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Start the day with pickup at selected hotels in Auckland, or at a centrally located meeting point. You’ll board a coach for the trip to Waitomo, enjoying a morning snack as you pass through rolling hills and farmland.

Upon arrival in Waitomo, go underground on a boat tour of the Waitomo River, where twinkling glowworms provide the only light in a series of caves and caverns. After the Waitomo Glowworm Caves tour, pause for an included picnic lunch and continue through the Kaimai Ranges to Matamata.

At the Hobbiton Movie Set, join a guide for a behind-the-scenes tour of the film site for The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit, where director Peter Jackson recreated the world of Middle Earth. After the Hobbiton Movie Set tour, you have the option to return to Auckland or continue to Rotorua, famed for bubbling hot springs and vibrant Maori culture.
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Waitomo Glowworm Caves
Hauraki Blue Cruises
Visit the Waitomo Glowworm Caves and the Hobbiton Movie Set on a convenient tour from Auckland that explores two top sites in one all-inclusive day. You’ll cruise an underground river lit by twinkling glowworms, then see hobbit holes and filming sites, all while taking in the North Island’s gorgeous scenery. End the day at the original departure point or in a central location in Rotorua.
  • Tour Waitomo Glowworm Caves and Hobbiton Movie Set from Auckland
  • Combine two great sites to conveniently see more of New Zealand
  • Watch the sparkling display of glowworms on an underground boat tour
  • Picnic lunch served in the beautiful Waitomo Valley
  • Guided tour of the Hobbiton Movie Set goes behind the scenes
  • Choose between Auckland or Rotorua drop-off
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile
Two very different and interesting stops

From Auckland, expect a 2.5 hour bus ride to Hobbiton. The driver would offer interesting facts about the New Zealand countryside along the way - lots of rolling green hills and pastures with mountains and dead volcanoes in the background. Grab a seat on the...More

1  Thank Tom G
Reviewed July 11, 2018
Yes, yes, yes.

I didn't do the day trip. I was in a camper van with my kids and wife, but we visited both spots and both are absolutely great experiences. We saw one of the trips in front of us at both locations so the only difference...More

Thank Chris L
Reviewed July 8, 2018
This one surprised me...

I'm not a huge Lord of the Rings fan. I liked it, but quite honestly, the idea of spending money to see the Hobbiton was my girlfriends idea. And I will say, it turned out excellent! I think I became more interested in the movies...More

3  Thank Chris R
Reviewed May 24, 2018
Great Value!

The four of us are Lord of the Rings fans and really enjoyed this tour! The highlights were the drive from Auckland and the Hobbiton movie set tour. Our driver, Damian was very friendly and enthusiastic about New Zealand. He shared quite a lot about...More

3  Thank LLinos2
Reviewed May 14, 2018
This was more than we expected

We actually did the trip to Hobbiton set and the Waitomo cave and then went on the Rotorua. The drivers of the buses could not have been more helpful and genuine. They made sure we got on to the correct buses and added interesting information...More

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Caroline M
September 20, 2018|
Response from Tosakes | Reviewed this property |
Probably not. We walked on a lot of uneven and uphill surfaces
Analiza B
July 7, 2018|
Response from LLinos2 | Reviewed this property |
We were each traveling with a large suitcase and they safety and securely stowed all of it luggage throughout the excursion. Once finished with the cave tour, they helped guide us and our luggage to another bus that dropped... More
Anna S
July 5, 2018|
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Response from Tosakes | Reviewed this property |
This trip started in Auckland and we switched buses st Hobbitonband went on to Rotorua. The original bus went back to Aucklanf
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