Tour code: 2105_202
Discover the otherworldly beauty of New Zealand’s North Island, from Rotorua’s geothermal pools and the Waitomo Glowworm Caves to the Shire at the Hobbiton Movie Set. On this 2-day coach tour from Auckland, you’ll experience ancient Maori traditions with a ‘hangi’ dinner, the filmmaking history of ‘The Lord of the Rings,’ a duck tour and a visit to the Agrodome. Enjoy standard or superior overnight accommodation in Rotorua.


  • 2-day tour of Waitomo Caves, Hobbiton and Rotorua from Auckland
  • Visit the famous Waitomo Caves and learn how the glowworms radiate a magical luminescent light
  • Discover Rotorua's cultural heritage and geothermal activity on a relaxing duck tour by amphibious vehicle!
  • Experience real Maori culture at Tamaki Village with rituals, ceremonies, performances, storytelling and a traditional feast
  • Admire Te Puia with its thermal mud pools and impressive geysers
  • Enjoy a scenic drive across the Kaimai Ranges before you head to the Shire and Middle-earth on a Hobbiton Movie Set tour

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What You Can Expect

2-Day Waitomo Caves, Hobbiton Movie Set and Rotorua Tour from Auckland

2-Day Waitomo Caves, Hobbiton Movie Set and Rotorua Tour from Auckland

Day 1: Auckland – Waitomo – Rotorua (L, D)
Following hotel pickup, depart Auckland aboard your air-conditioned coach, heading south to the North Island’s renowned Waitomo Glowworm Caves. Enter the otherworldly limestone labyrinth with your guide, observing the stalactite formations and phosphorescent shimmer of tiny glowworms during a tour of the caves.

After you emerge from this subterranean marvel, re-board the coach for a boxed lunch served while you are driven east to Rotorua. Enjoy free time to explore before a duck tour of Rotorua’s scenic lakes by amphibious vehicle.

Discover New Zealand’s Maori heritage during a cultural evening including a traditional Maori hangi — a feast of meat and vegetables cooked in an earth oven — before retiring at your hotel for the night.

Overnight: Standard or superior hotel accommodation in Rotorua

Day 2: Rotorua – Hobbiton – Auckland (B)
After breakfast, head to Te Puia for an otherworldly geothermal experience. Stroll the walkway past bubbling mud pools and spouting geysers on display before you enjoy more cultural performances by the local Maori people. 

Next, your guide takes you to Rainbow Springs Nature Park for a rare glimpse of the kiwi, New Zealand’s signature bird. Then stop at the Agrodome, a working farm, to watch sheepdogs and sheep-shearing in action.

Continue on with a scenic coach drive across the Kaimai Range to a farm near Matamata. Here, you’ll explore the fairytale landscape of the Shire featured in The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit movies. During your Hobbiton Movie Set tour, stop for photo ops in front of Bilbo Baggins’ house and other hobbit holes, and visit the Green Dragon Inn.

Your tour concludes in the early evening, with the option to be dropped off in Auckland or Rotorua.

Customer Reviews

Hideharu E

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

Loved every moment. A great tour even if you are not a fan. So informative, loved the Bus Tour driver commentary. KIA ORA!!!

Anthony Hoi Kit L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2016


Ms D M J

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2016

Overall, the trip was a very good experience. There was a lot packed into the two days. I enjoyed all the trip activities - it was good to go along and try everything, and I rather liked swapping around buses. There were lots of friendly people on the buses including the drivers and the same people would appear at different times and places, like old friends! If you don't have a lot of time, or your own transport, this is a great way to get around. The caves were rather crowded at first, but I was surprised at the extent of the caves - and the quiet boat ride was lovely. Rotorua was fascinating. The Duck Tour was fun and I got to see the lakes around Rotorua. The Maori village was a good combination of factual information and fun, and our driver to and fro the village had a fine singing voice. He also did the actions to the songs - I've never been on a coach before where I've cried with laughter! If you're a Hobbit/Lord of the Rings fan, you'll adore Hobbiton. It was amazing! My sister is totally jealous.

Neil P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2016

2 words - just do it! Trust me you won't regret it :


5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

The tour was outstanding. It is a wonderful way to see and experience New Zealand in a short amount of time.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

This was a truly great experience. The guides were knowledgeable and the experience was wonderful. Any first timer should do this to get an overview. I am already planning an other trip.

Lois F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

This was one of the best tours I have been on. This is a 'not to be missed' tour of anyone visiting the NZ north island. If it can be worked into your schedule, spend additional time in Rotorua.

Ricardo S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Amazing experience. Recommended for anyone visiting NZ.

Edna S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2015

The tour was amazingly beautiful!!

Michael O

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2015

We thoroughly enjoyed this tour. Everything was flawlessly organised and it was so easy having it all done for us. All we had to do was go along and enjoy ourselves. Would highly recommend doing this tour!!! It was absolutely fantastic!!

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