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 made along with a fabulous lunch. Head underground to view beautiful Glowworms and visit amazing geothermal sites with steam and boiling mud in Rotorua.

Tour Type: Independent Tour
Starts: Auckland    Ends: Auckland
Duration: 3 Days
Departs Daily

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Extra days and activities can be added at time of booking

HIGHLIGHTS - included in the fare
  • Glow worms
  • Picnic Lunch
  • 'The Hobbit' Movie Set
  • Middle Earth
  • Boiling Mud Pools
  • Wai-o-tapu Thermal Park
  • Waimangu Thermal park
  • Maori Hangi & Concert
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Day 1: Auckland – Hobbiton – Waitomo Caves - Rotorua
Departing Auckland on board your luxury coach you 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. Upon completion of the Waitomo Caves tour you will be transferred to Rotorua arriving approximately 6pm.
Accommodation: Hotel Ibis, Hotel Novotel or similar
Day 2: Eco Thermal Park Tour
After being collected from your accommodation, your guide 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 KnoxGeyser. 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. Return to your accommodation approximately 12.30pm.  You have this afternoon in Rotoura to explore at your own leisure. In the evening enjoy a traditional Maori Hangi & concert.
Accommodation: Hotel Ibis, Hotel Novotel or similar
Day 3: Rotorua – Auckland
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.

Optional extras which can be added to this tour

This tour departs daily

As this is an 'independent' styled tour, you can depart whatever day you like! (subject to availability)

Tourist (Motel) Quality (Hotel)
Single NZ$1,450 per person NZ$1,650 per person
Double NZ$1,190 per person NZ$1,290 per person
Triple NZ$1,150 per person NZ$1,230 per person

Prices are per person and in New Zealand Dollars.

Prices valid for travel before 30 September 2018

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.


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.
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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.

Best wishes, I Perry

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