Frequently Asked Questions

Covid-19

To keep us all safe, we ask that each person in your group has a mask or face covering, as we will be spending a short amount of time driving to the site in our van where we will be within 2m of each other.

Before entering our Tour Office, we will require each visitor to scan our Covid-19 QR code or lodge their details on our Contact Tracing Register & sanitise their hands.

 


 

Do I need to book?

Yes please!  Booking in ADVANCE is ESSENTIAL at this time.  We will require a minimum number of visitors before a tour goes ahead. For more information, please email us at:  info@hairyfeetwaitomo.co.nz

 


 

Do I need to be a Hobbit fan to like this tour?

No, you will enjoy this tour whether you like the movies or not.
 


 

What sort of road will I be driving on once I leave Piopio Village?

It's a 2-lane sealed road, with a central white line.
(Please remember that we drive on the left-hand side of the road in New Zealand).

 


 

What sort of parking do you have?

We have ample parking for cars, campervans & buses. The parking area is a short drive off the Mangaotaki Road and very near our Tour Office/Shop.  

 


 

Do you have a shop & toilets?

Yes!  We have a well appointed merchandise store with extremely clean toilets.  We also have a small array of snacks  & refreshments for sale.

 


 

Is there public transport, shuttles or taxis to your tour?

At this stage all visitors must drive themselves to our tours, as there is no public transport, shuttles or taxis.

 


 

Will I need special footwear or clothing?

Walking tracks are gravel and on slightly uneven ground. Please wear suitable, comfortable footwear. Tours operate in all weather, so wear appropriate clothing (e.g. raincoat, sunhat).  To keep us all safe, we ask that each person in your group has a mask or face covering, as we will be spending a short amount of time driving to the site in our van where we will be within 2m of each other.

 


 

How long is the tour?

Approximately 1½ hours (90 minutes)

 


 

What times are the tours?

10:00 am and 1:00 pm. Please arrive 15 minutes before departure times.  Remember, at this time you must PRE-BOOK your tour by emailing us at:  info@hairyfeetwaitomo.co.nz

 


 

Do you have any other tour times?

We will try to accommodate special requests, if given at least 48 hours notice to allow us to arrange for extra staff.

 


 

Can I bring my dog?

Sorry, but no. As this is a working farm we cannot allow dogs onto the property - we must ensure the safety and wellbeing of the farm animals.

 


 

How long will it take to drive to your tour office?

15 minutes from Piopio; 35 minutes from Te Kuiti; 45 minutes from Waitomo Village; 50 minutes from Otorohanga; 1 hour 50 minutes from the 'Hobbiton' film set near Matamata, 3 hours from Auckland Airport and 2 hours 15 minutes from New Plymouth.

 


 

What are your driving directions?

PLEASE USE THESE DIRECTIONS AS SOME GPS UNITS MAY TAKE A LONGER ROUTE VIA GRAVEL ROADS.

  • Travel on SH3 (State Highway 3) to Piopio

  • Turn onto Kaka Street at the southend of Piopio Village.

  • Turn left off Kaka Street onto Mangaotaki Road.

  • Continue to travel on Mangaotaki Road for 14.11kms to 1411 Mangaotaki Road and the "Hairy Feet Waitomo Scenic Film Location Tour."  Approximately 15 minutes drive from Piopio.


     

 

Your Guides

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PHONE: +64 7 877 8003
EMAIL: info@hairyfeetwaitomo.co.nz
ADDRESS: 1411 Mangaotaki Road,RD 1, Piopio 3971, New Zealand
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