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

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Up to 24 hours in advance.
  • 13 hours (approx.)
  • Pickup offered
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English


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.

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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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

Hobbiton Movie Set

2 hours Admission Ticket Included

Lake Rotorua

30 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Te Puia

35 minutesAdmission Ticket Not Included

Waitomo Glowworm Caves

1 hour Admission Ticket Included

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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Jensen_B, Jun 2023
Hobbiton was the main focus of this tour and it was a terrific experience. I’d recommend this tour only if you have a short stay in NZ. We were leaving the next day but if we could, we would have done these trips on separate days so we could spend more time at each location.
Response from Host, Jun 2023
Hi - We totally agree with you that if you have more time it is better to either go on an overnight tour or book two separate day tours so you have more time. This tour in it's current form will be being discontinued in November 2023. Hobbiton is extending the duration of their tour and this makes it impossible for us to include all three attractions the way we have . We will have a new tour which extends into evening and includes a full tour of Te Puia and the cultural evening - You can find this on the Hobbiton page on our website
Amazing all-day tour!
Woodrow_B, May 2023
What an absolute amazing experience! Our tour guide, Michelle, really brought the tours to life. The highlight was Hobbiton and it was everything we hoped it would be. The drive through Rotorua was nice and it made us want to come back to do more exploring. The Waitomo glow caves were beautiful and very interesting to learn about. We highly recommend this tour if you are looking for an all day experience. If you are time-constrained, we highly recommend Hobbiton over the other two locations.
Intense but Awesome :-)
Maria_W, May 2023
We are only spending 2 whole days in Auckland so this intensive tour is good for us. Our tour guide Edson is awesome!! He explains everything very clearly and it's obvious he loves his job. "Edson, thank you! You have made our trip unforgettable!"
It was a fantastic...
Alireza_D, May 2023
It was a fantastic experience. Specially waitomo caves and hobbiton movie location. Also the lunch was very good.
Chris made the trip!
Kevin_K, May 2023
Chris (our Driver) was excellent. Full of fun facts and good humour, he made the journey fun. He’s also an excellent driver!
Great day trip!
Jim_C, May 2023
This tour was great for someone who wants to see a bunch of things but is time limited. Hobbiton was awesome and the Glowworms were amazing!
Magical place
Sharon_C, Apr 2023
Hobbiton is a wonderful place, even in the pouring rain. However we were part of a very large group and could not hear the tour guide. Headsets would have been very useful. We had a fabulous buffet lunch at Rotorua. The glowworm tour was vey nice.
YokeFong_C, Apr 2023
A 'must' visit to Hobbiton, Rotorua and the Waitomo Caves. Enjoyed and loved the Hobbit holes, the ginger beer, the geysers & boiling mud pools and the caves of glow-worms. Dirk, the driver from Flexi-Tours, is nice, helpful and informative. Very happy to have booked this trip with Viator. Overall, a safe and enjoyable trip.
Great fun, lots of New Zealand landscape
Patricia_S, Apr 2023
Hobbiton was the most fun. Rotorua was rather short. The lunch was great. Waitomo was fun, but it's a long drive for a short experience. Still, it was unique! All guides were great! Long time in a luxury mini bus
Superb experience
Franz_G, Apr 2023
It was a memorable experience. Three attraction in the same day. We spend most of our day at Hobbiton then straight to Rotorua where we had our lunch. Althought we didn’t get to see the geyser upclose which was not part of the tour, our meal was amazing. Last part was Waitomo caves, looks very enchanted. You can’t have photos/videos though. Our tour guide, Dirk was also very professional and really tries to be make our trip interactive.
3 destinations in one day
Fan_Y, Mar 2023
I had Eddson as a guide. He was very attentive and helpful. The tour takes you to 3 beautiful destinations. The Hobbiton and Waitomo Caves were guided tours, but since we have limited time, I didn't get to see that much of Rotorua as expected. We will still get to see a lot in a day.
Now a fan
Linda_D, Mar 2023
I have never seen the movies but still found this really interesting and a cool experience Going to watch the movies
Fantastic day
Sharon_R, Mar 2023
Fantastic day. Early start was well worth it. Hobitton tour, look around Rotorua and trip to the caves. Each stop was amazing. Our tour guide Michelle was friendly and very knowledgeable.
Amazing day!!!
Everette_T, Mar 2023
Our tour guide Edson was amazing. He was professional, attentive and knowledgeable. He made the day very special. Thanks for sharing your experience and kindness.
3 great highlights in 1 day!
Gary_J, Feb 2023
Countryside and Rotorura, bubbling mud, lots of glow worms in caves. Sheep and cows everwhere. 13 hours jam packed and lovely lunch
Great tour guide
Isabel_C, Feb 2023
Every thing about our tour was great. Great tour guide she gave us plenty of info as she was driving us around.
Great day in New Zealand with a happy ending.
Michael_H, Feb 2023
Hobbiton was fantastic. Long day and we saw most of the north island. FlexitoursNZ staff was ultra responsive, left my wallet on the van and the staff found it immediately and drove it to my hotel. I can’t tell you how much I appreciated the service.
Response from Host, Feb 2023
Happy to help - A holiday can be ruined if a wallet is lost - just so glad we found it and you had a great day
Fun tour, very good tour...
Priyanka_S, Feb 2023
Fun tour, very good tour guide, amazing experience on a sunny day. Pick up and drop off is very convenient for foreign travelers. Loved the tour
Great tour
JinSong_Y, Feb 2023
It was a great tour to Hobbiton and lunch was great 👍 although we missed Waitomo cave due to flood, our guide Edson made different by taking us to the red woods and showing us around, keeping us entertained. Company also refunded us the difference. Giving the circumstances,it was a good day. We were certain it would be 5 star fabulous day if the cave is open as planned. Highly recommend 👍
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

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