2 Day Waitomo, Rotorua and Hobbiton Tour

Join us on this 2 day North Island tour to experience some of the best tourist spots in the North Island. Take in the spectacle of of the tiny Glow Worms at Waitomo, the Pohutu Geyser and boiling mud pools in Rotorua before visiting Hobbiton where you'll enjoy a guided tour of the film sets of the Lord of the Rings and Hobbit movies.

2 Day Waitomo, Rotorua and Hobbiton Tour

Visit the world famous Waitomo limestone formations and cave systems to see the shimmering lights of thousands of Glow Worms in this magical experience. Take in Rotorua's spectacular geothermal wonders - geysers, mud pools, spa pools - Rotorua has them all!. Then embark on a Hobbiton movie set tour. You'll see 44 Hobbit holes and you can even take your photo at Bilbo's front door. You don't have to be a Lord of the Rings fan to enjoy this fantastic 2 day North Island tour.
Tour Type: Independent Tours
From: Auckland to Auckland
Departs: Daily
Duration: 2 days
Tour Code: 2H

Regions Visited

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Auckland, Waitomo, Rotorua, Hobbiton

Tour Inclusions

  • All transport & transfers
  • 1 night accommodation
  • Superior accommodation includes breakfast
  • Waitomo Glow Worm Caves
  • A picnic style lunch en-route to Rotorua
  • Rotorua sightseeing tour
  • Hobbiton Movie Set tour

Day By Day Itinerary

DAY 1 - AUCKLAND / WAITOMO CAVES / ROTORUA
North Island Tours

Depart Auckland and travel through the Waikato region known for its dairy farms. Passing through the small settlements of Whatawhata and Pirongia before reaching Waitomo. Enjoy a guided tour through this world famous cave formation, climaxed by drifting silently in a boat through a glow worm cavern lit up with thousands of tiny glow worm lights.

Departing Waitomo, relax on board the coach as a light lunch is served en-route to Rotorua. After arriving at the Agrodome, join a 60 minute tour of this authentic working farm in all weather, all terrain vehicles. Watch a sheep shearing demonstration and hand feed the animals. This is followed by a sheep dog demonstration. Travel along Rotorua’s lakeside area to the beautiful Government Gardens, past Rotorua’s Tudor Towers alongside the geothermal steam pools – famous for their therapeutic qualities.

Visit Te Puia, New Zealand’s Maori Arts and Crafts Institute. Enjoy 45 minutes of song and dance inside the sacred meeting house. Visitors are treated to perfect harmonies, the rhythms of the Poi dance, the ferocity of the Haka and the complexity of the Tititorea (stick games). View Maori carving, flax garment making and a life size replica of a traditional Maori village.

Continue through the geothermal area, past boiling mud pools and the famous Pohutu Geyser, which spurts boiling water and steam high into the air on a regular basis. There is also the opportunity to wander through the nocturnal Kiwi House (time allowing).

Stay: Rotorua

DAY 2 - HOBBITON / AUCKLAND
Hobbiton and Waitomo Experience

You have this morning at leisure in Rotorua to enjoy the many sights and activities Rotorua has to offer. Early afternoon you will be collected from your accommodation for your Hobbiton Movie Set tour.

Enjoy a 3 hour guided tour of the set including Hobbit Holes, Green Dragon Inn, Mill & other structures created for the Lord of the Rings & The Hobbit films.  At the conclusion of the tour, you will meet your coach in Matamata and travel back to Auckland.

This tour is available as a self drive tour

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We both had a fantastic time on the tour.

The caves and glow worms were great and even though part of it was flooded out, the Agrodome was also very interesting. Hobbiton was absolutely wonderful and was even better than I thought that it would be. Thank you very much for getting everything setup for us as it made the trip that much nicer and more relaxing.

Thanks for everything.

Prices valid from 1st October 2020

Accommodation Standard Superior  
Twin/Double $675 NZD $736 NZD Enquire / Book
Triple $661 NZD $707 NZD Enquire / Book
Single $770 NZD $867 NZD Enquire / Book
Prices are per person and in New Zealand Dollars.
Frequently Asked Questions – Independent Tours

What is an Independent Tour?
Independent Tours are not escorted group tours - they are for independent travellers. What this means is that it is not the same group of people traveling on their own coach with a tour leader/escort looking after you. You are traveling independently.  However, you are picked up and dropped off at your accommodation each morning and evening and interesting commentary is provided on many sectors.

What dates do your tours depart?
The Pacific Travel Independent Tour programme operates on a daily basis (with daily departures) using the services of Great Sights, InterCity, Interislander and KiwiRail. All tours are subject to availability at time of booking.

What is included in the tour cost?
All tours 2+ days in length include coach travel, transfers, accommodation and sightseeing activities where specified. A detailed travel wallet with your travel vouchers and comprehensive itinerary will be sent to you or delivered to your pre tour accommodation for you to collect on check in.

What is not included in the tour cost?
Expenses of a personal nature such as meals (except where stated in the itinerary), beverages, travel insurance, laundry and optional sightseeing (except where stated in the itinerary) are not included in the tour cost.

I am travelling alone – can I pay the triple or twin share rate and be linked with other travellers?
No, unfortunately. You must pay the single room – per person cost.

I am travelling with children, what price will I pay?
Please contact us for information on child fares, as these vary based on the specific product you require. Some sightseeing activities are unsuitable for children.

Are any meals included in the tour cost?
Our Superior accommodation option includes breakfast. No other meals are included in the tour cost except where stated in the itinerary. The coach makes various refreshment / comfort stops throughout the day where food can be purchased. Each evening you are free to relax and dine at you choice of restaurant either on site if you choose Superior accommodation, or just a short walk into town if staying in Standard accommodation.

Is Halal food available in New Zealand?
Along with a small population of Muslims, New Zealand has an increasing number of Muslim visitors. Halal food and restaurants are now found in many areas of the country.

Do Independent Tours have a tour escort?
As these tours are Independent, you do not have an escort traveling with you. However all coach drivers are experienced professionals. They will share their vast knowledge of our country with you by providing an informative commentary on most routes.

Can I add in additional nights to a tour?
Yes you can. All tours are very flexible. Please ask one of our Travel Consultants for extra nightly rates.

What is the difference between Standard & Superior accommodation? 
Standard:  Motor Lodge, apartment style accommodation, self-contained accommodation, ensuite bathrooms.
Superior: 4 star hotel accommodation, includes breakfast.

Note all accommodation is reviewed regularly by staff, we have high standards and good relationships with all our providers. We endeavour where possible to book accommodation that is within easy walking distance of the centre of town.

What if I cannot find exactly what I am looking for on the website?
Let us know what is on your wish list to see and do and we are more than happy to help you plan a customised tour.

How much luggage can I take on my tour?
Each passenger may take 2 pieces of luggage (max 25kg each). For safety reasons, each passenger is limited to one carry on item (max 5kg). We also advise you check the maximum baggage allowance with your chosen airline.

How do I make a payment for a tour?
For bookings made more than 30 days prior to travel, Pacific Travel require a deposit of NZ$50 per person. This deposit is non-refundable. Balance of payment is due 30 days prior to travel. For bookings made 30 days or less prior to travel, full payment is required at the time of booking. Visa & MasterCard are accepted forms of payment. A 2.5% Credit Card Fee applies to all payments by credit card. You may pay via direct bank transfer to avoid the credit card fee. Bank details will be on your booking advice. All prices advertised are in New Zealand dollars and are GST inclusive.

What is your cancellation policy?
If after your booking has been confirmed you wish to cancel, the following cancellation fees will apply:
Cancellations 30 or more days prior to travel: Your deposit.
Cancellations 0 – 29 days prior to travel: no refund.
Booking amendments made by you. An amendment fee may be charged, to cover our administration and communication costs. We may also need to pass on any amendment/cancellation fees imposed by our suppliers.

Conditions of travel
Pacific Travel reserves the right to alter fares, amend itineraries, book alternative accommodation or to cancel tours. Pacific Travel Ltd shall not be held responsible for any loss or damage to luggage or personal effects and/or damage resulting in death or personal injury, which may arise whilst travelling with Pacific Travel Ltd or its nominated suppliers. All transportation, both land and sea, is subject to the terms and conditions of the company providing the transport, some of which limit or exclude liability. These are available from the carriers concerned on request.

Will I need travel insurance?
We strongly recommend you purchase travel insurance. Factors may arise that require you to cancel or amend your holiday, so it is essential you are covered for any costs that may be incurred. We recommend purchasing your travel insurance locally at the same time as you book your tour and flights. Pacific Travel Ltd does not sell travel insurance.

Do I need to tip in New Zealand?
If you wish to reward someone for a job well done it is always much appreciated.

Do I need a visa to visit New Zealand?
Most visitors to New Zealand do not require a visa to enter for the purpose of a holiday or vacation under the visa waiver program. If you do need a visa to visit New Zealand then you should contact the New Zealand consulate in your home country well before your departure date. We recommend you also check with your local travel agent or airline for any visa requirements to New Zealand particularly if you are passing through Australia. Information on the New Zealand Electronic Travel Authority (NZeTA) can be found here: https://www.immigration.govt.nz/new-zealand-visas/apply-for-a-visa/about-visa/nzeta

What currency is used in New Zealand?
The New Zealand dollar is the only legal tender in New Zealand. View a guide between your local currency and the New Zealand dollar. Please note: Your tour and all purchases using a credit card in New Zealand will be charged in New Zealand Dollars (NZD) at the current exchange rate at the time of purchase.

2 Day Waitomo, Rotorua and Hobbiton Tour

Tour Type: Independent Tours Tour Code: 2H From $661 Per Person Departs: Daily Join us on this 2 day North Island tour to experience some of the best tourist spots in the North Island. Take in the spectacle of of the tiny Glow Worms at Waitomo, the Pohutu Geyser and boiling mud pools in Rotorua before visiting Hobbiton where you'll enjoy a guided tour of the film sets of the Lord of the Rings and Hobbit movies. Enquire about this tour

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