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Waitomo Caves & Hobbiton Movie Set - Full Day Tour With Lunch - Ex Auckland Return

Take a fun-filled day trip to Middle-earth where you'll discover the amazing Hobbiton Movie Set and then the magical Waitomo Glowworm Caves!


  • Discover two of the best New Zealand attractions in a day trip from Auckland
  • Explore the Hobbiton Movie Set - see intricate hobbit holes nestled in lush farmland
  • Tuck into a buffet style lunch outside the famous Green Dragon Inn
  • Marvel at the glowworms on a Waitomo Caves boat tour
  • Enjoy the best of scenic New Zealand with free WIFI and informative commentary

Embark on a fun-filled Waitomo Caves and Hobbiton tour from Auckland; discover Middle-Earth at the Hobbiton Movie Set (Hobbiton ticket price included), plus lunch at the famous Green Dragon Inn before journeying underground on a Waitomo Caves boat tour to see thousands of glowworms.

Enjoy the best of scenic New Zealand as you hop aboard your luxurious coach tour; cast your eyes over expanses of rolling farmland as your journey commences with entertaining commentary en route to your first stop - Hobbiton.

Just outside the rural town of Matamata is the Hobbiton Movie Set - a picturesque 1,250 acre farm where scenes from Lord of The Rings and Hobbit movie trilogies were filmed. On your Hobbiton tour, see the original Hobbit Holes and the Party Tree, and hear intriguing behind the scenes stories. After your fill of movie magic, it’ll be time to tuck into a buffet lunch (included) outside the famous Green Dragon Inn.

The adventure continues as we head west to the world-famous Waitomo Glowworm Caves. Marvel at the incredible network of underground tunnels and caves made from limestone formation as you set off for your Waitomo Caves boat tour into the magical Glowworm Grotto.

If Lord of the Rings had your eyes glued to the big screen and you’re a fan of awe-inspiring nature, then the Waitomo Caves and Hobbiton tour from Auckland is one of the best day trips New Zealand has to offer.

Departure: Departs Sky City Coach Terminal, 102 Hobson St, Auckland at 08:00 and returns to Auckland at 19:00

Please Note: A complimentary pick-up and drop-off service is provided from Auckland inner city hotels. If required please provide hotel details upon check-out and confirm departure details with the tour operator directly after booking.


Adult $337.00
Child $168.00

What's included

  • Luxury return coach transport
  • Entertaining and informative commentary from your driver guide
  • Morning tea
  • Guided tour of Hobbiton
  • Buffet lunch at the Shire party marquee
  • A complimentary Hobbiton ale, cider or ginger beer at the Green Dragon Inn
  • Waitomo Caves - 45-minute guided tour


  • Allow approximately 1 days duration for the whole experience

Child Friendly

  • This experience welcomes families with children.


  • Child Age is 5 - 14 years inclusive. Infants 4 years and under are free of charge. Please add infants details in the special requirements box upon check-out.

Available Bookings from January 21 to January 27

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6spaces priced from:

  • Adult$337.00
  • Child$119.00

5spaces priced from:

  • Adult$337.00
  • Child$119.00

Authenticated Reviews & PhotosAll of our reviews are from people who have booked and paid for this activity thru Bookme

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Ammar from Pakistan wrote on 20 November 2018

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Excellent place. Must visit once in a life. But before visit you must watch the hobbit series.

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Harry Dearman from United Kingdom wrote on 25 September 2019

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Unforgettably fantastic!!

We had the most enjoyable day at Hobbiton and the Waitomo Caves. The only problem we had was that we happened to visit in the middle of a rain storm so it was a very wet and cold day. However the team at Hobbiton were extremely accommodating and provided huge umbrellas for everyone to use whilst we walked on our tour. The rain did not ruin the day at all, it was still such a magical experience for us. We had a couple of members on our tour that kept making negative comments about the weather, which was unnecessary as the team did provide umbrellas which is all they could really do. It wasn’t their fault. Kind of annoying but we didn’t let it put a dampener on our experience. The Waitomo caves were breathtaking and so so peaceful. The best way to finish a great day at Hobbiton.

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Tennille McInnes from Australia wrote on 18 September 2019

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The bus driver Brian had exceptional knowledge and was also very entertaining. My children were even laughing at his jokes. Hobbiton was incredible. Again very knowledgeable tour guides. My family loved the lunch. To our surprise, the kids did not speak during lunch.... too busy enjoying their food. The Waitomo caves was beyond amazing. Thank you for a magical day!

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Olivia from Vietnam wrote on 22 August 2019

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Not helpful

Miss the bus because of traffic jam, called to wait 5’ but the bus still gone, not nice!

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Je from Singapore wrote on 01 April 2019

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Birthday at The Shire

Kane, our driver/tour guide for the day was amazing. He is very knowledgeable and friendly. Cookies and water given to us before boarding the bus was good service. I enjoyed it alot and hope will do it again one day.

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