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Auckland to Waitomo Caves and Hobbiton Movie Set Private Tour

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Stop At: Hobbiton Movie Set, 501 Buckland Road Matamata, Hinuera 3472 New Zealand

On this best-selling private tour, you have the unique opportunity to experience 2 world-famous New Zealand visitor attractions on a wonderful, personally guided one-day tour. On the way to Waitomo we pass through the beautiful countryside of the Waikato and King Country. Our experienced and knowledgeable local Host-Guides will tell you about New Zealand and its extraordinary places you will see along the approximately 2.5 hour journey from Auckland to the Waitomo Glowworm caves.

As we drive southward, we show you the sacred Taupiri Mountain as well as Ngaruawahia, the site of the famous Turangawaewae Marae (Maori meeting place) and seat of New Zealand’s Maori King. At Waitomo you will experience the world-famous Glowworm Caves on a 45 minute tour, which includes a boat ride on an underground stream to view the magically dazzling glowworms.

From Waitomo Caves, we continue on to the Hobbiton Movie Set near the rural town of Matamata, made world-famous as the original setting for extensive portions of Peter Jackson’s “The Lord of the Rings” and “The Hobbit” trilogies.

On arrival at the famous Hobbiton Movie Set, you will go on a 2-hour tour to give you astonishing insights into how these movies were made and which parts of the movies were filmed here. Not only movie fans will enjoy this unique experience with inside views of the Hobbit village including Hobbit Holes, Bag End, The Green Dragon Inn and astonishing facts about the filmmaking and spectacular landscape all around. Then return to Auckland after a great private tour where you have been able to see 2 of New Zealand’s most famous attractions, all in one day.

Duration: 2 hours
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Important Information
Departure Point
Victoria St West opp Sky Tower, Auckland 1010, New Zealand

Traveler pickup is offered
Pick-up/drop-off in Auckland incl airport/cruise terminal.
Departure Time
9:00 AM
Return Details
Victoria St West opp Sky Tower, Auckland 1010, New Zealand
  • Fully guided Private Tour in Mercedes luxury vehicle.
  • Pick-up/drop-off in Auckland incl airport/cruise terminal.
  • Tour times: 8am to 7pm (flexible).
  • Complimentary snacks & water.
  • All tours support local eco-cultural initiatives.
  • Entry fees to attractions: Waitomo Glowworm Caves NZ$53 p.p.
  • Hobbiton Movie Set Tour NZ$84 p.p.
  • Entry/Admission - Hobbiton Movie Set
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infant seats available
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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By: TIME Unlimited Tours
649 Reviews
Certificate of Excellence
Words cannot express how much we loved this tour. Keri was amazing she is so knowledgeable and told us everything. She could answer every question we had. I could rave about the tour all day. Bazil was great also taking photos for us and telling us more information when Keri was organising our tickets or lunch. This is definitely a must do tour when in Auckland. Thanks Keri and Bazil for a great day.
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Mountain View, California
Defeating Jet Lag With Nature Walks
Since I began visiting New Zealand in 2015 I’ve had to grapple with arriving in Auckland at the crack of dawn fighting the urge to nap in the middle of the day. My guided walk with Neill was just what I needed. An absolutely beautiful hime along the Kitekite Track up to the falls, which were absolutely beautiful. Then a walk along the black sand beaches at Piha and up the Laird Thomson and Rose Tracks to overlook the coast while enjoying lunch with a view. I would highly recommend it to anyone who wants to see the natural beauty of New Zealand right in Auckland’s back yard.
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Austin, Texas
Auckland 1/2 Day West Coast tour
Hazel was our guide and she was perfect. Friendly, accommodating, informative, positive, wonderful company. We enjoyed our hike to the Waterfall and overview of Auckland. And the NZ snacks in the car! I would definitely use Time Unlimited tours again. Ask for Hazel!
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Christine D
Manchester, United Kingdom
Excellent introduction to Auckland and NZ
Excellent tour with a knowledgeable and friendly guide. Visited many interesting sites with plenty of photo opportunities. Highly recommended.
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sarah w
50 th bday trip
Had the most amazing tour with the most amazing guide Lauren, who’s smile mite be as beautiful as the sites .. I honestly can’t gush enough about the tour and the care Lauren took of us , it was truly a perfect way to start our New Zealand holiday! Highly recommend !!! I would give more stars if there was an option!!
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Hobbiton Tour what a Feast!
Firstly our praise for Harry our brilliant Time Unlimited guide who was at all times professional, respectful, cheerful and eager to please us in every way possible. He had us both totally engaged on the drive there with a brief history of the Maori people, their culture and language. He tried teaching us a bit of Maori, which we both failed abysmally but it was fun and enlightening. The honey tasting was also a nice extra. Then we arrived at Hobbiton and were totally immersed in Tolkien’s Hobbit world. What a great combination to have the lovely daytime tour, then an interlude in the warm and atmospheric Green Dragon for a sumptuous and delicious feast, followed by a magical starlight and lantern tour to the Party Tree Hill. The two young Hobbiton guides (Sunny and Hayden) were unbelievable with such engaging and delightful personalities and great knowledge of all things Lord of the Rings and Hobbit movie stories. We were sad to have to say goodbye to them and Hobbiton but Harry drove us safely back to our hotel in warmth and luxury and in no time at all. From start to finish the tour was magical and we could not fault anything, as it was beyond our expectations. The organisation was flawless as well.
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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
The royal treatment by Hazel
We had the wonderful pleasure of having Hazel as our tour guide for two days. It begin with a wonderful greeting at the airport (hugs included) which set the tone for two amazing days with Hazel. Her special touches began with the hugs at the airport; continued with the water, snacks, pillows, and blankets she had available in the van everyday for us; her incredible knowledge of the area; her ability to engage us in conversation that provided her with information that helped Hazel tailor our trip specifically for us; and her excellent driving. It wasn't long at all before we considered her a part of the family. Hazel, thanks for your special tours of Auckland, the worm caves, and Hobbiton!!!!!
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Coeur d'Alene, Idaho
Fabulous Day!!
Super enjoyable day with our tour guide Keri. She was so informative about everything we saw and about Maori culture. We went everywhere we had planned to visit and didn't have to drive (she was a great driver). Rainforest, beaches, museum, cultural performance and a fabulous lunch. Couldn't have gone any better. Definitely worth the time and money.
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Auckland day tour with Keri
Keri is a very knowledgeable and enthusiastic tour guide with passion for Maori culture. Through tour of the city and west side scenic forest. Great way to cover Auckland.
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Parker, Colorado
This tour was absolutely amazing!! Loved every minute of it! Our tour guide (Sofia) was unbelievable!! She truly knew the city like the back of her hand. She knew how to avoid high traffic areas in order to get us to places on time. She drove us to a VERY majestic waterfall that was gorgeous! Sofia encouraged us to take photos with the cultural performers (they looked very intimidating), which we are glad we did because now we can remember how they tattooed there faces and the event! It was truly a once in a lifetime experience and would do again in a heart beat just to see Sofia again!
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Diane D
Greenville, Ohio
Maori History, Beauty and Auckland
Sofia was an excellent, knowledgeable guide with personal considerations and a special snack at Black Sand Beach. She took her time, explained her history and connections with Auckland. Lovely day!!
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Los Angeles, California
Our memorable New Zealand trip with Time Unlimited Tours
We wanted to take this opportunity to thank Ceillhe for helping us plan our very short trip (3 1/2 days) to New Zealand. Ceillhe provided ample information during our e-mail correspondence and took the time to answer every question we had! Thank you Ceillhe. And Peter! Our knowledgeable and wonderful guide who shared New Zealand and Maori histories and cultures with us. On this trip we learned so much from our informative friend. We even exchanged our travel experiences! We also enjoyed the local snacks that were provided during the trip. Time Unlimited Tours is the company that you will want to use when you visit New Zealand. Thank you!
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John B
Very fun
Four of us had a wonderful tour with an incredibly nice guide, Lauren. She even provided a bunch of snacks comprised of local food.
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Sue C
Adelaide, Australia
Like touring with an old family friend you haven’t seen in forever
Hazel was such a kind and supportive host/guide. She went above and beyond to make sure all our needs were met throughout the day, and what an amazing day it was. We went off peak so a very tailored experience for our small group. Would go again in a heartbeat with this company, and would happily kidnap Hazel, you’re welcome to come visit any time! :-) 
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Brittany R
Full day tour with cultural performance
Sofia, our guide, was very knowledgable, personable, and was great at keeping us on schedule. Lunch was fantastic and I enjoyed the foods she had along for our group to try. We did have a very small group for our tour and I think that also helped make it an enjoyable experience. Highly recommend this tour.
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