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Visit a pair of New Zealand's must-see attractions with this combo tour from Auckland to the Hobbiton Movie Set and Waitomo Glowworm Caves. Peek into Hobbit Holes, frolic in the Shire, and get a drink at the Green Dragon Inn on a guided tour of Middle-earth, followed by a Kiwi-style lunch. In the afternoon, explore Maori myths and history on a boat ride through mesmerizing caves lit by thousands of glowworms, and finish with a drive through some of the North Island’s most majestic scenery.
  • Full-day combo tour to the Hobbiton Movie Set and Waitomo Glowworm Caves from Auckland
  • Enjoy a Kiwi-style lunch
  • Includes round-trip transport from Auckland CBD hotels
  • Small group limited to 14 ensures personal service
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Small-group tour (maximum of 14)
Kiwi café-style lunch
Local driver/guide
Hotel pickup and drop-off from downtown Auckland City
Local taxes
Admission ticket: Hobbiton and Waitomo Glowworm Caves
Food and drinks, unless specified

Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered
All centrally Located Auckland hotels, BNBs, Backpacker Hotels in the Central Business District. Any of the following or others in the Central Business District

Adina Apartments

Amora

Ascotia off Queen

Auckland City Hotel

Auckland Harbour Oaks and Residences

Backpackers-all CBD locations

Barclay Suites

City Life

Copthorne

Cordis

Crowne Plaza

De Bretts

Dilworth

Econolodge

Empire Apartments

Grand Chancellor

Grand Mercure

Grand Millenium

Grand Windsor

Haka Hotel & Suites, 2 Day Street (only)

Haka Lodge

Heritage

Hilton

Ibis City (Wyndham)

Jucy Snooze

Kiwi International

Metropolis (Avani Metropolis)

MSocial

President Hotel

Princes Wharf Apartments

Pullman

Quadrant Hotel & Suites

Quest (all CBD locations)

Ramada

Rydges

Scenic

Sebel (both Viaduct Harbour and Quay West)

Sky City Grand

Sky City Hotel

Sofitel

Stamford Plaza

Star Park Apartments, 30B Swanson St

Star Queen Apartments, 438 Queen Street

Star Victoria Apartments, 64 Federal Street

Swiss bel Suites

VR Auckland City

VR Queen

Waldorf (Nesuto) -all in the Downtown CBD area

Waterloo Quadrant

YHA Backpackers

Departure Time

6:30 AM
Begin the memorable day with pickup at your hotel in Auckland’s Central Business District, and head south over the Bombay Hills and across the Hauraki Plains to a sheep farm in Matamata, better known to J.R.R. Tolkien fans as the Shire. On a guided tour of the Hobbiton Movie Set, see recognizable scenery created for the 'Lord of the Rings' and 'The Hobbit' films and learn the secrets and stories behind the creation of Middle-earth. Take in stellar views of the Kaimai Ranges as you visit meticulously crafted sets including Hobbit Holes, the Mill, and the Green Dragon Inn, where you can even enjoy a specially brewed drink fit for a Baggins.

After the tour, trade Hobbit trivia with your fellow travelers over a Kiwi-style lunch.

Next, embark on an underground adventure at the famous Waitomo Glowworm Caves, where thousands of tiny worms illuminate caverns thanks to natural phosphorescent properties. Watch the mesmerizing natural light show while gliding through the cave on a boat, and learn about the area’s natural and cultural history from a guide—likely a descendant of the Maori chief who originally discovered the caves. You also explore on foot Cathedral Cove, known for its impressive acoustics.

On the return drive to Auckland, travel through some of the North Island’s most beautiful countryside, following the Waikato River (New Zealand’s longest), and passing both the Maori king’s home at Ngaruawahia and Taupiri, site of a sacred Maori burial ground. The full-day tour concludes with drop-off back at your hotel in the evening.
Itinerary
Pass By:  
Auckland Scenic Tours
After leaving Auckland you will travel south over the Bombay Hills as you get elevated panoramic views of the Waikato Region and travel across the scenic Hauraki Plains to Matamata, the home of Hobbiton Movie Set.
Stop At:  
Hobbiton Movie Set
Begin with a tour through the picturesque 1,250 acre sheep farm with spectacular views across the Kaimai Ranges. Your guide will escort you through the 10 acre site recounting fascinating details of how the Hobbiton Movie Set was created. Hobbit Holes, The Green Dragon Inn, The Mill and other structures can be viewed and you will see how this beautiful piece of Waikato farmland was transformed into the Shire from Middle-earth. Complimentary specially brewed beverages are available at the Green Dragon Inn as you complete your tour Afterwards, enjoy a very “Kiwi” style lunch at the "Shire's Rest" and get to share stories from Hobbiton and interact with your fellow travellers.
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Waitomo Glowworm Caves
You will then travel to the mesmerizing Waitomo Glowworm Caves. Be amazed by the thousands of magical glowworms as you glide silently by boat in the world famous Waitomo Glowworm Caves. Your guide on this 45-minute tour will likely be a descendant of the Maori Chief who originally explored the Caves and can share with you the remarkable history of the area. Walk through the majestic Cathedral Cave famous for its acoustics Your return trip to Auckland will then take you initially through some of New Zealand’s most beautiful countryside before following northwards the majestic Waikato River, the longest river in New Zealand, part of the way back to Auckland. You will pass Ngaruawahia, the home of the Maori King; Taupiri with its very sacred Maori burial ground. To complete that day, you will be taken back to your hotel in the Auckland CBD.
Duration: 4 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Minimum age is 4 years
  • A maximum of 14 people per booking (We can provide this tour to groups larger than 14 by discussions with Viator and ourselves)
  • A small amount of easy walking is involved
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infant seats available
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 14 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Auckland Scenic Tours

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Hobbiton Movie Set and Waitomo Glowworm Caves Day Trip from Auckland?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Hobbiton Movie Set and Waitomo Glowworm Caves Day Trip from Auckland.
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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Hobbiton Movie Set and Waitomo Glowworm Caves Day Trip from Auckland?
A:The policy on staff health & safety is:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
See all safety measures taken by Hobbiton Movie Set and Waitomo Glowworm Caves Day Trip from Auckland.
Q:
What is the maximum group size during Hobbiton Movie Set and Waitomo Glowworm Caves Day Trip from Auckland?
A:This activity will have a maximum of 14 travelers.

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Best Hobbiton tour!
KerenG
, Jun 2021
Dave was very helpful and very professional, in every stop he always went above and beyond. He knew all the good spots for photos and gave us the best tips. I highly recommend this tour, you will not regret it!
icon Response from Host , Jun 2021
Thank you for these lovely comments about our Hobbiton Movie Set Tour. Isn't this the most magical and enchanting experience. And what's more you do not have to be a Tolkein or Hobbit Fan to enjoy this simply idyllic location and experience. We appreciate your lovely comments about one of our tour guides. You experienced first hand why our tour guides are so renowned in our industry for their professionalism, as you mention, but equally their attention-to-detail, affability and their deep knowledge. And yes, great photographic skills. I sense you have some very special photos that you will cherish for a very long time. We want to ensure that every one of our guests truly has a very special experience and adventure. Thank you sincerely for choosing our tour.
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Awesome day
Denise
, May 2021
Great tour!! I had an awesome day and many magical and fun experiences. David, our guide, was really fun and he knows all the good picture spots. Beautiful landscape all day long! Absolutely worth it!
icon Response from Host , May 2021
It was our privilege to host you on our magical and enchanting tour to the Hobbiton Movie Set and Waitomo Glowworm Caves (incl lunch). We want every one of our 16 tours to be fun; to be an adventure; to encapsulate memories that you will treasure for a lifetime. I sense you experienced that from your comments. Thank you for commenting our the stunning scenery en route. As our name Auckland Scenic Tours suggests, we have designed our tours so that we always take the scenic routes. We have designed this tour to showcase the stunning scenery of this region of New Zealand where for most of the day we get right off the motorways and on to the quaint country roads. Thank you also for your lovely comments about one of our tour guides. We pride ourselves on having a team of guides who are renowned for their professionalism, affability, deep knowledge and as you experienced, knowing where to capture the most amazing photos that you will love back on with pleasure and treasure for a lifetime. Thank you for choosing our tour; best wishes.
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I’d go again in a heartbeat
Clair_S
, May 2021
David was very friendly and fun, he was incredibly knowledgeable and went above and beyond to get great photos for us of our experience. He was also an excellent source of information and ideas for other great sights and experiences in the area.
icon Response from Host , May 2021
Thank you for these lovely comments about our Hobbiton Movie Set and Waitomo Glowworm Caves Combo Tour. Isn't this the most magical and enchanting day excursion you could ever have from Auckland seeing our 2 most famous attractions. I sense you had a very special day that you will cherish for a long, long time and that have also some very special photos that you will look back in years to come with very fond memories. Thank you also for your lovely comments about one of our tour guides. You experienced first hand why our tour guides are so renowned in our industry for their enormous knowledge, their professionalism, attention-to-detail and the affability that you mention. We were privileged to host you on one of our 16 tours. Thank you for choosing our tour and best wishes.
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Nicer one.
ShyamS
, May 2021
It was very nice experience.The guide was quite knowledgeable and was on time. I would recommend this trip to anyone who wishes to visit these places.
icon Response from Host , May 2021
Thank you for these lovely comments about our Hobbiton Movie Set and Waitomo Caves Combo Tour (incl lunch) tour. It was a pleasure to host you both to the 2 most iconic and famous attractions in New Zealand. Thank you also for your lovely comments about one of our tour guides. We pride ourselves on our punctuality and the very deep knowledge of every one of our guides. We would love to host you on any of our other 16 tours next time you are both in Auckland. Thank you sincerely for choosing our tour
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Highly recommended
Virgilio
, May 2021
David our tour guide is the best, he’s our photographer, he knows all the Instagramable spots, you don’t have to find the best spot coz he knows it
icon Response from Host , May 2021
Thank you for choosing our Hobbiton Movie Set and Waitomo Glowworm Caves Combo Tour (incl lunch). You are right that there are hundreds of magical photos that you can capture on this tour including the specially designed route there and back that we take, which so many of our guests say it is an attraction in itself. We showcase the stunning beauty and ever-changing landscape of this beautiful part of New Zealand. Thank you also for these lovely comments about one of our tour guides. Yes, they know all the best sports to capture those images that you will treasure for a lifetime; but equally their high professionalism, attention-to detail, affability and their huge depth of knowledge. Thank you sincerely for choosing our tour. Best wishes and we look forward to hosting you again on any of our 16 tours in the future.
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Excellent!!
Debbie_Y
, Apr 2021
Our tour guide was very very friendly, kind, thoughtful and considerate. He is the best guide I have ever met.
icon Response from Host , Apr 2021
Thank you for choosing our Hobbiton Movie Set and Waitomo Glowworm Caves (including lunch) Tour. Thank you also for these lovely comments about one of our tour guides. You experienced first hand why our guides are so renowned for, not only their professionalism, affability and attention-to-detail, but their enormous depth of knowledge of the 2 attractions, the points of interest en route and New Zealand history and culture generally. You visited in this 1-day return excursion from Auckland what New Zealanders widely regard as the 2 most famous attractions in New Zealand. I sense you had a very special day that you will cherish for a long time. Hopefully you or your guide captured some special photos that you will look back on with absolute pleasure. Thank you sincerely for choosing our tour.
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Amazing
Josie
, Jan 2021
Men made beauty hobbtion Natural beauty Waitomo both as extremlly amazing expercinces.Tour giude David was superub.
icon Response from Host , Jan 2021
Thank you for these lovely comments. As you mention, this is an 'amazing' 1 Day return excursion from Auckland where you visit what New Zealanders widely regard as the 2 most famous and iconic attractions. Isn't Hobbiton the most idyllic and enchanting place you could ever visit; and the Waitomo Glowworm Caves leave you simply spellbound and in awe of the beauty of nature. Thank you also for your lovely comments about one of our guides. You can appreciate now why they are so widely renowned for their depth of knowledge, professionalism and affability. Thank you sincerely for choosing our tour and best wishes.
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A must do for all LOTR fans! The Glowworms will blow your mind too
Sara_K
, Dec 2020
Such a memorable trip! As a HC LOTR fan I cannot stress enough how important of an experience this was to me. Definitely cried a bit, heh. The Glowworm thing I wasn't even looking forward to as I was more interested in the Hobbiton part, but boy was I wrong! It was so beautiful and we got to learn a lot about the incredible Maori culture as well. A wonderful experience overall and our guide was a great guy too, definitely made the trip more fun. I came alone as my girlfriends didn't want to do the trip but our mini group was so much fun I felt like I had people I knew with me anyways! Special thanks to the American dude who took all my photos, lol. Only thing I would add to the experience would be having separate tours for fans and people who just wanna see the sights. Sorta annoying when the group's full of people who don't even know what LOTR is, but want to see "a cool selfie worthy place". On the upside, the place is so big and you have a lot of time to wander around, that you don't really need to hang around these people anyways. Go do this tour, guys! It rocks.
icon Response from Host , Dec 2020
Thank you! Isn't this the most magical and enchanting tour where you visited what New Zealanders widely regards as the 2 most famous and iconic attractions in New Zealand. Like you, I personally think that the Waitomo Glowworm Caves are the most awe-inspiring and spellbinding attraction in New Zealand. Is there any better place to be that in the boat on the river gliding silently through the caverns of the Waitomo Caves and you look aloft; shinning down on you is a myriad of glowworms like the cosmos in the sky or the Milky Way; I marvel at the serenity and tranquility as time seems to stop as you are simply mesmerized. And Hobbiton, is there any more idyllic place than in The Shire and walking around the Movie Set soaking up the detail in front of you. You never want to leave and like you say, the photographic opportunities are endless and create some of the best "look-back" memories. Thank you sincerely for choosing our tour. Best wishes for Xmas and 2021
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Fun magical experience
Malia_M
, Jul 2020
We took this trip for me and my sister’s birthday and it was AMAZING! First of, our driver Mike was GREAT! He was very friendly, knowlegable, caring, always making sure me and my family and the rest that was on the tour were good. Always letting us know the best seats and best way to go around the tour! He offers to take our pictures and even sang our birthday song! Hobbiton was massive and sooo goood to experience the beauty of nature. The details of things in there are just amazing! But Waitomo glow worms ohh! Magical. First the tour guy there, George was amazing and knows his stuff. He was very funny, loved his sense of humor, very kind and told very interesting history of Maori and of the cave. Seeing the glow worms was very very magical. It was so pretty. I defs recommend this tour 10000%
icon Response from Host , Jul 2020
Thank you! What a very special way for your family to celebrate your sister's 21st Birthday. Our tour guide told me that as you were leaving our Mercedes to finally say good-bye, your family sang the most moving Tongan farewell and thank you song which brought tears to the eyes of the other guests on our transportation and our tour guide. Thank you for being so spontaneous in sharing this very special moment and cultural experience which our other guests marveled at and will long remain in their memory. We were privileged to host you all on this very, very special day to the 2 most famous and iconic attractions in New Zealand. In years to come, your sister will always remember how she celebrated her 21st and we were privileged to host this very special day for you and your family. Thank you for choosing our tour and best wishes. Malo 'aupito
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Fantastic day!
Mayte
, Jul 2020
Fantastic Day trip. Totally worth it! The guides were great: kind, friendly and knowledgeable. The guide driving our van, Matt, went out of his way to make us feel welcome and comfortable, giving us information on the way to both sites, and being super nice and helpful, even taking lots of pictures for us. As a Lord of the Ring fan I had great expectations for Hobbiton, and was not disappointed. What a special place! Didn't know what to expect with the caves, but the experience was phenomenal. What a beautiful place! An amazing day! Will definitely recommend it! Thank you!
icon Response from Host , Jul 2020
Like you, I think the Waitomo Glowworm Caves are the most amazing attraction in New Zealand. When you are in the boat gliding silently on the river in the caverns of the Caves and you look aloft and see the myriad of glowworms shining down on you, you are spellbound as you look at what looks like the cosmos in the sky-the milky way. You visited on our magical and enchanting tour the 2 most famous and iconic attractions in New Zealand in one day. Is there any more enchanting place than being in the idyllic setting at Hobbiton? We think not. I suspect you have some special photos that you will cherish for a long time. Thank you for your lovely comments about our guide and thank you sincerely for choosing our tour. Stay safe and best wishes
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