Tour code: 3910GS16H_GS11H

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Go on a Hobbiton tour from Auckland and see the Waitomo Glowworm Caves, starting with a scenic drive through New Zealand’s North Island aboard a luxury coach. You’ll be enthralled by the illuminated Glowworm Grotto during an underground boat ride on the Waitomo River. Then pose for photos in front of hobbit holes at the Hobbiton Movie Set, home to Bilbo Baggins from ‘The Hobbit’ and ‘The Lord of the Rings’ trilogies. End your tour in Rotorua or return to Auckland; picnic lunch included.


  • Full-day tour from Auckland to two of New Zealand’s most magical sites
  • Take a boat ride to the glowworm grotto to see thousands of glowworms twinkling in the darkness
  • Enjoy a delicious picnic lunch and admire the stunning pastoral scenery
  • Explore the Hobbiton Movie Set, where parts of The Lord of the Rings movies were filmed
  • Have you photo taken in front of a hobbit hole!

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What You Can Expect

Waitomo Caves and 'The Lord of the Rings' Hobbiton Movie Set Day Trip from Auckland

Waitomo Glowworm Caves

After hotel pickup in Auckland, enjoy a morning snack on board the luxury coach during a scenic drive through the North Island’s rolling hills and lush farmland. Listen to your guide’s commentary as you travel through the Waikato and King Country regions, and learn of the colonial history between British settlers and the Maori in Rangariri.

Upon arrival in Waitomo, you’re taken to the noteworthy Waitomo Caves for a guided tour. Descend underground into the limestone caverns to view stunning stalactites formed over centuries. Drift along the Waitomo River during a short boat ride through the Glowworm Grotto, where a breathtaking display of tiny illuminated lights glow in the darkness. Discover the mystery behind the luminescence of thousands of glowworms before enjoying a provided picnic lunch.  

Your day trip continues across the Kaimai Ranges toward Rotorua and onward to Matamata, where you’ll visit the Hobbiton Movie Set, a working sheep farm and significant filming location for The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings movie series, all of which were filmed throughout New Zealand. Discover how the site was transformed into JRR Tolkien’s The Shire — home of Bilbo Baggins and his fellow hobbits. Have your photo taken in front of a hobbit hole and see the pond, the Mill, the Green Dragon Inn and more. 

Your full-day tour ends in Rotorua or with a return to Auckland and drop-off at your hotel.

Customer Reviews

Rajwant C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

This tour was soooo great. The tour guide was amazing. We had 2 hours to drive in the morning and he filled it with so much cool information on NZ and the places we would be going to.

Both Hobbiton and Waitomo lived up to all my expectations. And much more

david a

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

Fantastic day with an amazing lunch and tour guides.

rahema b

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

Hobbitant tour was magnificent, the waitamo caves were a slight let down don't get me wrong the view was splendid just wasn't allowed in there long enough I think the boat ride was five minutes. The tour driver Damien from city sights was amazing gave me so much information that I wasn't expecting. Having done a tour of the South Island for ten days I did this tour the day after I arrived I learnt more from Damien then I did in ten days in the south.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

Amazing tour. My family and I totally enjoyed Hobbiton with the help of a very interesting commentary from our guide Shalia ?. The picnic lunch that was promised turned out to be a buffet, so that was a major surprise. The Waitomo Caves tour was phenomenal with outstanding tour by our guide Mark. Being in the cave with the glowworms was like floating in space. I've never done anything like it before. Take this tour- you won't regret it :


5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

Our bus driver / guide, Damien, was superb.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

The attention to detail was incredible. The lunch was top notch. We enjoyed the experience.
The Waitomo caves were amazing.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

This tour was fabulous and really well organised! I was travelling alone but still had a great time and met some great people. Our tour operator was very knowledgeable and the day flowed well. Best part was Hobbiton and the lunch at The Green Dragon Inn, which was amazing, and the lunch was well catered and delicious. Overall I would highly recommend this day tour to all travellers!

Vikram N

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

This would be a must do sort of trip if you are in Auckland. Our Tour Guide Damien was one of a kind. The tour itself was awesome made awesomer by our guide Damien. Hobbiton is a couple hours drive from Auckland. During the drive Damien went over the history of NZ, its settlers, its relation with natives, the local flora and fauna, the impact of settlers on NZ, its flora, fauna and most importantly what it is to be a Kiwi. We learnt a lot about NZ in this trip. The Hobitton @ MataMata was a sight for the eyes. It was an experience not to be forgotten especially for Fans of Lord of Rings. Really Awesome and spectacular. Our Guide Beth @ Hobitton was also amazing and gave lots of interesting facts about the movie and sets. Totally worth it

Deborah K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

A must for any Lord of the Rings fan. Even in not so great weather we had a spectacular day. Waitomo Caves was surreal.

Dria Y

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

Hobbiton was amazing. It was so beautiful and a once in a lifetime experience walking through the sets. The lunch provided was very filling. We had a super friendly tour guide.

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