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Great tour, All around wonderful day. Its a long one, over 13 hours and a lot of driving but well worth it!
Picked up smack bang on time and then taken to the tour bus aka Small mini van. We had nearly a full tour with about 12 of us on the tour. Fran was our driver. She was very knowledgeable, nice, a great driver and gave us plenty of time at each location. We left Auckland at around 7am and didn't get back to the Hotel around 7.30pm. Mini bus was very comfortable, only issue with Fran was that one minute she was hating on Peter Jackson but weren't we about to arrive into Hobbiton?
Takes roughly 2.5 hours to get to each location. Spent 2 hours at Hobbiton, 1 at Rotorua and about 1.5 hours at the caves. Just a tip...make sure you go the Gift shop first upon arriving at Hobbiton as you won't have much time to browse the 2nd gift shop at the end of the tour. Lunch at the mud pools in Rotorua was average, just like what you would get at a zoo, but there was plenty of options to choose from.
The New Zealand countryside is amazing!!! As a Lord of the Rings fan, seeing Hobbiton was a great experience. The Glowworms of Waitomo Caves is something everyone should see in their lifetime. You only need like an hour to see the glowworms, you get on a boat, go thru the cave and that's it. No pictures allowed in the cave. Rotorua was interesting, great to see the geyser - and sit on the warm steps. It was a long day to start from Auckland and return to Auckland, but it's what me and my wife wanted to see. This tour was excellent because we got to Hobbiton early and was one of the 1st groups in - which was nice because it wasn't crowded. Hobbiton is a guided tour by a Hobbiton Tour Guide, so you don't get to walk freely through Hobbiton. Our Bus Driver and Tour Guide to and from the sites were excellent.
Great day, got to see many sights with very nice and informative driver
This is the perfect day tour if you are strapped for time and need to pack as much into one day as is humanly possible. A bit of touristy things, a bit of cultural exposure, tons of exploring nature.
Everything was timed with enough time for us to explore, hit the souvenir shops, restroom breaks, etc.
Our guide Ramon was a delight, very knowledgeable and kept us moving on schedule!!
We booked a one way tour from Auckland that ended in Rotorua. There is a lot of driving involved for this tour, however, between the commentary by the drivers, stops, and countryside views it wasn't bad.
Hobbiton was amazing!! Such a beautiful setting and so much fun to see the Hobbit homes.
Waitoma Caves was interesting. I wasn't sure what to expect. You walk through the cave and end with a short boat ride which is in complete darkness except fro the glow of the worms.
Rotorua - Te Puia was ok. We got there rather late, having about an 90 minutes. The geyer was really nice to see, as well as the Maiori buildings. However, we were at a loss as to the functions of the building and any other information about them as no one was around to provide any information. The Kiwi's were adorable. As we entered the Kiwi House, they were being fed so they were quite active.
We only had two days in Auckland on our way to Canada and weren't sure about doing such a huge day, but it was well worth it. We saw so much of the spectacular countryside. The commentary on the coach was informative and entertaining. The itinerary was fairly tight, but we had plenty of time at each place and no waiting in queues. Plenty of time to sit back and relax while we were driven between locations. Hobbiton was fantastic for us as big fans of the movie. Rotorua and Waitoma Caves showcased New Zealand's natural wonders.
This was a great tour and one of our favorite days in New Zealand. Our guide had to keep us right on track as the day was full of sights. Hobbiton was so adorable and in such a beautiful setting. I hadn't seen the movies, just read the books, and loved it. The attention to details is amazing. Then off to the geyser and mudpots and a peek at a kiwi bird in the kiwi house. ALso included the hangi lunch which was delicious and more than enough food. Our last stop was the glow worms which were amazing. Make sure you see the fibers hanging under the caves before getting on the boat. The scenery on the trip, both ways, was some of the prettiest we saw in New Zealand. We really enjoyed every minute of this tour.
Such a fun tour of Hobbiton! Te Puia was beautiful, although REALLY bad smelling geyser. And the Waitomo caves was a fun ending. The scenery on the way is beyond stunning!
Our tour was really awesome from start to finish. Our tour guide Ron was exceptional. He was informative and totally patient answering our questions with a smile. A really nice guy. We loved the Hobbiton part the best as we have been to Rotorua and Waitomo before but revisiting was fun. A long day but most enjoyable as Ron was doing all the driving. We will be back again.
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