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Hobbiton, Rotorua and Waitomo Caves Day Trip in Luxury Minibus from Auckland

Hobbiton, Rotorua and Waitomo Caves Day Trip in Luxury Minibus from Auckland
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Tour snapshot
More sights in less time: Cover three New Zealand highlights in one day
Duration:
13h
Taking Covid-19 safety measures
Hotel pickup offered
Group size:
15
Infant seats available
Ticket type:
Mobile
  • Duration:
    13h
  • Taking Covid-19 safety measures
  • Hotel pickup offered
  • Group size:
    15
  • Infant seats available
  • Ticket type:
    Mobile
About
Visit three top New Zealand destinations—the Hobbiton Movie Set, Rotorua, and Waitomo Caves—in a single day of exploring on this tour from Auckland or Rotorua. Float down an underground river lit only by sparkling glowworms. Step into the world of Lord of the Rings, at the Hobbiton movie set. Then, check out bubbling geysers and mud pools. This unforgettable adventure follows a route that minimizes travel time and maximizes amazing time.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 13h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Available languages
English
Highlights
  • Tour the Hobbiton Movie Set plus Rotorua's geysers, hot springs, and more
  • Delve underground into glow worm territory on a Waitomo Caves river cruise
  • Includes lunch plus pickup and drop-off at Auckland or Rotorua hotels
What to expect
Get picked up at your hotel in Auckland or Rotorua, then board your bus. Upon arrival, tour the Hobbiton Movie Set’s film sites and highlights, and learn how the Lord of the Rings set was created.  After a drink at Hobbiton’s Green Dragon Inn (included), continue to Te Puia in Rotorua. Dine in the Te Whakarewarewa Valley, then tour the simmering mud pools, springs, and geysers fed by Rotorua’s geothermal activity. Tour Waitomo Caves, whose native glowworms shine and sparkle over an underground river. See thousands of glowworms on a boat tour as you learn about the geological significance of the caves. This tour concludes with hotel drop-off in Auckland or Rotorua.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 13h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
Available languages
English
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Highlights
  • Tour the Hobbiton Movie Set plus Rotorua's geysers, hot springs, and more
  • Delve underground into glow worm territory on a Waitomo Caves river cruise
  • Includes lunch plus pickup and drop-off at Auckland or Rotorua hotels
What to expect
Get picked up at your hotel in Auckland or Rotorua, then board your bus. Upon arrival, tour the Hobbiton Movie Set’s film sites and highlights, and learn how the Lord of the Rings set was created.  After a drink at Hobbiton’s Green Dragon Inn (included), continue to Te Puia in Rotorua. Dine in the Te Whakarewarewa Valley, then tour the simmering mud pools, springs, and geysers fed by Rotorua’s geothermal activity. Tour Waitomo Caves, whose native glowworms shine and sparkle over an underground river. See thousands of glowworms on a boat tour as you learn about the geological significance of the caves. This tour concludes with hotel drop-off in Auckland or Rotorua.
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Call the number below and use the product code: 14795P1
Important information
Inclusions
  • Transport in a small coach
  • Lunch
  • Experienced driver/guide
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off from all central city hotels
  • Please note that because of the amount of travel time this tour is not suitable for children under 2 years, as part of the group - It can be booked as a private group tour - please ask TripAdvisor/Viator to contact us for the custom price
  • All entrance fees and admission charges
  • Entry/Admission - Hobbiton Movie Set
  • Entry/Admission - Waitomo Glowworm Caves
Exclusions
  • Morning and afternoon tea are available at own expense
  • Gratuities
  • Please note that because of the amount of travel time this tour is not suitable for children under 2 years, as part of the group - It can be booked as a private group tour - please ask TripAdvisor/Viator to contact us for the custom price
Duration
13h
Departure details
  • Traveler pickup is offered.
  • Hotel pickups in city centre at 6:30am We pickup for free at all Central Auckland accomodation, hotels, apartments, etc. We only go to the hotels/accommodation which are booked for that day. We also offer a subsidized shuttle service for people staying out of the city centre to bring them to meet the tour coach. Please liaise with us re where you are to be picked up. It is essential you get in contact with this information as soon as possible. Guaranteed departure - We need a minimum of 4 people to travel. If numbers are low we will not cancel automatically but will consult with you with rescheduling options or a low number price surcharge to allow us to run
  • Hotel pickup is offered. View the hotel list on our checkout page to see if yours is included among the pickup points.
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Order of activities can be changed for operational requirements - Tour can start and or finish in Auckland or Rotorua
  • You do not get less time to explore Hobbiton if you add other destinations onto your tour
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Infant seats are required by law in NZ in private vehicles for children under 7 years. We recommend the same standard be applied for your child's safety and have them available in all vehicles
  • Please note that because of the amount of travel time this tour is not suitable for children under 2 years, as part of the group - It can be booked as a private group tour - please ask TripAdvisor/Viator to contact us for the custom price
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Infant seats available
  • Hobbiton and Waitomo Caves tours are run by local guides and are of a set duration and you get exactly the same time as other visitors who are visiting less places in a day, but with Rotorua you only have approximately 1.5 hours in the area. If you have more time available and are particularly interested in Rotorua we reccomend you either book our overnight tour to the same 3 destinations or buy 2 tours splitting the destinations over 2 days.but putting all 3 destinations in one day is cost effective and for many people just seeing a geyser and a taste of Rotorua is more than enough
  • Hobbiton is a reasonably challenging walk - Please advise if you have mobility issues and if it is avaialble we will book a golf cart for you
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travelers
Inclusions
  • Transport in a small coach
  • Lunch
  • Experienced driver/guide
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off from all central city hotels
  • Please note that because of the amount of travel time this tour is not suitable for children under 2 years, as part of the group - It can be booked as a private group tour - please ask TripAdvisor/Viator to contact us for the custom price
  • All entrance fees and admission charges
  • Entry/Admission - Hobbiton Movie Set
  • Entry/Admission - Waitomo Glowworm Caves
Exclusions
  • Morning and afternoon tea are available at own expense
  • Gratuities
  • Please note that because of the amount of travel time this tour is not suitable for children under 2 years, as part of the group - It can be booked as a private group tour - please ask TripAdvisor/Viator to contact us for the custom price
Departure details
  • Traveler pickup is offered.
  • Hotel pickups in city centre at 6:30am We pickup for free at all Central Auckland accomodation, hotels, apartments, etc. We only go to the hotels/accommodation which are booked for that day. We also offer a subsidized shuttle service for people staying out of the city centre to bring them to meet the tour coach. Please liaise with us re where you are to be picked up. It is essential you get in contact with this information as soon as possible. Guaranteed departure - We need a minimum of 4 people to travel. If numbers are low we will not cancel automatically but will consult with you with rescheduling options or a low number price surcharge to allow us to run
  • Hotel pickup is offered. View the hotel list on our checkout page to see if yours is included among the pickup points.
Duration
13h
Return details
  • Returns to original departure point
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Order of activities can be changed for operational requirements - Tour can start and or finish in Auckland or Rotorua
  • You do not get less time to explore Hobbiton if you add other destinations onto your tour
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Infant seats are required by law in NZ in private vehicles for children under 7 years. We recommend the same standard be applied for your child's safety and have them available in all vehicles
  • Please note that because of the amount of travel time this tour is not suitable for children under 2 years, as part of the group - It can be booked as a private group tour - please ask TripAdvisor/Viator to contact us for the custom price
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Infant seats available
  • Hobbiton and Waitomo Caves tours are run by local guides and are of a set duration and you get exactly the same time as other visitors who are visiting less places in a day, but with Rotorua you only have approximately 1.5 hours in the area. If you have more time available and are particularly interested in Rotorua we reccomend you either book our overnight tour to the same 3 destinations or buy 2 tours splitting the destinations over 2 days.but putting all 3 destinations in one day is cost effective and for many people just seeing a geyser and a taste of Rotorua is more than enough
  • Hobbiton is a reasonably challenging walk - Please advise if you have mobility issues and if it is avaialble we will book a golf cart for you
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travelers
Travel safe during COVID-19
Last updated: Apr 3, 2022
A note from Hobbiton, Rotorua and Waitomo Caves Day Trip in Luxury Minibus from Auckland
If you are feeling unwell, please reschedule. We will not carry any passengers who are displaying cold of flue like symptoms
What you can expect during your visit
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
What you can expect during your visit
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
Itinerary
  • You'll get picked up
    See Important Information for details
  • 1
    Hobbiton Movie Set
    Stop: 2 hours - Admission included
    See details
  • 2
    Lake Rotorua
    Stop: 20 minutes
    See details
  • 3
    Te Puia
    Stop: 90 minutes
    See details
  • 4
    Waitomo Glowworm Caves
    Stop: 60 minutes - Admission included
    See details
  • You'll return to the starting point
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Detailed Reviews: Reviews order informed by descriptiveness of user-identified themes such as cleanliness, atmosphere, general tips and location information.

4.5
92 reviews
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Tracey S
Massachusetts5 contributions
Jan 2020
While this trip includes a lot of driving time, it was well worth it to see 3 fabulous sites in one day, especially if you don't have a lot of time to spend in New Zealand. I think a perfect amount of time was spent in each location and we thoroughly enjoyed the day (I made this trip with my Dad). I would recommend this to other short-on-time travelers and if I had to do it all over again, I wouldn't skip out on this opportunity.
Written February 5, 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
FlexiToursNZ
Hi, thankyou for your great review! This tour is set up for people who want to see our top 3 tourist destinations in one day. I’m glad you enjoyed your day with us. Our aim is to ensure you have the best day possible! Kind regards, Serhan
Written February 12, 2020
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Fatima R
Brampton, Canada1 contribution
Jan 2020
This was an amazing day trip! We got to see 3 unforgettable locations and were well-entertained throughout the long drive. Me and my husband only had 3 days to see as much as we possibly could in Auckland area and this was the most we could get done in one day. Daryl, our awesome tour guide, kept an ongoing stream of fun facts and things you should know about New Zealand throughout the drive. He made sure we were happy during the ride and during the stops at any location; taking pictures of us if we asked (and even offering whenever he could!). He even showed us a secret spot for great photos in Hobbiton! We would definitely book with FlexiTours again because they have the best tour guide, Daryl!
Written February 12, 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
FlexiToursNZ
Thankyou for your great review! I’m glad you enjoyed your day with us. Our aim is to ensure you have the best day possible! Thankyou for your kind words about Darryl I will let him know. We look forward to having you travel with us again in the future. Kind regards, Serhan
Written February 12, 2020
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Bob Grewal
Las Vegas, NV12 contributions
Jan 2020 • Couples
This was our first visit to New Zealand.We were picked up from our hotel by Flexitours. Our driver/Guide Ramon was very polite and he kept us informed on our way to each place we visited.Every place we visited,they were stunning and exceeded our expectations in every way.Highly recommend this tour. Thanks Ramon
Written January 5, 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
FlexiToursNZ
Thank you for you’re great review! I am glad you enjoyed our most popular HF3 tour and I will be sure to pass on your kind words to Ramon. Regards, Serhan
Written January 6, 2020
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

AppleStud
Dallas, TX390 contributions
Early morning pickup at hotels are a great benefit but be on time....one was almost left behind for being 5 minutes late--it's tight for time so pickups have to be timely since 2 of the sights have specific times. We loved all 3. The glow worm was most amazing and Hobbiton was perfect and the lunch at the Rotorua geyser area was truly superb with local Maori food prep. Comfy bus was appreciated.
Written March 30, 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Thank-you for your great review and it is nice to see people who understand why have to ask people to be on time. The more you are on time, the more relaxed and enjoyable your day will be. If you are not trying to catchup all the time you will have more than enough time to enjoy everything. I hope the rest of your holiday went as well
Written November 27, 2020
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

gundogs69
Denver, CO147 contributions
May 2022
First, this is a loooong day. Two hours at each of the three stops and six hours in a very comfortable van. Prior to leaving, I was most excited for the geyser, followed by Waitomo Caves and then Hobbiton. It turned out to be the opposite. Hobbiton was super cool. The detail is amazing. The Caves were cool but I could have skipped the geyser other than the great lunch.
Written May 21, 2022
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Holli1212
Escondido, CA18 contributions
Jan 2020
This is a fabulous tour to see three amazing sites...Hobbiton, Rotorua, and the Waitomo Caves...all in one day! Our tour guide was awesome and informative. Hobbiton was the highlight of our trip. Seeing all the hobbit holes was so cool! Rotorua springs and Maori culture was interesting, and the glow worm caves in Waitomo was fascinating. I would HIGHLY recommend this tour.
Written January 10, 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
FlexiToursNZ
Thankyou for your great review! I’m glad you enjoyed our HF3 tour It definitely is a spectacular experience full of excitement. Thankyou for you’re kind words about our guide. We look forward to having you travel with us again in the near future. Kind regards, Serhan
Written January 16, 2020
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Simon Lam
Singapore, Singapore4 contributions
Excellent choice if you have a day free in Auckland and Must Do if you are a Lord of the Rings fan.

Our guide Rebecca had been helpful. Arrived on time to pick up at my Auckland hotel at 6.30am. The 12 pax mini bus was comfy.

Hobbiton is a guided tour with max 2hr stay per group. Do your shopping at 1st gift shop at bus counter. You then need to board a scheduled green hobbiton bus to the actual Shire site. Re-live the Shire experience in the movies. At the end of journey, get a free drink at the Green Dragon. Then hop back to the tour bus instead of Hobbiton bus to Rotorua.

A lot of farm land along the 1hr route. At Rotorua, had the buffet lunch and free time to visit the hot Geyzers.

Next, a 2 hr drive to Waitomo through lots of farmland. We were guided into the Cave. Pity no photo taking are allowed. Short but interesting pitch dark boat ride underground through the cave with glow worms.

Return to Auckland at 7pm with a 2hr drive. Dropped off at my hotel.

Written October 6, 2018
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Sue R
1 contribution
Jun 2018 • Couples
We had the best day. Even though it was a long day, our bus driver Chris kept us entertained, with his amazing knowledge of NZ history and short stops to see different things on the way and ensured we were early for our tours to enable us to look at the gift shops. All 3 tours were amazing and I would recommend these to everyone who is considering going.
Written June 15, 2018
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Rochelle
Newcastle, Australia83 contributions
We were picked up at 6:40am (right on time!) and transferred to our small van. There was only 12 or 13 of us on this trip so plenty of room on the bus, but definitely not a comfortable ride! Listen to the advice of other travellers when they tell you it’s a windy road and an uncomfortable drive. It’s about 600km of driving in one day so be prepared for this.
Our guide was full of information and I learnt heaps. We had plenty of time at hobbiton and this was definitely my favourite part - I would have just spent the whole day exploring here if I had known how good it was. They advertise a night dinner experience- after my day visit I’m disappointed I didn’t have time to do this!
Rotorua was interesting but I felt very rushed and was constantly checking the time. We had lunch here and it was ok, try the traditional dishes. After that it was onto the caves and whilst this was interesting I would have skipped it to give the other two more time and reduce the driving. We got back into Auckland at 7:30pm - so be prepared for it to be BIG day.
Written June 11, 2018
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Hi - We are very clear in our brochure and on our website with regards to the amount of time and travel on this tour - We recommend -but are generally ignored - that if you want more time in Rotorua - book our tour which does not include Waitomo - Hobbiton and Rotorua or book an overnight tour and spend 1 night in Rotorua. Unfortunately even if you had not gone on to Rotorua you would not have extra time at Hobbiton - The management of Hobbiton restrict each tour to a maximum of 2 hours on site and do not allow you to spend extra time just wandering around. For the evening tours - you get a little extra time - not to wander arounds - but time having dinner in the Green Dragon and for these you generally have to book well in advance. Our vehicles are all the late model Mercedes and have a luxury fit out with one less row of seats than factory standard giving more space and leg room. We get many compliments on the ride and the comfort so I am surprised you were not comfortable. I will check the vehicle you were in to see if there are any issues we were not aware of. For those with more time to spare you would benefit from booking and overnight tour to make the whole experience more relaxing. We get many people who say they saw enough in a day - but the choice of how you tour with us is truly up to you.
Written June 11, 2018
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

ck2694
Milwaukee, WI393 contributions
Sep 2018 • Friends
Our driver/guide was great. We are from the US so just the drive was great to see the countryside. The pick-up and drop off was were it was scheduled and one time. All of our stops were so wonderful and very well planned. Again, I thank our driver. If you have one day in New Zealand do this. You get to see so much and do so much.
Written September 12, 2018
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

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