The Hobbiton Movie Set Tour & Waitomo Glow-worm Caves
Rotorua hotel/airbnb accomodation pick-up/drop-off
Join this journey of discovery on this full-day tour from Rotorua.
You will be picked up from your Rotorua hotel/airbnb accomodation in a small group luxury vehicle to experience The famous Waitomo Glowworm Caves, later we travel through the lush green countryside to visit the The Hobbiton Movie Set!
This is where the Hobbit Lord of The Rings Movie set was created, Experience a guided tour around the Hobbit holes including Bilbo's and Frodo’s home then enjoy a drink in the green dragon (either alcoholic beer or non-alcoholic ginger beer) included in your tour.
Waitomo Glowworm Caves
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 glow-worms 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, 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.
The Hobbiton Movie Set Tour
Once we arrive at the Hobbiton Movie Set an official guide will show you 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 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 complimentary drink waiting for you to enjoy in the Green Dragon Inn (Alcohol and non alcohol available)
This full day tour ends with a trip back to your Rotorua hotel or accommodation.