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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.
  • Duration: 11 hours
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  • Duration: 11 hours
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Milford Sound Full-Day Tour from Queenstown

Upon reaching Milford Sound, board a luxurious catamaran for a 1 hour 45 minute cruise. Peer through panoramic windows of a luxury coach while you travel through the UNESCO-listed Fiordland National Park with a guide, before a memorable sightseeing cruise past Mitre Peak and the magnificent cliff-side waterfalls of Milford Sound.
  • Duration: 12 hours 30 minutes
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  • Duration: 12 hours 30 minutes
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Hobbiton, Rotorua and Waitomo Caves Day Trip

Cover plenty of ground in one day by combining several North Island highlights: Hobbiton, Rotorua and Waitomo Caves. Take a guided tour of the Hobbiton Movie Set, where you’ll find the Green Dragon Inn, the Mill and the home of Bilbo Baggins from ‘The Hobbit’ and ‘The Lord of the Rings.’ Enjoy lunch at Te Puia, home to Pohutu Geyser, and ride a boat through the Waitomo Glowworm Caves to see these radiant lights. You can start and finish your tour in either Auckland or Rotorua, traveling one-way or round-trip.
  • Duration: 13 hours
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  • Duration: 13 hours
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Food and Wine-Tasting Tour of Waiheke Island from Auckland

Sample the bounty of Waiheke Island on a 5-hour food and wine tour that visits Casita Miro, Mudbrick Winery and the Rangihoua Estate. Hop off your ferry from Auckland for lunch at the award wining Stonyridge, followed by a sampling of wine, beer and olive oils. Nestled in the Hauraki Gulf, Waiheke has the ideal micro-climate for growing grapes and olives. Discover for yourself why Waiheke is renowned for producing some of New Zealand’s most acclaimed artisan wines!
  • Duration: 5 hours 30 minutes
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Hobbiton Movie Set and Waitomo Glowworm Caves Day Trip from Auckland

Visit a pair of New Zealand's must-see attractions with this combo tour from Auckland to the Hobbiton Movie Set and Waitomo Glowworm Caves. Peek into Hobbit Holes, frolic in the Shire, and get a drink at the Green Dragon Inn on a guided tour of Middle-earth, followed by a Kiwi-style lunch at the "Shire's Rest". In the afternoon, explore Maori myths and history on a boat ride through mesmerizing caves lit by thousands of glowworms, and finish with a drive through some of the North Island’s most majestic scenery.
  • Duration: 11 hours
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  • Duration: 11 hours
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Waitomo Caves and Rotorua Day Trip from Auckland

Travel from Auckland to Waitomo and Rotorua on a guided day trip to the Waitomo Caves and more. Take a boat ride through cavernous chambers to view glowworms and stalactites suspended from the ceiling, and stroll past the geothermal mud pools and geysers of Rotorua at Te Whakarewarewa Thermal Reserve. See sheep mustering and shearing demonstrations at the Agrodome, a working farm, and finish at the Maori Arts and Crafts Institute. You have the option to end your tour in Rotorua or return to Auckland by coach, including onboard lunch.
  • Duration: 13 hours
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Bay of Islands Day Tour from Auckland

This day trip from Auckland to the Bay of Islands covers historical sites of New Zealand’s Northland, including the Waitangi Treaty Grounds and the seaport of Russell. Visit the Waitangi Treaty House, then take a ferry from Paihia to the first European settlement where a local guide leads you on an insightful tour. Opt for lunch, and venture into the shops, museums and cafes of Russell during your free time, before hotel drop-off in Auckland by coach.
  • Duration: 12 hours
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Waiheke Island Exploration and Zipline Day Trip from Auckland

Soar through the treetops of Waiheke Island on a three-course zipline tour with aerial views of Hauraki Gulf. After a quick ferry from Auckland, your half-day tour of Waiheke starts with a brief overview of the idyllic island by minivan and ends with an interpretive bushland walk. Numbers are limited to a maximum of 12 participants to ensure a more personalized experience in a small group.
  • Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes
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  • Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes
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Exciting Rotorua Day Trip from Auckland

This small-group day trip from Auckland features the highlights and hospitality of Rotorua. Visit the Maori Arts and Crafts Institute of Te Puia, witness the thermal activity of the Te Whakarewarewa Geothermal Valley and tour the city with a knowledgeable guide. Opt for additional free time to explore on your own, or upgrade for a 2-hour private soak at the Polynesian Spa or a visit to Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland. You have the flexibility to return to Auckland or end with drop-off in Rotorua.
  • Duration: 13 hours
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  • Duration: 13 hours
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Waitakere Ranges Wilderness Experience Eco-Tour from Auckland

Explore the Waitakere Ranges and the North Island’s rugged west coast, including Black Sand Beach, during an afternoon tour with a guide who is knowledgeable about New Zealand flora and fauna. From the Arataki Centre, admire sweeping views from the Tasman Sea to the Pacific Ocean. Learn about Maori history, stroll the beach and take a nature walk through a lush rainforest while you experience Auckland's largest regional park.
  • Duration: 5 hours
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  • Duration: 5 hours
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Coromandel Day Trip (Cathedral Cove and Hot Water Beach)

Escape the bustle of Auckland for a day on this convenient day trip to the Coromandel Peninsula. A variety of activities are included, to make the most of your time in this naturally beautiful area: hike to Cathedral Cove, swim in the crystal waters, climb Mount Paku, and dig your own spa bath at Hot Water Beach. All on a handy organized day trip.
  • Duration: 11 hours
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  • Duration: 11 hours
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Waiheke Island Wine Tasting Tour from Auckland

Embark on a Waiheke Island wine tour including a round-trip ferry ride across the Hauraki Gulf from Auckland. You’ll visit three vineyards on the picturesque island with a driver-guide who is knowledgeable about Waiheke’s acclaimed artisan wines. Enjoy tastings at Mudbrick Vineyard, Cable Bay and Te Whau Vineyard, with complimentary light snacks at one venue. Use the included all-day bus pass to explore Waiheke Island further on your own.
  • Duration: 4 hours 30 minutes
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  • Duration: 4 hours 30 minutes
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Waitomo Day Trip with Option to Add Hobbiton from Auckland

Design your own ideal day on the North Island with a full-day tour to Waitomo from Auckland. Ride a boat beneath thousands of twinkling glowworms in the famous Waitomo caves, with the option to tour the nearby Ruakuri cave also or navigate the rapids of the Black Labyrinth on a whitewater rafting adventure. ‘Lord of the Rings’ devotees can add on a trip to Hobbiton to step into the fantastical movie set featuring the hobbit holes of Bilbo and Froto, the Dragon Inn, and the fan favorites. Return to Auckland in the evening, or use the tour as a transfer, ending in Rotorua.
  • Duration: 1 day
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Small-Group Tour: The Lord of the Rings Hobbiton Movie Set Tour from Auckland

Visit the ‘Lord of the Rings’ movie set on this small-group Hobbiton tour from Auckland. At the Hobbiton Movie Set, you’ll visit the home of Bilbo Baggins and peer inside other hobbit holes of the Shire — filming site of ‘The Hobbit’ and the ‘The Lord of the Rings’ trilogy. Your knowledgeable guide points out the party tree and the Mill. Enjoy cider, ale or ginger beer at the Green Dragon Inn, and recharge with lunch at The Green Dragon marquee — both included.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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  • Duration: 8 hours
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Piha and Karekare Rainforest Wine Tour from Auckland

Volcanic beaches, native rain forest and vineyards abound on this full-day tour of West Auckland. Begin with a wine tasting in Henderson Valley, then continue to the Waitakere Ranges, where more than 40,000 acres (16,000 hectares) of coastline and forest await you. Get elevated views of the reserve from the Arataki visitor center, explore the black-sand beaches of Piha and Karekare, and get close to the Karekare waterfalls. Then, enjoy an included lunch before finishing your tour with wine tastings at West Brook Wines and Kumeu River Wines.
  • Duration: 7 hours 30 minutes
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  • Duration: 7 hours 30 minutes
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Full-Day Waitomo and Rotorua Tour from Auckland

This full-day itinerary combines two North Island destinations: Waitomo Glowworm Caves and Rotorua. Marvel at the tiny lights of thousands of glowworms on a boat ride through the tranquil caverns. Then choose from several Rotorua attractions, including an Agrodome farm tour, Skyline Gondola ride or Polynesian Spa experience. In the afternoon, visit Whakarewarewa Thermal Reserve and the Maori Arts and Crafts Institute at Te Puia. Picnic lunch and round-trip hotel transport are included from Auckland.
  • Duration: 12 hours 30 minutes
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Rangitoto Island Tour from Auckland

Explore the volcanic terrain of Rangitoto Island aboard a 4WD tractor-pulled tram on this half-day guided tour. Depart Auckland for Rangitoto on a ferry ride across the Hauraki Gulf, and be rewarded with 360-degree views of the water and city skyline after a short walk to the island’s summit. During your 2-hour off-road adventure, hear commentary about the island’s history, geology and rich plant life, including the largest preserved pohutukawa forest in the world.
  • Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes
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Waitomo Caves and Rotorua (Te Puia) Tour from Auckland in Small Groups

The Waitomo Caves and Rotorua rank among New Zealand’s top attractions, offering natural beauty, geothermal features, and native culture in equal measure. Ideal for travellers short on time, this adventurous tour takes in both sites in the same day, with entry fees plus pickup and drop-off at selected Auckland hotels included. Discover subterranean stalagmites at the famous Waitomo Caves and hit top Rotorua attractions including the Government Gardens and Lake Rotorua.
  • Duration: 12 hours
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Waiheke Island Explorer Hop-on Hop-off Tour

Explore Waiheke Island at your own pace, with all-day tickets for a hop-on, hop-off island explorer bus. Plan the perfect day with help from the onboard host, then see the things that interest you most, choosing from 8 stops near vineyards, galleries, beaches, and trailheads. This full-day Waiheke Island experience offers a personalized combination of nature, culture, and food, and departs from Matiatia every 30 minutes throughout the day.
  • Duration: 10 hours 15 minutes
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Private Tour: Waitomo Caves Day Trip from Auckland

Visit Waitomo Caves and get acquainted with Auckland, the so-called ‘City of Sails,’ on this private, full-day tour. After a panoramic tour of New Zealand’s largest city, you’ll be whisked away, past rolling hills, farmland and the Waikato River, to Waitomo Caves. Tour the cave network and learn about its history from your guide, then get up close to the glowworms during a magical boat ride through the Glowworm Grotto. This tour includes the services of your own personal guide and private vehicle.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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  • Duration: 8 hours
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Full-Day Piha and Waitakere Ecotour from Auckland

Escape the concrete jungle of Auckland for a natural adventure along the North Island’s west coast during this 6-hour trip to Piha and Waitakere. Explore this eco-region’s wealth of rugged sea cliffs, black-sand beaches, towering ‘Kauri’ trees and gushing waterfalls, learning about local Maori traditions and native wildlife along the way.
  • Duration: 6 hours
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  • Duration: 6 hours
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Full-Day Wild West Coast Photo and Discovery Tour including Lunch from Auckland

Photograph your way around Auckland's rugged West Coast during this full-day tour. With a professional photographer guide, visit the coastline's black sand beaches, like Karekare and Piha. Trek through rainforests filled with 1000-year-old Kauri trees. Get as much photographic advice as you like, and listen to commentary about the area's ecology, culture and history. Lunch and round-trip transportation from Auckland are included.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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  • Duration: 8 hours
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Milford Sound Full-Day Tour from Te Anau

Cruise Milford Sound from Te Anau during a full-day tour to UNESCO-listed Fiordland National Park. You’ll access this crown jewel of New Zealand’s South Island by luxury coach, stopping en route at the Mirror Lakes before boarding a 1-hour 45-minute cruise on luxurious catamaran journey past waterfalls and steep-walled pinnacles such as famous Mitre Peak.
  • Duration: 7 hours 30 minutes
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  • Duration: 7 hours 30 minutes
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Full-Day Milford Explorer Tour and Cruise from Queenstown

On this tour, you’ll visit a destination ranked one of the world’s most beautiful places—Milford Sound. Take the stress out of driving on unfamiliar mountain roads by having round-trip transportation included. You’ll travel with a knowledgeable driver who will entertain you with stories about New Zealand and stop off at interesting viewpoints en route. The highlight of the day is a scenic boat cruise at Milford Sound—spot native wildlife and see picturesque mountain views.
  • Duration: 1 day
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  • Duration: 1 day
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