After hotel pickup in Auckland, get settled in your private transport vehicle for the 2.5-hour drive to the Waitomo Glowworm Caves. Your private driver follows a scenic route alongside the Waikato River and through bucolic countryside in the Waikato region.
Hear about the conflict between British forces and Maori chiefs in Rangiri, pass Taupiri Mountain and see the distant Pirongia volcano along the way. On arrival at the famous Waitomo Glowworm Caves, you’ll join a 45-minute tour, including a short boat ride into the Glowworm Grotto to see thousands of tiny glowworms illuminating the dark cavern.
After a stop for lunch (included), continue in the comfort of your private vehicle to the rural town of Matamata. At The Shire’s Rest cafe, embark on a Hobbiton Movie Set tour lasting approximately 2 hours. Explore the rustic farm with a knowledgeable guide who explains why the site was selected to film key scenes for The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit movies.
Learn how the charming sets were created, and stop for photo ops by the cozy hobbit holes of Bag End. See the Mill, follow the footsteps of Frodo under the party tree and visit the Green Dragon Inn, where you can enjoy a complimentary hot or cold beverage.
Meet your private vehicle back at The Shire's Rest for the return trip to Auckland. Your driver follows an alternate route so you enjoy multiple North Island vistas before before drop-off at your hotel.
Please note: this tour requires a minimum of 2 people per booking.