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Auckland: Hobbiton Movie Set and Waitomo Small Group Tour171 Reviews
Visit two of New Zealand’s most famous attractions in one day on this guided, small group tour from Auckland. Immerse yourself in magic at the Hobbiton Movie Set and explore the Waitomo Glowworm Caves
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- Admire thousands of glowworms above your head while on glowworm grotto boat
- Marvel at the stalagmites and stalactites in the world famous Waitomo Caves
- Explore the beautiful movie set of Hobbiton with a guide
- Know the secrets and fascinating stories about the making of the movie Hobbiton
- Enjoy a complimentary beverage at the Green Dragon Inn
DescriptionThe tour starts with pickup from Auckland city, where the adventure begins as you drive through the stunning Waikato countryside, the most extensive farming area in the world, on a fully guided journey to Hobbiton. Along the way, don’t forget to take advantage of the photo opportunities as you admire the stunning natural landscapes all around of beautiful mountains and farmlands. After the drive, arrive at Alexander Family Sheep Farm and Shire's Rest, the entrance to Hobbiton, and marvel at the thousands of sheep that live here. While you’re here, grab a bite to eat, a coffee, or enjoy an ice cream to cool off while your guide collects your tickets to the movie set. Next, hop on board one of the big green Hobbiton buses to depart on your 2-hour fully guided tour of this amazing 12-acre movie set with a professional Hobbiton guide to ensure you get the most out of your visit. During your tour trip into the lush pastures of the Shire, visit 44 hobbit holes, see amazing gardens, hear secrets and stories about the making of the movies and finish your LOTR experience with a cold beverage at the famous Hobbiton pub, The Green Dragon Inn. After your LOTR experience, it’s time to head west towards the stunning Waitomo region. Along the way admire the incredible hydro dams, beautiful farmland, race horses, and the Kiwiana capital of New Zealand. Before arriving at the caves, stop by Waitomo homestead for lunch, and a little surprise. Once in Waitomo, explore the ancient and amazing caves and marvel at the many cave formations including Stalactites, Stalagmites, and Lime Columns before descending even further underground for your Glowworm Grotto experience. Board your glow-worm boat for a cruise on the grotto river with thousands of glowworms sparkling above you. Unique to New Zealand for over 120 years, Waitomo Glowworm Caves are a must-see for any traveler. On the guided trip back to Auckland the sights continue with New Zealand's longest river, the Huntly power station, and the Maori Queens’ burial site.
IncludesFully guided small group return tour from Auckland (maximum 16 passengers) Hotel pickups and drop-off (specific central Auckland hotels only) Entry and fully guided tour of Hobbiton Movie Set Complimentary beverage at the famous Green Dragon Inn Alexander Family Sheep Farm and Shire's Rest Entry and fully guided tour of Waitomo Glowworm Caves Refreshments and snacks whilst driving Entertainment during the drive Charging ports available in vehicle Transport in modern and comfortable 11 or 16 seater minibuses
- This tour is not recommended for people with limited mobility or serious back or heart problems
- Children below 5 years old are required to travel in a child safety car seat. If you don't have a car seat one can be rented from the local partner for $50 per child (with 24 hours notice)
- Children between 5-7 years old are also recommended to be in a booster seat for their safety