Rotorua to Auckland Including Hobbiton and Waitomo Caves

Rotorua, New Zealand

From US$222.37

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  • 11 hours 15 minutes (approx.)
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English


Embark on a one-way tour from Rotorua to Auckland, the first stop is the Hobbiton Movie Set, the world-famous film location. See Hobbit Holes, stroll through the lush gardens and learn how this private farm became Middle-earth on a private tour. The next stop is Waitomo Glowworm Caves, one of the North Island’s most popular attractions. Be amazed by the illumination of thousands of tiny glowworms on a boat tour through Glowworm Grotto, a subterranean marvel. Travel through the Mamaku Ranges and the rural farmlands of Waikato en route to Auckland, admiring highlights such as Fitzgerald Glade.
  • One-way tour from Rotorua to Auckland via Hobbiton Moview Set and Waitomo Caves
  • Marvel at the thousands of tiny glowworms suspended from the ceiling
  • Take a boat ride through the glowworm cavern
  • Enjoy a picnic lunch (if option selected)
  • Discover the scenic countryside of Waikato from the comfort of your coach
  • Tour includes pickup from Rotorua and drop-off in Auckland

What's Included

  • Hotel pickup from Rotorua - please call to book
  • Hotel drop-off at Auckland - please call to book
  • Local guide
  • Live commentary on board
  • Lunch
  • Drinks
  • Gratuities

Meeting And Pickup

Meeting point

  • 1167 Fenton Street
    1167 Fenton Street, Rotorua 3010, New Zealand

    Located at the Tourism Rotorua iSite Center

Start time

08:00 AM

End point

  • 102 Hobson Street
    102 Hobson Street, Auckland CBD, Auckland 1010, New Zealand

What To Expect

Visit two two attractions on this Rotorua to Auckland Tour, visit The Hobbiton Movie Set made famous by the Lord of The Rings film franchise and Explore Waitomo caves on a guided tour during this one-way trip from Rotorua to Auckland. 

After morning pickup from your hotel in Rotorua, get settled in a luxury coach for the journey north. En route, you’re driven past the picturesque Mamaku Ranges and through the arboreal tunnel of Fitzgerald Glade. Click away at the countryside views as you listen to onboard commentary about the sights.

The first stop is Hobbiton Movie Set, where you will see Hobbit Holes, stroll through the lush gardens and learn how this private farm became Middle-earth on a private tour.

Upon reaching the Waitomo Glowworm Caves, follow your guide down into the underground chambers where stalagmites, stalactites, and other limestone rock formations decorate the otherworldly cavern walls. First discovered in 1887, the Waitomo Caves rank among New Zealand’s most popular natural attractions. A boat ride takes you deeper into the Glowworm Grotto to see the tiny radiant lights emitted by thousands of glowworms hanging from their silk threads. 

Then continue onward by coach toward Auckland. Pass through the ‘Bridge City’ of Hamilton and the dairy capital of Waikato before arriving in the 'City of Sails' by mid-afternoon. Your tour concludes here with hotel drop-off.

Hobbiton Movie Set

2 hours Admission Ticket Included

Waitomo Glowworm Caves

1 hour Admission Ticket Included

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 40 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.


24 reviews
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Loved this trip!
Julia_S, Apr 2023
The trip was super well organised! Everything was on time, nice bus, nice drivers with interesting comments on the way. Recommended!
It was a great way for us...
Patricia_L, Apr 2023
It was a great way for us to see two sites that we would have missed otherwise and return to Auckland for our flight home. Thank you. The tour guide was great too.
Beautiful Waitomo Caves...
Charles_W, Mar 2023
Beautiful Waitomo Caves likes stars at night. Hobbiton is a scenic farm surroundings and with good movie memories.
Response from Host, Mar 2023
Hi Charles! Thank your for your review. It is important to us to get feedback from our customers. Hope to have you as customer another time:)
One of my fave trips
Ellie_N, Feb 2023
Even though I have never seen the movies, this was a great experience, I want to watch them all now. The glow worms were amazing. All staff, hosts and drivers were amazing!
Convenient and fun way to transit between Rotorua and Auckland
Megan_H, Nov 2019
Everything ran on time. The caves are busy (because they always are), but really cool to see. Driver provided interesting commentary.
Viator didnt pass the right information to the driver and i wasnt drop off at my hotel
Ricardo U, Sept 2019
terrible experience cause i ended up paying money for the transportation that i didnt consider. if i booked with you was cause it includes the transportation from and back to the hotel.
The caves are surreal and beautiful
hersh_l, Jun 2018
If you plan to travel from Rotorua to Auckland there is no better way than this tour. The bus is spacious and comfortable with WiFi. The driver is knowledgeable and gives commentary as you drive through NZ. The caves are a amazing. Looks like gazing into space.
I had thought about renting a car...
ANTHONY_B, Feb 2018
I had thought about renting a car from Rotorua to Auckland, but I shied away from this because of the challenges of driving on the other side of the road. Then we learned that we could take the bus from Rotorua and stop at the famous Waitomo glowworm caves on the way to Auckland. Accomplish two goals at once? We took quick advantage of the opportunity. What can you say about glowworms? The famous song may be American, but the species of fly or gnat is unique to New Zealand. Very few persons outside of New Zealand have seen glowworms, and any opportunity to see them should not be missed. At the site, we got into a small boat and went through the caves under the innumerable dots of light above out heads. The view of the glowworms lasts just 15 minutes or so, but it is definitely worth it. The bus ride through the New Zealand countryside was lovely. All in all, this was a truly wonderful way to get from point A to point B.
This tour was great! I loved the...
Kimberly_C, Jan 2018
This tour was great! I loved the knowledge that i gained all through the ride and the caves were unbelievable. Highlight of my trip. I have taken a few tours now and the tour guide on this trip was the coolest nicest one ive had. She deserves a raise for sure!
Waitomo caves were very impressive...
Anya K, Dec 2017
Waitomo caves were very impressive even without the glowworms. The boat ride in the dark, with glowing stars glowworms was just magical. Our cave guide was great - funny, knowledgeable and very personable. The bus ride was good, our driver had a lot of interesting information about the area to share. He got really annoyed when people were talking a parent quietly explaining something to a small child during the same time he was talking and he didn't hesitate to chastise those offenders with a good 2-minute lecture - not appropriate at all, in my opinion.
was a long bus trip, transfer ran...
Paul R, Jun 2017
was a long bus trip, transfer ran smoothly and the caves were incredible!
The driver picked us up on time at...
Mary_G, Mar 2017
The driver picked us up on time at our hotel and provided a very interesting commentary all the way from Rotorua to Auckland. The cave tour was amazing--a great experience.
see the Witomo caves is a unique...
AnnaMaria_T, Feb 2017
see the Witomo caves is a unique experience in the world
A good way to travel from Rotorua to...
Tamara W, Jan 2017
A good way to travel from Rotorua to Auckland, with an interesting stop at the very cool caves which would otherwise be quite inaccessible. Driver was fun, knew alot about the area and was responsive to the group.
Amazing Waitomo Glowworm experience...
Saori S, Dec 2016
Amazing Waitomo Glowworm experience. Awesome diver - she was very knowledgeable, safe, friendly diver!! Highly recommended.
The Caves are very interesting., but...
ANDREA_V, May 2016
The Caves are very interesting., but boat riding time was very short. Tour guide was very generous and knowledgeable. .
The tour of the cave was great...
William W, Feb 2015
The tour of the cave was great. Seeing the Waitomo Gloworms is a must if you are in NZ. I can't say the same for Intercity Tours that operates this tour. Had several tours with Intercity in NZ. Their drivers are surly and while they will pick you up at your hotel, they don't tell you they don't drop off at your hotel. So plan for an additional taxi ride.
I loved the tour:) Waitomo...
Junko B, May 2013
I loved the tour:) Waitomo Glowworm is the place you cant miss if you have an opportunity to go to Aucland/Rotorua. I highly recommend this tour all tourists
Good trip, some nice stops besides...
Mikhail K, Nov 2012
Good trip, some nice stops besides the cave, the cave itself is worth of money paid, - so highly recommended!
The bus driver didn't pick us up from...
The bus driver didn't pick us up from the hotel, it was at a centre located in Rotorua. The tour we booked said we would be picked up. Waitomo Glowworm tour was okay but the time expended there was too short for the price we paid. Finally when we arrived in Auckland the bus stopped at their central offices, and again they didn't leave us at our hotel, again very close to their offices.

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