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From Auckland: Hobbiton, Rotorua & Waitomo Caves Day Trip

From Auckland: Hobbiton, Rotorua & Waitomo Caves Day Trip

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From US$ 298.60 per person

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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

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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 103 reviews

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We were 5 to participate in this tour including 2 people of 65 years old and a child of 9 years old. The van is very comfortable and spacious. The sites to visit do not require too much effort and are easy to access. It's a tour full of magic, we loved it. The Hobbiton-Rotorua-Waitomo combination is done well because the journey is magical from start to finish. The buffet at Te Puia is quite varied, there is something for everyone, and the desserts are good. Our guide Edson, very kind but also very interesting, is the soul of this tour. During the journeys (about 2 hours for each section) he gave us a lot of information about the culture, historical facts, geological formations, also made us jokes and even magic tricks! It's simple, my daughter loved it more than anything else!

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January 19, 2023

First I will say that all three excursions were excellent, and our guide Andy was very knowledgeable and friendly. My only complaint is when I called the day before the excursion to confirm my reservation and pickup, I was told that I would have to pay an additional $80 for transport. I was confused because our hotel was listed as a pickup point on the website as well as my reservation confirmation. In fact, I booked this particular hotel because it was one of the pickup points listed. After much discussion on the phone, I finally agreed to pay the $80 because we wanted to see these sites and I didn't have time to change bookings. I was very disappointed in this last minute charge. The Quest Highbrook should be removed from the options, or it should indeed be a pickup point.

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January 3, 2023

Phenomenal and unique tour hitting all three of the major "must-sees" a couple of hours outside or Auckland. Our guide was one of a kind and made the trek between the three sites memorable and enjoyable. If you're short on time and want to create instant memories, book this without hesitation.

December 13, 2022

Product ID: 165755