3 Day Experience the Trilogy
3 Day Experience the Trilogy
You’re on the edge of your next adventure. See the fascinating Waitomo Glowworm Caves, tour the world famous Ruakuri Cave and visit the Hobbiton Movie set. You’ll be delighted at every turn, trading your every day for an unforgettable holiday!
|Tour Name:||3 Day Experience the Trilogy|
|From:||Auckland to Auckland|
|Valid:||May 18 - Mar 19|
From (NZD) $757 per person
|2 nights accommodation at Holiday Inn Rotorua|
|3 days rental of 1.8L Toyota Corolla or similar (other car categories available on request)|
|GPS Navigation unit|
|Unlimited kms and vehicle insurance (excess applies)|
|Waitomo Caves guided tour|
|Ruakuri Cave guided tour|
|Te Puia Admission|
|Te Po – Maori cultural experience with traditional hangi|
|Hobbiton Movie Set Tour|
Short Break Exclusions & Extras
Additional travel arrangements can be organised by Relaxing Journeys based on your requirements. International & domestic flights within New Zealand are not included in this package price.
Day by Day Tour Itinerary
These spectacular caves are full of legends and tales. Journey underground on a subterranean adventure through limestone chambers and passages. Be suspended in awe and silence, surrounded by cave decorations as well as a galaxy of tiny living lights found in the Waitomo Glowworm Caves.
Enjoy a guided tour of the world famous Ruakuri cave. Descend deep into the underground, down the spiral entrance. 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.
After the tours, continue making your way to Rotorua.
Today, you’ll discover just how volatile this region used to be, when Rotorua fell victim to an expected pyroclastic event. On June 10th, 1886, Mt Tarawera erupted, putting the world’s youngest geothermal valley of Waimangu on the global radar, destroying the legendary Pink and White Terraces in a devastating surge of lava.
You’ll be guided through this historic entry moment by moment, as Rotorua’s landscape comes to life through stories and commentary. With unmatched scenic vistas and 360 panoramic views this experience is ideal for all ages and includes an optional run into the heart of the volcanic crater.
As the evening settles in and the stars brighten the sky, you’ll be treated to a Maori feast, as Te Po’s cultural experience promises hours of fun, thought and Maori kai (indigenous food). After a formal Maori welcome, relax and enjoy a captivating performance by the local people, including traditional songs and the renowned haka.
Following a truly delectable dinner, you will be transported by people movers to enjoy the spectacular lighting of the Whakarewarewa Geothermal Valley.
Leave Rotorua and drive to Matamata to experience the real Middle-earth with a visit to the Hobbiton Movie Set, the bucolic setting for The Shire that featured in the Peter Jackson directed films, The Lord of the Rings. Drive through the picturesque 1,250 acre sheep farm with spectacular views across to the Kaimai Ranges.
Your guide will escort you through the ten acre site recounting fascinating details of how the Hobbiton set was created. The Hobbit holes, Green Dragon Inn, Mill and other structures created for The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit films can be viewed and you will see how this beautiful piece of Waikato farmland was transformed into The Shire from Middle-earth.
Continue to Auckland and return your rental car to the airport or city depot, continuing to your next destination.
There are 1 reviews of this tour from past clients of Relaxing Journeys, averaging 5 out of 5.
We would recommend starting there rather than at the Long Black. Also. We were booked for 1.30pm which meant we didn't finish the tours until 4.30pm so had to travel most of the way to Rotorua in the dark. The Holiday Inn was the best place to stay! Due to it backing on to the thermal valley awesome! On the final day our trip to Hobbiton was nearly ruined as the sat nav didn't have a signal going over the plateau so we followed the address in our itinerary. Unfortunately Hobbiton is nowhere near Matamata and we had to travel back almost the way we had come and go out from Hinuera. Luckily the lady is the tourist office is so used to travelers on the trilogy tour being given the wrong directions she had a slip of paper ready printed to hand to us. We arrived at Matamata at 10.45 as instructed but it is a 20 min drive to Hobbiton. Not a relaxing journey! Everything else was fabulous and these are only tweaks. Oh. And we loved The Heritage! Hope to travel with you again soon.
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44-22 days prior to departure – 25%
21-10 days prior to departure – 35%
9 days or less prior to departure – 50%
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