Hobbiton, Waitomo Caves, Rotorua & Taupo 2 Day Small Group Tour
Beginning with a pickup from your Auckland accommodation (specified central hotels only), we will travel through the Waikato region, the world's most extensive dairy farming region, and the site of numerous historical battles on the way to Waitomo Caves. We make a short stop at a fantastic bakery where you have the option to purchase something yummy for breakfast.
Once in Waitomo you will be guided by a direct descendant of the person that discovered the Waitomo caves over a century ago. Experience beautiful cave formations, stalagmites, stalactites and the ethereal radiance of thousands of glowworms, and finally exit the underworld via a gentle glowworm grotto boat ride, glowworms softly lighting the way.
After our Waitomo Caves exploration we make our way to Middle Earth and the Hobbiton Movie Set in Matamata. We stop for lunch along the way or at the Alexander Family Sheep Farm and Shires Rest - Hobbiton Movie Sets cafe with amazing food. Next we board one of the official 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 you will step into the lush pastures of the Shire, visit 44 hobbit holes, see amazing gardens, hear the secrets and stories of the making of the movies and finish your experience with a complimentary beverage at the famous The Green Dragon Inn.
We then continue our journey to the famous geothermal wonderland of Rotorua to check into our hotel for the night. Here you can choose to either relax with free time, or join the optional Maori Cultural dinner experience and show at Tamaki Maori Village (additional cost). This is a multi award-winning experience which we highly recommend!
Day 2 begins with a 9 am pickup from our hotel, allowing you time for a leisurely breakfast.
Traveling just 20 minutes south, we arrive at Wai-O-Tapu, the geothermal wonderland, ranked by Trip Advisor as one of the most surreal places on Earth. Here you will have a fully guided tour of the multitude of geothermal features on offer at Wai-O-Tapu, including the impressive geothermal activity of Lady Knox geyser, Champagne Lake, Devils Bath, Artists Pallet and more.
Our next stop is the truly mind blowing and powerful Huka Falls to get some amazing photos and feel the force of the mighty Waikato River, before continuing to New Zealand's largest lake - Lake Taupo. But is it a lake, or is it in fact one of the world's largest volcanic craters? Our knowledgeable guides will give you the full story! After some free time for lunch in Taupo we begin to make our way back to Rotorua with lots of activity along the way, including tales of forbidden love, native bird sightings, a walk along the 'lake' after which Rotorua was named and even a bit of optional shopping.
It's then time for the 3 hour return journey to Auckland, although your guide might just have one more surprise for you along the way...
If you would like to travel one way, you can choose to be dropped in central Rotorua instead of returning to Auckland.
Entry tickets to, Waitomo Glowworm Cave, Wai-O-Tapu Geothermal Wonderland, and Hobbiton are all included in your tour price. Lunches, souvenir shopping and Maori Cultural Show and Dinner are additional.
- Fully guided small group return tour from Auckland
- Hotel pick ups and drop offs (specific central Auckland hotels only)
- Entry and fully guided tour of Waitomo Glowworm Caves
- Waitomo Glowworm Grotto Boat Ride
- Entry and fully guided tour of Hobbiton Movie Set
- Alexander Family Sheep Farm & Shire's Rest
- Complimentary beverage at the famous Green Dragon Inn
- Entry and fully guided tour of Wai-O-Tapu including Champagne Pool, Devils Home & Devils Bath
- Refreshments and snacks whilst driving
- On screen entertainment during the drive
- Multiple stops to purchase food, buy souvenirs or take photos
- Wifi and charging ports available in vehicle
- Transport in modern and comfortable minibuses