Your day begins with an early morning pick-up from your central Auckland hotel. After a scenic drive through the Waikato and King Country, arrive at the Waitomo Caves – one of New Zealand’s most visited natural wonders.
Start your visit with a short video presentation of Waitomo, which will fill you in on the fascinating history of Waitomo Caves. Then, venture underground to marvel at the dramatic limestone caves, filled with unusual rock formations, towering stalagmites and impressive stalactites. Finally, jump aboard for a boat cruise through the glow-worm cave, and enjoy unforgettable views as you float down the underground river beneath the twinkling lights of thousands of glow-worms.
Back above ground, continue to Hobbiton, where you’ll enjoy a break for lunch (included) at the Shires Rest Café. After lunch, embark on a guided tour of the Hobbiton film set, restored to its appearance in the Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit films. Get the inside scoop on LOTR filming in New Zealand as you stroll around the village, and hear fun stories about the actors, props and on-set mishaps. Don’t forget to pose for some photos peeking out of a hobbit house!
After an action-packed day, return to Auckland, where your tour ends with drop-off at your hotel.