LOTR fans won’t want to miss this shore excursion to Hobbiton while at port in Auckland. After a convenient port pickup, you’re driven south past the rolling hills of the Waikato region, stopping in the heritage town of Cambridge for a morning tea break (own expense).
Stroll past colonial buildings on the tree-lined streets before continuing on to the Hobbiton Movie Set, located near Matamata. On arrival at the working sheep farm chosen by Peter Jackson to depict the Shire in The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings movie series, follow an entertaining guide on an enlightening tour.
Hear stories about the making of the box-office hits while you peer at cozy hobbit holes and pose for photos at recognizable sites such as the double-arch bridge, the Mill, the party tree and the Green Dragon Inn.
After your tour of Hobbiton, enjoy lunch served at The Shire’s Rest cafe before ending your shore excursion in Auckland.
Please note: This tour is only suitable before/after a cruise. It is not suitable for arrival day as the tour departs before ship disembarkation.