* Please note that the Footwhistle Cave is currently closed due to the impacts of Covid. In the meantime this experience now includes a tour of the Waitomo Glowworm Caves in its place* We expect Footwhistle to reopen in October 2022
Experience the real Middle-earth at the Hobbiton Movie Set, where, in the heart of the Waikato region, you can step into the lush pastures of the Shire, as seen in The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit trilogies.
Fall in love with the Alexander family sheep farm, just as acclaimed director Sir Peter Jackson did, as you journey through the unequivocal beauty of the land, with the mighty Kaimai Ranges towering in the distance. Your guide will then escort you around the set, showing the intricate detailing, pointing out the most famous locations and explaining how the movie magic was made.
You will be fully guided on a walking tour around the 12 acre set; past Hobbit Holes, the Mill and into the world-famous Green Dragon™ Inn, where you will be presented with a complimentary, exclusive Hobbit™ Southfarthing™ beverage to conclude your own Middle-earth adventure.
Then, escape the crowds and enjoy an intimate small group tour through the Footwhistle Glow Worm Cave in Waitomo. Following a short walk through beautiful native forest and waterfalls, you’ll enter the cave through a natural chasm. Inside you’ll be just inches away from the magnificent glow worm formations – stunning!
Why is this Chuffed Worthy?
We thought this was a great combination of two experiences that are within a few hours drive of the majority of NZ’s population making it a great option to include in our gift packages. With the world wide fame of Hobbiton and the exceptional beauty and intimacy of the Footwhistle Glowworm cave tour, we thought this is a pretty memorable day out in the heart of the Waikato.