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Hobbiton & Waitomo Caves Small Group Tour from Auckland

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  • 12 hours (approx.)
  • Pickup from select hotels
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English

Overview

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.
  • Visit Hobbiton and the Waitomo Caves from Auckland
  • Hit two of the North Island’s most famous attractions in one day
  • Small-group tour, limited to 12 people
  • Hassle-free round-trip travel from central Auckland

What's Included

  • Small Group and Fully Guided Tour
  • Bottled water
  • Snacks
  • Entry Tickets
  • Gratuities
  • Souvenir photos (available to purchase)
  • Food and drinks, unless specified
  • Optional extras and activities - please select the tour option you want at time of booking

Meeting And Pickup

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Pickup details

Hotel pick-ups are from the below hotels only. If you do not see your pickup location please select the closest one to you to be picked up from. Pick ups start up to 20 mins before your tour time. Please see below what group your hotel is in and what your pick-up time is. Please be waiting in your accommodation's lobby or outside no later than this time to avoid missing your pick up. Guides have multiple pick-ups so can on occasion run up to 10 minutes late. Guides cannot wait for late passengers as it will mean the entire group is at risk of missing out, so please be waiting and ready (5-10 minutes before your listed time is highly recommended). Group 1: 20 minutes before tour start time. Sofitel Auckland Viaduct Harbour, Swiss-Belsuites Victoria Park Group 2: 15 minutes before tour start time. Adina Apartments, Copthorne Hotel Auckland, Grand Mercure Hotel, Hilton Hotel Auckland, JUCY Snooze, M Social, Nesuto Stadium Apartments, Pullman Hotel, Queen Street Backpackers, SO/Auckland Group 3: 10 minutes before tour start time. AVANI Metropolis, Barclay Suites, CityLife Hotel Auckland, Heritage Hotel Auckland (Hobson Street), ibis Budget Auckland, Rydges Hotel Auckland, Stamford Plaza Auckland. Group 4: 5 minutes before tour start time. Crowne Plaza Auckland, Four Points by Sheraton, Airedale Boutique Suites Auckland, SkyCity Hotel, SkyCity Grand Hotel, YMCA Hostel Group 5: At tour start time or up to 10 minutes after. Cordis Hotel Auckland, Grand Millennium Hotel, Haka Lodge Auckland City, Kiwi International Hotel, VR Auckland City (Hobson Street), St Martins Waldorf Apartment Hotel, Tetra Serviced Apartments by Nesuto, YHA Auckland City Backpackers Passengers that miss their pick up will be required to meet the tour at the tour's first stop at their own expense to continue on the tour. No refunds will be given to late or no show passengers. Auckland Airport (Butterfly Creek) pick up must be requested and approved by our team in writing to receive your pick up time. Pick up time will normally be 20 - 30 minutes after the tour start time.

What To Expect

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 11 hours of travel. In this case confirmation will be received as soon as possible, subject to availability
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult.
  • Minimum drinking age is 18 years.
  • Minimum numbers apply. There is a possibility of cancellation after confirmation if there are not enough passengers to meet requirements. In the event of this occurring, you will be offered an alternative or full refund.
  • A moderate amount of walking is involved.
  • Due to uneven surfaces, this tour is not recommended for those with walking disabilities or using a wheelchair.
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately.
  • Children 7 years old and under are required to travel in a child safety car seat. If you don't have a car seat one can be provided, please contact us at least 24 hours in advance to arrange this.
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infant seats available
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 16 travelers

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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Frequently Asked Questions

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.

Q:What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Hobbiton & Waitomo Caves Small Group Tour from Auckland?

A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:
  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas

Q:What is the policy on sanitization during Hobbiton & Waitomo Caves Small Group Tour from Auckland?

A:The policies on sanitization are:
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized

Q:What is the social distancing policy during Hobbiton & Waitomo Caves Small Group Tour from Auckland?

A:The policy on social distancing is:
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons

Q:What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Hobbiton & Waitomo Caves Small Group Tour from Auckland?

A:The policies on staff health & safety are:
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms

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Traveler Tips


It's about a 2.5 hour drive to Hobbiton, you'll spend a couple hours there, then off to Waitomo (about 1 hour away) and do that tour.
It's a long ride but the trip is shortened by combining two great activities on one journey.
We highly recommend taking this tour if you’re interested in seeing the movie set.
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smkawamura, Aug 2022
John was a blast! Cheeky kiwi for sure! He was attentive, informative, sincere and fun. As a born and raised New Zealander, he shared a love of his hometown and perspective that was priceless.
So glad we went there
Joe, Dec 2020
Hobbiton was one of the highlights of our time in New Zealand, and Waitomo Caves was an added plus (we had never been to a glow worm cave before). We were fortunate to have taken our trip in January, before COVID affected everyone’s travel experiences. Our driver, with Cheeky Kiwi Tours, was very good, full of information, helpful, and made the tour fun. If you are at all a fan of The Hobbit, or Lord of the Rings, or seen either of the movies, Hobbiton is almost a must see, it was a delight to wander the movie set!
A long day but we’ll worth the time spent!
Michael_S, Mar 2020
Martin did an excellent job of explaining about the sights along the way as well as getting us oriented for our Hobbiton and Glow Worm cave tours. Would highly recomeythis tour and Martin as our guide.
Great Excursion
Robert_K, Mar 2020
Both Hobbiton and the caves were very enjoyable. We are not big "Lord of the Rings " fans but really enjoyed touring the set. There are no interiors, just the door ways and most don't open. However the set is very well maintained. Our guide "Lady Gaga" was excellent, took pictures for everyone on the tour. In the cave temperature is around 62 degrees Fahrenheit. There are a number of up and down stairs in low light and some walking in the dark. Our guide Marlin was excellent very informative and a good sense of humor. The boat portion of the tour is probably only 3-4 minutes but is spectacular. The bad news is you spend a lot of time in the bus, 3 hours to get to Hobbiton, 1.5 hours to get to the cave and 2-3 hours depending on traffic to return to Auckland. But this is the only way to see attractions unless you rent a helicopter.
unforgettable memory
karenlam2628, Feb 2020
highly recommend this tour: 1) sharp on time to pick us up at hotel; 2) our driver (lens), he is tour guide also, very helpful and take good care to all of us, provide water and snacks always; 3) every points pick us up on time, he basically earlier arrive to waiting us; 4) very beautiful in hobbiton and have an unforgettable memory in there; 5) this is the 2nd time I visited Waitomo Caves but this time the quantity of glow worm were much more than last year, its full of the cave, very beautiful.
Definitely recommend Cheeky Kiwi
Beverly_M, Sep 2022
The tour was well organized and the tour guide, Michael, was very knowledgeable as well as entertaining. The bus used for the tour, was comfortable and didn't feel cramped at all. Overall, we enjoyed our day with Cheeky kiwi, although we found the Waitomo cave a bit short in duration.
Recommended
Ester_A, Jul 2022
I had tour with Mani, he is a great tour guide, well explained and chill. I recommended this tour with him
Response from Host, Jul 2022
Thanks for the review! We hope to see you again soon!
This is the tour to choose
Jacob_A, Mar 2020
We highly recommend taking this tour if you’re interested in seeing the movie set. The glow worm caves are really something special. You cannot do either of these tours without being guided and this particular tour was one of the best organized we had ever been on. If the cost seems high, keep in mind that admission tickets to both tours will run you about $120 USD. This doesn’t include a tour guide who will pick you up from the hotel and ensure that you have a great day. We stopped for bathroom breaks and snacks, and our guide had great suggestions for lunch, if you don’t choose the bbq, or you can bring your own. The pace was good for everyone in our tour group who were of mixed ages, and our guide was fantastic at helping us make friends with those on our tour.
Great tour!
Jessica_S, Sep 2022
Great experience! Our guide Jason was amazing, and was very knowledgeable. We had a nice sized group of people which was fun. We also got a few bonus stops which made the trip even better!
Hobbiton and the glow worm caves
Monique_K, Mar 2020
Hobbiton was an awesome experience. It was like stepping into the Hobbits and Lord of the Rings movies for real. The Waitomo Caves were just as amazing. The glow worms were beautiful as was the cave. Our driver Lance was awesome, fun, funny, great guy. Also the tour guides for Hobbiton and the caves were also awesome.
Highlight of our trip!
Aria_P, Mar 2020
We were fortunate to have a private tour with Grant and Jonesie. They provided a very informative and fun trip to Hobbiton and the Waitomo Caves. Grant is very knowledgeable about NZ and shared all his learnings and fun facts. They went out of their way to ensure we had a great time! We greatly enjoyed this tour and recommend to anyone visiting Auckland. You will not be disappointed!
2022 Hobbiton holiday
Ronel_B, Mar 2022
Really fun and the kids are enjoy. Want to comeback again with friends. I love the place so relaxing
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Incredible day!
Kimberley_W, Feb 2020
The trip was fantastic, from the comfortable bus and convenience of our pick up to the giant icecream at the end and Grant our guide was so knowledgeable and helpful!
Awesome day!
Alexander_S, Aug 2022
I liked the tour with Michael very much. The small group size allowed us to stop at a number of places in addition to the main attractions. Coming here in winter and starting very early proved to be a good idea as there were not too many people at the movie set. There was plenty of time to take some pictures and to enjoy the beautiful scenery.
Hobbiton/glow worm caves
Mariam, Feb 2020
Such a great experience - Mike was on time and proved extremely knowledgeable about the country. The snacks provided were an added bonus. Sites were obviously everything we hoped for as well.
It was perfect!
Janet_P, Aug 2022
My experience with Cheeky Kiwi Travel, Hobbiton & Waitomo Caves Small Group Tour, was superb. Hobbiton is so beautiful, we took hundreds of photos and didn't want to leave. Waitomo Cave is amazing too, we learnt more about the Maori culture and history. Not only everything was perfect, but we felt, in every instance, that our guide Michael truly cared about us (e.g. water bottles, cereal bar, photo taking, etc), and did his best to make the day memorable. Our trip started at 06:10am, Michael arrived early and he was full of energy all day long. We had a wonderful time and definitely will be back!
Fun for all - Lord of the Rings fans or not
SHERRY_C, Feb 2020
Even non-Lord of the Rings people will enjoy the tour. Good tips on how the movie was made and how the and special effects were created. Well organized, even with large numbers of people touring.
Hobbiton/ Wiatomo
Adrian_B, Jul 2022
Our group through Cheeky Kiwi was absolutely phenomenal. If there was an opportunity to leave more stars I would’ve done it in a heartbeat. Can’t say enough about this amazing experience. Not just a highlight of our trip to New Zealand but in indelible memory for all time
Response from Host, Jul 2022
Thank you for the wonderful review! We are so happy that you enjoyed your tour and hope to see you again soon!
Excellent tour
Marinus_V, May 2022
Bush and Beach Tour company was very professional throughout the tour. Especially Alex our guide/driver was very informative and helpful. I would recommend this tour and company to anyone traveling to New Zealand.
A must if ever in Auckland
Darren_L, Feb 2020
Even without us being LOTR/Hobbit fans, the experience was so encapsulating. Our guide, Martin, was extremely knowledgeable throughout the entire day, often telling stories about the surrounding areas from Auckland to Waitomo giving us incite into the Auckland and north island community.
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