Hobbiton & Waitomo Glowworm caves including Festive Feast Lunch
Available from Auckland and Tauranga
We take you on a Journey of discovery combining two of the most popular and world famous attractions in New Zealand, Begin your discovery at the famous Hobbiton Movie Set with a fully guided tour of this breathtaking film set which was created in impressive detail!. At the end of your tour you'll be treated to a delicious Hobbiton themed buffet lunch, fit for a hobbit, at the Marquee festival feast which includes Fresh breads, Hot meat dishes, Pastas, vegetable dishes and salads followed by cakes and fresh fruit. We leave the shire and travel through lush green countryside where upon we arrive at the world famous Waitomo Glowworm Caves, here we take a 45-50 minute guided tour through impressive underground caverns and learn how stalactites, stalagmites and other limestone structures were formed over millions of years and how one cave has been given the name "the cathedral" has housed weddings and even concerts. From here we travel in a boat along the underground river through the "Mesmerizing Glowworm Grotto" gently gliding along in silence and darkness amongst the beauty of the twinkling glowworms overhead. From here we travel back to Tauranga on board our luxury vehicle, taking in the stunning scenery that New Zealand has to offer. You will arrive back into Auckland / Tauranga at approximately 7:00pm.
( We include all entrance, Guides, meals and refreshments in this tour you have no extras to pay)
Once we arrive you will have an official guide to show you around the Hobbit holes including bilbo's and frodo's home.
Wonder around the vegetable patches were Hobbits grow their food! with giant pumpkins lying around! and learn about the movie secrets and the attention to detail that is truly mind-boggling.
Your guide tells us how in Tolkien's books, there is a reference to hobbits sitting under plum trees, and how in New Zealand, plum trees grow too big to be the right scale for a hobbit so Peter Jackson had apple and pear trees, stripped of their fruit and replaced them with fake
As for the oak tree on the hill? Also fake, with 376,000 artificial leaves imported from Taiwan and wired onto the tree. When the leaves faded in the sun, someone was employed to repaint them, one by one!
Walk past the Mill and the famous Party Tree that were created for "The Lord of the Rings" and "The Hobbit" films. At the end of the tour of the Hobbiton Movie Set, There will be a complementary drink waiting for you to enjoy in the Green Dragon Inn (Alcohol and non alcohol available)
Oh! and say hi to Pickles the resident cat that was left on the movie set, after being found abandoned in a sack by side of the road! and then taken in by the gardner who took pity on her! She now lives in Hobbiton!
World renowned and a magnet for both local and overseas visitors, the Waitomo Glowworm Caves occupy a high placing in the New Zealand vacation wish-list.
The glow worm, Arachnocampa luminosa, is unique to New Zealand. Thousands of these tiny creatures radiate their unmistakable luminescent light as our expert guides provide informative commentary on the Caves' historical and geological significance.
Waitomo Glowworm Caves are a must see for any traveller. Enjoy the world famous boat ride under thousands of magical glowworms and become a part of over 120 years of cultural and natural history.
THE BOAT RIDE
Marvel at Mother Nature's light display as you glide silently through the starry wonderland of the Glowworm Grotto. Meander underground along the Waitomo River and gaze in silence at the myriad of glow worm lights that make up the Glowworm Grotto. As you enter this galaxy of tiny living lights, you'll immediately experience a serene ambience and be fascinated and intrigued by tiny glowworms that light your way.
Suitable for the widest range of ages and abilities these cave tours are generally a dry and gentle way to explore a cave.
The Tour takes place inside a cave range which involves walking down steps illuminated by electrical lights for aproxematly a 200 metre walk (45 minutes),then a boat ride with no illumination in order to see the glowworms!
Your guide will be able to tell you about the history of the cave as well as showing you speleothems (stalactites and stalagmites), fossils and cave creatures.
Water drips into the caves making pathways and staircases wet, and the temperature is about 12˚ – 14˚celcius all year round, so you will need comfortable walking shoes and a light jacket or jersey for these tours.
Adult from $300.00NZD Child (4yrs-14yrs) $200.00NZD Infant (0yrs-3yrs) $100.00NZD
There is a minimum charge of three adults for this tour! Charged at $490.00 each
There after Adults are $300.00NZD each & Children $200.00 each
Booking in advance is essential! to secure your seats.
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