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Combine two popular North Island attractions on this day trip with private transport from Auckland: Waitomo Glowworm Caves and the Hobbiton Movie Set. A scenic countryside drive takes you to the Waikato region where you’ll join a tour of Waitomo Caves, including a boat ride to the Glowworm Grotto. Then visit the Shire, featured in ‘The Lord of the Rings’ and ‘The Hobbit,’ and see famous sites from the films. Lunch and round-trip hotel transport by private luxury vehicle included.


  • Group tours at Waitomo Caves and Hobbiton movie set
  • See glowworms glimmer in Waitomo Caves and take a boat ride on an underground stream
  • Tour the Lord of the Rings and Hobbit movie set
  • Visit the Hobbit holes, Green Dragon Inn and the Party Tree
  • Private transport including hotel pickup and drop-off, lunch, snacks and drinks
  • Private Hobbiton tour (if option selected)

Why Our Insiders Chose This Tour

This is an awesome day visiting two of New Zealand’s top attractions. Taking this tour with private transport means you can relax in the comfort of your own vehicle and travel at your own pace on this full-day tour.

What You Can Expect

Waitomo Caves and The Lord of the Rings Hobbiton Movie Set Tour from Auckland with Private Transport

The Lord of the Rings Movie Set

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.

Customer Reviews

Jonathan O

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

This was an amazing day! Our tour guide was prompt and so, so polite she made the trip to Waitomo and to the movie set a real pleasure with her delightful conversation. It was surprisingly nice to ride in private transport as opposed to big busses, and the two locations the caves and the movie set were lots of fun. We would highly recommend this tour!

Faizan Hassan United States of ... 

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Amazing tour and tour guide. We had an absolutely amazing time. Highly recommended for anyone visiting New Zealand and Auckland.

Willard P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2016

Hobbiton is amazing. The caves were like nothing we had ever visited. The journey from Auckland was a bit long but worth it.

Flerie S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2014

Time Unlimited private tour was the best.
Our tour guide / driver Daniel is very friendly, knowledgeable polite and accommodating.
He made our tour pleasant and comfortable.
We had a great time and worthed.

Mrs Rosemarie W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2014

It was the best day of our holiday...We couldn't have asked for anything better.

Kathy L

4 star rating: Recommended November 2015

Sofia was a great tour guide, we had a very enjoyable day. Only reason this gets a 4 and not a 5 had nothing to do with the tour company but only that because of a rising river we were unable to do the full Waitomo caves experience had to go out the same way we went in which really backed things up. Had a really enjoyable day and would highly recommend.

mary l

4 star rating: Recommended February 2014

This private tour worth the price, with friendly and knowledgeable tour bus driver, tour guides at the Caves and at The Hobbiton movie set. We had a great , enjoyable whole day. Highly recommend to people who have not been there before. The buffet lunch was fine if people like BBQ foods, the homemade carrot cakes was excellent.

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