Rotorua tours. Tauranga shore excursions.

Hobbiton & Waitomo Glowworm Caves

Small group shore excursion from Tauranga Port

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Departure Time: 07:00am-08:00am-09:00am-10:00am

This will be adjusted for late arrival cruise ships,  pick up/departure time will be confirmed upon booking!

Tour Description:

Your journey of discovery begins at the Port of Tauranga where we take in the sights of Mount Maunganui.  We will drive past one of the best beaches in New Zealand, spot the surfers and paddle boarder catching the perfect waves.  See the abundance of coffee shops, small boutiques and breathtaking scenery.  Leaving the coast behind we head into the countryside where we travel to our first attraction, world renowned and a magnet for both local and overseas visitors. 


"Waitomo Glowworm Caves" 

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. The upper level is dry and includes the entrance to the cave, and formations known as the Catacombs, the Pipe Organ and the Banquet Chamber. The lower level consists of stream passages and the Cathedral which is 14 metres in height, this is the largest cavern. It is world-renowned for its superb acoustics, which are due to the enclosed shape and rough surface. Many famous singers and choirs have performed here. Then enjoy the world famous 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 and become a part of over 120 years of cultural and natural history. 

"The Hobbiton Movie Set"

Leaving the Glowworms we head onto your second attraction The Hobbiton Movie Set!

Here we join an official fully guided tour around the hobbit holes including Bilbo’s and Frodo's” home. Wander around the vegetable patches were Hobbits grow their food! with giant pumpkins lying around! and learn all about the movie secrets and the attention to detail that is truly mind-boggling. Visitors are given the once in a lifetime opportunity to see an iconic movie set in its full glory; from wandering the rambling paths of "The Shire", to seeing the submerged "Hobbit Holes" that litter the rolling hillsides. 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 there will be a complementary drink waiting for you to enjoy in the Green Dragon Inn (Alcohol and non alcohol available) where you can sample the exclusive, specially brewed beverages to conclude your own Middle-earth adventure.


  • Two of New Zealand's most popular attractions

  • Small group Luxury 2017/18 vehicle

  • Personal Driver/guide

  • Glowworm Boat Tour

  • Experience Lush Waikato Countryside.



  • Entrance fees

  • Official Guides at Both Venues

  • Port pickup and drop-off

  • Bottled water

  • Guaranteed return to ship on time every time!

  • This tour includes pickup, transport, entrance fees to both Glowworm Caves and Hobbiton Movie Set.

  • Official Glowworm caves and Hobbiton guide's are included.

  • Cold bottled water, with return drop off back at the wharf.

  • Adult from $275.00 nzd

  • Child (0yrs-14yrs) $200.00 nzd

Shore Excursions cancellation policy:

  • If you cancel at least 7 days in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee.

  • If you cancel between 3 and 6 days in advance of the scheduled departure, there is a 50 percent cancellation fee.

  • If you cancel within 2 days of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.

  • Please note if your ship changes time of arrival or departure time we may change the tour time to accommodate the new times, Please check email/text/phone within 24hrs of tour departure! (please give email/phone number you will be using on vacation/holiday)