This trip from Rotorua to Auckland includes visiting two of the iconic New Zealand attractions – Hobbiton Movie Set and Waitomo Glow Worm Caves. Departing from Rotorua at 8am, this is a wonderful way to get to Auckland.
The day includes a fully guided tour of the Hobbiton movie set and a sumptuous lunchtime feast in their Party Marquee. This is followed by a guided tour of the Waitomo Caves with a boat ride through the glowworm grotto.
Enjoy full commentary when you are with your Bush and Beach guide with insights into the areas you are travelling through and background to both Hobbiton and Waitomo caves.
The first stop is at Hobbiton where we will drive you down to the set itself and have one of the specialist Hobbiton guides take you on a walking tour around the 44 Hobbit holes. You will get the chance to have a photo in the doorway of a Hobbit house, see the Party Tree and stand by the gate to Bilbo’s house ‘Bag End’ overlooking the whole set to the hills in the distance. Before your buffet lunch feast in the Party Marquee (which is included in the price)** enjoy a complimentary ale, cider or ginger beer in the Green Dragon Inn. After lunch we’ll give you a $10 souvenir voucher to spend at the Hobbiton gift shop before we continue on to Waitomo caves. The drive to Waitomo Caves goes through some beautiful countryside beside Lake Karapiro and across the famous Arapuni Dam.
At Waitomo Glow Worm Caves one of their experienced guides will take you on a walking tour through the caves and talk about the limestone formations and the glowworms. At the end of the cave tour take the iconic boat ride to glide along through the world famous glowworm grotto (subject to water levels). Marvel in silence at thousands of magical glow worms, which are unique to the southern hemisphere, before exiting the cave.
After your tour at Waitomo, travel to your Auckland inner city accommodation with an afternoon tea stop on the way (own cost).
Bush and Beach have been running small group day tours from Auckland for 35 years so you are in very experienced hands. Our fleet of modern vehicles mean you will be comfortable all day.
** Until late 2021 Hobbiton are not running the feast so instead after the tour we have lunch at the Shires Rest cafe at Hobbiton. There has been a price reduction to reflect this.
“What a treat to travel to Hobbiton with Bush and Beach! It was an easy, fun trip with some nice extra perks that the other companies don’t seem to have.” – Trip Advisor review 2018
*The Buffet lunch has been replaced with lunch at the Shires Rest Cafe until late 2021.
Operates 364 days of the year.
A minimum of 2 people are required for this tour to run
There are staircases inside Waitomo Caves with approx. 75 stairs
Child price for ages 5-14
If you want to go from Rotorua to Auckland and just want to visit Hobbiton movie set on the way then check out our Rotorua to Auckland via Hobbiton tour.
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