Hobbiton Movie Set and Waitomo Caves Full Day Tour departing Auckland

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Hobbiton Movie Set and Waitomo Caves Full Day Tour departing Auckland
from USD $295.13
See two magical places come to life on this day tour from Auckland. First explore the Waitomo Glowworm Caves and be entranced by the thousands of twinkling lights in the glowworm grotto. Then visit the Hobbiton Movie Set, the filming location of the village of Bilbo Bagins and his fellow hobbits in ‘The Lord of the Rings’ movie trilogy. As you explore Hobbiton, you can pose for pictures in front of the hobbit holes, the pond and the Green Dragon Inn.
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In Brief

Auckland, New Zealand
New Zealand
11 hours
Important InfoInfo
This is a typical itinerary for this product

Stop At: GreatSights, 102 Hobson Street, Auckland Central, Auckland 1010 New Zealand

This is the arrival and departure point for this tour

Duration: 15 minutes

Stop At: Hobbiton Movie Set, 501 Buckland Road Matamata, Hinuera 3472 New Zealand

Journey south through lush rural farmland to the Hobbiton Movie Set, hidden on private farmland near the town of Matamata. Here, the village of Hobbiton was carefully created in amazing detail as a film location for the Lord of the Rings and Hobbit movie trilogies. During your guided tour of this amazing location you’ll see sights like Hobbit holes, the Mill and the Green Dragon Inn, and learn how farmland was transformed into a living, breathing piece of Middle-earth. After exploring Hobbiton, tuck into a delicious lunch at the Green Dragon Inn.

Duration: 2 hours

Stop At: Waitomo Glowworm Caves, 39 Waitomo Village Road, Waitomo Caves 3943 New Zealand

At the world famous Waitomo Glowworm Caves, take a 45-minute guided tour through impressive underground caverns and learn how stalactites, stalagmites and other limestone structures were formed over millions of years. Your tour includes a boat ride through the Glowworm Grotto - glide silently along an underground river as you gaze at the twinkling glowworms overhead.

Duration: 1 hour


  • Morning snack
  • Transport by luxury coach
  • Lunch - Buffet lunch at Hobbiton's Party Marquee
  • Entry/Admission - Hobbiton Movie Set
  • Entry/Admission - Waitomo Glowworm Caves


  • Food and drinks, unless specified

Departure Time

8:00 AM

Departure Point

102 Hobson Street, Auckland CBD, Auckland 1010, New Zealand

Traveler pickup is offered
Hotel pick ups in most cases will be earlier. Please check with provider open til 8pm - Toll free within NZ 0800744487
If your pick up location is not on the supplied list please contact our reservations team 24 hours prior

Returns To

Returns to original departure point

Additional Information

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Infant seats available
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 40 travelers

Booking Information

You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.

Cancellation Terms

This trip is fully refundable up to 96 hours prior to the commencement of your trip.

Booking Terms and Conditions

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Hotel Pickup

When you book, we will ask you to select a hotel to be picked up from. Once your booking is confirmed, we'll send you a confirmation voucher with full contact information (phone number, email address) for our local operator in case you need to update or change your hotel pick-up details.

Here are answers to some commonly asked questions about hotel pickup:

What if my hotel is not listed?
That's okay. When you book you can select an hotel from our list and make your way there on the day of departure; or you can contact our local operator directly to make alternate pick-up arrangements.

What if I have not yet booked a hotel?
Once your hotel arrangements are finalised, you can contact our local operator directly with your hotel details.

What if I live locally, am staying with friends or relatives, and/or don't require pick-up?
Once your booking is confirmed, we'll send you complete details and directions to the tour/activity departure point.

Scoring an average traveller rating of 5 out of 5 based on the last 24 recent reviews

The bus picked up at sky city. It was easy to check in. The morning was hobbiton and it was great. The guide for that portion really needed a microphone because we had trouble hearing her as it was a large group. The caves were breathtaking.
• Submitted 13 Jan 2020
We were picked up promptly at our hotel and delivered to the Great Sights Tours motor coach. The coach was very comfortable and clean. Our driver was great and delivered a running narration of everything about New Zealand and and the points of interest along our route. The Hobbiton Movie Set was just as seen in the movie. The guide from Hobbiton was very good and explained everything. Our buffet lunch at Hobbiton was enjoyable with many selections. The Waitomo caves with the glow worms was amazing. If you didn't know better you could think that the glow worms were a bunch of bluish LED lights. Our guide there was also very good. We traveled about 300 miles. It was a long day but we thoroughly enjoyed it.
• Submitted 28 Nov 2019
No one likes long bus rides while on vacation, but our driver Brian made the trip informative, funny, and very enjoyable. Visiting the Hobbiton movie set was amazing - if you're a Hobbit movie fan, it is a must-see. The Waitomo Caves are breathtaking - nature at it's finest; just don't try to sneak any pictures as they get very angry.
• Submitted 04 Nov 2019
This combined tour was awesome! The coach driver knows a lot of things about NZ, very accommodating and very kind. The tour guides in Hobbiton and Waitomo Caves are both energetic and happy to be with as well. I am looking forward to do this again with my kids. Thank you very much!
• Submitted 15 Jul 2019
As die-hard fans of the Lord of the Rings, the Hobbiton Movie Set has always been in our bucket list to visit - do or die. This tour catered to just what we wanted, and more! Pair that with a visit to Waitomo Caves, it was a perfect way to satisfy that bucket list! Dana (I do hope that I've gotten her name right!), our tour bus driver who doubled up as our guide, was very entertaining and informative. Her sense of humor was refreshing without being intrusive. As we were travelling with a toddler, she never made us feel excluded. In fact, everyone who were on the tour with us were very accommodating and understanding (it was pretty breezy since our 2 year-old was very well-behaved throughout the tour thankfully!). I would definitely recommend this tour!
• Submitted 15 Jul 2019
I did this in January of 2014. It was the best experience for a LOTR fan! I highly recommend it.
• Submitted 05 Nov 2018
it was one of the best experiences in my life!
• Submitted 06 Oct 2018
While I wished for more time in both places, there is only so much time in the day. All in all a fantastic experience, the lunch in Hobbiton was plentiful and delicious, in true Hobbit style!
• Submitted 26 Jun 2018
Great tour. Damian was the perfect guide for the trip!
• Submitted 23 Jun 2018
We took this tour in Oct. 2016. The Hobbiton movie set was so well maintained, you thought you would see Hobbits popping out from behind a door. This tour included a very good lunch of Hobbit type food plus the detour to Waitomo Caves was nice addition to see the glow worms.
• Submitted 22 Jun 2018
This was an amazing first day of exploring in New Zealand. Our bus driver Damian ? was Amazing!! He was almost over-the-top with the information he provided about New Zealand, including the history of the country and maori culture, current politics and core national values, and even what flavor ice-cream is popular among locals. It was really useful information to gain while visiting NZ and pretty great to have on the start of our trip so we knew things as we traveled and saw things. And of course, Hobbiton and the Waitomo Caves were both beautiful and enjoyable to visit. My only recommendation to make this tour perfect is to extend the overall time by about 15-20 minutes to allow more time to enjoy the otherwise fantastic lunch in Hobbiton. The lunch was extremely rushed for the size and type of sit-down meal. Other than that, everything was great!
• Submitted 06 Jun 2018
Great tour and guide very informative.
• Submitted 13 May 2018
Highly recommend this tour if you are ever in Auckland.
• Submitted 08 May 2018
Hobbiton and Waitomo were amazing. The bus driver and the local guides were super friendly and very informative. Even if your not into the movies, its still breath taking and the set is very detailed. You are bound to have fun no matter what. Waitomo was just magical. The boat ride was the highlight, its very short like 5 minutes but in those few minutes it renders you speechless. Its such a great experience and it really shows you how amazing nature is.
• Submitted 29 Apr 2018
A great experience!
• Submitted 30 Apr 2018
• Submitted 11 Apr 2018
I had a great experience, learned a lot about New Zealand now and then. Two thumbs up for our Driver and Guide Demian. :
• Submitted 04 Apr 2018
Loved it! Such a beautiful place that no words can do it justice. Guide was very nice and knowledgeable
• Submitted 31 Mar 2018
Oh my god! A step back in time or a step into a movie set! The Hobbiton experience is a must for any Lord of the Rings or Hobbit fan. It can get full of people but watching the sheep grazing and the free beer at the end make it worth it. The Waitomo Caves is a unique experience. There is no other place where you will be able to go into a cave, look up and think that you're looking at the night sky.
• Submitted 27 Mar 2018
Must go! The bus driver, Damion, was a wealth of knowledge and the scenery was breathtaking. One of the best experiences I have had on an overseas vacation.
• Submitted 27 Mar 2018
The overall trip was great. I would recommend this trip to anyone. Driver was very informative on the history of New Zealand. Hobbiton was so much fun. The trip took 11 hours but it was worth it.
• Submitted 22 Mar 2018
Wonderful tour and would do it again!! Great first day in Auckland and even though we hit a bit of rain...loved it!! The tour guide was terrific and the company was very professional. Once again Viator always chooses the best companies to partner with!!
• Submitted 17 Mar 2018
Amazing,informaqtive,coach driver on every area we passed through.The caves were unique and the movie set was like a magical fairyland.
• Submitted 14 Mar 2018
Excellent tour! We got to do the two most important things to us in this one tour! The countryside was beautiful and we had a wonderful day!
• Submitted 13 Mar 2018

In Brief

Auckland, New Zealand
New Zealand
11 hours

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