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The Lord of the Rings Tours from Auckland

The Lord of the Rings Tours from Auckland

JRR Tolkien’s “Lord of the Rings” movies were filmed in more than 150 locations across New Zealand. Many are on the South Island, but LOTR fans visiting Auckland can tour the lush Hobbiton movie set, alone or in combo with other top NZ sites. Here are your options.

 

Hobbiton Day Trips

Located a scenic two-hour drive from Auckland, in the bucolic hills of Matamata, Hobbiton was built on farmland that is now an extremely popular destination for fans of “The Lord of the Rings.” See Bilbo Baggins’ cozy hobbit home, hear stories of Middle-earth during the guided tour, stop into the Green Dragon Inn, and snap selfies on set. Much of the Hobbiton site is outdoors, so be prepared for the day’s weather.


Combo Tours

Some full-day Hobbiton tours from Auckland also visit Rotorua, a fascinating region with abundant geothermal activity, a vibrant main city, and Waitomo Caves—illuminated by thousands of glowworms. Visit the Te Whakarewarewa Valley, which features colorful, bubbling mud pools, hot springs, and terrace formations made from mineral deposits, in addition to  regular eruptions of the Pohutu Geyser. Or choose an overnight tour that gives you a chance to explore more of the region in depth, including its rich Maori culture and heritage.

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Hobbiton Movie Set and Waitomo Caves Full Day Tour departing Auckland

Hobbiton Movie Set and Waitomo Caves Full Day Tour departing Auckland

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Go on a Hobbiton tour from Auckland and see the Waitomo Glowworm Caves, starting with a scenic drive through New Zealand’s North Island aboard a luxury coach. You’ll be enthralled by the illuminated Glowworm Grotto during an underground boat ride on the Waitomo River. Then pose for photos in front of hobbit holes at the Hobbiton Movie Set, home to Bilbo Baggins from ‘The Hobbit’ and ‘The Lord of the Rings’ trilogies. Picnic lunch included.
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  • 12 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$229.45
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Hobbiton Movie Set and Waitomo Glowworm Caves Guided Day Trip from Auckland
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Hobbiton Movie Set and Waitomo Glowworm Caves Guided Day Trip from Auckland

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Visit a pair of New Zealand's must-see attractions with this combo tour from Auckland to the Hobbiton Movie Set and Waitomo Glowworm Caves. Peek into Hobbit Holes, frolic in the Shire, and get a drink at the Green Dragon Inn on a guided tour of Middle-earth, followed by a Kiwi-style lunch. In the afternoon, explore Maori myths and history on a boat ride through mesmerizing caves lit by thousands of glowworms, and finish with a drive through some of the North Island’s most majestic scenery.
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  • 11 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$214.86
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Hobbiton, Rotorua and Waitomo Caves Day Trip in Luxury Minibus from Auckland

Hobbiton, Rotorua and Waitomo Caves Day Trip in Luxury Minibus from Auckland

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Cover plenty of ground in one day by combining several North Island highlights: Waitomo Caves, Hobbiton, and Rotorua. Ride a boat through the Waitomo Glowworm Caves to see these radiant lights. Take a guided tour of the Hobbiton Movie Set, where you find the Green Dragon Inn, the Mill and the home of Bilbo Baggins from ‘The Hobbit’ and ‘The Lord of the Rings.’ Enjoy lunch at Te Puia, home to Pohutu Geyser. You can start and finish your tour in either Auckland or Rotorua, traveling one-way or round-trip.
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  • 13 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$330.91
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Small-Group Hobbiton Movie Set Tour from Auckland with Lunch
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Small-Group Hobbiton Movie Set Tour from Auckland with Lunch

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Visit the ‘Lord of the Rings’ movie set on this small-group Hobbiton tour from Auckland. At the Hobbiton Movie Set, visit the home of Bilbo Baggins and peer inside other hobbit holes of the Shire—filming site of ‘The Hobbit’ and the ‘The Lord of the Rings’ trilogies. Your knowledgeable guide points out the Party Tree and the Mill. Enjoy cider, ale, or ginger beer at the Green Dragon Inn, and recharge with lunch at Party Marquee—both included.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$215.53
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Day Tour Hobbiton + Rotorua from Auckland in Luxury Minibus

Day Tour Hobbiton + Rotorua from Auckland in Luxury Minibus

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Explore the Shire and Middle-Earth on this full-day Hobbiton and Rotorua tour from Auckland. Travel through Waikato with a guide and admire panoramic views over the Hauraki Plains. Enjoy a guided tour of Hobbiton — made famous in the ‘Lord of the Rings’ and ‘The Hobbit’ movies. Learn how the set was created, and discover sites you love including the Hobbit holes, Green Dragon Inn and the Mill. After lunch in Te Puia, head into the geothermal Te Whakarewarewa Valley where shooting geysers, bubbling mud pools and steaming hot springs await.
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  • 13 hours
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US$261.95
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5-Day Bay of Islands Rotorua Waitomo Caves and Hobbiton Tour from Auckland

5-Day Bay of Islands Rotorua Waitomo Caves and Hobbiton Tour from Auckland

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Soak up all the North Island highlights on this 5-day journey from Auckland by coach, including a Bay of Islands cruise to see the Hole in the Rock. Your itinerary includes a drive along Ninety Mile Beach at Cape Reinga; enjoy an overnight stay near the bubbling hot springs of Rotorua; a visit to Waitomo Caves for a boat ride through Glowworm Grotto; and a Hobbiton Movie Set tour to see filming locations for ‘The Lord of the Rings.’ Listen to informative commentary on board.
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  • 5 days
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US$1,472.20
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Hobbiton Movie Set Tour from Auckland

Hobbiton Movie Set Tour from Auckland

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Enjoy flexibility and personalized attention from your guide on this private tour. You’ll join a group while touring the Hobbiton Movie Set, located in Matamata, and learn about the filming process for “The Lord of the Rings” and “The Hobbit” trilogies. Then head for Hunua Falls in Hunua Ranges Regional Park, a spectacular cascade formed as the Wairoa River courses through an ancient volcano. Round-trip transport from Auckland is included.
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  • 8 hours
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US$357.09
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2 Day Waitomo Caves, Hobbiton Movie Set and Rotorua Tour from Auckland

2 Day Waitomo Caves, Hobbiton Movie Set and Rotorua Tour from Auckland

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Discover the otherworldly beauty of New Zealand’s North Island, from Rotorua’s geothermal pools and the Waitomo Glowworm Caves to the Shire at the Hobbiton Movie Set. Enjoy standard (3 star hotel) or superior (4 star hotel) overnight accommodation in Rotorua.
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  • 2 days
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US$925.10
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