Hobbiton & Waitomo Caves Small Group Tour from Auckland

Hobbiton & Waitomo Caves Small Group Tour from Auckland

Experience the world-famous Lord of The Rings Hobbiton Movie Set plus the Waitomo Glowworm Caves all in one day. This unforgettable combo tour takes you to the top tourist attractions in the North Island.

• Hobbiton & Alexander Family Sheep Farm
• Waitomo Glowworm Caves
• Secret Animal Viewing Stops
• Waikato Farming Region

While the destinations you will be visiting are truly spectacular, Cheeky Kiwi Travel believe it is our small groups, our guides, the journey and the little details that set our tours well apart. Secret stops, wildlife viewings, specially designed vehicles and many other pleasant surprises ensure our tours are an experience to remember.

This tour is less rushed than others, making it the ultimate Auckland day tour, and is led by our passionate tour guides, notorious for bringing your journey to life by sharing their stories and rich background knowledge, and run in modern, comfortable minibuses packed with extras ensuring your comfort and safety.

This is a typical itinerary for this product

Pass By: Auckland Central, Auckland Central, North Island

Your tour starts in New Zealand’s largest city. As we drive out of the city your guide will not only set the scene for your adventure today but also point out and guide you past some of the city’s top highlights.

Pass By: Waikato Region, Waikato Region, North Island

Exiting Auckland we travel south through the stunning Waikato countryside, the most extensive farming area in the world, encountering beautiful scenery, mighty rivers, great photo opportunities, impressive mountains and several farm animals along the way.

Stop At: Hobbiton Movie Set, 501 Buckland Road Matamata, Hinuera 3472 New Zealand

Arriving at the first feature attraction ‘Hobbiton’ you will board one of the big green Hobbiton buses and depart on a two & a half hour fully guided tour of this amazing 12 acre movie set with a professional Hobbiton guide to ensure you get the most out of your visit. During your tour step into the lush pastures of the Shire, visit 44 hobbit holes, see amazing gardens, hear the secrets and stories about the making of the movies and enjoy a cold complimentary beverage at the famous Hobbiton pub ‘The Green Dragon Inn’.

Duration: 2 hours

Stop At: Karapiro, Karapiro, Waikato Region, North Island

This stunning lake is home to one of New Zealand’s first hydro dams and where some of New Zealand’s great rowers come from. With viewpoints that have amazing views across the lake and countryside we believe it a great place for a quick break and some photos.

Duration: 10 minutes

Pass By: Otorohanga, New Zealand

Departing Hobbiton and heading towards Waitomo we will pass many more scenic beauties, see racehorse breeding areas, rivers, and lakes before entering Otorohanga “The Kiwiana capital of New Zealand”. See all things Kiwi as you pass through this unique and charming town.

Stop At: Waitomo Big Bird & Miniature Animal Petting Farm, 17 Waitomo Caves Road Rd 7, Otorohanga 3977 New Zealand

Getting very close to our second feature destination, we stop outside the Big Bird & Miniature Animal Petting Farm to see and meet some of our local animals. These guys know our guides well and even though we do not have time to go inside the park, the friendly animals will often come to the fences for a photo or two, thrilling guests.

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: Waitomo Glowworm Caves, 39 Waitomo Village Road, Waitomo Caves 3943 New Zealand

Arriving at our second feature attraction you will be guided through the ancient and amazing caves seeing many different cave formations including Stalactites, Stalagmites and Lime Columns before descending even further underground for your Glowworm experience. Board your glowworm boat for a cruise on the grotto river with thousands of Glowworms sparkling above you. Unique to New Zealand for over 120 years, Waitomo Glowworm Caves are a must see for any traveller.

Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Auckland, Auckland, North Island

Sadly after Waitomo we must start to head north again but your day is not over with a fully guided return trip to Auckland including secret stops along the way.

Duration: 5 minutes

Informacion Adicional
"Not wheelchair accessible"
"Children must be accompanied by an adult."
"Minimum drinking age is 18 years."
"Stroller accessible"
"Minimum numbers apply. There is a possibility of cancellation after confirmation if there are not enough passengers to meet requirements. In the event of this occurring, you will be offered an alternative or full refund."
"A moderate amount of walking is involved."
"Near public transportation"
"Due to uneven surfaces, this tour is not recommended for those with walking disabilities or using a wheelchair."
"Infant seats available"
"Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately."
"Children 7 years old and under are required to travel in a child safety car seat. If you don't have a car seat one can be provided, please contact us at least 24 hours in advance to arrange this."
"No heart problems or other serious medical conditions"
"Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level"
"This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund"
"This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund"
"This tour/activity will have a maximum of 16 travelers"
"Confirmation will be received at time of booking"

Start Time: 06:00 AM
Duration: 13 Hours
Start location: SkyCity Hotel Auckland, 72 Victoria Street West, Auckland CBD, Auckland 1010, New Zealand
Traveler pickup is offered
Pickups are from the below hotels only. If your hotel is not listed, please select your closest alternative and meet us there. If you are not sure where your closest alternative is, please contact us in advance so that we can advise you.

If you have not yet booked a hotel then please select the Sky City hotel as your pickup location. You can update this once your hotel is booked by contacting us or amending your pickup directly through Viator.

Note: our pickups begin 20 mins before tour start time so please check your confirmation for the exact pickup time from your chosen location as these will vary.

Park Hyatt 05:40 AM
Sofitel Viaduct Harbour 05:40 AM
Hilton Hotel 05:40 AM
M Social 05:45 AM
Movenpick Hotel 05: 45 AM
Adina Apartment Hotel 05:45 AM
Copthorne Auckland City 05:45 AM
Nesuto Stadium Hotel and Apartments 05:45 AM
Pullman Auckland 05:45 AM
SO/Auckland 05:45 AM
JW Marriott Auckland City 05:50 AM
Heritage Auckland 05:50 AM
Ibis Budget Auckland Central (Pick up also for CityLife, Barclay Suites, Holiday Inn Express) 05:50 AM
Crowne Plaza 05:55 AM
Rydges Hotel 05:55 AM
The Grand By SkyCity 05:55 AM
SkyCity Hotel 05:55 AM
Four Points by Sheraton 05:55 AM
Grand Millennium Auckland 06:00 AM
Mercure Hotel 06:00 AM
Kiwi International Hotel 06:00 AM
VR Auckland City, 188 Hobson Street 06:00 AM
Cordis Auckland 06:05 AM
Sebel Auckland Manukau 06:15 AM

Passengers that miss their pick up will be required to meet the tour at the tour's first stop at their own expense to continue on the tour. No refunds will be given to late or no show passengers.


  • M Social Auckland, 196/200 Quay Street, Auckland CBD, Auckland 1010, New Zealand

Cancellations and refunds: For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start time of the experience.


  • Small Group and Fully Guided Tour
  • Bottled water
  • Snacks
  • Entry Tickets
  • Entry/Admission - Hobbiton Movie Set
  • Entry/Admission - Waitomo Glowworm Caves

Not Included

  • Gratuities
  • Souvenir photos (available to purchase)
  • Lunch - opportunities to purchase along the way.


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