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, mudpools, 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.
|Auckland to Auckland|
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- All transport & transfers
- 1 night accommodation
- Superior accommodation includes breakfast
- Waitomo Glow Worm Caves
- A picnic style lunch en-route to Rotorua
- Rotorua sightseeing
- Hobbiton Movie Set Tour
NOT INCLUDED IN PRICE
Expenses of a personal nature such as meals (except where stated in the itinerary), beverages, travel insurance, laundry and optional sightseeing are not included in the tour cost.
TOUR TYPE - 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 travelling on their own coach with a tour leader/escort looking after you. You are travelling independently. However, you are picked up and dropped off at your accommodation each morning and evening and interesting commentary is provided on many sectors.
Day By Day Itinerary
DAY 1 - AUCKLAND / WAITOMO CAVES / ROTORUA
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).
DAY 2 - HOBBITON / AUCKLAND
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.