This tour was everything I was expecting it to be and more! I was impressed at how well-organized everything was and how knowledgeable and friendly our tour guide was. The tour at the movie set itself was fantastic. This is one of the first sight-seeing tours I have ever taken and I was so happy with it.
Very nice way to spend a few hours.
When you only have a couple of days in a place, it helps to familiarise yourself as soon as you get there.
i found out some really interesting local info and myths, and made notes on what I wanted to revisit the next day for a better look.
The driver was a real character, and kept us entertained. He was very obliging with pick up and drop off stops.
Doing what: Auckland City Highlights Tour
Hobbiton was fantastic and a highlight was the ale at the Green Dragon Inn. The hobbit holes have been restored after filming of The Hobbit and there is so much detail to the sets. Well worth a visit and the distance from Auckland is not too bad - lovely scenery on the way.
Phenomenal experience!! Everything is taken care of, the incredibly friendly and professional tour guides tell you at each step where and what to do and take care of everything for you. All you have to do is keep your camera ready and enjoy the experience!
The Waitamo Caves and Hobbiton tours themselves are amazing, with the tour guides answering all your questions and making the tours really relaxed and fun! Despite the careful planning, we never felt like we were being rushed, which was a testament to the professionalism and experience of the guides.
Definitely book through Viator, all we needed was to show a print out once at pickup and the rest was taken care of for us!
This tour was amazing!
Very good trip well worth doing
We loved every moment of this trip, but were disappointed that we couldn't stay longer at the Green Dragon, [which was the highlight], or have breakfast [we believe there is a breakfast trip] or lunch there. While the food at the café was very nicely prepared, it was very high in carbohydrates and not really suitable for our diets; nor were we given any choice in what was ordered. Also the café lacked the atmosphere of the Green Dragon. We would have liked to have stayed longer looking round the Hobbit holes and taking pics. Re the publicity about the tour, we felt that we were not given enough information about other options that might have been available to us prior to booking. We feel that it might have been better had the Hobbit guide given us all a single talk at the beginning of the Hobbiton exploration, and then left us to wander at will, with a time constraint, of course, because we were aware that other groups were coming up behind us. This would also have allowed those who wanted to spend more time in the Green Dragon to do so. Wayne, our driver, was absolutely wonderful and great fun to listen to.
The caves and Hobbiton tour were amazing. The tour guide was funny and informative.
Downsides: 1/ Picnic lunch was really a box lunch on the bus, not great and not what I expected. 2/ At the end of the evening we had to wait 30 minutes in the cold with no shelter for a bus to collect us.
A good tour but needs longer hours, only from 10am to 3pm, and every hour
Doing what: Auckland Hop-on Hop-off Tour
Excluding the weather conditions, the areas covered in the tour were really good however the main issue here was the driver/tourist guide himself. Whilst he was very knowledgeable he obviously was suffering from a head cold which meant he kept sniffling into the microphone. Unfortunately the condition of his attire and overall looks weren't great. He kept using "cockney slang" throughout the tour which would have been an issue for those passengers from Mexico and Miami. In fact we didn't think it was necessary to keep using this slang throughout the entire tour. Being a visitor to Auckland, the last thing we expected was hearing this style of commentary. In his defence, maybe he had been called in late to take the tour around. Once again leaving the weather out of it, the areas covered in the tour were really good. Thanks
Doing what: Auckland City Highlights Tour
Excellent tour! We got picked up from our hotel and transferred to a big bus. The driver who also doubled as a guide around Auckland was great and responsible. He briefed us before and after each stop and divided us into groups that were doing separate tours.
The Hobbiton tour and glow worm caves were fantastic, took loads of pictures! Great for our family of 4 with varying interests.
Great tour and really good tour guide!
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