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Lloyd United States of ... 

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
February 2016

This was one of the highlights of our trip! It was amazing!

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.

Deborah G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
December 2015

Great experience! Our coach driver was wonderful - kept us entertained for the 2.5 hour ride to Hobbiton, and then to the Caves, and then the 2.5 hour return trip to Auckland. Hobbiton was awesome and lived up to our expectations! And the Caves were spectacular! Great trip and glad we went thru Viator!

Anna W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
December 2015

Fantastic trip, I'm so happy I could be there, unforgotten experience! I don't remember the name of our guide/driver but he was the best guide I met in NZ :

Dino H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
December 2015

An excellent and thoroughly enjoyable day tour even for people who haven't seen any of the Hobbit/Lord of the Rings movies or don't know anything about glowworms. I have never been fond of sci-fi or fantasy movies like the Hobbit series, but I went on this tour after a friend recommended it. I'm so glad I went, and my girlfriend says the same thing.

The bus ride, with entertaining and informative driver Damian, was very pleasant. I usually sleep when bus drivers start talking, but Damian had me interested the whole time because he talked about the country and the people and the history instead of just rattling off boring statistics like most other drivers do.

The Hobbiton scenery is amazing! It's real, but it's so beautiful it looks like a movie. Even if you don't care at all about Hobbit movies, like me, go and check it out. There's no other place like it in the world, I bet. You'll get some fantastic photographs sure to make all your Facebook and Instagram buddies jealous, guaranteed. And the lunch at the end of the Hobbiton tour was an outstanding all-you-can-eat buffet, with all sorts of high-quality breads, meats, fish and veggies. I stuffed my face until I couldn't even squeeze in dessert, that's how good the lunch was.

The boat ride in the glowworm caves was much shorter than I expected, but that was fine. It came at the end of the day, after the Hobbiton tour, and was appropriate in its length. Don't book the glowworm caves as a separate activity or tour because it fits in comfortably at the end of this tour.

Overall, this Hobbiton/Waitomo glowworm caves tour is highly recommended.

Andrew N

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
December 2015

I'm not a big Lord of the Rings fan, but visiting the Hobbiton movie set was still worth it. The scenery was beautiful and what you experienced here will last you a lifetime.

The Waitomo cave tour was pretty short 30-40min, but that might be a good thing if you're not that interested in rock formations. I definitely enjoyed the 10 minute-ish boat ride while looking up to see the glow worms. It was peaceful, relaxing, and mesmerizing all at the same time.

Lynn K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
December 2015

Hobbiton was beautiful. I was also impressed with the Hobbit style lunch feed provided in the marquee at the Green Dragon.

Samantha J D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
November 2015

This was a great tour. Damian, our driver, was very informative and entertaining. A wonderful experience.
I would recommend this tour to my friends.

Teresa C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
November 2015

This day trip outside of Auckland is wonderful! Our driver, Dameon, was extremely knowledgeable and knew a vast amount of New Zealand's history. He kept our interest piqued during the 2.5 hour drive down to Waitomo.

The caves are wondrous. Being immersed in the dark silence whilst viewing the glowworms is an amazing feeling. Just know you'll only have about 10-minutes of viewing time in the cave.

Following that, Hobbinton was a lot of fun. If you're a fan of the books and/or movies, this retreat will not let you down. The local guides are fanatical about the stories and give you a lot of background information on the making of the films. Ending the day in the Green Dragon and having a pint was the best way to finish the tour.

Austin S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
November 2015

Great tour and guide

M Christine M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
November 2015

The tour was fabulous! Our guide, Shelly was informative and fun. Each stop was great, couldn't have asked for a better experience. Thanks!

CLAUDE NORMAN N

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
October 2015

We really appreciated this tour and the friendliness and professionalism of our driver/guide. We recommend this high quality tour!

gchasebc

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
October 2015

This is a great tour and the Hobitton Movie Set was more than I expected when it was booked but everything I hoped it would be. Waitomo Caves were fascinating followed by a great meal.The tour bus driver from Auckland to the movie set was absolutely full of valuable information about New Zealand in general and the people. We greatly appreciated his commentary and pleasant way. The bus driver from the movie set to Rotorua kept us guessing and chuckling with his fantasy tales.
A great tour.

Paul G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
October 2015

The tour itself was fantastic. The only aspect that could be improved was that the bus driver talked, talked, and talked. He didn't seem sure of some of the facts he mentioned, and some topics probably weren't warranted. Nothing offensive, but not necessary either.

Jessica T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
October 2015

Driver very pleasant and informative on the bus, the glow worm caves were unforgettable and a drink in the Green Dragon finished off a great day!

Angela C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
September 2015

Loved the Guide and loved being in hobbiton! Great pickup and drop off service, couldnt have asked for anything better

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