See the Hobbiton Movie Set and the amazing Waitomo Caves on a great value day tour from Auckland!

Travel south over the Bombay Hills into the rich farmland of the Waikato region. Take a guided tour of the Hobbiton Movie Set and learn about how the largest "green set" in the world was created in impressive detail. You'll see lots of charming Hobbiton buildings and hear behind-the-scenes secrets from filming. After your tour, enjoy a delicious drink and lunch at the Green Dragon Inn (included in your tour). You'll also receive a souvenir voucher that you can use at the Hobbiton gift shop after your tour.

Then cross the countryside to the township of Waitomo and venture underground into the Waitomo Glowworm Caves. You’ll travel through subterranean tunnels and see incredible limestone formations. Experience the magic of an underground boat ride - gliding silently through the darkness while thousands of glowworms twinkle overhead.  After emerging from the darkness, enjoy a short walk through native forest up to the Waitomo Caves visitor centre.

Our Hobbiton Movie Set and Waitomo Caves small group day tours depart daily on modern, comfortable buses with free wifi, and include entertaining commentary from experienced local guides. We recommend you bring a rain jacket, sunhat, sunglasses and your camera, and wear comfortable footwear.

Just want to visit Hobbiton? Book our InterCity Hobbiton day tour!


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What happens if the Waitomo Caves are closed?

If the Waitomo Caves tour cannot operate, a free upgrade to the Ruakuri Cave will be provided subject to availability. If the Ruakuri upgrade is provided, the Waitomo Caves portion is non-refundable.

What should I bring?

We recommend you wear comfortable walking shoes and sunscreen. Bring a jacket, sunglasses, a sunhat and your camera. Share your experience with us online by tagging #nzallover!

Can I be picked up and dropped off at my accommodation?

Sorry, our great value InterCity day tours don’t include hotel pickup and drop-off. Check out our friends at GreatSights and Gray Line for premium day tour options.

Does this tour include meals?

Yes, enjoy lunch at the Green Dragon Inn in Hobbiton. You’ll also stop for morning and afternoon tea (at your own expense).

Can I eat and drink on board the bus?

Yes, you can eat cold food and cold drinks on board the bus. We don’t allow hot drinks or food for safety reasons.

Can I bring my bags with me?

You can bring one carry-on item with a maximum weight of 5kg and store check-in luggage under the bus. Take a look at our full luggage policy here.

Can I get a refund if I cancel my tour?

No, our day tours are non-refundable.

How do I book a tour with my pass?

Booking a day tour using your FlexiPass or TravelPass bus pass is a slightly different process. First, you need to make sure you’re logged in to your pass. On your pass dashboard, click on the ‘Tours’ button and follow the instructions to book your tour.

What happens if my day tour is cancelled due to bad weather?

If your day tour is cancelled for any reason, we’ll contact you to discuss your options. These will include a transfer to the next available service, or a refund of your fare.

Can I bring a Hobbit home with me?

Hobbits are like hermits, they like their own space very much and they’ll probably want to stay in Hobbiton!

Where do we go on the boat cruise?

During your dolphin seeking cruise you’ll explore the Bay of Islands and head out past the Cape Brett Peninsula and to the Hole in the Rock on Motukokako Island. If conditions permit, your skipper will guide the boat through the hole. You’ll also enjoy an island stopover on Urupukapuka Island (between 9 October and 30 April only) where you can relax on the beach or enjoy a short walk to the top of the island for spectacular panoramic views of the region.