Auckland City Sights, Waitomo and Hobbiton Combo

Tour Combo: Save $49

Waitomo Caves Day ToursExplore three of the top local sights with this two day combo.  Experience the Waitomo Caves, the Hobbiton Movie Set and a half day highlights tour of Auckland.

Day 1 – Auckland City Sights Morning Tour

After travelling through the city centre, including the offbeat Karangahape Road and stylish Ponsonby, make your way over the Auckland Harbour Bridge and enjoy  the views of the Hauraki Gulf and the city skyline.  Travel along the Viaduct Harbour and on to the famous Queen Street before you continue to the city's oldest park, the Auckland Domain.  Afterwards, you will take a brief morningtea break in Parnell Village.  Here you will notice a variety of boutique and speciality stores located inside restored historic buildings.  Next up is your scenic trip along Tamaki Drive to the waterfront.  At Michael Joseph Savage Memorial Park, you will love the panoramic view of Auckland city and the Waitemata Harbour before you return to downtown Auckland.

Day 2 – Waitomo Caves and Hobbiton Movie Set

Starting in Auckland, you will make your way through the rural regions of Waikato and King Country and on to Waitomo.  Here you will be taken on a 45 minute guided tour through the famous Waitomo Glowworm Caves.  Enjoy an underground adventure through the caverns and learn about the millions of years that it took to form the stalactites, stalagmites and other limestone structures within these caverns.  The tour will come to a wonderful end with a boat ride through the cavern.  Make the most of every minute and enjoy the sight of the thousands of twinkling glowworms that surround you.

Next up is a trip from Waitomo to Rotorua.  On the way you will be served a picnic-style lunch.  Should you have any vegetarian or other dietary requests, please let us know in advance.  At Rotorua, you will transfer onto the Hobbiton Movie Set coach tour and be taken on a scenic drive across the Kaimai Ranges towards Matamata.  Just before you reach this township, you will notice a stunning 1,250 acre farmland where several scenes from the Lord of the Rings and Hobbit movies were filmed.  The quaint countryside of The Shire, as was detailed in JRR Tolkien's books, was spotted by Peter Jackson during an aerial location search and carefully constructed on this working sheep and beef farm.

Pay Hobbiton a visit and gain an even more in depth understanding of how this magical place was created.  Your guide will escort you around the set and you will be able to get a closer look at structes like Hobbit holes, the Green Dragon Inn and the Mill.  Find out just how this piece of land was transformed into The Shire of Middle-earth.  After this tour, you can spend some free time in Matamata and, hereafter, board the GreatSights coach for your trip back to Auckland.

Handy tip:

This tour combo needs to be taken over two consecutive days in the aforementioned order.  Both tours depart daily and it is important to remember that accommodation in Auckland is not included with this tour combo.

Tour Details & Highlights

  • Half day tour
  • Operates daily
  • Departs and returns: Sky City Coach Terminal
  • Complimentary hotel pick-up / drop-off available
  • Auckland highlights: Harbour Bridge, Domain, Tamaki Drive
  • Waitomo Caves tour and boat ride
  • Hobbiton Movie Set guided tour
  • Luxury coach travel and driver commentary
  • SkyCity Cafe Snack

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