Hobbiton, Waitomo, Rotorua, Huka Falls & Taupo! Be guided through the galaxy of glowworms at the world famous Waitomo caves. Journey through Middle Earth on the award-winning Hobbiton movie set tour. Experience the truly amazing geothermal activity of Rotorua and the Taupo Volcanic Zone, a true ‘hotspot’ of wonder! All this on a 2-day fully guided small group with one of our exceptional guides, in a comfortable vehicle that takes care of you in style.
What You'll Get
Beginning with a 6am pickup from Auckland, you will travel 2.5hr through the Waikato Region, the world's most extensive dairy farming region, and the site of numerous historical battles to the Waitomo Caves. A short stop at a fantastic bakery allows you the option of purchasing something yummy for breakfast.
In Waitomo you will be guided by a direct descendant of the discoverer of the Waitomo caves over a century ago; your 9am tour is a true tasting platter of the Waitomo cave system. Experience beautiful cave formations, the ethereal radiance of thousands of glowworms, and finally exit the underworld via a gentle boat ride, glowworms softly lighting the way.
After Waitomo your guide will transport you to Middle Earth and the Hobbiton Movie Set. We will stop for lunch along the way or at the Shire's Rest, Hobbiton's cafe with amazing food. Next you board one of the big green Hobbiton buses to depart on a 2-hour fully guided tour of this amazing 12-acre movie set with a professional Hobbiton guide to ensure you get the most out of your visit. During your tour step into the lush pastures of the Shire, visit 44 hobbit holes, see amazing gardens, hear the secrets and stories about the making of the movies and finish the experience at the famous Hobbiton pub The Green Dragon Inn for a cold beverage.
We continue the journey to the famous geothermal wonderland of Rotorua to check into your hotel for the night; you can relax or head out on the optional Maori Cultural dinner experience and show at Tamaki Maori Village. Tamaki; a multi award-winning experience not to be missed!
Day 2 begins with a 9am pickup by your guide, allowing you a leisurely breakfast.
Traveling just 20 minutes south, you arrive at Wai-O-Tapu, the geothermal wonderland. Ranked by Tripadvisor as one of the top 20 most surreal places on Earth, the multitude of geothermal features will surely leave an impression on you that will last a lifetime.
After you've witnessed the finery of Lady Knox geyser, Cheeky Kiwi will personally guide you around the truly impressive sacred waters of Wai-O-Tapu.
From here we travel south stopping at the amazing and powerful Huka Falls to get some great photos before continuing to New Zealand's largest lake..... is it a lake or is it one of the world's largest volcanic carters?? Our guides will tell you the stories. After lunch in Taupo at your leisure we make our way back to Rotorua for tales of forbidden love, sightings of native birds, a walk along the 'lake' after which Rotorua was named or even a bit of optional shopping; these are all just some of the things you can expect to enjoy. It's now time for the 3hr return journey to Auckland, although your guide might just have one more surprise for you along the way.
Entry tickets to, Waitomo Glowworm Cave, Wai-O-Tapu Geothermal Wonderland, and Hobbiton are all included in your tour price.
- Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
- Not wheelchair accessible
- Minimum numbers apply. There is a possibility of cancellation after confirmation if there are not enough passengers to meet requirements. In the event of this occurring, you will be offered an alternative or full refund.
- A moderate amount of walking is involved.
- Due to uneven surfaces, this tour is not recommended for those with walking disabilities or using a wheelchair.
- Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately.
- Children below 5 years old are required to travel in a child safety car seat. If you don't have a car seat one can be rented from us for $50 per child (with 24 hours’ notice). Children between 5-7 years old are also recommended to be in a booster seat for their safety.
- This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
- This tour/activity will have a maximum of 16 travelers
- Overnight accommodation (when selected, twin share, 4*
- All taxes, fees and handling charges
- GST (Goods and Services Tax)
- National Park fees
- Bottled water
- Live commentary on board
- Local guide
- Professional guide
- Hotel pickup and drop-off (select and stated hotels only)
- Transport by air-conditioned minivan
- Alcoholic drinks (available to purchase)
- Food and drinks, unless specified
- Souvenir photos (available to purchase)
Hotel pick-ups from the below hotels only and start up to 20 mins before your tour time. Please see below what group your hotel is in and what your pick-up time is. Please be waiting in your accommodation's lobby or outside no later than this time to avoid missing your pick up. Guides have multiple pick-ups so can on occasion run up to 10 minutes late, and they cannot wait for late passengers as it will mean the entire group is at risk of missing out. So please be waiting and ready (5 minutes before your listed time is highly recommended).
Group 1: 20 minutes before tour start time.
Sofitel Hotel Auckland.
Group 2: 15 minutes before tour start time.
Adina Apartments, Copthorne Hotel Auckland, Fat Camel Backpackers Hostel, Grand Mercure Hotel, Hilton Hotel Auckland, JUCY Snooze, M Social, Pullman Hotel, Queen Street Backpackers, Waldorf Bankside Apartments, Waldorf Celestion Apartment Hotel, Waldorf Stadium Apartments.
Group 3: 10 minutes before tour start time.
AVANI Metropolis, Barclay Suites, Base Backpackers, CityLife Hotel Auckland, Heritage Hotel Auckland, Ibis Budget Auckland, Rydges hotel Auckland, Stamford Plaza Auckland.
Group 4: 5 minutes before tour start time.
Crowne Plaza Auckland, Scenic Hotel Auckland, Skycity hotel, Skycity Grand Hotel.
Group 5: At tour start time or up to 10 minutes after.
Auckland City Hotel, Cordis Hotel Auckland, Grand Millennium Hotel, Kiwi International Hotel, Waldorf St Martins Apart hotel, YHA Auckland City.
Passengers that miss their pick up will be required to meet the tour at the tour's first stop at their own expense to continue on the tour. No refunds will be given to late or no show passengers.
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