Day trip

From Auckland: Hobbiton, Rotorua & Waitomo Caves Day Trip

From Auckland: Hobbiton, Rotorua & Waitomo Caves Day Trip

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Embark on a day trip from Auckland to Hobbiton, Rotorua, and the Waitomo Caves. Eat lunch at Pataka Kai restaurant with views of Te Puia's Pohutu Geyser and Whakarewarewa Thermal Valley.

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Duration 13 hours
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Live tour guide
Pickup included
Pick-up and drop off is available from central Auckland hotels. Provide your accommodation details when booking and the local operator will advise your pick-up details with confirmation. Please note that your pick-up time may be earlier than the tour start time.
Small group
Limited to 15 participants


13 hours
  • Auckland

  • Hobbiton Movie Set (free time)

  • Hobbiton Movie Set (guided tour, walk)

  • Te Puia (lunch)

  • Te Puia (walk)

  • Waitomo Glowworm Caves (guided tour, walk)

  • Auckland

Pickup included
Main stop
Other stop
  • Experience 3 top North Island destinations in one day on a complete tour
  • Discover the magic of Middle-earth on an official 2-hour Hobbiton tour
  • Explore Rotorua at your own pace, including Rachel Springs and the lakefront
  • Have lunch at a restaurant next to Te Puia with great views of the geyser
  • Visit the Waitomo Caves and see glittering glowworms on the included boat ride
Full description

Visit the Hobbiton Movie Set, Rotorua, and Waitomo Caves in one day on a guided tour from Auckland. See three of North Island’s iconic sites in one attraction-filled day.

After hotel pickup, travel from Auckland to Hobbiton through Waikato. On arrival, you’ll be guided through the picturesque twelve-acre site and given fascinating details of how the movie set was created.

The official tour concludes with a complimentary drink at the Green Dragon Inn. Climb back into the vehicle for the approximately 55-minute drive to Rotorua where you will spend around 1.5 hours. On arrival, visit key attractions, such as the lakefront, government gardens, and Rachel Springs.

After sightseeing, have lunch at Pataka Kai, a restaurant next to the Te Puia thermal reserve. Enjoy views and take photos of Te Puia's Pohutu Geyser and thermal valley from the restaurant (entry not included).

After Rotorua, drive to the world-renowned Waitomo Caves where you’ll enter the caves on foot and ride out in a small boat. Above your head will be thousands of tiny glowworms radiating their unmistakable luminescent light as an expert guide provides informative commentary. 

  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Transportation in a small air-conditioned coach
  • Driver/guide
  • Hobbiton Movie Set entry ticket
  • Hobbiton Movie Set 2-hour tour
  • Lunch at Pataka Kai
  • Waitomo Glowworm Caves entry ticket
  • Waitomo Glowworm Caves 45-minute tour
  • Morning and afternoon tea (available to purchase)
  • Te Puia Thermal Reserve entry
  • Water
Not suitable for
  • Children under 2 years
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • You must keep social distance while in vehicles
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask
  • All participants over 12 years old must present one of the following: proof of full vaccination, proof of first vaccination administered at least 22 days ago, proof of a Covid-19 infection in the past 6 months, or a negative PCR test taken no more than 48 hours before the activity starts
  • All participants who are over 12 years old must present proof of full vaccination

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Important information

What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes
  • Weather-appropriate clothing
  • Reusable water bottle

Not allowed

  • Smoking in the vehicle
  • Food in the vehicle

Know before you go

  • Note that there is some driving between attractions so this tour may not be suitable for children 2 years or under
  • The tour involves a reasonable amount of walking on uneven ground
  • New Zealand weather can be very changeable throughout the day, so go prepared
  • If you prefer more time in Rotorua, you might like to consider an overnight tour
  • Please note you must be ready and waiting at your specified pick-up time as the tour has set times at each of the attractions visited and unfortunately cannot wait
  • This tour requires a minimum of 4 people to run
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.7 /5

based on 63 reviews

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We had a wonderful time! FlexiTours was highly organized and super punctual. All 3 sites were amazing and and the lunch buffet was excellent quality. Although, it was a long day, we really enjoyed chatting with our driver/tour guide (Mr. Kelly). He was very professional, personable, and highly knowledgable. He definitely gets a 5*!!!

January 3, 2020

This is a long day from Auckland. Keep that in mind - since multiple stops require timed reservations, you’re going to be limited at Rotorua. That being said, it’s a pretty fun day to go out and see all the places and hit them all in a day. Our tour guide was very friendly and chatted about New Zealand, it’s history and also gave us details about where we were going. The van itself had AC, comfortable seats that recliner, and was clean. They showed up when they said they’d get us, and dropped us off around when they said we’d be done. I’d highly recommend this tour to anyone - but just keep in mind hitting all three in day means you’ve got to stick to tight schedule.

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January 3, 2020

A beautiful busy day, 3 different activities but to do all 3 with a slight preference for the magic of Hobbiton. The shuttle was right on time in front of our hotel, the driver very nice and full of anecdotes. The day was well orchestrated, at no time did we have to wait or queue, everything is managed; the meal overlooking the geyser was very good.

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November 5, 2019

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