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Discover the otherworldly beauty of New Zealand’s North Island, from Rotorua’s geothermal pools and the Waitomo Glowworm Caves to the Shire at the Hobbiton Movie Set. On this 2-day coach tour from Auckland, you’ll experience ancient Maori traditions with a ‘hangi’ dinner, the filmmaking history of ‘The Lord of the Rings,’ a duck tour and a visit to the Agrodome. Enjoy standard or superior overnight accommodation in Rotorua.


  • 2-day tour of Waitomo Caves, Hobbiton and Rotorua from Auckland
  • Visit the famous Waitomo Caves and learn how the glowworms radiate a magical luminescent light
  • Discover Rotorua's cultural heritage and geothermal activity on a relaxing duck tour by amphibious vehicle!
  • Experience real Maori culture at Tamaki Village with rituals, ceremonies, performances, storytelling and a traditional feast
  • Admire Te Puia with its thermal mud pools and impressive geysers
  • Enjoy a scenic drive across the Kaimai Ranges before you head to the Shire and Middle-earth on a Hobbiton Movie Set tour

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What You Can Expect

2-Day Waitomo Caves, Hobbiton Movie Set and Rotorua Tour from Auckland

2-Day Waitomo Caves, Hobbiton Movie Set and Rotorua Tour from Auckland

Day 1: Auckland – Waitomo – Rotorua (L, D)
Following hotel pickup, depart Auckland aboard your air-conditioned coach, heading south to the North Island’s renowned Waitomo Glowworm Caves. Enter the otherworldly limestone labyrinth with your guide, observing the stalactite formations and phosphorescent shimmer of tiny glowworms during a tour of the caves.

After you emerge from this subterranean marvel, re-board the coach for a boxed lunch served while you are driven east to Rotorua. Enjoy free time to explore before a duck tour of Rotorua’s scenic lakes by amphibious vehicle.

Discover New Zealand’s Maori heritage during a cultural evening including a traditional Maori hangi — a feast of meat and vegetables cooked in an earth oven — before retiring at your hotel for the night.

Overnight: Standard or superior hotel accommodation in Rotorua

Day 2: Rotorua – Hobbiton – Auckland (B)
After breakfast, head to Te Puia for an otherworldly geothermal experience. Stroll the walkway past bubbling mud pools and spouting geysers on display before you enjoy more cultural performances by the local Maori people. 

Next, your guide takes you to Rainbow Springs Nature Park for a rare glimpse of the kiwi, New Zealand’s signature bird. Then stop at the Agrodome, a working farm, to watch sheepdogs and sheep-shearing in action.

Continue on with a scenic coach drive across the Kaimai Range to a farm near Matamata. Here, you’ll explore the fairytale landscape of the Shire featured in The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit movies. During your Hobbiton Movie Set tour, stop for photo ops in front of Bilbo Baggins’ house and other hobbit holes, and visit the Green Dragon Inn.

Your tour concludes in the early evening, with the option to be dropped off in Auckland or Rotorua.

Customer Reviews

Kevin F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2017

Had an awesome time. Organized and enjoyed every minute. Highly recommended!

Ana C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

THE BEST!!! All atractions were fantastic!!

Jill P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2016

Really enjoyable and fun tour. There was always something interesting to do! Well organised!

Jordan P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

WOW. That's all I can say. I initially looked into booking a few of these tours by themselves and figuring out our own transportation, but honestly, it's INCREDIBLE how they strung this all together perfectly and efficiently. Book this if you want to see it all without wasting time!
Not once did I feel like I may have been stranded anywhere, forgotten about among buses of tour groups, or that I would have gotten on the wrong bus which were my main fears. All of the drivers were insightful, funny, and caring. Food provided on the bus was tasty. All of the tours were FANTASTIC. When we got back to our accommodations I had felt as though I had seen the whole northern island! In fact when we told people what we had already seen and done within 3 days of being there they were stunned.

ONLY thing I would say is at the VERY end, you are not dropped off at your hotel. You are dropped off at the Skybus main hub in the middle of Auckland city. We were lucky and had a hotel only a block away, but for those who are not staying as close, be sure you have a for the cab company. It was dark when we got back so if we would have had to walk farther it would have been a problem.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

If you have only a short amount of time, this tour is a great way to see a whole lot of fantastic sites outside of Auckland. Every item on this tour was completely worth seeing, but the highlights for me were the glow-worm caves, the duck boat tour, Te Puia geothermal area, and definitely the Hobbiton movie set. This tour is a fantastic value, especially considering almost every attraction you visit will include a private guide. Throw in the transportation, meals, and overnight accommodations and you've got a winner. Definitely recommend this tour.

Be aware that this tour is actually a variety of different small tours, with different guests, drivers, and even buses, all pieced together into one itinerary - but it was all coordinated very well. I tip my hat to the agency who coordinated my itinerary, Discover New Zealand, as the information they gave me was very detailed and accurate and it worked well.

Amanda A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Best trip of my life, so glad I found this tour amongst the others.

Alfred P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

The tour was exceptional - my wife and I had a great time! The only recommendation we would make is that you give us an overall schedule of pickup and drop off times and locations. We never were left anywhere but we often didn and #39;t know specifics on the sequence logistics.

Hideharu E

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

Loved every moment. A great tour even if you are not a fan. So informative, loved the Bus Tour driver commentary. KIA ORA!!!

Anthony Hoi Kit L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2016


Ms D M J

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2016

Overall, the trip was a very good experience. There was a lot packed into the two days. I enjoyed all the trip activities - it was good to go along and try everything, and I rather liked swapping around buses. There were lots of friendly people on the buses including the drivers and the same people would appear at different times and places, like old friends! If you don't have a lot of time, or your own transport, this is a great way to get around. The caves were rather crowded at first, but I was surprised at the extent of the caves - and the quiet boat ride was lovely. Rotorua was fascinating. The Duck Tour was fun and I got to see the lakes around Rotorua. The Maori village was a good combination of factual information and fun, and our driver to and fro the village had a fine singing voice. He also did the actions to the songs - I've never been on a coach before where I've cried with laughter! If you're a Hobbit/Lord of the Rings fan, you'll adore Hobbiton. It was amazing! My sister is totally jealous.

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