Hobbiton Movie Set and Waitomo Glowworm Caves
Small Group Tour with Rotorua Hotel and airbnb Accommodation Pickup
Adult $245.00NZD - Child (5yrs-14yrs) - $200.00NZD
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 complementary alcoholic or non alcoholic drink in the Green Dragon!
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 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 Rotorua on board our luxury vehicle, taking in the stunning scenery that New Zealand has to offer. You will arrive back into Rotorua at approximately 5:00pm.
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, 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.
The Hobbiton Movie Set:
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 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 gardener who took pity on her! She now lives in Hobbiton!
Adult from $245.00NZD - Child (4yrs-14yrs) - $200.00NZD
Day Tour cancellation policy:
- If you cancel at least 30 days in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee & all monies paid will be refunded!
- If you cancel between 7 and 30 days in advance of the scheduled departure, there is a 50 percent cancellation fee.
- If you cancel within 7 days of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.