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Hobbiton & Waitomo Caves Small Group Tour from Auckland

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From US$222.29

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Free cancellation
Up to 24 hours in advance.
  • 12 hours (approx.)
  • Pickup from select hotels
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English

Overview

The fictional, yet globally famous, village of Hobbiton and the Waitomo Caves rank among the most popular sites of interest in New Zealand. On this tour, visit both sites in one day—see the home of Bilbo Baggins and explore Waitomo’s subterranean caverns—and enjoy personal attention from your guide on this limited to 15 people.
  • Visit Hobbiton and the Waitomo Caves from Auckland
  • Hit two of the North Island’s most famous attractions in one day
  • Limited to 15 people
  • Hassle-free round-trip travel from central Auckland

What's Included

  • Small Group and Fully Guided Tour
  • Bottled water
  • Snacks
  • Entry Tickets
  • Gratuities
  • Souvenir photos (available to purchase)
  • Food and drinks, unless specified
  • Optional extras and activities - please select the tour option you want at time of booking

Meeting And Pickup

Pickup points

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Pickup details

Hotel pick-ups are from the below hotels only. If you do not see your pickup location please select the closest one to you to be picked up from. Pick ups start up to 20 mins before your tour time. Please see below what group your hotel is in and what your pick-up time is. Please be waiting in your accommodation's lobby or outside no later than this time to avoid missing your pick up. Guides have multiple pick-ups so can on occasion run up to 10 minutes late. Guides cannot wait for late passengers as it will mean the entire group is at risk of missing out, so please be waiting and ready (5-10 minutes before your listed time is highly recommended). Group 1: 20 minutes before tour start time. Sofitel Auckland Viaduct Harbour, Swiss-Belsuites Victoria Park Group 2: 15 minutes before tour start time. Adina Apartments, Copthorne Hotel Auckland, Grand Mercure Hotel, Hilton Hotel Auckland, JUCY Snooze, M Social, Nesuto Stadium Apartments, Pullman Hotel, Queen Street Backpackers, SO/Auckland Group 3: 10 minutes before tour start time. AVANI Metropolis, Barclay Suites, CityLife Hotel Auckland, Heritage Hotel Auckland (Hobson Street), ibis Budget Auckland, Rydges Hotel Auckland, Stamford Plaza Auckland. Group 4: 5 minutes before tour start time. Crowne Plaza Auckland, Four Points by Sheraton, Airedale Boutique Suites Auckland, SkyCity Hotel, SkyCity Grand Hotel, YMCA Hostel Group 5: At tour start time or up to 10 minutes after. Cordis Hotel Auckland, Grand Millennium Hotel, Haka Lodge Auckland City, Kiwi International Hotel, VR Auckland City (Hobson Street), St Martins Waldorf Apartment Hotel, Tetra Serviced Apartments by Nesuto, YHA Auckland City Backpackers 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. Auckland Airport (Butterfly Creek) pick up must be requested and approved by our team in writing to receive your pick up time. Pick up time will normally be 20 - 30 minutes after the tour start time.

What To Expect

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 11 hours of travel. In this case confirmation will be received as soon as possible, subject to availability
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult.
  • Minimum drinking age is 18 years.
  • 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.
  • Due to uneven surfaces, this tour is not recommended for those with walking disabilities or using a wheelchair.
  • 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.
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infant seats available
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 16 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.
  • 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.

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Traveler Tips


It's about a 2.5 hour drive to Hobbiton, you'll spend a couple hours there, then off to Waitomo (about 1 hour away) and do that tour.
It's a long ride but the trip is shortened by combining two great activities on one journey.
We highly recommend taking this tour if you’re interested in seeing the movie set.
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Ivette_F, Feb 2023
This tour was fantastic. Well organized, on-time, comfortable, and very interesting. Grant, our driver was excellent. He was knowledgeable, and professional. courteous, and helpful. We really enjoyed this excursion.
Grant our guide was the trip
Harold_E, Feb 2023
Excellent guide Grant both destinations well executed not 1 minute of wasted time great value would do it again
Great tour to see Hobbiton
Mingmee_S, Jan 2023
Our driver and guide are wonderful. Great tour to see Hobbiton. Too bad we had to cancel the portion to Waitomo due to flooding. But we love Cheeky Kiwi.
Wonderful
Yue_Z, Jan 2023
An amazing day. Well organise, friendly and caring staff. A good day. We went to hobbiton site and Waitamo.
Great operator, challenging viator experience
pete_e, Jan 2023
Great tour operator, challenging viator booking experience. Even though we called viator about the pick up location, we kept getting emails from viator we need to provide a pick up location.
One the best tours I have been on.
Marilyn_S, Jan 2023
Tour was a woderful experience. We were picked up on time, at our hotel. Our driver/guide was friendly, organized, informative very accomidating to the groups needs. The tour at Hobbiton was great and better than I ever expected. The glow worm caves was wonderful.
Scenery in and around...
Larry_F, Jan 2023
Scenery in and around Hobbiton was fantastic. Global worm cave was disappointing. Our driver John made the tour more than worthwhile, he was great!!
Hobbiton was great! We...
Doreen_S, Jan 2023
Hobbiton was great! We are not "into" the movies, but enjoyed hearing about how they made the set and tricks to making the hobbits small. The Glowworm Caves was fascinating!
A memorable day!
Melody_O, Jan 2023
It was wonderful to go to attractions without having to worry about logistics! They were so enjoyable without any of the work!
It is a beautiful...
JonThor_O, Jan 2023
It is a beautiful experience for everyone. Hobbiton is magnificent, the views are beautiful from any angle where you observe it, and the Waitomo caves were an unforgettable experience. I highly recommended it!
Excellent experience
Yang_Y, Jan 2023
The place is amazing as expected and with reasonable cost. Our team Van leader Grant very nicely take care of us and make us very comfortable. Memorable experience
Response from Host, Jan 2023
Thanks for joining us on tour! We're glad that you enjoyed your time with Grant and hope to see you again in the future.
Ask for size of group—misrepresented
Karen_J, Jan 2023
We bought this trip as “small group” which it stated was 12 maximum. We were to be the first pick up. Not only were we near the last of the pick ups of 16 passengers, the only seats available were the bench seat at the rear. We were very cramped and definitely not COVID safe or even COVID cautious. I would like a full refund as you wasted 12 hours of my time in Auckland because this trip was misrepresented. Had there been 12 passengers we would all have had reasonably comfortable seats for such a long tour. Thank you for making this right.
Memorable trip
Rajasekar_S, Jan 2023
Wonderful experience as I can dig out the people handful skills who developed this movie set. Never miss this opportunity whoever comes to Auckland NZ
Response from Host, Jan 2023
We're so glad to hear that you enjoyed your tour! We hope to see you again in the future.
Exciting and beautiful
William_G, Dec 2022
Loved Lord of the Rings growing up glad I got to experience this. The caves were cool too. And great tour guides
Exceeded our expectations
William_R, Dec 2022
John was an excellent tour guide. He was very cheeky! The caves were an awesome example of the power of nature and it really exceeded our expectations. We also loved Hobbiton and it’s inspired us to watch the movies again. A very nice day overall.
So worth it!
Eliyah_K, Dec 2022
Incredible trip. Great driver, stuck to the schedule. Hobbiton lived up to the hype. Even better in person. The Waitomo caves was mind blowing and so beautiful. Definitely recommend this for everyone visiting. Driver added great stops to get food and ice cream. Love it.
Hobbiton
Roger_F, Dec 2022
I scheduled this tour as it seemed interesting and it filled our day. Not ever seeing a Hobbit film my expectations were low but it turned out that Hobbiton was a great place to visit. It covers a large area and has the entire Hobbit village just as it was in the movie and you can imagine it as it was. Highly recommended.
Must do activity when in auckland
Nirmal_K, Dec 2022
Amazing trip, very well organized. The driver (simon)was a lovely guy and made the trip a lot if fun. The hobbiton itself was a mesmerizing experience and the caves were OG
I saw a Hobbit village and a live Glow worm cave.
Bruce_B, Dec 2022
Enjoyed walking around the Shire set from the Lord of the Rings movies. Enjoyed seeing the cave and the living glow worms on the ceiling of the cave. Van transportation for the long drive was comfortable and safe.
Family Trip
devin_h, Dec 2022
The visit to Hobbiton and the time in the glow worm caves was amazing. Our tour guide for the day and at Hobbiton and in the caves were all great.
Response from Host, Dec 2022
Thanks for joining us on tour! We're glad that your family had a wonderful time.
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