Hairy Feet Waitomo

Scenic Film Location tour, offering personally guided tours around sites used extensively for The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. Travel to the hidden Mangaotaki Valley near the famous Waitomo Caves. Consistent Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence.


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Visit this stunning Denize Bluff farm at Piopio where Sir Peter Jackson filmed the "Trollshaws Forest" scenes for The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. Here Bilbo, Gandalf, Thorin & Company encounter 3 large trolls. See why this site has the honour of being the biggest on-screen location. Get to stand in the footsteps of the original actors while walking though amazing scenery.

Have your photo exactly where Bilbo gets "Sting" from Gandalf. Journey along the base of towering limestone cliffs and experience the unusual rock formations, all nestled amongst primeval New Zealand bush (forest). Spend 90 minutes in a different time as this special place transports you back to a primeval era. An enjoyable tour for more than just Tolkien fans.

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Physical address

1411 Mangaotaki Road, Piopio, New Zealand.

Pricing and Conditions

Adult $70.00
(14 year(s) and under)
Further pricing information:
We are currently opening on request and offering 10am tour times. Please email us for further information & allow 48 hours for confirmation. Pre-Booking is essential and we need sufficient numbers to run a tour. Note that our 1pm tour is not available at present. Walking tracks are gravel and over undulating ground. We advise you wear suitable footwear. Tour runs in all weather, so bring appropriate clothing i.e. sunhat or raincoat.
Cancellation policy:
Due to the nature of our business, cancellations affect us greatly. Cancellations outside 24 hours of departure time receive a full refund. Cancellations less than 24 hours before departure time are non-refundable.

Facilities and Features

Proximity to airport:
Hamilton Airport - 98km or 1hr 20 min.
Proximity to coach terminal:
37km from Te Kuiti or 35 mins.
Proximity to town:
15km from Piopio or 15 mins drive.

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Opening times

Business hours:
We are currently opening on request only and offering 10am tour times. Please email us for further information & allow 48 hours for confirmation. 1pm tour not available at present.
Months of operation:
All months of the year

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