Waitomo Glow Worm Caves and Hobbiton

Waitomo Glow Worm Caves and Hobbiton
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Price: $388.00
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Summary
Shore Excursion SizeSmall
Shore Excursion TypeCultural, Scenic
Shore Excursion Duration12 Hours
Activity LevelEasy
Shore Excursion Leaves FromThis tour departs from your hotel lobby (hotel must be an inner city hotel only) or the ship pier. Please enter the name of your hotel at the time of booking if you require hotel pick up services. (Full details will be provided in your electronic ticket upon confirmation.)
Food/Beverage ProvidedSnack
Recommended DressWe recommend wearing comfortable, weather appropriate clothing and sensible flat-soled walking shoes. You may wish to bring sunscreen, sunglasses and hat.
RestrictionsGuests must be able to get in and out of transportation. This tour is not wheelchair accessible. This tour does not accommodate walkers and is not recommended for those with mobility issues as the tour requires guests to do a fair amount of walking, including walking uphill, and guests must be able to get in and out of the boat by themselves. According to New Zealand laws, children under 8 must be correctly secured in an approved child restraint, such as a baby seat or a booster seat. Children must be older than 7 and over 128 centimeters (about 4 feet) tall to ride without a booster seat. Children 8 years or older must use safety belts. No children of any age may travel in a parent's lap.
Tour Details

Waitomo Glow Worm Caves and Hobbiton

The excitement of your adventure begins with a comfortable, scenic drive through the bucolic countryside to the Waitomo Glowworm Caves on this small and exclusive tour.

This most popular of attractions on the North Island of New Zealand is home to thousands of Arachnocampa Luminosa, a glowworm that is unique to the country. Enter the caves and gaze in amazement at the starry wonderland over your head as your guide shares the cave's history and geology. This is Mother Nature's natural wonder on display, glide silently through the starry wonderland of the grotto on the Waitomo River and experience this galaxy of tiny living lights.

Next you will break for a light snack before continuing the Hobbiton movie set.

Originally a 1,250-acre sheep farm, the Alexander farm was chosen for the Lord of the Rings and Hobbit Trilogies movies following an aerial search and discovery of a land strikingly similar to the Shire as described in JRR Tolkien's novels. You'll quickly understand why this was the perfect location as you enjoy a 2-hour guided tour around the Middle Earth-style set complete with a complimentary drink at the Green Dragon.

This full-day tour is a must-do for Hobbit fans and nature lovers alike, reserve your spot today as the maximum amount of guests that can book is 8.

Shore Excursion Size
Small
Shore Excursion Type
Cultural, Scenic
Shore Excursion Duration
12 Hours
Shore Excursion Departs From
This tour departs from your hotel lobby (hotel must be an inner city hotel only) or the ship pier. Please enter the name of your hotel at the time of booking if you require hotel pick up services. (Full details will be provided in your electronic ticket upon confirmation.)
Activity Level
Easy
Food/Beverage Provided
Snack
Recommended Dress
We recommend wearing comfortable, weather appropriate clothing and sensible flat-soled walking shoes. You may wish to bring sunscreen, sunglasses and hat.
Restrictions
Guests must be able to get in and out of transportation. This tour is not wheelchair accessible. This tour does not accommodate walkers and is not recommended for those with mobility issues as the tour requires guests to do a fair amount of walking, including walking uphill, and guests must be able to get in and out of the boat by themselves. According to New Zealand laws, children under 8 must be correctly secured in an approved child restraint, such as a baby seat or a booster seat. Children must be older than 7 and over 128 centimeters (about 4 feet) tall to ride without a booster seat. Children 8 years or older must use safety belts. No children of any age may travel in a parent's lap.
5 Stars5.0 / 5  |  1 ReviewReview This Tour
Wonderful Day
January 18, 2020
Our tour guide, Susan, drove us to the Waitomo Glow Worm Caves. I wasn't too excited about this part of our tour but I was very surprised because the worms in the caves were so unique and the effect beautiful. Looking up it seemed I was looking at the night sky. It was a once in a life time experience. We then drove to the Hobbiton gathering point and boarded a bus to take us to the set. The Hobbiton guide led us through the set background information that made it come alive. It was a wonderful tour and I enjoyed ending in the Green Dragon. Our tour guide took us from there for dinner and back to our hotel. The day was long and we didn't get back until after 10 pm but the hours flew by as Susan explained the culture of New Zealand and happily answered our thousands of questions. The tour was everything we had wanted and Susan made it as near perfect as it could be. At the end of the day we felt we had not had just a very informative guide but we had made a friend.
Reviewer: Deanna Carman
5 Stars