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Hobbiton Experience & Waitomo Caves AKL-ROT GS11HW (0800-1800)

Take a journey into the heart of the Central North Island, taking in the Waitomo Caves and Hobbiton Movie Set on a full-day sightseeing tour. Setting off from Auckland, travel through the lush farmland of the Waikato and King Country regions, enjoying your driver guide' entertaining and informative commentary.

Take a guided tour of the famous Hobbiton Movie Set, located inside a picturesque 1,250 acre sheep and beef farm near Matamata. Here, the village of Hobbiton was carefully created in amazing detail as a film location for the Lord of the Rings and Hobbit movie trilogies.

During your guided tour of this amazing location you’ll see sights like Hobbit holes, the Mill and the Green Dragon Inn, and learn how farmland was transformed into a living, breathing piece of Middle-earth. After exploring Hobbiton, tuck into a delicious lunch at the Green Dragon Inn.

At the world famous Waitomo Glowworm Caves, take a 45-minute guided tour through impressive underground caverns and learn how stalactites, stalagmites and other limestone structures were formed over millions of years. Your tour includes a boat ride through the Glowworm Grotto - glide silently along an underground river as you gaze at the twinkling glowworms overhead.

After visiting Waitomo and Hobbiton, continue to Rotorua, arriving in the early evening.

Please note the order of this tour is subject to change.

Tour Details & Highlights

  • Full day tour
  • Operates daily
  • Departs: Sky City Coach Terminal, Auckland
  • Arrives: Tourism Rotorua, Rotorua

Tour Includes

  • Guided tour of Hobbiton Movie Set
  • Lunch at the Green Dragon Inn
  • Guided tour of Waitomo Caves
  • Scenic coach travel and commentary

Free WiFi is available on this tour

Hobbiton Experience & Waitomo Caves - Auckland to Rotorua
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