From Auckland: Hobbiton and Waitomo & Ruakari Caves Day Trip

From Auckland: Hobbiton and Waitomo & Ruakari Caves Day Trip

Activity provider: FlexiToursNZ

From US$ 287.66 per person

Discover the Hobbiton Movie Set and Waitomo Caves on this 2-in-1 trip. Enter the world of J.R.R. Tolkien on a guided walking tour of Hobbiton. Spend 1.5 hours exploring Ruakuri Cave, and admire the abundance of glowworms in the world-famous Waitomo Cave.

About this activity

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Duration 13 hours
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Live tour guide
Pickup included
The local partner will advise the exact pickup time and place to wait when confirming your booking.
Small group
Limited to 15 participants


  • Take a guided walking tour of the Hobbiton Movie Set
  • Savor a free drink at the Green Dragon Inn and browse the Shires Rest souvenir shop
  • Explore the largest and deepest cave in the Waitomo Complex, Ruakuri Cave, on a 90-minute tour
  • Discover the iconic Waitomo Cave and marvel at millions of gloworms on a boat ride
  • Enjoy convenient hotel pickup and drop-off from central Auckland locations
Full description
Get extra value by visiting both the Hobbiton Movie Set and the 2 caves at Waitomo in one day with this tour. Avoid the trap of standard tours that only visit 1 cave, and enjoy more time off your coach to explore and less time hanging around waiting for others. The order in which you do the two activities changes from day to day but the start time always remains the same and pickup from centrally located hotels in Auckland is always included. On days where Hobbiton is visited first, get picked up from your hotel then travel through the Waikato region, passing by cattle, dairy, and sheep farms along the way. Upon arrival at Hobbiton, have some time to get something to eat or explore the Shires Rest souvenir shop before joining Hobbiton Tours for a tour of the Hobbiton Movie Set. Be transported into the movie set by one of their buses, then go on a guided walking tour of the set, which was used for all filming in the Village of Hobbiton in both the Lord of the Rings and Hobbit movie series. Enjoy a complimentary drink at the Green Dragon before boarding the coach to return to Auckland. Next, take some time to eat your provided picnic lunch between Hobbiton and Waitomo Caves. On arrival in Waitomo, take a 90-minute tour of Ruakuri Cave, the largest and deepest cave in the Waitomo Complex open to the public. After Ruakuri, you'll have a short break before joining a group tour of the world-renowned Waitomo Cave. Walk into the stunning cave and admire its complex underground formation. Exit on a small boat through the Glowworm Grotto and marvel at millions of glowworms. The tour concludes with a return to Auckland and drop-off at your hotel.
  • Admission fees
  • Packed picnic lunch
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off from central locations in Auckland
  • All transport
  • Snacks or water
  • Gratuities
Not suitable for
  • Children under 2 years
  • Wheelchair users
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • You must keep social distance while in vehicles

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Important information

What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes

Not allowed

  • Photography inside

Know before you go

  • Unfortunately, Hobbiton and Waitomo Caves are not wheelchair accessible
  • There is a reasonable amount of walking involved on this tour so please wear comfortable shoes
  • It can be cool in the caves, even in summer — please bring a jacket
  • Please note that photography is not permitted in Waitomo Cave
  • In New Zealand, gratuities are not mandatory but given only if you believe you have received exceptional service
  • If you have specific dietary requirements, please advise in advance so lunch can be made to suit
  • Please reconfirm your tour and provide the local partner with your hotel details and contact information once you arrive in Auckland
  • Please be at your arranged pickup point 5 minutes before your pickup time

Product ID: 320843