Hairy Feet Waitomo Hobbit Tour

Retrace the footsteps of Bilbo Baggins, Gandalf and The Company on the Hairy Feet Waitomo Hobbit Tour. Get closer than ever before and experience some of the most iconic locations featured in The Hobbit trilogy.

Why exactly the film-makers decided on this location, a mere 45 minutes from the Waitomo caves will become apparent almost immediately. Discover a wealth of forestland nestled within cliffs quilted in limestone, add the familiar-looking formations of rocks and you’ll certainly start to recognise the area the Dwarves travelled through on their unforgettable adventure to seek untold treasures on the Hairy Feet Waitomo Hobbit Tour.

This one-of-a-kind experience is not available anywhere else in the world, so you can be sure that you’ll be placed in the heart of where the magic of Peter Jackson’s fantasy franchise was brought to life.

From 39 per person

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Tour details

  • Weather can be unpredictable, but these tours run rain or shine. Please bring an umbrella or coat should the forecast show chances of rain.

  • Please ensure that no dogs are brought to the tour. The farm operates with various farm animals on-site during tours.

  • Meeting point

    Check in 15 minutes before departure at our Tour Office, 1411 Mangaotaki Road, Piopio 3971 (3 hours by car from Auckland, 1½ hours by car from Hamilton)

  • Tour departs

    Daily at 10:00hrs and 13:00hrs (Jan – Dec)

  • Tour ends

    Back to meeting point

  • Duration

  • Live guide speaks

  • Travel by


  • Tour type

  • Max group size

    9 persons

  • Tour operator

  • Cancellation policy

    24 hours or more before start: full refund less 5% booking fees.
    After that time or no-show: no refund.

  • Exclusions

    Food & Drink
    Infant or booster seat

  • Things to bring

    Appropriate clothing
    Comfortable shoes
    Light raincoat

  • Film series

Full description

Hairy Feet Waitomo during Filming: Dwarf Ponies
Hairy Feet Waitomo during Filming: Dwarf Ponies

Denize Bluffs farm is one of the most prominent locations featured in The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. Our tour guide will show you around the most memorable filming locations on the Hairy Feet Waitomo Hobbit Tour.

The Tour begins at the abandoned farmhouse in Trollshaw. Discover the cave exit to where the Trolls go to stay out of the sun and visit the location where we first saw Radagast before he took the sick hedgehog and nursed it back to health.

Experience first-hand where the orcs and wargs planned their ambush on Thorin and the Company. Although Bilbo was reluctant to take the Elvish blade, your final stop is where he received the life-saving Sting.

Hairy Feet Waitomo Hobbit Tour: Small Group
Hairy Feet Waitomo Hobbit Tour: Small Group

All tours are guided with both fans and newcomers in mind, with excitement and facts tailored to everyone.

Although tours run twice per day, there is only an allocated number of bookings per tour. Book in advance to avoid disappointment!

Tours in small groups will be more likely to ensure a more personal experience.

A comfortable minivan will be provided on arrival to take you to the tour location after a short drive.

Locations (1)

1. Hairy Feet Waitomo / Trollshaws Forest

Hairy Feet Waitomo Hobbit Tour: Welcome Sign
Hairy Feet Waitomo Hobbit Tour: Welcome Sign

Major filming locations from The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey:

The Company arriving at a destroyed farmhouse
The exit from the cave containing the troll hoard
Gandalf bestowing the sword, “Sting” upon Bilbo
Radagast arriving
The Orcs and Wargs attacking

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