Hobbiton Movie Set and Waitomo Glowworm Caves Day Trip from Auckland

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Hobbiton Movie Set and Waitomo Glowworm Caves Day Trip from Auckland
from USD $213.68
Join this tour to visit two of New Zealand’s most famous attractions, Hobbiton Movie Set and Waitomo Caves, in one easy day trip from Auckland. Be fascinated as the magical world of Hobbiton comes to life and take photos in front of your favourite places like the Hobbit Holes, the Shire and the Green Dragon Inn. Then journey to the World Famous Waitomo Glowworm Caves and be captivated by the thousands of magical glowworms twinkling in the Grottos, the stalactites and stalagmites as you glide silently through the cave by boat. Marvel at the stunning scenery en route as we journey off the motorways into the real hinterland of New Zealand. All admission fees and lunch included.
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In Brief

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

Pass By: Auckland Scenic Tours, Auckland Central, Auckland 1052 New Zealand

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, 501 Buckland Road Matamata, Hinuera 3472 New Zealand

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

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

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


  • Small-group tour (maximum of 14)
  • Kiwi café-style lunch
  • Local driver/guide
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off from downtown Auckland City
  • Local taxes
  • Entry/Admission - Hobbiton Movie Set
  • Entry/Admission - Waitomo Glowworm Caves


  • Food and drinks, unless specified

Departure Time

6:30 AM

Departure Point

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

Adina Apartments


Ascotia off Queen

Auckland City Hotel

Auckland Harbour Oaks and Residences

Backpackers-all CBD locations

Barclay Suites

City Life



Crowne Plaza

De Bretts



Empire Apartments

Grand Chancellor

Grand Mercure

Grand Millenium

Grand Windsor

Haka Hotel & Suites, 2 Day Street (only)

Haka Lodge



Ibis City (Wyndham)

Jucy Snooze

Kiwi International

Metropolis (Avani Metropolis)


President Hotel

Princes Wharf Apartments


Quadrant Hotel & Suites

Quest (all CBD locations)




Sebel (both Viaduct Harbour and Quay West)

Sky City Grand

Sky City Hotel


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

Additional Information

  • 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 experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 14 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

When you book this trip, you need to read and accept the terms and conditions for booking our day trips in excursions.

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

Fantastic tour. Comfortable ride through beautiful country, with interesting commentary throughout. Hobbiton movie set a real gem.
• Submitted 14 Feb 2020
Fabulous way to see the countryside. Dwayne was our driver and he was awesome. So much fun to walk around the movie set. Lunch was great and then off to the glowworms! Now that was a treat all by itself. I highly recommend this tour.
• Submitted 03 Feb 2020
Mike was great! Wealth of information, worked really hard to fix the bumps in the road. Told us where the best deal was for greenstone. The tour itself was a bit rushed so not enough time to shop. But Mike made things very enjoyable.
• Submitted 03 Feb 2020
Excellent tour with Matt! Picked up on time in exact location. Very informative! Ended the tour with a nice treat
• Submitted 03 Feb 2020
Fantastic trip and great to experience 2 landmarks on a day trip. Special thanks to driver and guide Dwayne who was brilliant and made long day run smoothly.
• Submitted 31 Jan 2020
Great experience! Amazing for us the fans. Great chance to take plenty of good photos. I wish that they let you roam freely a little bit more but I understand the reason why they don't. The Hobbiton tour guide was amazing (Ellie) and the Auckland Tours driver was super cool as well (Dwayne). Recommended.
• Submitted 30 Jan 2020
The Hobbiton tour is a must-see. Our tour guide was very informative and we enjoyed every minute of it! Highly recommended!
• Submitted 22 Jan 2020
Visiting the movie set was very unique. It was amazing to learn how much time, effort and expense was involved in site selection, improvements/modifications to the site (bringing in live trees, fabricating fake trees, etc.) and construction and landscaping of the actual set. If you liked the movie, this is a must. The glowworm caves were interesting in themselves, as well as learning the history and background from native New Zealanders.
• Submitted 22 Jan 2020
The trip was amazing! Matt was an awesome guide, really friendly and helpful. The experience overall was absolutely fantastic.
• Submitted 22 Jan 2020
Very nice tour, love the Hobbiton movie set. Our guide/ driver Nick was great. Glow worm cave was interesting. Would recommend. .
• Submitted 20 Jan 2020
I went on this tour with my wife and we both thoroughly enjoyed it. We were picked up on time and dropped off on time. I can't remember the name of our tour guide/driver but he was awesome. You'll get a good lunch from a restaurant on your way. The van itself is spacious and comfortable. I highly recommend this to anyone wanting to visit Hobbiton and the glowworm caves.
• Submitted 20 Jan 2020
This was a full day tour and I learned a lot! Mike and Mat were our guides (normally there is only one, but one was new to the company). I must say it was such an amazing experience because of these guys. They were so friendly, I felt like not only was I on a private tour, but I felt like they were my long lost friends- so friendly! There was a group of friends that were on our bus but they slept most of the drive so my husband and I got to talk everything New Zealand with Mike and Matt. Along the way we stopped for a photo opp, in which they offered to take our pictures. The Hobbiton tour was so cool! The gardens are just beautiful and detail is insane! It is so quiet and peaceful and you may see some guinea fowl running around. The coolest thing is this is someone's property, and they still (after all the royalties) operate their farm full-time. The end of the tour you are offered a beer or alcohol-free cider from none other than the actual Green Dragon! Yes! You get to go inside, sit down, look around. So cool! Afterwards we headed to the Waitomo Glow Worm Caves! We found out October is when they are very active (apparently they have seasons). Bugs are being born and that is the feeding season. When we arrived, we had strict instructions (be quiet as it affects the worms, and no pictures). Several other passenger vans from our tour group pulled up (these were all friends of the group on our bus), man, were they rowdy! They were older than my husband and I! They pushed and shoved and were talking the whole time and I was SO annoyed. These caves are sacred to the Maori and I was so disgusted at how disrespectful they were. That aside, it is a cool experience to see! It's like tons of stars close to your head, and then to know it's worm that create the glowing strands is just cool. The tour itself where you see the flow glow worms is like maybe 10mins long, which I thought it would be at least 25mins. Wish it were longer. The last stop on the way back is like a tiny store that has ice cream and souvenirs. I was not impressed- reminded me of a gas station stop. I wish they would pick a different place.
• Submitted 13 Jan 2020
Driver was prompt at pickup and very informative throughout drive. Hobbiton tour was fantastic- excellent local guide that didn't rush and had some insider knowledge about the screenings. Lunch stop was great! Waitomo was also an excellent tour though very busy during high season and therefore very scheduled. Wish we could have spent more time there. Quick stop at the end for great NZ ice cream. Overall fantastic day tour!
• Submitted 13 Jan 2020
Our tour guide Tyler was excellent and knew exactly when to entertain our small group and when to just let everyone nap. After the disappointment that was Weta Workshop in Wellington, we had expected Hobbiton to be a tourist trap as well. It was actually really well put together and beautiful to walk around. Even my wife who is not a very big fan of Lord of the Rings loved it as well. The glowworm cave was good too and much better than the one in Te Anu.
• Submitted 06 Jan 2020
This trip was a lot of fun surrounded by a lot of car time. We had a blast and Nick was a great tour guide. Only downfall was the long car rides between stops, but we knew that going in and made the best of it.
• Submitted 06 Jan 2020
A bit of a drive but really enjoyed the movie set. Glow worm cave was interesting. Would recommend. Guide Michael was great.
• Submitted 02 Jan 2020
The pickup is on time and smooth. The driver/tour guide is friendly and clearly told us what's to do next. The lunch is a good choice. The tour was very well organized. We had a good day.
• Submitted 30 Dec 2019
Long day. Excellent tour guide. Amazing vehicle. Perfect timings. Wonderful tours and adventures. Well worth it.
• Submitted 19 Dec 2019
It was a fun and wonderful experience. Glowworm caves is just amazing to see. Our driver, Matt, from Auckland Scenic Tour was very friendly, very helpful, accommodating and very knowledgeable and he made our experience great.
• Submitted 17 Dec 2019
Really enjoyed the day, though as others have said, it was a lot of driving - over 5 hours. The Hobbiton movie set was well organized and fun, the flowers and details were amazing. And the Waitomo caves were stunning. The boat ride was quite short though, only maybe 10 minutes, but there were so many glowworms. Our guide/driver Nick was helpful and informative for the driving parts.
• Submitted 09 Dec 2019
My friends and I absolutely loved this trip! Our tour guide, Mike, made it so much better. He had a lot of knowledge about New Zealand's history, Auckland, and the surrounding cities. The tour of the Hobbiton Movie Set is a must-see if you're a fan of Lord of the Rings/The Hobbit, and the Waitomo Glowworm Caves is amazing to see for anyone! The lunch included was also great, we loved the food selection. We were in Auckland for only a few days, but this trip was worth taking out a whole day for. Thanks for the great time, Mike!
• Submitted 09 Dec 2019
Had a good time at Hobbiton and the caves. Nick was our driver and he was top notch. He made sure that all our needs were met, every step of the way.
• Submitted 25 Nov 2019
So enjoyed this tour. Hobbiton was a unique experience with stops to hear about its history and take pictures. Glowworm Cave was cool to see. Wonderful guide on our boat who is 6th generation. Loved the drive through the country side.
• Submitted 25 Nov 2019
We had a great time. Mike, our tour guide was awesome. I’d definitely do this again if we ever come back to New Zealand.
• Submitted 21 Nov 2019

In Brief

Auckland Central, New Zealand
New Zealand
11 hours
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