Departure Time 08:15am - 09:00 - 10:00am - 11:00am
This may be adjusted to suit the arrival & departure of your cruise ship.  
Pick up/departure time will be confirmed upon booking!
Over View

 Combine two of New Zealand's most popular attractions on this full-day tour from the port of Tauranga. Begin with a drive through the lush countryside heading to the Waitomo Caves where you will travel by boat along an underground river through the mesmerizing Glowworm Grotto. You'll gently glide through the impressive underground caverns in silent darkness amid the beauty of twinkling glowworms overhead.

After which you take a fully guided tour of the Hobbiton Movie Set, which was created in impressive detail for the filming of the hobbit films! and where Bilbo Baggins and Frodo live! ‘The Lord of the Rings’ trilogies.

Pickup time from your cruise ship will be dependent on arrival and departure times of your Cruise ship!


    This Tour is a small Group Tour
    Transport is in a Modern Vehicle with

    UV protection glass & individual Air Con

    (no large groups or coaches)

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 world famous Waitomo Glowworm Caves, 
World renowned and a magnet for both local and overseas visitors, the Waitomo Glowworm Caves occupy a high placing in the New Zealand vacation wish-list.
Enjoy the world famous boat ride under thousands of magical glowworms and become a part of over 120 years of cultural and natural history.
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! 

After which we then travel to the famous Hobbiton Movie Set where you will have a fully guided tour of this breathtaking film set which was created in impressive detail!.

You will have an official guide to show you around the  Hobbit holes including  bilbo's and frodo's  home.
Wonder 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)

We leave the shire and travel through lush green countryside to return you to your ship in plenty of time! on board a luxury vehicle (small Group Vehicle), taking in the stunning scenery that New Zealand has to offer along the way.

This Is a Small Group Tour! 
Adult's at $240.00NZD each
Children's rate is $200.00NZD each
Shore Excursion Cancellation Policy:
  • If you cancel within 48hours of the scheduled departure, there is a 100% cancellation fee.

  • If for whatever reason your ship is not able to dock on the day of your excursion then all monies paid will be refunded!

  • Glowworm Boat Tour
  • Excellent value for money
  • Family friendly
  • Small group ensures personal service
  • All entrance fees included
  • Free port pickup and drop-off included
  • Transport in a small group mini-van
  • Entrance fees to the attractions included
  • Official guided tours at both Waitomo & Hobbiton 
  • Bottled water
  • Complementary Alcoholic drink at the green Dragon Pub in Hobbiton (non alcoholic drinks available)

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New Zealand Discovery Tours

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of New Zealand Discovery Tours Limited

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Pick up at

Salisbury Avenue, Tauranga

“The joy of life comes from our encounters with new experiences, and hence there is no greater joy than to have an endlessly changing horizon, for each day to have a new and different sun.”      

― Alexander Supertramp Chris McCandless