Day trip

Auckland: Hobbiton & Waitomo Bus Tour with Festive Lunch

Activity provider: GreatSights New Zealand

Auckland: Hobbiton & Waitomo Bus Tour with Festive Lunch

Activity provider: GreatSights New Zealand
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From US$ 224.64 per person

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Visit the Hobbiton Movie Set and Waitomo Caves on a day trip by premium bus from Auckland. Savor a sumptuous festive lunch onsite at Hobbiton. Immerse yourself into the landscape of Middle Earth under the care of your expert guide.

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Duration 11 hours
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  • Journey by premium bus to Hobbiton and Waitomo Caves from Auckland
  • Explore the Waitomo Glowworm Caves on a guided tour
  • Step foot in Hobbit holes at the Hobbiton Movie Set
  • Savor a festive lunch in the party marquee at the Green Dragon Inn
  • Surf the net to your heart's content with free Wi-Fi onboard the bus
Full description

See the magical Waitomo Caves and the Hobbiton Movie Set on a full-day sightseeing tour from Auckland. Step on board your luxury GreatSights coach tour and travel south, taking in typical New Zealand scenery as you ride – lush green farmland and rolling hills. The Hobbiton Movie Set has become one of New Zealand’s must-see destinations. A working farm near the small town of Matamata was transformed into a film set for the world-famous Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit movies, and today you can visit the set and see where the magic was created. See highlights like the original Hobbit Holes, the Green Dragon Inn, the Party Tree, and more. Your tour guide will share behind-the-scenes stories and fascinating facts about how the film set was brought to life. After you’ve had your fill of movie magic, sit down to lunch – a delicious feast worthy of a true hobbit – outside the Green Dragon Inn. Then stop at the Waitomo Glowworm Caves, a network of underground tunnels and caves made from incredible limestone formations. Set off on a 45-minute guided tour of the caves, ending with a truly special boat trip through the Glowworm Grotto, where glowworms twinkle and shine overhead as you sail through a dark and silent cavern. After exploring these two top New Zealand visitor attractions, your driver guide will take you back to Auckland, returning in the early evening.

  • Transport by premium air-conditioned coach
  • Driver/guide
  • 45-minute Waitomo Glowworm Caves tour
  • 2-hour Hobbiton Movie Set tour
  • Festive buffet-style lunch at the Hobbiton Movie Set
  • Morning snack
  • Free Wi-Fi onboard the coach
  • Additional food and drinks

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Meeting point

• Please contact the local partner in advance to arrange hotel pickup if required • Complimentary hotel pick-up can be arranged from selected downtown Auckland hotels by request • Pickup is at 7:15AM

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  • Please specify any dietary requirements when booking
  • Children under 3 years travel free if a child seat is not required
  • A one-way option is available, concluding in Rotorua after your Hobbiton tour
  • If the Waitomo Caves tour cannot operate, a free upgrade to the Ruakuri Cave will be provided subject to availability
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.7 /5

based on 117 reviews

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I am Japanese and participated alone. There weren't many reviews with the same situation, so I'll leave it for later people! The driver, the tour guide, the essential activities, everything was perfect! ! The driver told me many things about New Zealand during the long travel time. I don't understand English very well, so I couldn't understand it completely, but the other passengers often laughed, probably because they were making jokes. It will tell you the meeting time etc. many times, so if you do not miss it, there is no problem. The Hobbiton Village and Waitomo Caves were contents that made me think, "I'm glad I came." When you come to New Zealand, I would like you to enjoy this great nature. I was impressed by the professionalism of the driver who drove and talked with me for several hours.

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January 15, 2023

Excellent experience, the tour guide does his job transporting people and at that moment he takes advantage of telling things about New Zealand. Then the tours in Hobbiton and in the caves are made by people who work there. The truth is that the only objectionable thing, but I feel that it happens on all tours, are the times, I really would have liked to walk around Hobbiton more.

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January 9, 2023

Even though the weather was wet…. It was raining…. The tour was really nice….. the most exciting and not to be missed if you go to NZ are the caves with fireflies… it seems trivial to say but it is an almost unique experience in life as there are such places in the world there are only 2 more….. it would be a sacrilege not to see them…. And then the guides are fantastic

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January 7, 2023

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