Take a journey into the heart of the Central North Island, taking in the Waitomo Caves and Hobbiton Movie Set on a full-day sightseeing tour. Setting off from Auckland, travel through the lush farmland of the Waikato and King Country regions, enjoying your driver guide’s entertaining and informative commentary.
Take a guided tour of the famous Hobbiton Movie Set, located inside a picturesque 1,250 acre sheep and beef farm near Matamata. Here, the village of Hobbiton was carefully created in amazing detail as a film location for the Lord of the Rings and Hobbit movie trilogies.
During your guided tour of this amazing location you’ll see sights like Hobbit holes, the Mill and the Green Dragon Inn, and learn how farmland was transformed into a living, breathing piece of Middle-earth. After exploring Hobbiton, tuck into a delicious lunch at the Green Dragon Inn.
At the world famous Waitomo Glowworm Caves, take a 45-minute guided tour through impressive underground caverns and learn how stalactites, stalagmites and other limestone structures were formed over millions of years. Your tour includes a boat ride through the Glowworm Grotto - glide silently along an underground river as you gaze at the twinkling glowworms overhead.
After visiting Waitomo and Hobbiton, continue to Rotorua, arriving in the early evening.
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.
Summer/Winter timetables: From November to March an extra tour is available, departing at 7am and arriving in Rotorua at 6pm with an afternoon tea stop (own expense) in Waitomo. Book here.
Multilingual options are available >
Free WiFi is available on this tour
"Bus brand new NZ bus and comfortable with free WiFi. Lunch in Hobbiton was good and everything went very well. Recommend to all who want to go to Rotorua starting from Auckland."
Reviewed by: Candido M
"We booked the Auckland to Rotorua trip with Greatsights departing the day after we landed in New Zealand. We are very grateful we did this. I would definitely take this coach again, I think it was a very efficient way to travel when first landing in New Zealand. It is also much easier to start driving from Rotorua!"
Reviewed by: Sheila514