InterCity Hobbiton and Waitomo Day Tour

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Two of New Zealand's most popular attractions can be found in the Central North Island: the Hobbiton Movie Set and the amazing Waitomo Caves. Now you can see both of them in one day on one great value InterCity day tour from Auckland!

Sit back and enjoy the lush rural scenery as you head south from Auckland central to a magical Middle-earth location: the private farm outside Matamata which has become famous worldwide as the filming location for Hobbiton in Sir Peter Jackson's award-winning Lord of the Rings and Hobbit movie trilogies.

Take a guided tour of the Hobbiton Movie Set and learn about how this breathtaking film set was created in impressive detail. You'll see Hobbit Holes (including Bilbo's house at Bag End), the Party Tree, the Green Dragon Inn, and hear behind-the-scenes secrets from filming.

After your tour, sit down to lunch at the Green Dragon Inn (included in your tour) and enjoy a feast worthy of Bilbo's birthday party!

Then cross the countryside to the township of Waitomo and head underground into a world of stalactites, stalagmites and twinkling lights: the Waitomo Glowworm Caves.

During your 45-minute tour of this natural wonder, you'll travel through underground tunnels and see vast caverns made from incredible limestone formations. Learn about how the caves were created over millions of years, and experience the magic of an underground boat ride through the Glowworm Grotto - gliding silently through the darkness while glowworms twinkle overhead.

After your Hobbiton and Waitomo Caves day tour, return to Auckland or continue to Rotorua.

Availability: 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.

Tour options

Choose from the following departure and return options:

  • Auckland return, departing at 8am & returning at 7pm. Available year-round (ICAWHA1)
  • Auckland to Rotorua, departing at 8am & arriving at 6pm. Available year-round (ICAHWR)

Just want to visit Hobbiton? Book our InterCity Hobbiton day tour departing from Auckland, Hamilton or Rotorua from just $114* per person!

Tour includes

  • Full day bus tour from Auckland to Hobbiton and Waitomo
  • Entrance to Hobbiton Movie Set and guided tour
  • Lunch at the Green Dragon Inn
  • Entrance to Waitomo Glowworm Caves and guided tour
  • Free onboard WiFi
  • Return or onward travel to Auckland or Rotorua

Departs: 8:00 am, Sky City Bus Terminal, 102 Hobson St, Auckland
Returns: 7:00 pm, Sky City Bus Terminal, 102 Hobson St, Auckland