want to join the Hobbiton Movie Set Tour you will have two hours at Hobbiton to relax in their cafe.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 22 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Headfirst Travel
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

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  • "This is a good offer to transfer us from our hotel in Rotorua - Matamata (Hobbiton) - Waitomo (GlowWorm and Ruakuri) - then to our next hotel in Auckland City Centre." See review


25 Reviews
3 stars

Reviews by Viator travelers

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Waitomo Caves and Hobbiton tour are a must see!
, Feb 2020
I loved both the caves and the Hobbiton tour. Both were unique experiences you can’t get elsewhere and I am so glad I did both! While you are on a small bus for part of the day from Rotorua and back the tours made it worth it. I learned a lot, saw amazing things and would recommend the tours to anyone!
Unforgettable Experience
, Aug 2019
Hobbiton was picture perfect - as expected. The visit at Hobbiton also includes a drink at the Dragon Inn. Glowworm was stunning but too short time inside the cave and were not allowed to take pictures inside. While Ruakuri was stunning as well and allowed to take pictures. This is a good offer to transfer us from our hotel in Rotorua - Matamata (Hobbiton) - Waitomo (GlowWorm & Ruakuri) - then to our next hotel in Auckland City Centre.
icon Response from Host , Oct 2019
Hi Purisu - Many thanks for the review! Yes, the 2 Cave Waitomo Cave and Hobbiton Tour certainly is un-forgettable. You are correct that no photos can be taken in the Waitomo Caves due to the Glowworms not being able to handle the flash. Ruakuri Cave however gives you the perfect opportunity to take as many photos as you like. We hope you managed to get some good pictures in this cave. It certainly is a great way for you to transfer from Rotorua to Auckland while seeing some must see sights on the way. We allow passengers to take luggage with them :) Thanks again for the review! From The Headfirst Travel Team
Great experience
Erika K
, Sep 2018
The glow worm caves were fascinating and we learned a lot about them and the caves. Hobbiton was fun, our guideKnew her information inside and out and was great!
Good tour but less efficient. A lot...
, Feb 2018
Good tour but less efficient. A lot of wasted time. We got up early and met at Isite at 6:45 am. Then there was ample waiting time from the 1st tour to the 2nd. Could have broken into two separate tours with each taking half day.
Hobbiton movie set was very...
, Feb 2018
Hobbiton movie set was very colorful. The only drawback was the weather - humid and hot. The Waitomo cave was less exciting except the glow worm viewing which was only less than 10 mins. The chaos came from moving from one tour to the other. It was not arranged efficiently and we got up very early.
The caves tour was excellent, the...
, Feb 2018
The caves tour was excellent, the glowworms were spectacular and well worth the visit. The Hobbiton Movie Set tour was outstanding leaving everyone wanting more... the cider at the Dragon Inn was awesome but would have like an extra 10 minutes or so to sit and relax and take it all in, otherwise the movie set was everything I expected and more! The first bus driver, Alan was exceptional making sure everyone all of us females was looked after and assured me that I would be taken to my hotel in Auckland on the return journey. However, the next bus driver told me not to worry but then changed his mind and drove straight passed the motel turn off and dropped me off in the city saying it would be easier for me to get a train or a bus back to the motel. He left me on the street in the middle of the city at 8pm at night with all my luggage and pointed to where the train station was at the end of the street. There was construction near the entrance of the train station so I didn't see it when I first walked passed and was wandering around for 20 minutes before I found it, then had to wait 20 minutes for the next train to my destination... It took me 2 hours to get to my motel by train so what was a fantastic day ended in a nightmare!
booking preferences could be more...
, Sep 2017
booking preferences could be more details. Could've included the following in the booking process: 1 the option to be picked up at hotel or the i-site -- i had to call it in to request for pick up at hotel 2 the option to end the tour in either Rotorua or Auckland -- the information given before booking this tour is that this trip ends in Auckland. So i assumed that i was to be dropped off there. The driver said, i had to inform them beforehand that i wanted to end in Auckland, but the good thing is, they found a way to arrange a trip for me to get to where i intended to be. 3 the possibility of being dropped off at your hotel -- this site indicated that i could be dropped off at my hotel, but when i asked the driver, they said they couldnt, and only dropped me off at a bus stop in Manukau. With 2 luggage in tow, i had to take a bus in a city i was not familiar with. All these issues i raised could have been more organized if this was all indicated in the booking process. At the end of the day, the tour itself was still good. Even though my Waitomo Boat Cave tour was cancelled due to rain and flooding of the caves, i was given a different walking tour of a glow worm cave which was still beautiful. Hobbiton was spectacular, and i highly recommend seeing this when in New Zealand.
, Nov 2019
Fue un día espectacular, comenzando con las cuevas, que no se puede creer ante tanta inteligencia natural Y con Hobbiton una trasladacion a la película Un día increíble!!!
Caverna enorme e muito interessante...
Silvana M
, Nov 2017
Caverna enorme e muito interessante. Deveria ter tour em Espanhol ou Português.Foi cobrado um valor de 40 dólares a mais para nos levar em outra caverna. ISTO NÃO ESTAVA ESCRITO QUANDO COMPRAMOS O PASSEIO.

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