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Travel to Beautiful Auckland and Go For Hobbiton Movie Set and Waitomo Caves Tour

  • By Charles Smith
  • January 3, 2020
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Travel to Beautiful Auckland and Go For Hobbiton Movie Set and Waitomo Caves Tour

Travel to Beautiful Auckland and Go For Hobbiton Movie Set and Waitomo Caves Tour

There are few countries in the world that are spectacular in every aspect of beauty, and New Zealand is one of them. You would be excited to know that New Zealand is considered to be the most photogenic countries and it is so beautiful that many epic and award winning movies have been shot in this country such as Lord of The Rings, The Hobbit, and The Chronicles of Narnia.

New Zealand consists of two islands called the North Island and the South Island that is filled with extraordinary natural landscape with long sandy beaches, snow covered mountains, subtropical forests, vast flat plains, rolling green pastures, hot springs, and fjords. If you love adventure, hiking, cruise tours, water sports, wildlife diversity, snowboarding, surfing, and kayaking then New Zealand is the best place for you.

New Zealand is located southeast of Australia and considered quite a seclude tourist destination as it is surrounded by water instead of any country or land. The local people are called ‘Kiwis’ due to the native bird, and there is strong European influence in the culture. The famous places include Auckland, Wellington, and Christchurch. Auckland is the largest city of New Zealand and quite diverse with wide array of mesmerizing attractions. There are many tours and activities that you can enjoy while travelling to Auckland. The reasons why Auckland is such a scenic place to visit are

  • Surreal Landscapes

Auckland is full of many wonderful parks, beaches, nature reserve, dormant volcanoes, and botanic gardens. You can easily hike cycle around the famous Waitakere Ranges, Hunua Ranges, and Shakespeare Regional Park.

  • Loads of Adventure options

Auckland is the ideal place for thrill-seeking young person who loves exhilarating activities such as bungee jumping, motorbike tours, hiking, kayaking, and helicopter rides.

  • Diverse Wildlife

Apart from the main Auckland Zoo, you will find plenty of places where you will get a chance to see whales, dolphins, penguins, along with native birds. Rotorua Island is a specific conservation site where you will learn about the animals found in New Zealand.

  • Serene Coastline

Auckland is surrounded by picturesque coastline with many coastal treasures. Karekare, Piha, and Bethelis Beach are splendid gems on the west side of the city while you can also visit Takapuna in the north side

  • City of Sails

Auckland has the largest port in New Zealand and has a rich sailing culture. You would love the Maritime Museum and Viaduct Harbour.

There is wide range of exciting and fabulous tours that will leave you in awe, but one particular activity that you have to make is Hobbiton Movie Set and Waitomo Caves Full Day Tour that will include scenic trip through the stunning North Island on the movie set and the enchanting Waitomo Caves. You will be fascinated by the Glowworm Grotto while taking a boat ride in the Waitomo River. You will get ample time to explore the Hobbiton Movie Set which is home to many famous movies such as ‘The Lord of The Rings’ and ‘The Hobbit’ trilogies. Your tour will end in attractive Rotorua Island.

The highlights of the tour are

  • A full day tour from Auckland to two of the most popular tourist destination
  • A boat ride to see the flittering and illuminating glowworms in the glowworm grotto
  • Exploring the Hobbiton Movie Set, where many scenes of Lord of the Rings were recorded
  • Enjoying a sumptuous lunch at the Green Dragon Inn
  • Taking a memorable photo in front of the Hobbit Hotel
  • An optional drop off of the beautiful to Rotorua Island

What’s Included:

  • Comfortable transport in a luxury van or coach
  • Morning meal and lunch
  • Hotel pick-up is offered but cannot be guaranteed if you have booked the tour just 24 hours before your tour/activity begins

What to Expect:

You would be picked up from the hotel in a luxury coach and offered a morning snack which you can enjoy while your journey begins. You will see some of the gorgeous views as you pass through rolling hills and green farmlands on the North Island. You can listen to the guide’s commentary as you pass through Kings Country regions and Waikato and get to know about British settlers and Maori.

Once you reach Waitomo, you will begin the Waitomo Caves guided tour and descend underground into the limestone caverns where there are striking stalactites formed since centuries. You will get on a small boat ride along the Waitomo River and through the Glowworm Grotto where you will be enchanted to see tiny illuminated glows in the darkness. You will know about the mystery of why the glowworms illuminate and then enjoy a delightful lunch.

The day trip will continue across the Kaimal Ranges to Rotorua and ending at Matamata where you will see the Hobbiton Movie Set which is a sheep farm and now famous due to filming of movies such as Lord of the Rings, and The Hobbit. The place was transformed into The Shire which is home to Bilbo Baggins and other hobbits which are characters of novelist JRR Tolkien. You can have your picture taken outside the Hobbit Hotel and see the Green Dragon Inn.

Additional Information:

  • You will get confirmation on the time of booking
  • Service animals are allowed on the tour
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • You can inform about your dietary requirements at the time of booking
  • Seats for infants are available
  • The tour/activity will have a limit of 40 travellers
  • You have to send complete information about your tour which includes Flight details (both for arrival and departure) to the local operator so that pick-up arrangements can be made
  • A full refund is possible if you cancel the tour/activity 24 hours before your tour begins

Picture Courtesy:

  • GetYourGuide
  • Newzealand.com
  • Intercity