The Hobbiton Village & Glowwarm Cave Tour
What you can expect ?
This tour will cover the hobbiton village where was the 'film' shooting location of the Lord of the rings, and the hobbit. This village is located at Matamata, 2 hours to south from Auckland. After this village, you will visit the glowwarm cave at Waitomo.
There is as much to see and experience above ground as there is below. Enjoy good cafes and walks as well as natural wonders inclduing the beautiful Marokopa Falls and limestone Mangapohue bridge. A walkway beginning near the Waitomo Museum of Caves leads through farmland where you'll see fascinating rock forms.
Auckland - The Hobbiton Village - Lunch - Waitomo Glowwarm Cave - Back to Auckland
When Peter Jackson began to look for suitable locations for The Lord of the Rings film series he first saw the Alexander Farm during an aerial search in 1998 and concluded that the area was "like a slice of ancient England". Set Decorator Alan Lee commented that the location's hills "looked as though Hobbits had already begun excavations". Part of the site has a lake with a long arm that could double as a river.
Waitomo Glowwarm Cave
The name "Waitomo" comes from the Māori words wai, water and tomo, hole or shaft. The local Māori people had known about the caves for quite some time before the local Māori Chief Tane Tinorau and an English surveyor, Fred Mace, did an extensive exploration in 1887. Their exploration was conducted with candlelight on a raft going into the cave where the stream goes underground (now the cave's tourist exit.) As they began their journey, they came across the Glowworm Grotto and were amazed by the twinkling glow coming from the ceiling. As they travelled further into the cave by poling themselves towards an embankment, they were also astounded by the limestone formations. These formations surrounded them in all shapes and sizes.
They returned many times after and Chief Tane independently discovered the upper level entrance to the cave, which is now the current entrance. By 1889 Tane Tinorau and his wife Huti had opened the cave to visitors and were leading groups for a small fee. In 1906, after an escalation in vandalism, the administration of the cave was taken over by the government. In 1910 the Waitomo Caves Hotel was built to house the many visitors.
* Pick up & Drop Off : At your accommodation in the city centre area
* How we operates : Available Thurs - Sat.
* Price : 385 NZD Per person (Min. 3 persons - Max 6 persons)
* Tour Duration : Full Day (8 hours based)
* Included :
English Tour Guide, Private Transportation, All Entrance Fees
* Excluded :
Personal Expenses, Tour Guide tips, Meals during the tour.
* What to bring :
Suitable footwear for walking, Sunblock & Cap/hat & Sunglass