Hobbiton Tour and Waitomo Caves Experience
Depart from Auckland in the morning and travel by deluxe GreatSights coach through the abundant farmland of the Waikato and King Country regions. Your trained and experienced local driver / guide will keep you informed and entertained by pointing out several points of interest along the way. Such sights include Rangiriri which was where an important battle between the British and native Maori people took place in 1863.
Once in Waitomo, you will be taken on a 45 minute guided tour through the famous Waitomo Glowworm Caves. Take note of all the limestone structures including stalactites and stalagmites located within the underground caverns. To finish off this cave tour in perfect fashion, you will be taken on a boat ride through the Glowworm Grotto which is lit up by thousands of tiny glowworms.
Afterwards, you will be served a scrumptious picnic-style lunch. Should you have any vegetarian or other dietary requests, please be sure to notify us in advance. Upon reaching Rotorua, you will get your transfer onto the Hobbiton Movie Set coach tour. Enjoy the scenic drive across the Kaimai Ranges to Matamata. This rural Kiwi town is quite famous for its thoroughbred and dairy industries. Just outside the township, you will reach the stunning 1,250 acre farm which was transformed into the quaint home of the Hobbits in the Lord of the Rings and Hobbit movie trilogies. The working sheep and beef farm was carefully constructed to create the peaceful and joyful Shire as it was so vividly described in the books of JRR Tolkien. The home of Bilbo, Frodo, Sam, Merry and Pippin has been perfectly preserved post filming so that it may attract visitors form all over the world.
During your guided tour of Hobbiton, you will gain some inside information about just how the movie was made. You will be able to see several structures like the Mill, the Green Dragon and Hobbit holes. Learn how the creators transformed this farmland into one of Middle-earth's most famed locations. Once you have completed the movie set tour, you can then spend some free tim in Matamta before boarding the GreatSights coach that will take you back to Auckland.
A complimentary pick-up and drop-off service is available from inner city hotels. We recommend that you wear comfortable walking shoes and take a warm jacket for the Waitomo Glowworm Caves guided tour.
Tour Details & Highlights
- Full day tour
- Operates daily
- Departs and returns: Sky City Coach Terminal
- Complimentary Hotel pick-up / drop-off available
- Waikato and King Country scenery
- Waitomo Glowworm Caves guided tour
- Hobbiton Movie Set guided tour