5 star rating: Highly Recommended 3 Reviews

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  • Location:Auckland, New Zealand
  • Duration:10 hours (approx.)

Waitomo Caves and The Lord of the Rings Hobbiton Movie Set Tour from Auckland with Private Transport

Your private transport takes you to two of New Zealand's most famous attractions on a full-day tour to Waitomo Caves and the Hobbiton movie set from Auckland. See glow worms glimmer in the subterranean Waitomo Caves, then visit the movie set that brought The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit to life. Be driven in comfort through New Zealand's beautiful countryside on this private tour, and enjoy lunch at Waitomo.


  • Waitomo Caves and Hobbiton movie set private tour from Auckland
  • See glowworms glimmer in Waitomo Caves and take a boat ride on an underground stream
  • Tour the Lord of the Rings and Hobbit movie set
  • Visit the Hobbit holes, Green Dragon Inn and the Party Tree
  • Private transport including hotel pickup and drop-off, lunch, snacks and drinks

Why Our Insiders Chose This Tour

This is an awesome day visiting two of New Zealand’s top attractions. Taking this tour with private transport means you can relax in the comfort of your own vehicle and travel at your own pace on this full-day tour.

What You Can Expect

Waitomo Caves and The Lord of the Rings Hobbiton Movie Set Tour from Auckland with Private Transport

The Lord of the Rings Movie Set

After being picked up from your Auckland hotel at the time of your choice, sit back and relax on the 2.5-hour drive to the Waitomo Caves. The route takes you beside the Waikato River and through the gently undulating farming country of the Waikato region. Pass the site of the famous battle fought between Maori and British forces at Rangiri, see the sacred Taupiri Mountain and photograph the Pirongia volcano hovering on the horizon if the weather is clear.

At Waitomo, join a 45-minute tour of the amazing glow-worm caves, including a tranquil boat ride on an underground stream to ensure a good view of the glow worms.

Enjoy lunch in Waitomo, then travel by private vehicle to a farm near the small town of Matamata and the Shire's Rest cafe, where your Hobbiton tour begins.

Lasting just under two hours, your tour takes you on a drive through the bucolic sheep farm that was chosen as the Hobbiton movie set for The Lord of the Rings and Hobbit movies. Hear how the location was chosen, how the sets were created and which scenes were shot here. Visit famous sites from the films, including the cute Hobbit holes cut into the ground at Bag End, the Green Dragon Inn, the Mill and the Party Tree.

Your tour concludes at the quaint Shire's Rest cafe, where your private guide will collect you for your return trip to Auckland. Follow a different route on the journey, and enjoy scenic views of the North Island's countryside before being dropped at your hotel in the city.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2014

Time Unlimited private tour was the best.
Our tour guide / driver Daniel is very friendly, knowledgeable polite and accommodating.
He made our tour pleasant and comfortable.
We had a great time and worthed.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2014

It was the best day of our holiday...We couldn't have asked for anything better.

4 star rating: Recommended February 2014

This private tour worth the price, with friendly and knowledgeable tour bus driver, tour guides at the Caves and at The Hobbiton movie set. We had a great , enjoyable whole day. Highly recommend to people who have not been there before. The buffet lunch was fine if people like BBQ foods, the homemade carrot cakes was excellent.

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