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After pickup from your Auckland hotel, set out on the around 2.5-hour journey to the Waitomo Caves. Traveling in a private air-conditioned vehicle, take the time to enjoy the scenery and stop to take photos as you drive along the Waikato River and pass Rangiri and Taupiri Mountain.

On arrival at Waitomo Caves, join a group tour to discover the underground wonders, including a thrilling cruise into the Glowworm Grotto to see thousands of glittering glowworms. Stop to enjoy lunch at a local restaurant, before continuing to the Hobbiton Movie set, located in the rural town of Matamata.

Depending on the tour option selected, either join a group tour or enjoy a private tour of the set, seeing memorable sights from the movies such as The Mill, Bag End, the Party Tree, and The Shire’s Rest. End your tour with a drink at the Green Dragon Inn, before meeting back up with your driver for the return journey.

Take a different route back to Auckland, seeing even more of the North Island, then end your tour with drop-off at your hotel.
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Waitomo Glowworm Caves
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The Waitomo Caves and the Hobbiton Movie Set are two of the most-visited attractions on New Zealand’s North Island. On this tour, visit both in one day, including a magical cruise through the Glowworm Grotto and a guided tour of Hobbiton. Travel in the comfort of a private vehicle, stopping whenever you like to take photos or stretch your legs.
  • Cruise beneath a canopy of glowworms at Waitomo Caves
  • Go behind-the-scenes of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings movies
  • Great value tour: hotel pickup, lunch, and entrance fees included
  • Private round-trip transport: stop to take photos along the way
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Reviewed 4 April 2018
Truly Mid-Earth Experience. You have to live it!!!!!

I spent an entire day, as part of the tours organised by the 11th World Congress on Genetics as Applied to Livestock Production (WCALP). I had so much but I will just have to come back many many more. You just cannot get enough of...More

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TIMEUnlimited, Owner at TIME Unlimited Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

It was a great pleasure hosting you and thank you so much for taking the time to write this lovely review. As a small family business, we know every single manuhiri (guest) on our various tours and always do our utmost to provide a very...More

Reviewed 11 March 2018
The Best trip we Took in New Zealand

First of all everyone traveling to New Zealand should allow enough time to visit the north and south island. New Zealand is a spectacular country that should not be missed (my opinion after also traveling to Australia and Tahiti). This is an all day trip...More

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TIMEUnlimited, Owner at TIME Unlimited Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Kia ora TravelBoomer, we would firstly like to thank you for choosing TIME Unlimited Tours to be your top choice while travelling to our beautiful country Aotearoa (New Zealand). We fully agree that it takes a lot of time to travel to and around New...More

Reviewed 28 January 2018
Nothing More Magical Than a Cave or a Hobbit Hole!

We had an amazing tour through the Waitomo Caves and Hobbiton. The Caves are quiet, pristine and beautiful. I would have liked a longer time on the boat going through the caves. Friends had done a swim through caves somewhere else which sounded like something...More

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Reviewed 24 January 2018
Great Time with TIME Unlimited Tours

My friend and I visited Auckland earlier this month, and we are glad that we chose to see and learn about New Zealand with TIME Unlimited Tours! We did a 2 day 1 night tour from Auckland to Rotorua, covering the Waitomo Caves and Hobbiton...More

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TIMEUnlimited, Owner at TIME Unlimited Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 17 February 2018

It was a great pleasure hosting you and thank you so much for your great review! We operate a great range of Private Tours and Small Group Tours in Auckland, around New Zealand's North Island as well as throughout Aotearoa / New Zealand. Private Tours...More

Reviewed 1 December 2017
Great Experience!

My siblings and I were together in Auckland and had such a great time on our tour. Silvio was a great guide, he went above and beyond what we expected in terms of knowledge of New Zealand and was very pleasant to spend the day...More

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TIMEUnlimited, Owner at TIME Unlimited Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 11 December 2017

Kiaora koutou, hello to you all from Sunny Auckland, we appreciate so much that you took the time to tell others of your experience with our company. Moreso we love when you let others know about the care and attention and more importantly fun of...More

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