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Waitomo Caves & Hobbiton Movie Set - Full Day Tour With Lunch - Ex Auckland Return


Take a fun-filled day trip to Middle-earth where you'll discover the amazing Hobbiton Movie Set and then the magical Waitomo Glowworm Caves!


  • Discover two of the best New Zealand attractions in a day trip from Auckland
  • Explore the Hobbiton Movie Set - see intricate hobbit holes nestled in lush farmland
  • Tuck into a buffet style lunch outside the famous Green Dragon Inn
  • Marvel at the glowworms on a Waitomo Caves boat tour
  • Enjoy the best of scenic New Zealand with free WIFI and informative commentary

Embark on a fun-filled Waitomo Caves and Hobbiton tour from Auckland; discover Middle-Earth at the Hobbiton Movie Set (Hobbiton ticket price included), plus lunch at the famous Green Dragon Inn before journeying underground on a Waitomo Caves boat tour to see thousands of glowworms.

Enjoy the best of scenic New Zealand as you hop aboard your luxurious coach tour; cast your eyes over expanses of rolling farmland as your journey commences with entertaining commentary en route to your first stop - Hobbiton.

Just outside the rural town of Matamata is the Hobbiton Movie Set - a picturesque 1,250 acre farm where scenes from Lord of The Rings and Hobbit movie trilogies were filmed. On your Hobbiton tour, see the original Hobbit Holes and the Party Tree, and hear intriguing behind the scenes stories. After your fill of movie magic, it’ll be time to tuck into a buffet lunch (included) outside the famous Green Dragon Inn.

The adventure continues as we head west to the world-famous Waitomo Glowworm Caves. Marvel at the incredible network of underground tunnels and caves made from limestone formation as you set off for your Waitomo Caves boat tour into the magical Glowworm Grotto.

If Lord of the Rings had your eyes glued to the big screen and you’re a fan of awe-inspiring nature, then the Waitomo Caves and Hobbiton tour from Auckland is one of the best day trips New Zealand has to offer.

Departure: Departs Sky City Coach Terminal, 102 Hobson St, Auckland at 08:00 and returns to Auckland at 19:00

Please Note: A complimentary pick-up and drop-off service is provided from Auckland inner city hotels. If required please provide hotel details upon check-out and confirm departure details with the tour operator directly after booking.


Adult $337.00
Child $168.00 (5 - 14 years inclusive)
Infant $0.00 (Under 4 years old)

What's included

  • Luxury return coach transport
  • Entertaining and informative commentary from your driver guide
  • Morning tea
  • Guided tour of Hobbiton
  • Buffet lunch at the Shire party marquee
  • A complimentary Hobbiton ale, cider or ginger beer at the Green Dragon Inn
  • Waitomo Caves - 45-minute guided tour


  • The duration of this experience is 1 days

Child Friendly

  • This experience welcomes families with children.


  • Child Age is 5 - 14 years inclusive. Infants 4 years and under are free of charge.

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Authenticated Reviews & PhotosAll of our reviews are from people who have booked and paid for this activity thru Bookme


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Savina from Bulgaria wrote on 25 March 2020

Great amazing day full of emotions :)

Hobbiton is a magical awesome place, wish we could stay longer there. The lunch was great, the complimentary beer as well (we tried ale and stout, both excellent). They keep the place looking super authentic. Our guide on the bus drive to there gave us various curious details about NZ and the local nature, people, industry, etc., it was really useful. Waitomo cave then was also magnificent magical place, better they dont allow photos inside, as it would ruin the emotion and experience. Lovely place, would recommend it, as well as the whole tour in general!

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kendallh1 from United States wrote on 23 March 2020

Worth it!

Hobbiton was so magical, and the lunch Buffett was the cherry on top! We loved the bus driver, she was very fun & informative. We learned a lot at the caves and had a good time. You walk through them and end on a ~5 minute boat ride in the dark to see the glow worms. I recommend this tour!

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Gabriel Nistor from United Kingdom wrote on 05 March 2020

Great Great Great

Amazing, from start to finish. To start with, Alexia our driver and guide for the day was AMAZING, so much knowledge, such a nice voice, great driver, overall really nice person. Next Hobbiton.. If you are a fan or not, hobbiton is great. The buffet there is the best i ever had during any organised tour which included a buffet. The waitomo cave, was something different but nice as well... Highly recommend... While in auckland, this tour is a must. Reserve tru bookme.com because you will get the best price.

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cynthian from United States wrote on 17 January 2020

What a Great Day!

The Gray Line Tour was wonderful from start to finish. The staff was extremely helpful meeting us at the City Station and getting us on the right bus for the tour . The bus driver Brian was great and told us lots about NZ history in an entertaining manner! He was kind and helpful with lots of good tour tips! Going to Hobbiton was wonderful and a tour I wouldn’t miss! The lunch was great with lots of good choices! Waitomo Caves was another must do tour! The tour was extremely organized . The bus was very comfortable and enroute to the tour sites you see the wonderful NZ country side! Thank you Brian and Grey Line Tours!

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Juho from Finland wrote on 25 March 2020

Great tour, well worth the money

The tour was a great way to see Hobbiton and Waitomo caves from Auckland without having to rent a car. The lunch at Hobbiton was surprisingly good, a full buffet with many different options. All of the guides were knowledgeable and very friendly.

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