3 Day Hobbiton, Glowworms and Geysers Tour

An exciting 3 day North island coach tour to Hobbiton, Waitomo and Rotorua. Sights include Middle Earth where 'The Lord of the Rings' and "The Hobbit" movies were filmed along with a fabulous lunch. Head underground to view beautiful Glowworms and visit amazing geothermal sites with steam and boiling mud in Rotorua.

3 Day Hobbiton, Glowworms and Geysers Tour

Wander through the Waitomo Glow Worm Caves, where thousands of tiny living creatures light up the darkness like twinkling stars. It is a magical experience. You'll be left excited and intrigued by the beauty mother nature has left in Waitomo and this is just one exciting area you will visit during your North Island tour.
Tour Type: Independent Tours
From: Auckland to Auckland
Departs: Daily
Duration: 3 days
Tour Code: 3G

Regions Visited

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Auckland, Hobbiton, Waitomo, Rotorua

Tour Inclusions

  • All transport & transfers
  • 2 nights accommodation
  • Superior accommodation includes breakfast
  • Hobbiton Movie Set tour
  • A delicious lunch at the Green Dragon Inn, Hobbiton
  • Waitomo Glow Worm Caves
  • Visit Wai-O-Tapu & Lady Knox Geyser
  • Visit Waimangu Volcanic Valley

Day By Day Itinerary

DAY 1 - AUCKLAND / HOBBITON / WAITOMO CAVES / ROTORUA
Hobbiton Movie Set Tour

Travel south taking in typical New Zealand scenery as you ride – lush green farmland and rolling hills.

The Hobbiton Movie Set has become one of New Zealand’s must-see destinations. A working farm near the small town of Matamata was transformed into a film set for the world-famous Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit movies, and today you can visit the set and see where the magic was created. During your guided tour of the Hobbiton Movie Set you’ll see highlights like the original Hobbit Holes, the Green Dragon Inn, the Party Tree and more. Your tour guide will share amazing behind-the-scenes stories and fascinating facts about how the film set was brought to life. After you’ve had your fill of movie magic, sit down to lunch – a delicious feast worthy of a true hobbit – outside the Green Dragon Inn.

Your next stop is at the Waitomo Glowworm Caves, a network of underground tunnels and caves made from incredible limestone formations. Set off on a 45-minute guided tour of the caves, ending with a truly special boat trip through the Glowworm Grotto, where glowworms twinkle and shine overhead as you sail through a dark and silent cavern.

Stay: Rotorua

DAY 2 - ECO THERMAL PARK TOUR
Taupo Day Tour

Today will take you to visit two of Rotorua’s most natural and popular geothermal parks: Wai-o-tapu & Waimangu Volcanic Valley.

At Wai-o-tapu the colourful hot springs and moonlike landscapes are a key feature along with the famous Lady Knox Geyser. At Waimangu Volcanic Valley your guide will explain the Mt Tarawera eruption, native flora and fauna and the geothermal features which were blown open. This is now a spectacular, bush covered, geothermal park.

You have this afternoon in Rotoura to explore at your own leisure.

Stay: Rotorua

DAY 3: ROTORUA / AUCKLAND
Rotorua Sights, Gondola and Lunch Tour

Today you have two options on coach travel back to Auckland. You can depart Rotorua early morning, arriving in Auckland at about twelve noon or have another free day to enjoy Rotorua and depart late afternoon arriving into Auckland approximately 8.30pm.

Please advise your desired option at time of booking.

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Tess & Karina. Happy New Year to you both!! I need to take this time to thank you for everything!

Me and my family loved New Zealand and we would not have enjoyed our trip without your help. It was PERFECT!!! We have not seen each other but I feel like you know us so well to have anticipated what we needed and worked out our tours even if there were last minute changes. Thanks Karina for taking my call and for that quick action.

This will be one of the best Christmas memories we will have as a family and thanks to you. I will surely recommend you to my friends and if we can get to visit NZ again, I will surely reach out to your guys. Again, my heartfelt thanks for all your work.
We have just arrived in Denmark. We have had a fantastic vacation in New Zealand, one of the best ever. Thank you very much for planning it for us, it was perfect. So many interesting things to see – what a beautiful country and all the hotels were very good. I will definitely recommend you, Pacific Travel Ltd to all people. It really couldn’t have been better.

Thank you very much again for this fantastic vacation.
I am now back home, after a fantastic trip to your beautiful country!

I had a wonderful time on my little three day trip through Hobbiton, Waitomo, and Rotorua! It all worked out great, and whenever I needed the weather to be nice for some outdoor trips, it was nice. When it wasn’t nice (lots of rain and wind), I went to the Rotorua hot pools!

Many thanks again for your help with all the arrangements – they all worked out perfectly.

Prices valid from 1st October 2020

Accommodation Standard Superior  
Twin/Double $899 NZD $1,035 NZD Enquire / Book
Triple $863 NZD $978 NZD Enquire / Book
Single $1,080 NZD $1,298 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.

3 Day Hobbiton, Glowworms and Geysers Tour

Tour Type: Independent Tours Tour Code: 3G From $863 Per Person Departs: Daily An exciting 3 day North island coach tour to Hobbiton, Waitomo and Rotorua. Sights include Middle Earth where 'The Lord of the Rings' and "The Hobbit" movies were filmed along with a fabulous lunch. Head underground to view beautiful Glowworms and visit amazing geothermal sites with steam and boiling mud in Rotorua. Enquire about this tour

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