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  • Location:Auckland, New Zealand
  • Duration:12 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

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

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

Karen F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

We enjoyed this tour immensely. Our bus driver/tour guide was very informative.
Both sites did not disappoint. They matched or surpassed our expectations.

Anessa R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

This tour was AMAZING!! I enjoyed it so so very much. Our tour guide Damian was the absolute best tour guide I have ever had. He was so informative, helping and way fun! If you've ever had him as your tour guide then you know what I'm talking about. Thank you for the amazing experience, he made the tour that much better. Hobbiton is AWESOME and so fun! The Waitomo caves were beautiful, would do this tour over again.

HeeJae L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

Was really good trip in Auckland! Kind Staff too

Dominique M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

LITERALLY THE BEST TOUR COMBO YOU COULD GET! Such great price for 2 incredible experiences and an amazing meal. Our bus driver from Great Sights was the best tour guide I've ever had. I didn't know that you needed a passport in New Zealand as a foreigner to purchase alcohol, and Damion was very helpful and informative in this situation, working it out to prove that I was of age and could still enjoy my experience on this tour.

Janna B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

We had such an amazing time on this tour. Our bus driver - Damien - was so passionate about New Zealand and the attractions we visited. Made the transit time much more enjoyable, so much so, that it was difficult to sleep because the information was so interesting. Hobbiton and the lunch was superb. Waitomo Caves was so beautiful. Definitely recommended.

Ryan S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

This is a really great tour for everyone. I was very happy with the tour guide -- Damian -- who by the way provided much appreciated commentary on route to our various destinations from Auckland . . . it was no small task for him to keep my attention after a good buffet lunch and beer at Hobbiton

Shannon Australia

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

Tour Guide/Bus Driver Damien was a wealth of knowledge but also ensured everyone got their pictures taken when at the Hobbiton Gift Shop. This is a long day and I think the order of going to Hobbiton first then Waitomo Caves was the best option. Lunch was included and it was amazing! I would highly recommend everyone this tour!

Claire W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

I am 66 went with granddaughters, I so much enjoyed this trip, our bus driver made it the best ever. I have told all my family members, and some are planning to do the tour. The value of this tour was so worth it, the lunch was tops. 5 plus stars from me

Chen C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2015

It was a woderful trip with the amazing waitomo caves and beautiful ! My friends and I were enjoyed this trip! Besides,the guide is very enthusiastic and the driver is very patient and conscientious during the trip. It is a really worth going!

Terry R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2015

This tour delivered exactly what it said it would. The guide shared many interesting bits of information during the drive. I think it would have been better to start the tour from a closer location than the Auckland location to reduce driving time to and fro. That's not a reflection on the tour though. The pickup and drop off were great, the food was great, we saw everything as advertised.

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