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After pickup at your central Auckland hotel, leave the city behind as you drive through the Bombay Hills and Hauraki Plains to reach a sheep farm used as the filming location for the Lord of the Rings trilogy and The Hobbit. J.R.R. Tolkien fans will recognize Middle-earth locales like hobbit holes, the Mill, and the Green Dragon Inn as you learn behind-the-scenes secrets of the epic movies. 

After a Kiwi-style lunch, depart the Shire for the mysterious underground world of the Waitomo Glowworm Caves. Glide through glittering caverns on a boat as thousands of bioluminescent glowworms provide a natural light show. Explore the acoustically rich Cathedral Cove on foot, and learn about the area’s history and legends from a Maori guide. 

Travel along the Waikato River and past a sacred Maori burial ground on the drive back to your Auckland hotel, where your tour ends.

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Hobbiton Movie Set Tours
Waitomo Glowworm Caves
Auckland Scenic Tours
Visit two of New Zealand’s top attractions on a combo trip from Auckland. Explore the Shire’s hobbit holes and get a drink at the Green Dragon Inn on a Hobbiton Movie Set tour—a favorite for Lord of the Rings fans—and then listen to Maori legends on a boat ride through the mesmerizing Waitomo Glowworm Caves. Along the way, pass through some of the North Island’s most gorgeous landscapes.
  • Cross off two North Island highlights in one day—no rental car needed!
  • Lord of the Rings fans will love an official Hobbiton Movie Set tour
  • Ride a boat through the illuminated Waitomo Glowworm Caves
  • Learn about native New Zealand history and culture from a Maori guide
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Reviewed 3 days ago
Hobbiton and Waitomo cave tour

Nick is the great guide. He is not only knowledgeable but also nice, kind and charming person. I joined this tour by myself and was the only participant who didn't speak English well, but it didn't matter at all because he cared me a lot...More

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DavidS23368, Owner at Auckland Scenic Tours, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Thank you for these lovely comments about our tour and particularly one of our tour guides. It is clear that not only did you enjoy our tour, but you were made to feel very special. All our tour guides are friendly, knowledgeable and passionate about...More

Reviewed 4 days ago
Great trip!

We had a great time on our day tour of Hobbiton and the Glowworm caves. Both places were spectacular in different ways and well worth the cost and travel time. Our guide, David, was incredibly friendly and informative and made the entire drive and experience...More

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DavidS23368, Owner at Auckland Scenic Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

Thank you for these lovely comments about our Hobbiton/Waitomo Caves Tour and one of our tour guides. We pride ourselves on the deep knowledge of all our tour guides; but equally importantly we want all our tours to be fun. We love, as was the...More

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile
Beautiful Sets, Cool Cave & Great Driver

There were only seven passengers, and we really enjoyed the comfortable van ride. I want to mention that our driver Nick was a terrific driver. The drive to Hobbiton is about two+ hours so we we were grateful to have an excellent driver. Both tours...More

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DavidS23368, Owner at Auckland Scenic Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

For us, passenger safety and the safety of your possessions is our #1 priority on all our tours. We are so pleased that you recognized this as this is the prime focus for our team; the tour and your enjoyment always comes 2nd! You experienced...More

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Nick is the best tour guide you could hope for!! And the driver, Alex, was really nice as well... and handsome 😁 hah.More

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DavidS23368, Owner at Auckland Scenic Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for choosing our tour and for sharing your comments on two of our tour guides. We value these comments and they were both thrilled to receive this feedback. We pride ourselves on the professionalism, attention-to-detail, deep knowledge, affability and sense of humour of...More

Reviewed 1 week ago
One of our best travel days EVER!!!!

Small group tour with NICK .... the best guide we could have ever hoped for!! He was entertaining, answered all our questions with great enthusiasm, was a very responsible chaperone, and gave us a spectacular day with his great depth of knowledge of New Zealand....More

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DavidS23368, Owner at Auckland Scenic Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for these wonderful comments on our tour, the way that we have designed this and one of our tour guides. He was thrilled to receive this lovely feedback. Our small group size, as you mention, is just one of the benefits of our...More

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September 23, 2018|
Response from tungstencoil | Reviewed this property |
You may want to call them directly. However, I stayed at a tiny hotel and they had no problem picking me up there. I think they'll pickup just about anywhere in CBD.
September 16, 2018|
Response from RobinS4166 | Reviewed this property |
You can by them from the venues yourself without a tour. However you will be in the later tours which are more crowded. Yes they are cheaper. Being first and being in the front of the line makes a huge difference at the... More
August 12, 2018|
Response from Paul S | Reviewed this property |
Freemans Way is just west of Downtown. I am sure if you ask, it could be possible for a pick up.
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