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

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From US$330.91

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Free cancellation
Up to 24 hours in advance.
  • 13 hours (approx.)
  • Hotel pickup offered
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English

Overview

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.
  • North Island combo tour of Hobbiton, Rotorua and Waitomo Caves
  • Visit structures of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings claim to fame
  • View Pohutu Geyser in Te Whakarewarewa Geothermal Valley
  • Marvel at glowworms on a boat trip through Waitomo Caves
  • Hotel transport available from central Auckland or Rotorua
  • Travel one-way or round-trip and be dropped in either city

Why Travelers Choose This Tour

This time-saving tour visits three top attractions—Hobbiton, Rotorua and Waitomo Caves—in just one day.
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What's Included

  • Lunch
  • Experienced driver/guide
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off from all central city hotels
  • Please note that because of the amount of travel time this tour is not suitable for children under 2 years, as part of the group - It can be booked as a private group tour - please ask TripAdvisor/Viator to contact us for the custom price
  • All entrance fees and admission charges
  • Morning and afternoon tea are available at own expense
  • Gratuities
  • Admission Fee to Te Puia and time in the actual reserve

Meeting And Pickup

Pickup points

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Start time

06:30 AM

Pickup details

Hotel pickups in city centre at 6:30am We pickup for free at all Central Auckland accomodation, hotels, apartments, etc. We only go to the hotels/accommodation which are booked for that day. We also offer a subsidized shuttle service for people staying out of the city centre to bring them to meet the tour coach. Please liaise with us re where you are to be picked up. It is essential you get in contact with this information as soon as possible. Guaranteed departure - We need a minimum of 4 people to travel. If numbers are low we will not cancel automatically but will consult with you with rescheduling options or a low number price surcharge to allow us to run

What To Expect

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 1 day of travel. In this case confirmation will be received as soon as possible, subject to availability
  • Order of activities can be changed for operational requirements - Tour can start and or finish in Auckland or Rotorua
  • You do not get less time to explore Hobbiton if you add other destinations onto your tour
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Infant seats are required by law in NZ in private vehicles for children under 7 years. We recommend the same standard be applied for your child's safety and have them available in all vehicles
  • Please note that because of the amount of travel time this tour is not suitable for children under 2 years, as part of the group - It can be booked as a private group tour - please ask TripAdvisor/Viator to contact us for the custom price
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Infant seats available
  • Hobbiton and Waitomo Caves tours are run by local guides and are of a set duration and you get exactly the same time as other visitors who are visiting less places in a day, but with Rotorua you only have approximately 1.25 hours in the area. If you have more time available and are particularly interested in Rotorua we recommend you either book our overnight tour to the same 3 destinations or buy 2 tours splitting the destinations over 2 days.but putting all 3 destinations in one day is cost effective and for many people just seeing a geyser and a taste of Rotorua is more than enough. This is more important with Te Puia no longer allowing unguided customers a short look around the reserve
  • Hobbiton is a reasonably challenging walk - Please advise if you have mobility issues and if it is avaialble we will book a golf cart for you
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travelers

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

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Traveler Tips


If you want to see the greatness of New Zealand's North Island and the famous sites all in one tour and day with good value, sign up on this tour!
Its a long one, over 13 hours and a lot of driving but well worth it!
Just a tip, make sure you go the Gift shop first upon arriving at Hobbiton as you won't have much time to browse the 2nd gift shop at the end of the tour.
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So glad we did this tour!
Martha_G, Jan 2023
Hobbiton was awesome for this Tolkien fan! The glow worms were also great! Lunch in Rotorua was very good as well.
Response from Host, Jan 2023
Love the fact you loved your day
Good choice for the money!
Tanessa_C, Jan 2023
This was a great tour! They made it so easy the whole way from checking in the day before to make sure they had the correct pick up time and location. There is a lot of time in the van driving though, so be prepared to be sitting a lot and on windy roads so if you get car sick easy. All three activities were great though! Highly recommend
Response from Host, Jan 2023
It is nice when people appreciate what we do and what we are presenting and I am happy you were happy
Day in New Zealand
Lisa_W, Jan 2023
A great way to see the country side of New Zealand. Had a great day seeing Hobbiton, Rotorua, and the Glow Worm Caves. Would highly recommend this tour although it is a long day.
Response from Host, Jan 2023
It is nice to know that inspite of the long day that you enjoyed the tour
Good trip worth going
Anna_C, Jan 2023
It was raining when we arrived Hobbiton movie set but the tour is still good. The buffet lunch at te puia is good but didn’t get a chance to see the geyser. Not enough time in Rotorua but this will give us an idea that we can go on another trip to Rotorua next time. It is also a bit disappointing that we can’t go through the other side of the Waitomo cave because of the rising water but the overall experience is still good.
Response from Host, Jan 2023
Unfortunately we cannot control the weather. We always recommend if you have more time to book an overnight tour or two separate day tours I am glad in spite of the short coming caused by weather, that you still had a good day
We had a fantastic day...
Sally_B, Jan 2023
We had a fantastic day despite not so good weather. Edison our tour guide was just fantastic and looked after everyone exceptionally well all day.
Response from Host, Jan 2023
Thank-you for you comments - We wish we could control the weather - but we cannot - We can control who we employ and we love the fact you like our choices
Excellent tour and worth the 13 hour journey
Prashant_B, Jan 2023
The trip was excellent. First time seeing Hobbiton, Rotorua and Waitomo.. And our guide Rebecca explained all the places along the way and took good care of the people on the bus.. plus a very good lunch at Te Pia.. Only bad experience was that the tour operator had confirmed the pick up location and time etc.. however the previous evening I got a call saying that I will have to pay $80 for the pickup from hotel and drop at the hotel for the shuttle they would arrange. She said reaching by Uber at the pickup point would be difficult and that we may miss the tour bus.. Finally we opted for a $40 pickup from the hotel by their dedicated shuttle.. The tour operator could have declined pickup/drop when I had booked the tour… once the tour operator has confirmed, they have to stick to what was confirmed by email through viator..
Response from Host, Jan 2023
When I looked through the correspondence which was sent to you, our very first response which you may not have received stated that where you were staying was outside our free pickup area. We pay a minimum of $70 per shuttle as not only do they pick you up, but they also wait to make sure you get on your tour. We subsidize this cost but cannot cover the whole cost i n the budget. I m glad you did enjoy your tour and it lived up to your expectations
Glow worm cave
RalphDowney, Jan 2023
The glow worm cave and boat ride through the cave was amazing! Our guide Chris was very helpful, great guy.
Good experience!
Fotios_K, Nov 2022
Rotorua was the best. I think it’s worth visiting. The food was very good. Waitomo was the second best to me.
Response from Host, Nov 2022
It ids always interesting what people love - Hobbiton is always a firm favorite, but many people choose Waitomo or Rotorua as the most preferred location So glad you enjoyed you day
Long day, but so worth it!
Keith_P, Nov 2022
All three destinations were each so unique and wonderful…hard to pick a favorite! Our guide Andy was outstanding and provided great insights on what we were seeing during the long drives between destinations.
Response from Host, Nov 2022
I am so glad you enjoyed your day and Andy will be pleased to know you rated him as outstanding. A lot of people think we are mad to attempt 3 attractions in one day, but the feedback we get tells us we have it right - We make sure there is plenty of time for lunch and off the vehicle and if this is the only day you have, why not see as much as you can
Wonderful tour
PaiHung_W, Oct 2022
Hobbiton,magical! Waiting Cave, glamorous! Whole tour, magnificent! The driver/tour guide is knowledgeable. The lunch buffet provided was super .The view of the restaurant is unbelievable.Food qualify was beyond my expectation.
Response from Host, Oct 2022
I am so glad you had a great day - We work hard to give you the best we can
An Adventurous Spring Day In The North Island
lolitapiayoung, Sept 2022
It’s a beautiful spring day! All are excited for the long day trip covering three important landmarks of the North Island, New Zealand as well seeing the rolling hills and amazing natural sceneries are worth of a day’s travel. They will bring and cherish these memories of a lifetime. Thank you Viator for all the assistance and our return trip from home/city/home are highly appreciated. It made easy for us to plan and execute. Our driver Edson is highly recommended as helpful, friendly, easy to talk to and shared his travel experiences and outlook in life.
Magnificent view
Delphine, Sept 2022
Enjoyed the tour, the humour and knowledge of our guide. The glowworm cave and hobbiton were simply magnificent. However 3 places in a day might feel slightly rush.
Wonderful tour of 3 great places
Sonia_E, Sept 2022
We had a wonderful, kind guide and lovely experience! The caves were a highlight. The lunch was delicious!
Response from Host, Sept 2022
I am glad you enjoyed your day and while it is tight schedule and there is only 90 minutes in Rotorua, if you do not have a lot of time it is great way to see a little bit of what Rotorua has to offer- At Hobbiton and Waitomo you did set tours and spent exactly the same time at the attraction as everyone else
15 hour day
Christine_C, Sept 2022
We were the first picked up and the last dropped off, and along the way our tour group dwindled from ~10 outbound to 4 return journey due to one-ways to Rotorua. So here’s my tip, don’t be that person, and leave your guide a tip. I calculated our driver worked a 15 hour driving day, in the rain I might add. This tour includes two hours between each stop. Plan accordingly. Would do it all over again!
Response from Host, Sept 2022
Our base is just 10 minutes drive from the city centre and work during a 13 to14 hour time span, but which ever way you look at it is long day, but you say you would do it all over again and gave us 5 stars,so I can only surmise you were comfortable when you were travelling
Long day but fun!
Allison_H, Sept 2022
Hobbiton was amazing! Beautiful countryside, and it’s lambing season during September-October, so you will be able to see adorable babies running around as you drive to the set. Glow Worm caves were awesome to see. Not enough time to see Rotorua much, but you can see the steam out in the distance as you eat a buffet lunch. Recommend Hobbiton and the caves.
Response from Host, Sept 2022
All our advertising advises people who want more time in Rotorua to book an overnight tour or 2 separate day tours - I am glad you had fun and enjoyed your day The tour has a role to play for people who have limited time. I am sorry you were disappointed but I do believe we deliver what we promised which was 90 minutes in Rotorua and we recommend strongly that if you want more time in Rotorua book a different tours
Much in one day!
Elizabeth_S, Jul 2022
The guides were very knowledgeable and accommodating. There was a lot of driving but it was a good way to see a lot in a small amount of time. There are definitely places I’d like to return to on my next trip to NZ.
Response from Host, Aug 2022
This is very much a taster tour and if you are time deprived it is great way to see the areas. Hopefully you will make it back and be able to book a longer stay in Rotorua or other areas you liked the look of
Magical day
ELEONORA_R, May 2022
Very magical trip. Very well organized. Our driver was very professional, good driver, very accommodating. She shared with us the story of New Zealand, customs, traditions. Hobbiton was magical, views breathtaking. Very well organized. Rotorua glaziers were spectacular. We had very delicious lunch buffet at Rotorua. Caves were magnificent. This trip was a highlight of our journey.
Response from Host, Aug 2022
So glad it was the highlight of your journey - Thank you for such a great review
Kelly was a great guide
John_S, Mar 2020
Great 3 stop tour! Kelly was a great host and very kind to fellow passengers that made him repeat information when they didn't listen the first time. The caves were other worldly! Biggest geyser in southern hemisphere. Hobbiton movie set was a great tour too! Well worth the price! Take a pillow to nap between stops.
Great value tour
John_B, Mar 2020
Our driver Ron was very knowledgeable and informative which made the tour enjoyable. Overall the tour was good value for money. The buffet lunch at Rotorua is plentiful with a wide variety of good quality tasty food. It is a long day tour but there is plenty to see and do that breaks up the time spent traveling on the bus.
Highlight of our stay on the North Island
Jeanne_F, Mar 2020
We had a wonderful trip with our driver Vic. The day is long but well worth the time and money. We would highly recommend this tour.
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