3 Day Experience the Trilogy

3 Day Experience the Trilogy

Discover Waitomo Glowworm Caves and Ruakuri Cave, spectacular caves 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 and 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 glow-worms up close and learn about their fascinating life.

Visit Te Puia geothermal area to view the boiling mudpools and cascading Pohutu geyser that make Rotorua famous as New Zealand’s thermal city. Experience Te Po, Te Puia’s cultural experience. It is a feast of cultural storytelling, entertainment and Maori kai (indigenous food). After a formal Maori welcome, relax and enjoy a performance including the beautiful songs, haka and poi dance. After dinner you will be transported by people movers to enjoy the spectacular lighting of the Whakarewarewa Geothermal Valley and hot chocolate.

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.

Tour Info

Tour Name: 3 Day Experience the Trilogy
From: Auckland to Auckland
Valid: May 18 - Mar 19
Price:
From (NZD) $757 per person
Duration: 3 Days
Tour Code: SBROT3T

Inclusions

2 nights accommodation at Holiday Inn Rotorua
Optional breakfasts
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

Day 1
Auckland - Waitomo - Rotorua

Collect your rental car in Auckland and drive to Waitomo where guided tours of Waitomo and Ruakuri Caves are included. Make your way to Rotorua.

Day 2
Rotorua Sightseeing

Day at leisure to explore Rotorua. Late afternoon guided tour of Te Puia and Te Po Maori cultural experience with traditional hangi dinner.

Day 3
Rotorua - Hobbiton - Auckland

Leave Rotorua and drive to Matamata for a guided tour of the Hobbiton Movie set. Continue to Auckland and return your rental car to airport or city depot.

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06/06/2014
We had an amazing time in NZ and definitely plan to return. There were a couple of points that could improve the overall experience but these are suggestions, not complaints. The first trip was to Waitomo Caves. We had from 9am to 1.15 to do the journey which meant we were there far too early. We asked the assistant at the Long Black exactly where to meet the guide and she was adamant that we had to go down to the glow worm caves to get passes. Luckily the girl at the caves was far more helpful and emailed the guide to let her know where we were. Actually, starting from the glow worm caves was better as we didn't have to move our car after the first visit.

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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Tour Code: SBROT3T
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Departures: May 18 - Mar 19
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