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Thrifty 2 Day Middle Earth Escape

2 Day Middle Earth Escape

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Route: Auckland to Auckland
Tour Operator: Thrifty Tours
Escape on a magical tour which will fire your imagination, and see the world of Middle-Earth.

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Escape on a magical tour which will fire your imagination! Cross the rich Waikato farmlands to reach your entry point to another world. Venture underground to experience the Waitomo Glowworm Caves. Cruise silently on an subterranean lake, marvel at the limestone formations and the twinkling glowworm grottos. Try your voice in 'The Cathedral', an underground cavern complete with concert hall acoustics. Experience the rich culture of our geothermal region Rotorua, a land of bubbling mud pools, hot springs and shooting geysers. Spend an evening immersed in Maori tradition and culture including a traditional hangi, songs and dance.

Try your hand at tickling a rainbow trout, see sheep shearing in action and take a trip into the very real terrain which inspired the imaginery world of Middle-earth. See the ranges, farmlands and original movie sets of Hobbiton. Hear the stories and see behind the scenes secrets of the Lord of the Rings Trilogy.

Tour Inclusions


  • Public Coach Transport
  • Transfers within journey


  • 1 night in 3 star hotel standard
  • Pre & Post accommodation of the tour must be booked and is not included in price


  • No Meals are included in this tour


  • Hobbiton Movie Set Tour
  • Rotorua Amphibious Vehicle Tour
  • Waitomo Glowworm Caves
  • Te Puia Geothermal Experience
  • Rainbow Springs Nature Park
  • Agrodome Sheep Show




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Day 1Auckland - Waitomo Caves - Rotorua

We leave Auckland and travel south through lush Waikato farmland to the small town of Waitomo. This morning explore the Waitomo Glowworm Caves, take a magical underground boat ride and see the magical glowworms. Waitomo Caves are known for its world famous limestone formations including 'The Cathedral' - an underground cavern complete with concert hall acoustics.

Arrive in Rotorua with free time for a quick look around and then board an Amphibious Vehicle Tour for your journey into the lakes of Rotorua. This evening you will experience the rich cultural heritage and geothermal bounty of Rotorua at a traditional Maori Hangi & Concert. Watch an amazing Maori cultural performance, storytelling, interaction and traditional feasting and relive significant portions of New Zealand's pre-European history and real events!

Highlights: Waitomo Glowworm Caves; Rotorua Amphibious Tour; Maori Hangi & Concert

Day 2Rotorua - Hobbiton - Auckland

Experience Te Puia, a place of Maori culture and a thermal wonderland of impressive geysers and boiling mud pools. Explore Rainbow Springs nature park, which showcases native flora and fauna including the New Zealand Kiwi. Then see NZ's agricultural industry in action with a sheep shearing display and dog trials at the Agrodome.

Following the show you will transfer onto the Hobbiton Movie Set tour and enjoy a scenic drive across the Kaimai Ranges to the picturesque 1,250 acre farm near Matamata where the scenes from the famous movies were filmed. Learn how this beautiful farmland was transformed into The Shire from Middle Earth. Your guide will show you Hobbit Holes, the Green Dragon Inn, the Mill and many other structures from the movies. You will return to Auckland early evening where your tour ends.

Highlights: Geysers and boiling mud pools at Te Puia; Rainbow Springs Kiwi Wildlife Park; Hobbiton Movie Set Tour



Note all prices are in New Zealand Dollars and are based Twin/Double share and Single occupancy valid until the 30 September 2018.

High Season rates apply for travel from 1st October 2017 - 31st March 2018. High Season Rates are shown below:

  • Single Supplement NZ$1052
  • Twin/Double Share NZ$960 per person
  • Low Season rates apply for travel from 1st April 2018 - 30th September 2018. Low Season Rates are shown below:

  • Single Supplement NZ$1000
  • Twin/Double Share NZ$912 per person
  • Prices are based on Bronze Hotel style accommodation, Silver and Gold Hotel options are available on request.




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