Read what other Viator.com travelers think about the Waitomo Caves and 'The Lord of the Rings' Hobbiton Movie Set Day Trip from Auckland. What they loved, what they liked and what they think could be improved, it's all here to help you make the most of your next trip.
Super amazing!!! It was a bit rushed but I would do it again in a heart beat.
I only had a weekend layover in Auckland and I was looking for something to do that allowed me to see the rest of New Zealand and get out of the city. This full-day tour was exactly what I wanted. It picked up in the morning at the bus depot, a couple hours drive to the caves (magical), lunch on the bus, afternoon in Hobbiton (surreal), a few hours back home. It's a great way to see a lot of the area quickly.
Driver was very knowledgeable and friendly. He always knew when to tell us about the scenery and when to let us relax and take it all in. Very intuitive guy!
I do wish there was more time at the agro-ville sheep/wool farm. This was the transfer point to the Hobbiton bus. We only had about 10 minutes and I wanted to look around!
The glow worm caves were absolutely magical and Hobbiton has become one of my funnest travel experiences! I'm a big fan of the movies, must see for any other fans out there!
Reese was a wonderful driver. Kept information relevant and interesting. Instructions were always clear.
Very good tour of two must-see attractions. The Glowworm caves were amazing and a unique experience (note that pictures cannot be taken in the caves because of people using flash). Hobbiton was also great and worth a visit whether you have seen the movies or not.
Simply amazing! Waitomo Caves are surreal, mostly due to the Glowworms. It's a must see!
Hobbiton is also nice, and since I am a fan of the movies, I enjoyed my self in the set. The charm of the place though will make it fun for everyone, including people who didn't see the movies.
ABSOLUTELY A MUST SEE !!!!!
Waitomo Caves was stunning ! Fabulous tour through the cave with excellent tour guide ! Extremely educational for all ages ...
"Hobbiton" an experience you will never forget !!! See the movie set in its natural setting in the mountains.... quaint and well groomed landscaped! Fantastic for taking a million fotos !!!! Ending with a visit to a lodge for free beverage and food is fantastic if so desired. I bought snack that was delicious. Highly recommend this trip !!!!
We had such a great time on the tour -- definitely would recommend this to a friend. Our bus driver, Dennis, was very knowledgeable and was a great guide. At one point he thought that we had boarded the wrong transfer bus and started running after the bus to stop them -- instead we were just doing a little shopping. :) Anyway, loved Dennis and had so much fun on the tour. The Caves were interesting and worth a visit, but Hobbiton was by far the BEST -- just like in the movies. The guides at both of the locations knew their stuff and answered all of the questions -- they really made the experience fun and worth the 12 hour tour.
This trip was excellent and so far has been one of the highlights of what has been a very good trip. I would highly recommed this
This was an awesome day! Hobbiton was great and the glow worm cave was amazing. I definitely recommend this tour. The only downside was there was a lot of bus changing and it was not always immediately clear where you needed to be. Despite that, both bus drivers were amusing and incredibly informative about New Zealand and LOTR trivia.
We really liked Hobbiton. The caves were too crowded for us, but still interesting. The first bus was great, but as we got moved around not all the buses were are nice as the first. Overall highly recommend.
We very much enjoyed this trip and would recommend it to others who want to see the glow worm caves and visit the shire and need to be able to do so in a one day trip from Auckland. Yes, we spent a lot of time on a bus. But that is what we expected, and our bus driver/tour guide did a great job keeping us informed about what we were seeing and about what the plans for each stop. If people have the time, there are many other things to see and do in the Rotorua area and perhaps an overnight tour might work better for them. We only had one day available following the completion of a cruise from Sydney to Auckland, and this tour worked perfectly for us!