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Can you do Hobbiton Tour and Waitomo Glow Worm same day?

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Can you do Hobbiton Tour and Waitomo Glow Worm same day?

Hi we have a 9am Hobbiton tour booked on Dec 29th, 2018 and from what I've read it looks like Waitomo Glow worm caves are nearby. Has anyone done them both on the same day? We have an RV so we were hoping to do them both and then move on to our next destination. Or if it's too much should we do them on back to back days? Thanks for any help or suggestions!!

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1. Re: Can you do Hobbiton Tour and Waitomo Glow Worm same day?

"Nearby" is relative! They are about 1:30hr apart - provided you don't get lost - they are not on a direct route ;-(

The critical thing is where are you starting from? If you are staying the night before at Matamata in order to do Hobbiton, which will finish at 11 am, then you can have an early lunch at the Green Dragon or hit the road & have lunch around Waitomo Caves & do a cave tour at about 2pm. How many tours; which caves & what sort of tour will determine how long you need at Waitomo. Will you want to explore the surrounding geological features & stay the night at Waitomo or head off elsewhere afterwards?

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2. Re: Can you do Hobbiton Tour and Waitomo Glow Worm same day?

Above all very good points. It is do-able but, as wisely pointed out by Zhuhai you will need to do your research and plan carefully.

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3. Re: Can you do Hobbiton Tour and Waitomo Glow Worm same day?

Where are you planning to move on to, following a Waitomo cave tour? If you are heading to Auckland and only planning to visit the main glow-worm cave, then yes you will have enough time for both in a day. But Waitomo is quite a drive from Hobbiton, and it really is worth doing a twin cave combo if possible. I appreciate that the coach tours only have enough time for the main glow-worm cave though.

Ruakuri is awesome, and the pace is much slower with smaller groups being guided and allowed to stop for photos. You will gain a greater interest of cave formations and glow-worms after a twin cave-visit.

Also the Marokopa falls and Mangapohue natural bridge are well worth the effort of driving west of Waitomo to get to.

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