Hobbiton Movie Set and Waitomo Glowworm Caves Day Trip from Auckland80 reviews
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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 11 or 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
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
Ascotia off Queen
Auckland City Hotel
Auckland Harbour Oaks and Residences
Backpackers-all CBD locations
Haka Hotel & Suites, 2 Day Street (only)
Ibis City (Wyndham)
Metropolis (Avani Metropolis)
Princes Wharf Apartments
Quadrant Hotel & Suites
Quest (all CBD locations)
Sebel (both Viaduct Harbour and Quay West)
Sky City Grand
Sky City Hotel
Star Park Apartments, 30B Swanson St
Star Queen Apartments, 438 Queen Street
Star Victoria Apartments, 64 Federal Street
Swiss bel Suites
VR Auckland City
Waldorf (Nesuto) -all in the Downtown CBD area
- 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 11 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 Terms and Conditions
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.
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