See the natural wonders of the Central North Island on this itinerary, from underground caves to Hobbit holes and shooting geysers.
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Buy your Caves and Caverns TravelPass here
Minimum 2 days of travel
Start anywhere en-route
Includes Hobbiton Movie Set and Waitomo Caves day tours
Your pass is divided into the following 'legs'. You can book travel in either direction (i.e. follow the itinerary from top to bottom, or bottom to top). You can also stop as often as you like along the way on each leg (for example, on the Auckland to Matamata leg you can book from Auckland to Hamilton and Hamilton to Matamata).
IMPORTANT: Entrance to Waitomo Caves and the Hobbiton Movie Set are shown as 'extras' on the bus services for these tours. You must select and add these extras to your cart in order to book them. You can also add other extras (like meals) to your tour in the same way. At the checkout we'll book the trip on your pass and you can pay for any extras that aren't included in your pass.
When booking tours you must book to and from the stops shown. View our TravelPass tours page for more information.
Take a ride through rolling hills and lush green farmland into pure heartland New Zealand.
Step into Middle-earth in Matamata, home of the world famous Hobbiton Movie Set, for a guided tour of Hobbit holes, the Green Dragon Inn and more.
In Rotorua, experience geothermal activity on a massive scale with thermal valleys, geysers and boiling mud pools.
On your way back to Auckland, take a trip underground with a guided tour through the world famous Waitomo Glowworm Caves, and see stalagmites and stalactites illuminated by the lights of thousands of tiny glowworms.