See two magical places come to life on this day tour from Auckland. First explore the Waitomo Glowworm Caves and be entranced by the thousands of twinkling lights in the glowworm grotto. Then visit the Hobbiton Movie Set, the filming location of the village of Bilbo Bagins and his fellow hobbits in ‘The Lord of the Rings’ movie trilogy. As you explore Hobbiton, you can pose for pictures in front of the hobbit holes, the pond and the Green Dragon Inn.
• 12.5 hours
Leave the city bustle behind to witness a fabulous light show at the Waitomo Glowworm Caves. Marvel at the shimmering glow worms in the caves as you learn about the why they glow and how the caves were formed. Enjoy picturesque scenery en route to the caves and see highlights of the region such as Rangiriri, where British and Maori forces battled in 1863. Have time for lunch and to explore the Waitomo visitor complex before returning to Auckland in the afternoon.
• 8 hours
Want to up the ante when it comes to inner tubing? Now you can float along a subterranean river in the Waitomo Caves! Thousands of glowworms flicker on the walls as you cruise through the narrow passageways and eventually take a plunge down a waterslide. Friendly and experienced guides look after you every step of the way, soothing any jitters and ensuring a memorable adventure!
• 2 hours
Experience a glowworm light show among the fantastical rock formations of Footwhistle cave, an extensive cave system in Waitomo. Glowworms create a starry glow around you as your expert guide leads you through a cavern dripping in stalactites and stalagmites. Softly lit by candles and solar-powered lights, the cave’s subterranean beauty is mesmerizing! This small-group tour limited to 13 people ensures personalized attention from your guide.
• 1 hour
Get off the beaten tourist track on our private family farm for a tour through beautiful and untouched New Zealand scenery, including native forest, limestone caves, amazing natural rock formations, and sensational glowworm displays. Completely natural limestone cave system, including magnificent glowworm displays. Tour through the untouched Mangarongapu Cave. There are no concrete paths or electric lights, and you will be climbing over boulders, wading through a shallow stream, and walking through pristine New Zealand native bush. All equipment is provided. Unhurried, personalized cave eco-tours for small groups of 2 to 8 people in Waitomo.
• 3 hours
Be amazed by the thousands of magical glowworms above on this 45-minute, small group guided tour, as you glide silently by boat in the world famous Waitomo Glowworm Caves. Many of the current guides are descendants of the Maori chief who originally explored the cave and can share with you the remarkable history of the area. Guided since the late 1880s, this is the original, iconic New Zealand attraction.
• 45 minutes