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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.

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Hobbiton Movie Set Tours
Waitomo Glowworm Caves
Auckland Scenic Tours
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.
  • 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
  • Learn about native New Zealand history and culture from a Maori guide
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Reviewed 4 days ago
Fantastic Tour & Tour Guide, Nick!

We were greeted and picked up from our Hotel accommodation by our tour guide on time and with a friendly smile. Nick passionately highlighted all Auckland had to offer as we made out way out of city before the peak hour traffic set in. He...More

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David S, Owner at Auckland Scenic Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Thank you! Your comments have just made the movie set come alive. We particularly appreciate your comments about one of our tour guides. All our tour guides are passionate about what they do and you clearly experienced the joy they get from unfolding these 2...More

Reviewed 1 week ago
Great Experience With A Great Tour Guide

Without doubt, this is the company to use if you want to see these two tourist attractions. Reason 1: they leave early in the morning so you can be part of the FIRST guided tour of the Hobbiton movie set that takes off at 9am...More

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David S, Owner at Auckland Scenic Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Thank you so much for sharing your experience of our Hobbiton (Lord of the Rings)/Waitomo Glowworm Caves Combo Tour, our Company and one of our Tour Guides. As you rightly point out we have designed this tour so our guests miss the crowds and the...More

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile
Delightful day trip with Nick

My friend and I took this tour in early August. The drive to Hobbiton and the glowworm cave was quite a distance but Nick was such a pleasant driver that the ride was very enjoyable. Hobbiton and the cave was no doubt worth the time...More

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David S, Owner at Auckland Scenic Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you so much for sharing these lovely comments about our Tour and one of our Tour Guides. You are right that this is the best 1 day excursion out of Auckland where you get to see the 2 most iconic tourist attractions. More importantly...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Best Part of our Vacation

With Nick as our guide, we set out on a fun filled day learning about New Zealand as we drove to Hobbiton and the Glowworm caves. The ride was very comfortable and as an added bonus, Nick took us to the best ice cream shop....More

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David S, Owner at Auckland Scenic Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for sharing these comments and choosing our tour. We are committed to providing outstanding tours and an outstanding guest experience. We do this in many ways on this tour as we help you miss the queues and the crowds and with the tips...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile
Solid Adventure for Everyone 👍🏻👍🏻

This is a great experience for all to enjoy. Nick was our driver and full of interesting pearls about the country. Hobbiton is the highlight of the trip, as you are transported back to the Shire and you really feel like Frodo, Bilbo or Sam...More

Thank Kevin B
David S, Owner at Auckland Scenic Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thank you for sharing you comments on our Hobbiton/Waitomo Caves Tour. There is no better 1 day excursion out of Auckland where you get to see the 2 most iconic attractions in New Zealand in 1 day. Our tour guide mentioned how much your children...More

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Ong Y
12 August 2018|
Response from Paul S | Reviewed this property |
Freemans Way is just west of Downtown. I am sure if you ask, it could be possible for a pick up.
Abhay M
29 July 2018|
Response from jdcoach | Reviewed this property |
I don't see why not. It is just a bus that picks you up and takes you there. Once there, you join a different bus load of people who then drive a few minutes to the set. Once there, you try to stay in a group and travel... More
6 July 2018|
Response from Paul S | Reviewed this property |
Hi....The day trip to Hobbiton and Waitomo with AUCKLAND SCENIC TOURS which we did, left Auckland around 7:45am and was a full day returning to Auckland around 6:00pm. I would suggest going to Auckland scenic tours website... More
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