This unique trilogy combines some of the best that the North Island of New Zealand has to offer - Hobbiton movie set tours, Te Puia and Te Po combo, and the Waitomo Glowworm Caves.
Experience Hobbiton Movie Set, the picturesque setting for the Shire, featured in the Sir Peter Jackson directed films, The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit.
Te Puia, the home of Maori culture and cuisine. Be mesmerized by the world famous geyser Pohutu under the stars following a delicious indigenous meal.
Descend into the magical Waitomo Glowworm Caves under a galaxy of glowworms and to ancient Ruakuri Cave, a spectacular cave full of legends and tales. Walk amongst magnificent cave formations and see sparkling glowworms up-close.
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Discover Waitomo Glowworm Caves and Ruakuri Cave, spectacular caves full of legends and tales. Be amazed by the thousands of magical glowworms above, as you glide silently by boat in the world famous Waitomo Glowworm Caves.
Many of our current guides are ancestors of the Maori chief who originally explored the cave and can share with you the remarkable history of the area. Become part of the story as you descend deep into the underground, down the spiral entrance in Ruakuri Cave. Walk amongst the breathtaking cave formations and marvel at the softly folding shawl-like limestone formations and crystal tapestries created over millions of years. See the ancient glowworms up-close and learn about their fascinating life. Become part of the legend on this unforgettable expedition. www.waitomo.com
The Hobbiton Movie Set Tour is an essential stop on the itinerary of all visitors travelling through New Zealand, offering an interesting and entertaining experience incorporating the famous film set. Experience Hobbiton Movie Set, the bucolic setting for The Shire that featured in the Sir Peter Jackson directed films, The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit.
Your tour starts with a drive through the picturesque 1,250 acre sheep farm with spectacular views across to the Kaimai Ranges. Your fully escorted tour through the ten-acre site will reveal fascinating details of how the Hobbiton set was created. The Hobbit holes, Green Dragon Inn, bridge and Mill created for The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit can be viewed and see how this beautiful piece of Waikato farmland was transformed into The Shire. www.hobbitontours.com
Since the beginning of time, Te Whakarewarewa thermal valley, its gushing waters, steaming vents and fumaroles, have been a powerful reminder of the earth’s force. Home to the world famous Pohutu Geyser, hot springs, silica terraces, bubbling mud pools, healing and cooking pools, the area has been used by Maori for 700 years.
For over a century, our guides have walked these pathways, relayed the age old knowledge and wisdom of their ancestors and shared the interconnectedness of life in the Maori world. Today’s guides continue that legacy. In the same way, within our schools of carving and weaving, our people proudly share artistic traditions passed down through generations.
At dusk, Te Puia takes on a magical quality in the illuminated thermal valley. Te Po is a special evening experience, where visitors are immersed in Maori storytelling and entertainment, feast upon a sumptuous banquet and end the evening with steaming hot chocolate beside a moonlit Pohutu geyser. www.tepuia.com
Price is valid from the 1st October 2012 - 31st March 2014, is in NZ dollars and includes GST. All purchases are non-refundable. Package price only is available (individual experiences must be purchased directly from each operator). Opening days: Ruakuri Cave and Hobbiton Movie set is closed on the 25th of December each year. All other experiences are open every day of the year.
Hobbiton tours depart every half hour from 9.30am - 3.30pm, with extended hours in summer. Te Po Combo commences at 4.30pm each day at Te Puia, Rotorua. Waitomo Glowworm Caves tours depart every half hour daily from 9am-5pm daily (with extended hours in summer) and Ruakuri Cave tours depart daily at 9.00am, 10.00am, 11.00am, 12.30pm, 1.30pm, 2.30pm & 3.30pm.
Hobbiton tour experience allow 1 hour 45 mins. Te Po Combo experience allow 4 ½ hours. Waitomo Glowworm Caves tour allow 45 mins and Ruakuri Cave tour allow 2 hours (allow a minimum of 3.5 hours to complete both tours).
Infant age is 0-4 years inclusive and are free of charge. Child age is 5-15 years inclusive (proof of age may need to be shown). Family pass (2 adults and 2 children) with extra child available to add to family pass.
Hobbiton / Te Puia (Te Po) / Waitomo Glowworm Caves & Ruakuri Cave are owned and operated by different entities. These entities have entered into an arrangement to provide a package offering to customers. All bookings are fielded through Te Puia.