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Hobbiton & Waitomo Caves Small Group Tour from Auckland

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icon12 hours  (Approx.)
Pickup from select hotels
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iconOffered in: English

Overview

The fictional, yet globally famous, village of Hobbiton and the Waitomo Caves rank among the most popular sites of interest in New Zealand. On this tour, visit both sites in one day—see the home of Bilbo Baggins and explore Waitomo’s subterranean caverns—and enjoy personal attention from your guide on this small-group tour—limited to 12 people.
  • Visit Hobbiton and the Waitomo Caves from Auckland
  • Hit two of the North Island’s most famous attractions in one day
  • Small-group tour, limited to 12 people
  • Hassle-free round-trip travel from central Auckland
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Small Group and Fully Guided Tour
Bottled water
Snacks
Entry Tickets
Gratuities
Souvenir photos (available to purchase)
Food and drinks, unless specified
Optional extras and activities - please select the tour option you want at time of booking

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Please arrive 20 minutes before your selected start time for pickup. Your operator can coordinate exact time and location.

Hotel pick-ups are from the below hotels only. If you do not see your pickup location please select the closest one to you to be picked up from. Pick ups 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. Guides cannot wait for late passengers as it will mean the entire group is at risk of missing out, so please be waiting and ready (5-10 minutes before your listed time is highly recommended). Group 1: 20 minutes before tour start time. Sofitel Auckland Viaduct Harbour, Swiss-Belsuites Victoria Park Group 2: 15 minutes before tour start time. Adina Apartments, Copthorne Hotel Auckland, Grand Mercure Hotel, Hilton Hotel Auckland, JUCY Snooze, M Social, Nesuto Stadium Apartments, Pullman Hotel, Queen Street Backpackers, SO/Auckland Group 3: 10 minutes before tour start time. AVANI Metropolis, Barclay Suites, CityLife Hotel Auckland, Heritage Hotel Auckland (Hobson Street), ibis Budget Auckland, Rydges Hotel Auckland, Stamford Plaza Auckland. Group 4: 5 minutes before tour start time. Crowne Plaza Auckland, Four Points by Sheraton, Airedale Boutique Suites Auckland, SkyCity Hotel, SkyCity Grand Hotel, YMCA Hostel Group 5: At tour start time or up to 10 minutes after. Cordis Hotel Auckland, Grand Millennium Hotel, Haka Lodge Auckland City, Kiwi International Hotel, VR Auckland City (Hobson Street), St Martins Waldorf Apartment Hotel, Tetra Serviced Apartments by Nesuto, YHA Auckland City Backpackers 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. Auckland Airport (Butterfly Creek) pick up must be requested and approved by our team in writing to receive your pick up time. Pick up time will normally be 20 - 30 minutes after the tour start time.
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 11 hours of travel. In this case confirmation will be received as soon as possible, subject to availability
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult.
  • Minimum drinking age is 18 years.
  • 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 7 years old and under are required to travel in a child safety car seat. If you don't have a car seat one can be provided, please contact us at least 24 hours in advance to arrange this.
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infant seats available
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 16 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Cheeky Kiwi Travel
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • 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 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.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Hobbiton & Waitomo Caves Small Group Tour from Auckland?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Hobbiton & Waitomo Caves Small Group Tour from Auckland.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Hobbiton & Waitomo Caves Small Group Tour from Auckland?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
See all safety measures taken by Hobbiton & Waitomo Caves Small Group Tour from Auckland.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Hobbiton & Waitomo Caves Small Group Tour from Auckland?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
See all safety measures taken by Hobbiton & Waitomo Caves Small Group Tour from Auckland.

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  • "It's about a 2.5 hour drive to Hobbiton, you'll spend a couple hours there, then off to Waitomo (about 1 hour away) and do that tour." See review
  • "It's a long ride but the trip is shortened by combining two great activities on one journey." See review
  • "We highly recommend taking this tour if you’re interested in seeing the movie set." See review

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star-5
So glad we went there
Joe
, Dec 2020
Hobbiton was one of the highlights of our time in New Zealand, and Waitomo Caves was an added plus (we had never been to a glow worm cave before). We were fortunate to have taken our trip in January, before COVID affected everyone’s travel experiences. Our driver, with Cheeky Kiwi Tours, was very good, full of information, helpful, and made the tour fun. If you are at all a fan of The Hobbit, or Lord of the Rings, or seen either of the movies, Hobbiton is almost a must see, it was a delight to wander the movie set!
star-5
A long day but we’ll worth the time spent!
Michael_S
, Mar 2020
Martin did an excellent job of explaining about the sights along the way as well as getting us oriented for our Hobbiton and Glow Worm cave tours. Would highly recomeythis tour and Martin as our guide.
star-5
Highlight of our trip!
Aria_P
, Mar 2020
We were fortunate to have a private tour with Grant and Jonesie. They provided a very informative and fun trip to Hobbiton and the Waitomo Caves. Grant is very knowledgeable about NZ and shared all his learnings and fun facts. They went out of their way to ensure we had a great time! We greatly enjoyed this tour and recommend to anyone visiting Auckland. You will not be disappointed!
star-5
Hobbiton and the glow worm caves
Monique_K
, Mar 2020
Hobbiton was an awesome experience. It was like stepping into the Hobbits and Lord of the Rings movies for real. The Waitomo Caves were just as amazing. The glow worms were beautiful as was the cave. Our driver Lance was awesome, fun, funny, great guy. Also the tour guides for Hobbiton and the caves were also awesome.
star-5
Great Excursion
Robert_K
, Mar 2020
Both Hobbiton and the caves were very enjoyable. We are not big "Lord of the Rings " fans but really enjoyed touring the set. There are no interiors, just the door ways and most don't open. However the set is very well maintained. Our guide "Lady Gaga" was excellent, took pictures for everyone on the tour. In the cave temperature is around 62 degrees Fahrenheit. There are a number of up and down stairs in low light and some walking in the dark. Our guide Marlin was excellent very informative and a good sense of humor. The boat portion of the tour is probably only 3-4 minutes but is spectacular. The bad news is you spend a lot of time in the bus, 3 hours to get to Hobbiton, 1.5 hours to get to the cave and 2-3 hours depending on traffic to return to Auckland. But this is the only way to see attractions unless you rent a helicopter.
star-5
This is the tour to choose
Jacob_A
, Mar 2020
We highly recommend taking this tour if you’re interested in seeing the movie set. The glow worm caves are really something special. You cannot do either of these tours without being guided and this particular tour was one of the best organized we had ever been on. If the cost seems high, keep in mind that admission tickets to both tours will run you about $120 USD. This doesn’t include a tour guide who will pick you up from the hotel and ensure that you have a great day. We stopped for bathroom breaks and snacks, and our guide had great suggestions for lunch, if you don’t choose the bbq, or you can bring your own. The pace was good for everyone in our tour group who were of mixed ages, and our guide was fantastic at helping us make friends with those on our tour.
star-5
Fun for all - Lord of the Rings fans or not
SHERRY_C
, Feb 2020
Even non-Lord of the Rings people will enjoy the tour. Good tips on how the movie was made and how the and special effects were created. Well organized, even with large numbers of people touring.
star-5
Incredible day!
Kimberley_W
, Feb 2020
The trip was fantastic, from the comfortable bus and convenience of our pick up to the giant icecream at the end and Grant our guide was so knowledgeable and helpful!
star-5
Hobbiton/glow worm caves
Mariam
, Feb 2020
Such a great experience - Mike was on time and proved extremely knowledgeable about the country. The snacks provided were an added bonus. Sites were obviously everything we hoped for as well.
star-5
A must if ever in Auckland
Darren
, Feb 2020
Even without us being LOTR/Hobbit fans, the experience was so encapsulating. Our guide, Martin, was extremely knowledgeable throughout the entire day, often telling stories about the surrounding areas from Auckland to Waitomo giving us incite into the Auckland and north island community.

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