As a family or a small group of friends you will enjoy the experience of the sets of Lord of the Rings and Hobbit Movies, learning of the secrets behind the making of the sets and the movie itself on a family owned sheep farm. You will see thousands of sheep grazing in the hilly green pastures of the Alexander Sheep farm turned into a movie set visiting all 44 hobbit holes.
You will be enthralled with thousands of sparkling Glowworms as you glide in a boat ride in the Waitimo Caves on a fully guided tour of the Caves.
The private tour gives you the privacy of each other’s company with the flexibility of spending more time at attractions and making stops to take pictures of the scenic sights of the lush countryside with its different animals and rolling hillsides and valleys
What You'll Get
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Stop At: Hobbiton Movie Set, 501 Buckland Road Matamata, Hinuera 3472 New Zealand
You will be picked up from your hotel from 6:00am for a 6:30am departure on a comfortable scenic drive across Auckland’s Southern Corridor, the Bombay Hills and the Hauraki Plains towards Matamata where you would see Lord of the Rings story unfold through the redone movie set.
We will arrive at the Alexander family sheep farm with hundreds of sheep grazing amongst the lush farmland, the Shire’s rest (the gateway to Hobbiton) with a cafe and an ice cream parlour where you can get a cup of coffee or ice cream while we get your tickets. You will board one of the green buses and with a professional guide embark on the tour to a 12 acre movie set
This movie set is located on a family run farm, the tour would reveal how this picturesque farmland was transformed into the Shire from Middle Earth.
Discover the rolling hillside, walkways and Hobbiton holes from the movies. Experienced guides will guide and give you interesting facts about how the movies were made. See live the Hobbiton Holes, the Green Dragon Inn, The Mill and the Party Tree.
Your Middle Earth adventure will end with a complimentary ale, beer, cider or ginger beer at the Green Dragon Inn.
We head south next through more lush countryside with more farm animals and attractions to Rotorua.
Duration: 2 hours
Stop At: Waitomo Glowworm Caves, 39 Waitomo Village Road, Waitomo Caves 3943 New Zealand
We continue on to Waitomo Valley through more countryside with its scenic views and animals, the gateway to the spectacular Waitomo Caves.
Waitomo was one of New Zealand’s original tourist destination. Its popularity has endured and you’ll soon understand why. Lonely Planet calls the Waitomo Caves a ‘must do attraction’.
Under the farmland of the Waitomo area lies a network of caves, sinkholes and underground rivers. The caves were carved by underground streams shaping the soft limestone over thousands of years. Many of the caves have amazing stalactites (an icicle-shaped formations that hangs from the ceiling of a cave) and stalagmites (an upward-growing mound of deposits) built gradually over centuries from minerals contained in water that trickled through the caves. But what makes these caves truly unique are the glow worms, Arachnocampa Luminosa. These little creatures are unique to New Zealand. Thousands of them line the cave walls radiating their unmistakable luminescent light giving you the feeling of being close to a million stars.
During your tour, a local specialist guide provides a fascinating commentary on the Waitomo Caves’ history and geology as you explore the caves on foot and by boat. The gentle boat ride takes you silently down a peaceful underground stream lit only by the millions of tiny glow-worms lining the walls and roof of the cave. A truly awe-inspiring experience.
Duration: 1 hour
- Confirmation will be received at time of booking
- Not wheelchair accessible
- Stroller accessible
- Near public transportation
- Infant seats available
- Most travelers can participate
- This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
- This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
- Air-conditioned vehicle
- WiFi on board
- Bottled water
- All Fees and Taxes
- Entry/Admission - Hobbiton Movie Set
- Entry/Admission - Waitomo Glowworm Caves
Traveler pickup is offered
We pick up from all Auckland CBD accomodations
- Auckland Intl Airport, Auckland Central, Auckland New Zealand
- Queens wharf
- Princess wharf
You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.
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