Lord of the Rings

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Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 8 reviews

Our bus driver was lovely and talkative, though they don't run the two tours - we get another guide. I loved Hobbiton as I'm a big fan of the films and books. We were lucky with the weather though, if we wanted, we were invited to borrow a Hobbiton umbrella which was a thoughtful offer! The tour guide was informative and fun and happy to take photos. I loved having a drink in the Green Dragon - very tasty and really enjoyed the buffet lunch in the marquee - well worth paying extra for this tour that included this lunch if you are a big fan. I do wish we had just half an hour extra to really enjoy the drink and food and to let it settle in our stomachs as it was a tiny bit rushed towards the end. However, it is also quite a drive back to Auckland and we had yet to get to the caves! The caves part of the tour was also really good and much better than I expected. You cannot take photos in the cave so if you want a momento, bring some dollars for the photo they take at the beginning!

Hobbiton was well worth it and the guide for that was great! The driver was exceptional! The glow worm experience was good, liked the caves there, but, if you are traveling by car I would recommend driving yourself to save the money and the time. It is an all day excursion (12hours) with stops for food that were very good, but not included in the price. The glow worms are in other areas for free. You cannot take pictures in the caves so be prepared.

Chris was the BEST tour guide and driver! He made us feel welcomed and safe. He was caring, thoughtful, patient, funny, and very knowledgeable of every where we went. We appreciated having WiFi and the charging plugs for our phones on the bus. We also appreciated the snacks.

It was a great experience! Really enjoyed both Hobbiton and the Waitomo caves. Couldn’t put one above the other as they both offer very different experiences. Would highly recommend. Colin, our driver was also very friendly and helpful throughout the day!

Chris was an exceptional guide. He took care of us from the moment he picked us up at our hotel. We had a wonderful day touring with him. I would recommend that you request him when you book this tour.