Bay of Islands, Hobbiton & Waitomo Combo

from Auckland
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  • Two-day tour combo
  • Hotel pickup/drop-off offered
  • Offered in: English and 3 more


Enjoy three of the North Island’s most popular destinations with this great value tour combo including day tours from Auckland to the Bay of Islands, the Waitomo Caves and the famous Hobbiton Movie Set.

Day 1 – Bay of Islands Day Tour and Hole in the Rock Dolphin Cruise

Travel to Paihia in the beautiful Bay of Islands for a half-day cruise around its waters. Explore this region with its 144 picturesque islands, sheltered waters and abundant marine life. As you journey north from Auckland you’ll pass through native bush and lush farmland, taking in commentary from your driver guide along the way.

After a stroll around the town, board your Bay of Islands cruise on the catamaran Dolphin Seeker and head out to sea. Keep an eye out for dolphins, whales, seals and birds as you travel around the islands and out along the Cape Brett Peninsula to the Hole in the Rock on Motukōkako Island. If conditions are right, your skipper will take the boat through the hole!

You’ll have great views from the large outdoor viewing decks on board so you won’t miss a thing during your cruise. A picnic lunch is available to enjoy during your cruise (extra cost, see below for details).

After returning to shore, it’s time to head back to Auckland, arriving in the evening.

Day 2 – Hobbiton Movie Set and Waitomo Caves

Take a full-day tour of the Central North Island, visiting the magical Hobbiton Movie Set and Waitomo Glowworm Caves for guided tours of these must-see attractions.

Board your coach in Auckland and travel south to the small town of Matamata. Just outside the town is a 1,250 acre farm, spotted by Sir Peter Jackson and his team and handpicked to be transformed into a filming location for the Lord of the Rings and Hobbit movies. On your guided tour you can walk through the village of Hobbiton that was carefully built and decorated for the films. Your guide will show you Hobbit holes, the Green Dragon Inn, the Mill and other set items, and might even spill some secrets about how the movie magic was made.

At the end of your tour, feast on a delicious lunch at the Green Dragon Inn before boarding your coach and crossing through the countryside into the King Country region, to the township of Waitomo. Since the late 1800s visitors have flocked to the Waitomo Caves, a network of underground caverns and tunnels carved out of limestone by flowing water.

During your 45-minute Waitomo Caves tour you will see stalactites, stalagmites, columns and pillars and visit the amazing Cathedral cave, before taking a short underground boat ride through the Glowworm Grotto to see the glowworms twinkling overhead in the darkness.

At the end of your Waitomo Caves tour, return to Auckland, arriving in the early evening.

What's Included

  • Two-day tour combo
  • Bay of Islands day tour including dolphin watching cruise
  • Tour of Waitomo Caves and Glowworm Grotto boat ride
  • Guided tour of Hobbiton Movie Set with buffet lunch
  • Luxury coach travel with driver commentary
  • Free WiFi and onboard USB charging docks


  • 7:30 am
    Day 1: Tour departs Sky City Coach Terminal, Auckland
  • 11:40 am
    Coach arrives in Paihia
  • 1:30 pm
    Hole in the Rock cruise departs Paihia
  • 4:20 pm
    Hole in the Rock cruise returns
  • 4:30 pm
    Coach departs Paihia
  • 8:10 pm
    Tour returns Sky City Coach Terminal, Auckland
  • 8:00 am
    Day 2: Tour departs Sky City Coach Terminal, Auckland
  • 10:30 am
    Guided tour of Hobbiton Movie Set
  • Buffet lunch at the Green Dragon Inn
  • 1:30 pm
    Coach departs Hobbiton Movie Set
  • 3:00 pm
    Coach arrives at Waitomo Caves
  • 3:00 pm
    Guided tour of Waitomo Glowworm Caves
  • 4:00 pm
    Coach departs Waitomo Caves
  • 7:00 pm
    Tour returns Sky City Coach Terminal, Auckland

Hotel Pickup/Drop-off

Complimentary hotel pick-up / drop-off available

Additional Info

  • Useful info: This tour combo must be taken over two consecutive days in the order shown above. Both tours depart daily.
  • Please note accommodation is not included with this tour combo
  • We recommend wearing comfortable walking shoes and bringing a warm jacket for both these tours.
  • Availability: If the Waitomo Caves tour cannot operate, a free upgrade to the Ruakuri Cave will be provided subject to availability. If the Ruakuri upgrade is provided, the Waitomo Caves portion is non refundable.
  • A picnic lunch is available on your Bay of Islands day tour (extra cost applies). Lunches must be pre-booked by 6pm the day before travel.

Lunch Options

  • Bay of Islands Vegetarian picnic lunch: a satisfying falafel salad with accompanying snacks
  • Bay of Islands Chicken picnic lunch: a delicious chicken salad with accompanying snacks

Cancellation Policy

Free Cancellation up to 2 hours in advance


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Reference tour code: GSBH1