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Hobbiton Movie Set and Waitomo Glowworm Caves Day Trip from Auckland

  • Cross off two North Island highlights in one day—no rental car needed!
  • Lord of the Rings fans will love an official Hobbiton Movie Set tour
  • Ride a boat through the illuminated Waitomo Glowworm Caves
Hobbiton Movie Set and Waitomo Glowworm Caves Day Trip from Auckland
From US$ 180.46
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Hobbiton Movie Set and Waitomo Glowworm Caves Day Trip from Auckland
From US$ 180.46
Visit two of New Zealand’s top attractions on a combo trip from Auckland. Explore the Shire’s hobbit holes and get a drink at the Green Dragon Inn on a Hobbiton Movie Set tour—a favorite for Lord of the Rings fans—and then listen to Maori legends on a boat ride through the mesmerizing Waitomo Glowworm Caves. Along the way, pass through some of the North Island’s most gorgeous landscapes.
What to Expect

After pickup at your central Auckland hotel, leave the city behind as you drive through the Bombay Hills and Hauraki Plains to reach a sheep farm used as the filming location for the Lord of the Rings trilogy and The Hobbit. J.R.R. Tolkien fans will recognize Middle-earth locales like hobbit holes, the Mill, and the Green Dragon Inn as you learn behind-the-scenes secrets of the epic movies. 

After a Kiwi-style lunch, depart the Shire for the mysterious underground world of the Waitomo Glowworm Caves. Glide through glittering caverns on a boat as thousands of bioluminescent glowworms provide a natural light show. Explore the acoustically rich Cathedral Cove on foot, and learn about the area’s history and legends from a Maori guide. 

Travel along the Waikato River and past a sacred Maori burial ground on the drive back to your Auckland hotel, where your tour ends.

Reviews (107)
1 - 5 of 74 reviews
Reviewed 4 days ago
Ecellent Guide!

Our guide Alex was incredibly friendly, interacting individual with us to make sure we were having a great time at all the stops. The set was much larger than I thought, which was wonderful. Still easy to walk without tiring yourself out. The cider was...More

Thank gdeluna02
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile
Ideal way to cover lots of ground in 1 day

We had a brief stopover (2 days) in Auckland and booked this tour to visit multiple New Zealand highlights and see something outside the city. It was wonderful, even better than I hoped. Even though only half of us knew the LOTR movies, we all...More

Thank jenniferl147
Reviewed 5 days ago
Must-do when visiting Auckland!

Hobbiton and Glowworm Caves were two of the highlights of our trip to New Zealand. Our tour guide, Nick, was great throughout the whole trip, giving us bits and pieces of interesting info throughout our long drive to keep us awake and interested. Hobbiton itself...More

Thank sjkabadi
Reviewed 1 week ago
Truly Middle Earth Fun

As Long Time Fans of the Lord of the Rings, This was one place we wanted to see and we were not let down. The Van picked us up very early and the drive is long but we stopped along the way and got to...More

Thank DonDory
DavidS23368, Owner at Auckland Scenic Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

I can see from your comments that you had a very special day that you will treasure and remember for a long time. We pride ourselves on our punctuality. Give that Hobbiton is 2 hours south of Auckland, we mitigate this by the special route...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Famous sights made special by a great guide.

First off, it was an awesome day made so much more enjoyable by Louise, our guide. Louise was right on time for the pick-up, which is always a plus when you stand outside your hotel at 6am. From the moment she greeted me I felt...More

Thank Verena L
DavidS23368, Owner at Auckland Scenic Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for sharing these lovely comments about our Company, one of our guides and the way we have designed our tour to ensure that you miss all the thousands and thousands of people that visit these 2 attractions daily. Our tour is specially designed...More

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16 November 2018|
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Response from koayfami | Reviewed this property |
U can email auckland scenic tour personally or go to their website. The prices are stated there
6 November 2018|
Response from Bubbleofhug | Reviewed this property |
Probably not - I was picked up at about 6am so unless your cruise comes in VERY VERY early, this likely won't match unfortunately.
6 November 2018|
Response from tungstencoil | Reviewed this property |
You should contact been directly, but I was at a small hotel and they picked up directly.