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Waitomo Day Trip with Option to Add Hobbiton from Rotorua provided by Headfirst Travel - Waitomo Wanderer

Waitomo Day Trip with Option to Add Hobbiton from Rotorua

Waitomo Day Trip with Option to Add Hobbiton from Rotorua
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  • Duration: 12h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Available languages
English
Know before you go
  • Duration: 12h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Available languages
English
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Need help booking?
Call the number below and use the product code: 21521P7
Call +1 855 275 5071
Important information
Inclusions
Waitomo activity of choice (The Waitomo Cave option you have selected) • Hobbiton Movies Set tour (if chosen) • Pickup from centrally located meeting point • Transport by air-conditioned coach or van • Glowworm Cave Option includes Waitomo Glowworm Caves Only - (45 minute Tour including boat ride) • 2 Caves Option Includes Waitomo Glowworm Cave (45 Minute tour) PLUS Ruakuri Caves (2 Hour Tour) • Entry/Admission - Waitomo Glowworm Caves
Exclusions
Lunch • Personal expenses • Hobbiton, unless chosen at check out
Duration
12h
Departure details
1167 Fenton Street, Rotorua 3010, New Zealand Our main pick up is at 6:45am at 1167 Fenton Street outside I-Site Rotorua. If you want to change to one of the pick ups below please call or email the local supplier with your Viator voucher ready so this can be arranged. Please be ready 10 minutes before departure time. Phone: +64 3 477 9083
Inclusions
Waitomo activity of choice (The Waitomo Cave option you have selected) • Hobbiton Movies Set tour (if chosen) • Pickup from centrally located meeting point • Transport by air-conditioned coach or van • Glowworm Cave Option includes Waitomo Glowworm Caves Only - (45 minute Tour including boat ride) • 2 Caves Option Includes Waitomo Glowworm Cave (45 Minute tour) PLUS Ruakuri Caves (2 Hour Tour) • Entry/Admission - Waitomo Glowworm Caves
Exclusions
Lunch • Personal expenses • Hobbiton, unless chosen at check out
Departure details
1167 Fenton Street, Rotorua 3010, New Zealand Our main pick up is at 6:45am at 1167 Fenton Street outside I-Site Rotorua. If you want to change to one of the pick ups below please call or email the local supplier with your Viator voucher ready so this can be arranged. Please be ready 10 minutes before departure time. Phone: +64 3 477 9083
Duration
12h
Return details
Returns to original departure point
Additional information
Confirmation will be received at time of booking
Child ages 4–14 half price of adult
Black Labyrinth: Minimum age 12 years old, minimum weight 99 pounds (45 kg.)
Black Abyss: Minimum age 16 years old, 99 pounds (45 kg.)
If doing a Black Abyss or Black Labyrinth Tour, a wet suit will be provided for you. However, please bring swimwear to wear underneath your wetsuit as well as a towel and a warm change of clothes.
Please note: if you decide to end your day in Auckland and do not want to join the Hobbiton Movie Set Tour you will have two hours at Hobbiton to relax in their cafe.
Not wheelchair accessible
Near public transportation
Most travelers can participate
This tour/activity will have a maximum of 22 travelers
Itinerary
  • You'll start at
    1167 Fenton Street
    1167 Fenton Street, Rotorua 3010, New Zealand
    Our main pick up is at 6:45am at 1167 Fenton Street outside I-Site Rotorua. If you want to change to one of the pick ups below please call or email the local supplier with your Viator voucher ready so this can be arranged. Please be ready 10 minutes before departure time. Phone: +64 3 477 9083
    See address & details
  • Pass by
    Headfirst Travel
  • 1
    Waitomo Glowworm Caves
    Stop: 3 hours - Admission included
    See details
  • 2
    Hobbiton Movie Set
    Stop: 2 hours
    See details
  • You'll end at
    1167 Fenton Street
    1167 Fenton Street, Rotorua 3010, New Zealand
    Our main pick up is at 6:45am at 1167 Fenton Street outside I-Site Rotorua. If you want to change to one of the pick ups below please call or email the local supplier with your Viator voucher ready so this can be arranged. Please be ready 10 minutes before departure time. Phone: +64 3 477 9083
    See address & details
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SABRA D
Southport, UK45 contributions
Iconic once in a lifetime trip
Feb 2020 • Solo
My trip was on February 13th with Tony I think ? (Guy with the brummie accent)

Tony was a brilliant tour guide and kindly showed me some walks around the Waitomo area( as I had free time as I chose just do the do the one tou) .I throughly enjoyed the area Tony showed to me including some external caves.

Hobbiton was amazing and is as beautiful as it looks in the photos.

The lady that bought me back to Rotorua was lovely too but I can't remember her name (blonde hair).

Although it's quite an expensive trip I definitely think it's worth it. I'd say definitely bring your own lunch as it's quite dear in the cafes and restaurants.

Overall, I do it all over again if I was ever lucky enough to be able to visit NZ again 💕.
Written September 15, 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

BoardingPass419611
2 contributions
Ms
Feb 2020 • Solo
Karen was our driver who was very informative about the local area and Mauri culture on route to the caves
Karen made sure we got there avoiding the crowds well worth an early start
I opted for the 2 caves both very different
Make sure you take a hoodie or warm jacket !!
Written February 11, 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
HeadfirstTravelTeam
Hi Thanks for taking the time to review us, and thank you for your kind words about Karen, she is a very professional driver, and we will pass on your review to her. Yes, it can get cold in the caves, and we do recommend to take a jacket and warm clothing especially in the cooler months :)
Written February 13, 2020
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Traveller
98 contributions
Great service
The tours themselves were great.
But Headfirst Travel is just responsible for getting you there.
For this overall it was excellent.
However, Christine spoke non-stop while driving At 6:30am when you’re exhausted and just want a little quiet time, this was a bit frustrating. She has a huge amount of knowledge but two hours of constant talking without as much as a five minute break is too much.
Otherwise the service was good, helped us with our tickets and were mostly organised aside from being 15 minutes late to get us this morning.
Written January 5, 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

edward e
3 contributions
Super excellent service and professional tour guide
Dec 2019 • Couples
Super excellent service and professional tour guide

We went to Watomo cave and Rukuri caves , very scenic and beautiful places

One thing need to mention is , i have left over my jacket at a cafe . the tour guide Christine and Murray helped me bring it over to the hotel i live , im so impressed by this! (without asking me to pay any extra) , im truly thankful to their help , and Headfirst tour deserve my 5 star review
Written December 7, 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Daydream65801291495
1 contribution
Waitamo Clowworm Cave tours PLUS Ruakuri Caves
Amazing cave tours. Travel between the locations were also a joy. The shuttle drivers were exceptionally friendly and good guides.
Written December 1, 2019
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Intae K
2 contributions
Good for holiday
Sep 2019 • Family
Good for my family holiday in new Zealand and Happy trip and fun for the kids. We are neighbor with Australia and new Zealand.
Written September 15, 2019
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HeadfirstTravelTeam
Thanks for taking the time to review us. Yes, this sure is a great activity for the entire family. Kids love the glowworms - It is a proper adventure for them
Written October 24, 2019
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Travel Tape
28 contributions
Trip to glow worm caves and hobbiton
Nov 2018
Convenient trip with lots of things to see and experience. though we had to pay extra for the second route of glowworm caves. Hobbiton was really scenic and extraordinary.
Written August 25, 2019
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HeadfirstTravelTeam
Many Thanks for the review! We offer a variety of add-ons on our tours. Our most popular trip is the Two Cave and Hobbiton Trip. We provide customers with the option to upgrade on the day if only One Cave has been booked. This is a great opportunity to see the diversity between both caves. Both caves are both very different and unique! Hobbiton is definitely a must-see!
Written October 7, 2019
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Todd M
Phoenixville, PA843 contributions
This is a taxi service, NOT a tour
First things first, if you rented a car, buy tickets direct from the caves and Hobbiton, DO NOT take this “tour”. My family and I travel a lot and were highly unsatisfied with our days outing with Headfirst Travel.

They do not offer a “tour”, they are a taxi service that drives you to the various actual tours and arranges your tickets.

We were told to arrive at the Rotorua welcome center @ 6:35am in late June, then the bus arrived 30 minutes late, so we were all freezing. It was a small bus and was already full when it arrived so my family could not sit together. On the 2 hour bus ride the driver kept saying on your left, on your right and describing things but the windows were totally fogged up and we couldn’t see a thing. The front of bus was warm, the back where me and one of my sons were was freezing. The drivers microphone needed a recharge after the first hour so she just talked louder but the bus was so loud with a rattling cage in the back and road noise we couldn’t hear any comments.

The other main issue I had was how much time we just sat in the bus WAITING for other passengers to be dropped off and confirmed at different adventures. I expected all passengers were doing the same two tours we were doing but no, we stopped at multiple other caves/adventures and had to wait each time for the driver to go in, check them in, confirm plans, then come back. As you can imagine, this gets very frustrating when you have limited time to spend on vacation. Not to mention we then had to go back and pick all these people up and most of the time they weren’t ready as they were eating or finishing their own tour.

Check the actual tours for my reviews of them but be ready to waste a lot of time if you take this taxi service billing themselves as a tour operator.
Written June 29, 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
HeadfirstTravelTeam
Hi Todd Thank you so much for your valuable feedback it certainly appears you had a less than an enjoyable day. We endeavour to provide a memorable experience for a range of customers and clearly we got some parts of your trip wrong. We apologise. There are several points in your feedback that we can immediately work on and improve. We take a massive pride in our drivers and consider one of our key differences is the way in which they interact with our customers! One of our key company focuses and passions is that our drivers are BALL promoters BALL stands for Bringing Along Local Legends) to deliver our customers a unique and memorable day. We know our BALL Team driver / guides go out of their way to make every trip an interesting one and we need to give them the tools to help achieve this. In this case it sounds like you don’t think the driver has a acheived this core value and we have already followed up. We are disappointed ourselves that the day trip did not leave on time and that you had to wait so long for your departure / this was due to another passenger being 20 minutes late. Our driver Kristine had also notified us off the battery on the microphone and we have now fixed this. Honestly, we really appreciate your feedback and feel it is the only way we can grow and improve as a business. We have taken everything very seriously and will try to make things more clearly from the start. Regards Headfirst Travel Team
Written July 2, 2019
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

NoelR1991
Manchester, UK325 contributions
The best way to maximise your time!!!
A huge shout out to Leon in the Res team for helping us coordinate a few different things at such short notice!

We were picked up promptly and on time before a smooth ride out to Waitomo with some interesting commentary as we were driving through the hills.

Down at the Waitomo Caves, Ollie and George we're great at psyching everyone up for our underground, Glow worm lit caving adventure. For anyone worried about being cold, the wetsuits and other equipment were very good quality! So while it was chilly it definitely wasn't that bad at all.

When it comes to Hobbitton, what more is there to say other than it brings to life scenes that have been immortalised for many people my age.

All in all, a great day!
Written June 13, 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
HeadfirstTravelTeam
Thanks for the review Noel! We sure are lucky to have Leon and the res team as part of our team! They are absolute legends at handling all bookings! They have a great ability to help out with any request (Big or small) he wetsuits sure do keep you warm if you choose to do our Black Labyrinth trip! Hobbiton is a great addition to the day! Thanks again for the review! From the team at Headfirst Travel!
Written July 2, 2019
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Vimal D
Madison, WI2 contributions
Great staff with awesome flexibility
My wife and I were visiting and opted to visit Hobbiton and Waitomo. We made the mistake of not booking way in advance for the holiday season and underestimated the demand. Thankfully we found this option through TripAdvisor. When I called a few days out to confirm, Headfirst let me know that TripAdvisor was not up to date with the availability and that they were full. Because we had our own rental car though, HeadFirst help us put together our own itinerary split over two days for last minute available appointments for both attractions. The staff was great about working with our schedule (even helping us delay one by 30 mins because of unexpected traffic) and called to make sure we made it to both Hobbiton and Waitomo without any issues. I can't speak about the bus rides or arrangements regarding transportation since we drove ourselves but we're so grateful to have just gotten last minute holiday appointments at both attractions. Highly recommended mostly for the helpful HeadFirst staff.
Written January 1, 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

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By: Headfirst Travel - Waitomo Wanderer
Josieelli
Josieelli
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AMAZING ACTIVITY!!
Honestly such a cool experience. My tour guide Dave took us through all the narrow holes in the caves and explained
puckvhaaster
puckvhaaster
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An experience you will never forget!
I did the Waitomo Wanderer with Blackwater Rafting and Hobbiton. It was one of the best things I have ever done. I
wayoutjack
wayoutjack
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Amazing day trip from Auckland
Not long been in NZ but heard good things about Waitomo glow worm caves and Hobbiton, was pleased to know I could d
loszsy2011
loszsy2011
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Awesome experience!!
The trip was amazing! We departed early in the morning and the rafting must be your life time experience which you
insideoutoreo
insideoutoreo
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Exciting, thrilling and super fun!
Our first guide Muzza (Murray) made us feel comfortable as soon as we hopped on the shuttle bus and made sure my fr
KellyHalkyard
KellyHalkyard
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North Island MUST DO! Black water rafting + Hobbiton
Absolutley reccomended as a must do while you're in the north island! From start to finish the tour was incredible.
laraehmler
laraehmler
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More than just your average tour!
I travelled with the Waitomo Wanderer from Rotorua over Waitomo and Hobbiton, all the way back to Auckland - and le
Handil5
Handil5
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Fun, Easy and Exciting :)
Great day out. Very early start but well worth it. The Black labyrinth really wakes you up and then you have a nice
NOSHEEN T
NOSHEEN T
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Not as attractive as it looks in the pics.
First of all the boat right is literally a second long. There is nothing much to see there. Plus you cant even take
karina f
karina f
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Jump on Board if you have no transport.
Impressed with the very knowledgeable bus drivers and guides coming from Auckland down to the mighty Waikato and on
bchorner93
bchorner93
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Fab day out!
Black Abyss is an amazing experience to see the caves! Abseiling, ziplining, climbing waterfalls, tubing in the cav
JohnPCauchi
JohnPCauchi
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Waitomo Glow Worm Caves and Hobbiton
An excellent choice! I was picked up right out of YHA hostels at 6.30am and was taken to Waitomo Glow Worm Caves wi
Rebecca M
Rebecca M
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Don’t go on the “Glowworm Timesaver” unless you want to waste time
My sister and I were picked up from Auckland at 6 am, but despite this being advertised as a “timesaver” tour, we d
Maris Z
Maris Z
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Perfect
A great underground adventure that everyone should try. Educational excursion in the Glowworm caves. Amazing and kn
Sarina U
Sarina U
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AMAZING day
I left Rotorua with Waitomo Wanderer back to Auckland. It was the best experience I had! I did the Black Labyrinth
Frequently Asked Questions about Waitomo Day Trip with Option to Add Hobbiton from Rotorua

Waitomo Day Trip with Option to Add Hobbiton from Rotorua will start at 6:45 AM. Discover and book Waitomo Day Trip with Option to Add Hobbiton from Rotorua on Tripadvisor


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