Waitomo Caves and Hobbiton Movie Set Tour
Depart from Auckland in the morning by deluxe GreatSights coach and travel through the abundant farmland of the Waikato and King Country regions. Your experienced local driver / guide will keep you well informed and entertained as you make your way to Waitomo and they will point out all the interesting sights along the way. Rangiriri is just such a sight and it was here that the battle of 1863 between the British forces and the native Maori people took place.
Once in Waitomo, you will be taken on a 45 minute guided through the famous Waitomo Glowworm Caves. As you explore these underground caverns, you will learn more about the formation of the stalactites, stalagmites and other limestone structures that line your path. A boat trip through the Glowworm Grotto is just what you need to finish off this tour. Enjoy the ride as you gaze upon the thousands of tiny, twinkling glowworms.
As we leave Waitomo and make our way to the popular geothermal city of Rotorua, you will be able to enjoy a delectable picnic-style lunch (vegetarian and other dietary options are available upon request). On the outskirts of Rotorua, at the Agrodome, you will transfer onto the Hobbiton Movie Set coach tour and take a scenic drive across the Kaimai Ranges to Matamata. Just outside the rural town of Matamata, you will come across the beautiful 1,250 farm which was used to film several scenes from the Lord of the Rings and Hobbit movies.
Sir Peter Jackson came across this superb piece of land during an aerial search. He immediately knew that this working beef and sheep farm was the perfect place to create The Shire as was described in JRR Tokien's books. Since filming wrapped, the home of the Hobbits has been preseved as a tourist attraction to encourage more visitors to this area. A trip to Hobbiton will reveal much of the movie-making secrets that resulted in the creation of the most memorable movies of all time. Visit Hobbit holes, the Green Dragon Inn and the Mill as well as other structures that were specifically created for the films. Learn just how this once ordinary landscape was transformed into the easily recognisable Middle-earth location.
After your tour of the movie set, you are welcome to spend some free time in Matamata before boarding the GreatSights coach which will take you back to Auckland.
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 Auckland
- Complimentary hotel pick-up / drop-off available
- Luxury return coach travel from Auckland
- Waitomo Caves guided tour
- Hobbiton Movie Set guided tour
- Waikato and King Country scenery