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Waitomo Caves Tours and Activities

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With dramatic limestone formations, gigantic stalactites and stalagmites, and subterranean river, New Zealand's Waitomo Caves hold adventure at every turn. This network of underground caverns is one of the best places in New Zealand to spot glowworms, and the glittering creatures provide a magical backdrop to the caves' natural wonders.

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Waitomo Glowworm Caves Guided Tour

Waitomo Glowworm Caves Guided Tour

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Come visit a New Zealand attraction that’s sure to have you ‘glowing’ during this 45-minute small-group guided boat ride through the famous Waitomo Glowworm Caves. Glide by boat through this underground complex, enjoying a light show put on by the millions of tiny bioluminescent insects hanging above. As an added bonus, many of the trip guides are of Maori descent, adding unique historical context to your visit.
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  • 45 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$39,48
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US$39,48
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Black Water Rafting Experience Waitomo Caves Tour

Black Water Rafting Experience Waitomo Caves Tour

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Go Waitomo black-water rafting (cave tubing) for a memorable adventure in the Waitomo Caves. Choose a 3-hour Labyrinth experience that takes you floating underground on an inner tube, including a small waterfall jump. Or upgrade to the 5-hour Black Abyss for an exhilarating abseil (rappel) down limestone walls; instruction and equipment included. The resident glowworms, stalactites and stalagmites will amaze you! Finish with a hot shower, soup and bagel.
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$107,67
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US$107,67
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Hobbiton Movie Set and Waitomo Glowworm Caves Day Trip from Auckland

Hobbiton Movie Set and Waitomo Glowworm Caves Day Trip from Auckland

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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. 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.
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  • 11 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$197,39
Price varies by group size
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US$197,39
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Hobbiton & Waitomo Caves Small Group Tour from Auckland

Hobbiton & Waitomo Caves Small Group Tour from Auckland

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The fictional, yet globally famous, village of Hobbiton and the Waitomo Caves rank among the most popular sites of interest in New Zealand. On this tour, visit both sites in one day—see the home of Bilbo Baggins and explore Waitomo’s subterranean caverns—and enjoy personal attention from your guide on this small-group tour—limited to 12 people.
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  • 12 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$214,62
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US$214,62
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75-Minute Guided Ruakuri Cave Tour Waitomo

75-Minute Guided Ruakuri Cave Tour Waitomo

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The Waitomo Glowworm Caves are among the most visited attractions of New Zealand’s North Island and Ruakuri Cave is the longest of the underground caves. Explore the magnificent cave on this 75-minute guided walking tour and marvel at the unique rock formations, subterranean rivers, and thousands of glittering glowworms.
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  • 1 hour 15 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$56,71
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US$56,71
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Waitomo Day Trip with Option to Add Hobbiton from Rotorua

Waitomo Day Trip with Option to Add Hobbiton from Rotorua

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Visit Waitomo Glowworm Caves and the Hobbiton Movie Set on a full-day tour from Rotorua that can be customized to your interests. Choose a walking tour of the glowworm caves, enjoy independent time in Waitomo, or splash through the caverns on an adventurous rafting or caving tour. Next, head to the Hobbiton Movie Set to explore hobbit holes and sip a hobbit-themed brew at the Green Dragon Inn. This full-day tour includes pickup at selected locations in Rotorua, with drop-off in Rotorua or Auckland.
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  • 12 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$152,37
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US$152,37

Hobbiton, Rotorua and Waitomo Caves Day Trip in Luxury Minibus from Auckland

Hobbiton, Rotorua and Waitomo Caves Day Trip in Luxury Minibus from Auckland

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Cover plenty of ground in one day by combining several North Island highlights: Waitomo Caves, Hobbiton, and Rotorua. Ride a boat through the Waitomo Glowworm Caves to see these radiant lights. Take a guided tour of the Hobbiton Movie Set, where you 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. You can start and finish your tour in either Auckland or Rotorua, traveling one-way or round-trip.
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  • 13 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$331,29
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US$331,29
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Waitomo Caves & Rotorua Small Group Tour including Te Puia from Auckland

Waitomo Caves & Rotorua Small Group Tour including Te Puia from Auckland

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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 travelers short on time, this adventurous tour takes in both sites in the same day, with entry fees plus round-trip transport from Auckland included. Discover subterranean stalagmites at the famous Waitomo Caves and hit top Rotorua attractions including the Government Gardens and Lake Rotorua.
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  • 13 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$236,15
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US$236,15
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Tauranga Shore Excursion: Waitomo Caves and The Kiwi House

Tauranga Shore Excursion: Waitomo Caves and The Kiwi House

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Explore one of the North Island’s most impressive natural wonders and see the national symbol of New Zealand on this shore excursion from Tauranga. Walk through the caves to see stalagmites and stalactites before boarding a small boat to the incredible Waitomo Caves, filled with glittering glow-worms. Then visit the Otorohanga Kiwi House to learn more about the native birds. Port pickup and drop-off is included.
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$176,69
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US$176,69
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Hobbiton Movie Set and Waitomo Glowworm Caves Small-Group Day Tour From Rotorua

Hobbiton Movie Set and Waitomo Glowworm Caves Small-Group Day Tour From Rotorua

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Experience two of New Zealand's top attractions in one day. Travel on a small-group tour from Rotorua to Waitomo Glowworm Caves where an official guide explains the natural features. Then explore the Shire at the Hobbiton Movie Set, and hear behind-the-scenes stories from “The Lord of the Rings” and “The Hobbit” trilogies. Visit Bilbo’s hobbit hole and enjoy a drink at the Green Dragon Inn.
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  • 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$197,39
Price varies by group size
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US$197,39
Price varies by group size
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Waitomo Caves Full Day Trip with Option to Add Hobbiton from Auckland

Waitomo Caves Full Day Trip with Option to Add Hobbiton from Auckland

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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.
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  • 13 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$183,32
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Waitomo Caves Adventure from Auckland or Rotorua

Waitomo Caves Adventure from Auckland or Rotorua

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Experience the thrill of black-water rafting and caving in a safe yet challenging environment. Choose among several exhilarating underground adventures at Waitomo Caves. Accompanied by an expert guide, you can go cave tubing among glowworms, rappel down into the labyrinth, or do both. Prepare for a one-of-a-kind tour with an option to suit any adventurous spirit. Travel round-trip from either Auckland or Rotorua, with hotel pickup available.
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  • 13 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$264,13
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Rotorua to Auckland Afternoon Transfer with Waitomo Glow Worms

Rotorua to Auckland Afternoon Transfer with Waitomo Glow Worms

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Make the most of your trip from Rotorua to Auckland with a tour of Waitomo Glowworm Caves, a fascinating network of flooded caverns lit by bioluminescent glowworms. You’ll travel by comfortable minibus from your hotel in Rotorua to your centrally-located Auckland hotel, pausing in Waitomo for a boat tour of the Waitomo Glowworm Caves. This 6-hour tour includes all transport and entrance fees, and it’s limited to 15 people for a more personal experience.
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  • 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$168,60
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US$168,60
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2-Day Hobbiton, Rotorua, Waitomo Caves Tour from Auckland with Accommodation

2-Day Hobbiton, Rotorua, Waitomo Caves Tour from Auckland with Accommodation

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Combine three of New Zealand’s most popular attractions on this 2-day tour from Auckland. Step into Middle Earth on a tour of the Hobbiton movie set from 'Lord of the Rings,' explore the geothermal landscapes of Rotorua, and cruise through the Waitomo Glowworm Caves. This great-value tour includes hotel pickup, some meals, and overnight accommodation in Rotorua.
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  • 2 days
  • Taking safety measures
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US$710,44
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Rotorua and Waitomo Caves Day Trip from Auckland

Rotorua and Waitomo Caves Day Trip from Auckland

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Take in two of New Zealand’s top attractions in one day on this Rotorua and Waitomo Caves day trip from Auckland. Visit Rotorua with a guide and take in key sites including Te Puia and the Maori Arts and Crafts Institute. After lunch, admire fine views over Lake Rotorua on route to the famous Waitomo Caves. During your boat ride, gain insight into the caves’ geological significance and marvel at the luminescent glow worms illuminating the dark caves. Upgrade to include the Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland to your small-group tour.
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  • 13 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$274,61
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Waitomo Glowworm Caves Small Group Tour from Auckland

Waitomo Glowworm Caves Small Group Tour from Auckland

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Spend the day exploring the Waitomo Glowworm caves on this excursion from Auckland. With round-trip transportation provided, you'll have no need to rent a car or puzzle over directions. This must-see attraction is an easy day trip with a thoughtfully-curated itinerary and lots of in-depth commentary from your guide about the biology and behavior of one of New Zealand's most famous natural phenomena.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$157,91
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Waitomo Glow Worm Cave & Ruakuri Cave & Aranui Cave Tours From Auckland

Waitomo Glow Worm Cave & Ruakuri Cave & Aranui Cave Tours From Auckland

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Combo Tours of Waitomo, Aranui, and Ruakuri Cave. A small group tour/activity maximum of 6 people ensures personalised experience. Please bring your cameras ready for taking photos in Aranui and Ruakuri Caves. Taking photos in Waitomo Cave is not permitted. Includes: Attraction Tickets Included Pick up and drop off from Auckland central Friendly Driver. Experienced Tour Guide in the Activities Hotel pick up is offered (inner city hotels only) Airport Pick-Up is offered (outside Butterfly's Creek) Travel in comfort of air conditioned private van. Free Wifi on private deluxe van. Supplementary of drinks and snacks on board. Private Transportation. Duration: 11 to 12 hours (approximately) Additional Informations: Confirmation will be received at time of booking. Travelling children must be accompanied by adults. Cancellation Policy: For a full refund, cancel at least 48 hours in advance prior to departure of the tour/activity.
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  • 11 to 12 hours
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US$398,36
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Small group tour to Hobbiton Movie Set & Waitomo Glow Worm caves in a luxury Van

Small group tour to Hobbiton Movie Set & Waitomo Glow Worm caves in a luxury Van

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With this tour you will visit New Zealand’s two of the most sought after, iconic and famous attractions, the Hobbiton Movie set and Waitomo Glowworm Caves. Our tours are designed for your comfort and experience and we are flexible with time, so more stops for pictures or coffee break along the way.
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  • 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$245,90
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Black Abyss Ultimate Waitomo Caving Adventure Experience

Black Abyss Ultimate Waitomo Caving Adventure Experience

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This is the most adventurous experience! If you have a “go big or go home” mantra then this Black Water Rafting tour is a must-do! A fun challenge! Experiences are all the more memorable when you push yourself out of your comfort zone or do something you have never done before. This tour definitely touches on all those aspects!​
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  • 11 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$429,96
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Private chauffeured Tour of Waitomo Caves

Private chauffeured Tour of Waitomo Caves

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Benefit from personalized attention and a flexible itinerary on this private tour to Waitomo Caves. Your dedicated guide will lead you around the caves, home to thousands of glowworms. Learn about the glowworms biology and behavior through your guide's commentary, then explore the scenic reserve's free walking tracks, lush green hills, and pristine rivers.
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  • 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$176,69
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Waitomo Glowworm Cave Experience

Waitomo Glowworm Cave Experience

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New Zealand prides itself as one of the few countries in the world with an incredibly wide range of natural resources and wonderful attractions. The Waitomo Glow-worm Caves are a major drawing card for the region as its natural beauty is something to admire. Under the green hills of Waitomo lies a labyrinth of caves, sinkholes and underground rivers. Ride a boat beneath thousands of tiny glow-worms inhabit the cave and put on a mesmerising light display likened to the twinkling night sky.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$171,55
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US$171,55
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Waitomo Glowworm & Aranui Twin Cave Experience

Waitomo Glowworm & Aranui Twin Cave Experience

Experience the magnificent Aranui Cave, along with glow worm cave set within a natural forest reserve in Waitomo. Under the green hills of Waitomo lies a labyrinth of caves, sinkholes and underground rivers. Explore the ancient cave formations, high chambers and huge stalactites and stalagmites. Discover serenity in the most delicate and intimate of the main caves in Waitomo. Get off the beaten track & discover one of Waitomo's best-kept secrets. Aranui Cave is a magical, mystical place that is steeped in Maori myth and legend.
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  • 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$214,62
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Hobbiton & Waitomo Small Group Tour - EX Auckland

Hobbiton & Waitomo Small Group Tour - EX Auckland

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Visit the Hobbiton Movie Set and Waitomo Glow Worm Cave on this full-day tour from Auckland. Experience an important Middle-earth and ‘Lord of the Rings’ location on the guided tour of Hobbiton, and sip a refreshment at The Green Dragon Inn. Afterward, take in the twinkling light of glow worms at Waitomo. Ensure your admission to two of New Zealand’s top destinations by booking this tour in advance.
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  • 12 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$213,50
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Hobbiton & Waitomo Caves Small Group Tour incl BBQ Buffet Lunch from Auckland

Hobbiton & Waitomo Caves Small Group Tour incl BBQ Buffet Lunch from Auckland

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Experience the world-famous Lord of The Rings Hobbiton Movie Set plus the Waitomo Glowworm Caves all in one day. This unforgettable combo tour takes you to the top tourist attractions in the North Island. Highlights: • Hobbiton & Alexander Family Sheep Farm • Waitomo Glowworm Caves • Secret Animal Viewing Stops • Waikato Farming Region While the destinations you will be visiting are truly spectacular, Cheeky Kiwi Travel believe it is our small groups, our guides, the journey and the little details that set our tours well apart. Secret stops, wildlife viewings, specially designed vehicles and many other pleasant surprises ensure our tours are an experience to remember. This tour is less rushed than others, making it the ultimate Auckland day tour, and is led by our passionate tour guides, notorious for bringing your journey to life by sharing their stories and rich background knowledge, and run in modern, comfortable minibuses packed with extras ensuring your comfort and safety.
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  • 12 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$248,84
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What are Waitomo Caves hours of operation?
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Waitomo Caves hours of operation: Open daily. Buy tickets in advance on Viator. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.
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Should I book Waitomo Caves tickets in advance?
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We recommend booking e-tickets ahead of time to secure your spot since Waitomo Caves can get crowded. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.
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How much does it cost to visit Waitomo Caves 2021?
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Currently, an entrance ticket to Waitomo Caves costs USD 39.48. Guided Waitomo Caves tours start around USD 39.48 per person.
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