Hobbiton Movie Set and Waitomo Glow Worms from Auckland

Visit two iconic New Zealand attractions with this small group day tour to Hobbiton Movie Set and Waitomo Glow Worm Caves.

The day includes a fully guided tour of the Hobbiton Movie Set, and we also have a great lunch at the Shires Rest Café. From 2021 we will be reintroducing the sumptuous lunchtime feast in the Party Marquee. This is followed by a guided tour of the Waitomo Caves with a boat ride through the glowworm grotto.

From 236 per person

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  • Admissions and guided tour of Hobbiton Movie Set
  • Admission and guided tour of Waitomo caves
  • Great lunch at the Shire's Rest Cafè (2020)
  • Sumptuous buffet lunch in the Party Marquee (from 2021)
  • Ale, cider or ginger beer at the Green Dragon Inn
  • Boat ride through the glowworm grotto at Waitomo caves
  • Free souvenir voucher

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Our experienced guides look after you all day from pick-up to drop-off at your inner Auckland city centre accommodation. Enjoy full commentary on the way with insights into the areas you are travelling through and background to both Hobbiton and Waitomo Caves.

Hillside Hobbit Homes at the Hobbiton Movie Set
The Hobbiton Movie Set is one of the country’s most-loved Middle-earth attractions.

Our first stop on the way to Hobbiton is at a small café – a chance to get a quick snack or coffee if you need it. Then we are off to Hobbiton, where we will drive you down to the set itself and have one of the specialist Hobbiton guides take you on a walking tour around the 44 Hobbit holes. You will get the chance to have a photo in the doorway of a Hobbit house, see the Party Tree and stand by the gate to Bilbo’s house Bag End overlooking the whole set to the hills in the distance.

Hobbiton Express Tour: Green Dragon Inn Bar
Hobbiton Express Tour: Green Dragon Inn Bar

Before your buffet lunch feast in the Party Marquee (from 2021) enjoy a complimentary ale, cider or ginger beer in the Green Dragon Inn. After lunch, we’ll give you a 10 NZD souvenir voucher to spend at the Hobbiton gift shop before we continue on to Waitomo Caves. The drive to Waitomo Caves continues through beautiful countryside beside Lake Karapiro and across the famous Arapuni Dam.

Waitomo Glow-Worm Caves
Waitomo Glow-Worm Caves

At Waitomo Glow-Worm Caves one of their experienced guides will take you on a walking tour through the caves and talk about the limestone formations and the glow-worms. At the end of the cave tour take the iconic boat ride to glide along through the world-famous glow-worm grotto (subject to water levels). Marvel in silence at thousands of magical glow-worms, which are unique to the Southern Hemisphere, before exiting the cave.

After your tour at Waitomo, return to Auckland with an afternoon tea stop on the way (own cost).

We have been running small group day tours from Auckland for 35 years so you are in very experienced hands. Our fleet of modern vehicles mean you will be comfortable all day.

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2. Hobbiton Movie Set

Hillside Hobbit Homes at the Hobbiton Movie Set
The Hobbiton Movie Set in the lush countryside setting of Matamata in the Hamilton - Waikato region of New Zealand is one of the country's most-loved Middle-earth attractions.

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