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
Departs 7:30am, returns 8:10pm
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. After returning to shore, it's time to head back to Auckland, arriving in the evening.
Day 2 - Hobbiton Movie Set and Waitomo Caves
Departs 7:30am, returns 8:10pm
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.
Useful info: This tour combo must be taken over two consecutive days in the abovementioned order. Both tours depart daily. Please note accommodation is not included with this tour combo.
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.
Multilingual options are available >
Free WiFi is available on board coaches on this tour
"We had a wonderful day trip from Auckland to Paihia in the Bay of Islands our driver regaled us with lots of stories about New Zealand flora and fauna, and life in NZ in general. We stopped off at Parry Kauri Park to look at a famous Kauri trees, one of the oldest in NZ. A fascinating day out next time we'll definitely stay longer as there is so much to see and do in Paihia."
Reviewed by: Andrew W
"We hoped to see dolphins but were rewarded with a group of orcas - outstanding. Then a trip through the Hole in the Rock. The day was perfect for viewing the crew on the vessel were friendly and competent hosts. All of the party said it was the HIGHLIGHT of the week."
Reviewed by: Garry T
"An amazing tour of two of the premier sites outside Auckland. If you are into the Lord of the Rings movies, you should go to Hobbiton and see the movie set. The caves were interesting and the glowworms, which light up the caves, made the cave experience unlike any other underground tour we've experienced. We felt like we learned a lot about not just the sights, but about New Zealand."
Reviewed by: rbouch9595