4.5 star rating: Recommended 77 Reviews

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

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.

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5 star rating: Highly Recommended
December 2014

This was an excellent trip. There were very few people, so lines were short and the bus driver could pay special attention to us. The bus driver was informative not only about New Zealand history, landscape, and agriculture, Hobbiton, and the glow worm caves, but also talked about some current events that an international visitor wouldn't know about. Hobbiton was wonderful, uncrowded, unrushed (having read other reviews, I worried about that). The glow worm caves were interesting and the food was okay, but I didn't expect better than that. Watch out for the birds if you eat there -- they are tenacious and fearless. Our bus driver was Allen.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
December 2014

Both the caves and the movie set were awesome - wouldn't have been the same without the great commentary by very friendly guide/driver Damien. Also, when the bus broke down on the way back he handled it like a pro. Kudos!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
December 2014

Great tour to Waitomo Caves and Hobbiton. The bus driver was very informative. We had been in New Zealand for 10 days and learned a lot about the country from listening to his monologue. Good lunch at the Waitomo Caves.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
December 2014

Awesome tour with our tour guide Daniel ☺️

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
December 2014

Fantastic day. I booked this in advance, directly with via Viator, leaving from Auckland on the 5th November. We traveled from the UK to go on a Holland America cruise, which also did these trips, but we saved over $364 by doing this on our own, compared to the ship prices for both of these events. We were well looked after by our bus driver John, who was both entertaining and knowledgeable during our drive. The Waitomo Caves were absolutely stunning, where we got a lovely lunch, then on to Hobbiton. Our guide there, Kess, was full of snippets, but the atmosphere far exceeded my expectations. All of this ended with drinks in the Green Dragon. What an experience and great beer. It was a long day, with a lot of driving involved, but one that I will not forget. Well done Viator for everything. Hotel pickup, snacks on the bus, lunch and an entertaining driver. First class! Both of these places are worth the time taken to visit them.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
October 2014

gloworm caves mazing and pleasantly surprised with the Hobbiton tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
October 2014

Me and my 2 teenage sons really enjoyed this tour even though it is a very long day and just under 600klms travelled. Waitomo was very cool and would be worth spending a bit more time there to explore the other caves. Hobbiton was amazing and sooo gorgeous, it made it all worth while. I loved it, especially finishing off with a drink in the Green Dragon. We would definitely recommend this tour or maybe if you have more time do each separately.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
September 2014

Amazing day trip, guides were very helpful, funny and friendly.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
September 2014

Amazing experience! Very well organized, the driver was awesome and his facts were super interesting and very funny. Hobbiton is breathtaking. Super recommended wether you're a fan of Tolkien and the movies or not!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
August 2014

Very good trip well worth doing

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
August 2014

Phenomenal experience!! Everything is taken care of, the incredibly friendly and professional tour guides tell you at each step where and what to do and take care of everything for you. All you have to do is keep your camera ready and enjoy the experience!

The Waitamo Caves and Hobbiton tours themselves are amazing, with the tour guides answering all your questions and making the tours really relaxed and fun! Despite the careful planning, we never felt like we were being rushed, which was a testament to the professionalism and experience of the guides.

Definitely book through Viator, all we needed was to show a print out once at pickup and the rest was taken care of for us!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
July 2014

Excellent tour! We got picked up from our hotel and transferred to a big bus. The driver who also doubled as a guide around Auckland was great and responsible. He briefed us before and after each stop and divided us into groups that were doing separate tours.

The Hobbiton tour and glow worm caves were fantastic, took loads of pictures! Great for our family of 4 with varying interests.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
June 2014

Really very good, he explained us everything!!!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
May 2014

This was a fantastic day. The caves were beautiful and the history of them very interesting. Hobbiton Movie set was fun with a nice walk around and lots of photo opportunities. Our bus driver/tour guide was very informative and kept us entertained while on the road.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
May 2014

Wonderful trip we had a great time and were very well looked after by the tour guides

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