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From Auckland: Hobbiton, Rotorua & Waitomo Caves Day Trip

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Embark on a day trip from Auckland to Hobbiton, Rotorua, and the Waitomo Caves. Tour the movie set, admire glowworms, and enjoy lunch at Pataka Kai, a restaurant next to the Te Puia thermal reserve.

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  • Experience 3 top North Island destinations in one day on a complete tour
  • Discover the magic of Middle-earth on an official 2-hour Hobbiton tour
  • Explore Rotorua at your own pace, including Rachel Springs and the lakefront
  • Have lunch at a restaurant next to Te Puia with great views of the geyser
  • Visit the Waitomo Caves and see glittering glowworms on the included boat ride


Discontinued after 15th November 2023 - Hobbiton have extended the duration of their tour and this means it is not possible to include 3 destination is one day - Available only as a one way tour from Auckland to Rotorua or Rotorua to Auckland Visit the Hobbiton Movie Set, Rotorua, and Waitomo Caves in one day on a guided tour from Auckland. See three of North Island’s iconic sites in one attraction-filled day. After hotel pickup, travel from Auckland to Hobbiton through Waikato. On arrival, you’ll be guided through the picturesque twelve-acre site and given fascinating details of how the movie set was created. The official tour concludes with a complimentary drink at the Green Dragon Inn. Climb back into the vehicle for the approximately 55-minute drive to Rotorua where you will spend around 1.5 hours. On arrival, visit key attractions, such as the lakefront, government gardens, and Rachel Springs. After sightseeing, have lunch at Pataka Kai, a restaurant next to the Te Puia thermal reserve. Enjoy views and take photos of Te Puia's Pohutu Geyser and thermal valley from the restaurant (entry not included). After Rotorua, drive to the world-renowned Waitomo Caves where you’ll enter the caves on foot and ride out in a small boat. Above your head will be thousands of tiny glowworms radiating their unmistakable luminescent light as an expert guide provides informative commentary. 


Hotel pickup and drop-off from centrally located accommodation Transportation in a small air-conditioned coach Driver/guide Hobbiton Movie Set entry ticket Hobbiton Movie Set 2-hour tour Lunch at Pataka Kai Waitomo Glowworm Caves entry ticket Waitomo Glowworm Caves 45-minute tour

Important Information

  • Note that there is some driving between attractions so this tour may not be suitable for children 2 years or under
  • The tour involves a reasonable amount of walking on uneven ground
  • New Zealand weather can be very changeable throughout the day, so go prepared
  • If you prefer more time in Rotorua, you might like to consider an overnight tour
  • Please note you must be ready and waiting at your specified pick-up time as the tour has set times at each of the attractions visited and unfortunately cannot wait This tour requires a minimum of 4 people to run

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