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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
June 2015

Even though it rained, it was a wonderful tour. Loved Hobbiton and the caves are amazing even though the guide in the cave was not very good.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
June 2015

Awesome tour! Every part about this day trip was great.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
June 2015

Great tour. This was a full day.The only negative was waiting for our bus back to Auckland in the cold.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
June 2015

The caves are an absolute must!!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
June 2015

Amazing tour around 600 km of panoramic views of New Zealand North Island countryside on your way to both the Waitomo caves and the Hobbiton Movie Set. WELL worth the trip!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
June 2015

The waitomo caves and Hobbiton are definitely unique places to see while in New Zealand. The trip was well-organized, communication from the touring company was excellent, and timetables were met. It was a fun trip for us on our first trip to New Zealand.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
June 2015

The Waimato caves were simply amazing! To see the glow worms inside the dark caves felt like looking at the universe with million stars. It was truly incredible! The next leg of the tour was Hobbiton movie set in the McDonald farm, which is privately owned. Our guide Paul was a wealth of knowledge. The Hobbiton is preserved beautifully and is very picturesque. The only downside was the way the tour is designed. We had to travel to a farmshow expo place and then had to piggyback to Hobbiton,making a long day longer.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
June 2015

comfy coach, helpful guides, and a great little lunch box

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
May 2015

Great trip, both the Caves and Hobbiton are outstanding.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
May 2015

Great trip, both the Caves and Hobbiton are outstanding.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
May 2015

Damond was the best tour guide ever- he shared interesting stories, was considerate about stopping, and was such a nice guy. The Hobbiton was amazing, and something truly spectacular to see, plus the ice cream for purchase on site was amazing. Also, the free beer during the tour was so delicious! The Waitomo Caves were neat, but not as spectacular as I was expecting- other tours probably show more of the glow worms. I was still glad we made it a stop on our trip though, it was in a beautiful area.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
May 2015

The tour and the tour guide was great! Liked the lunch as well and had so much fun everywhere we went!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
April 2015

Awesome trip! It's a long drive to the Waitomo Caves from Auckland, and sadly, no photography is allowed in the caves, even if you turned off your flash, but it is just so amazing to see! I was expecting to see only specks of light, but the glow worms really illuminate the otherwise pitch-black caves and it's almost magical!

Lunch at the Waitomo Caves wasn't fantastic though. Just a buffet with a small spread made up mostly of mediocre salads.

The Hobbiton Tour was awesome -- definitely one of my favorite spots of my NZ vacation. The Hobbiton guide was super friendly and shared so many interesting stories and tidbits, and the free beverage at the Green Dragon Inn was a nice way to end the tour.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
April 2015

Good organisation, Excellent guide a very worthwhile and fun day out!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
April 2015

For the LOTR fan, this is a must-see. Excellent tour by an involved and knowledgeable member of the staff. Not quite enough time to shop after the tour. And the drink in the Inn was wonderful. Many great memories.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
April 2015

Amazing tour, Damian our driver was truly wonderful! He was very knowledgable and kind. Overall a great time.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
March 2015

Absolutely awesome for LOTR or Hobbit fans! Having spent countless hours playing Lord of the Rings Online, seeing Hobbiton so well looked after was amazing. Guide was fun and informative. The group was moved along steadily, but not rushed at all.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
March 2015

I enjoyed this trip so much! Our tour guide Damian was fantastic. They catered to my vegan dietary requirements. The Caves and Hobbiton are two things which everyone need to experience when visiting New Zealand.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
March 2015

Loved it!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
March 2015

The tour was wonderful! Our bus driver / tourist guide was out of this world! I had a blast!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
March 2015

Really great day tour if you wanted to fit in waitomo and Hobbiton!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
March 2015

Amazing day! Wonderful to see new Zealands countryside :)
Daimion (our driver ) made it even better by giving us interesting facts while we were Driving to the Destinations

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
March 2015

This tour was wonderful and we had one of the best tour guides in all our travels.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
February 2015

The tour operator was great.knowledgeable about New Zealand and have very positive things to say and broaden our knowledge of the country.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
February 2015

Excellent tour guides on coach, glowworm caves and Hobbiton! Enjoyable tour!

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