I really enjoyed this tour. We started off in Rotorua where we were able to see a geyser go off and see the hot springs the area is famous for. I enjoyed our visit to Hobbiton where we also had our lunch. Lunch was great. The area is beautiful, so even if you are not a huge Lord of the Rings fan, you will enjoy the scenery. This was a very interesting tour and was a highlight of our trip.
This is the best tour we experienced in NZ. The tour guide was very informative. Hobbiton was an amazing place, and a very well organized tourist stop. The Hobbiton Tour Guide was excellent. The cultural village and Rotorua sightseeing was well worth the trip.
Much better than we expected. I was one of four and the only one to have either read or seen the Lord of the Rings and Hobbit books and movies. The three others thought it was a great experience and allowed them to feel the uniqueness of the place and the land. Great day and well worth the time and
This was an absolutely wonderful excursion! Our guide, Grant, was excellent and the entire day was just great. The Hobbiton movie set was more than I expected. We were there in early February and it was hot, but the drink of ginger beer at the Green Dragon Tavern afterwards was worth it.
One of the best tours of any cruise we have been on,only disappointment was having to pay in Yankee dollars otherwise a great day,tour guides were excellent
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Top notch. Could have spent more time at Hobbiton but it was about right. The buffet lunch was superb, albeit not really what I would expect Hobbits to eat. The guided tour was very good and the guide was very knowledgeable and share lots of interesting trivia.
Very enjoyable day. From the first moment of booking right through to the end, I knew I had made the right choice. Grant was very knowledgeable and informative and made sure we got to see as much as possible. Highlight of the day was Hobbiton
Absolutely brilliant!! This was the only tour that combined Rotorua and Hobbiton on the same day. Great for those on a cruise.
Our tour guide was fantastic. He had great local knowledge and looked after us.
The small group we were with were lovely.
Would definitely recommend this tour.
Our tour guide Laura of the Rings was an absolute expert on the movies. Best tour that we could have expected!!
The trip to the Geyser was beautiful and the Geyser was great. We thoroughly enjoyed the traditional people and their entertainment. The other journey to Hobbiton was awesome. It was so special and the guide gave us plenty of information about the movies. The day was filled with 'aww' factor.
Very beautiful trip, Maori culture center is awesome with Geyser sprouts very long time, hobbit town
is very beautiful, the driver gave a lot information and controlled the time perfectly.
The Lord Of The Rings in Hobbiton was better than I expected. It was a really neat experience that I would recommend to everyone.
Out of the 5 tours we had throughout New Zealand, I've got to say I enjoyed this one the most. The whole day was just wonderful. Thank you
Troy m. M USA
A trip into the world of hobbits more real than the movies.
This excursion was the highlight of my husband and my trip to New Zealand. We were on the Sea Princess and they didn't offer Hobbiton and Rotorua in the same excursion, as this was our first time I was worried about going with a company outside for an excursion but I had no need to worry. Grant from Zealander was very informative, courteous, punctual and helpful from start to finish. He had exceptional knowledge and nothing was too much for him. Could not praise him enough. He really made it a great tour for all aboard. We could only hope to have him again and would highly recommend this excursion to anyone. Grant and Zealander tours are a great combination. Thank you.
Wonderful tour from the moment we were greeted as we left the cruise ship until we were dropped off again. Informative, friendly bus driver and fantastic guides at Rotorua and Hobbiton. Our family of four highly recommend this tour and this company - a fantastic way to see two amazing sites in the one day and not feel rushed at either. Thank you to all involved!
This was a great trip - terrific driver, small group and we got to see both Hobbiton and Rotorua in the same tour. Well worth the money. The kids and I loved it.
It was awesome worth every dollar. They picked me up from the cruise ship and although it was only me, an irish couple and the driver, it was great. The driver we had went out of his way to make the trip enjoyable giving us cool facts and telling us interesting stories about the places we were headed. Hobbiton was all and more that I expected, absolutely fantastic. Best opportunity, Although we saw heaps it wasn't as if we were pressed for time, we got to see everything we wanted and got to waste some times on the gift shops before arriving at the dock in time to walk around for an hour before the ship left.
Great value for money. Looking at the prices at Hobbiton and Rotorua there is definitely no way that doing it yourself would be in any way cheaper.
The timing of the tour was fantastic as well. Going to hobbiton first meant we were on the first group tour which meant we could take awesome unobstructed views of hobbiton without previous groups in the way. It gave the whole place an awesome atmosphere as it was not too hot and not crowded. Then we drove to Rotorua hotsprings, this was incredibly interesting but incredibly hot. Unfortunately no opportunity to swim but the history and information about the place more than made up for that. Seeing the geysers and getting steam from the hot springs was amazing (really did help my asthma). Be prepared though, the hot springs certainly stink. They showed us the cooking pools they use and after watching a traditional maori dance we got the chance to purchase some corn cooked in the pool. I normally hate corn, but this was delicious, perfectly sweet and moist, best corn I have ever had.
I would highly recommend this tour to anyone visiting at Tauranga, especially to those people on cruise ships. The ships offer to do one or the other for approximately the same price as Viator offers both. And don't worry about getting back in time, the drivers are more than aware of the cruise times and will get you back.
This trip was terrific, so spoilt to have had such a luxury vehicle, only 4 on the trip and such a terrific tour guide. Thank you so much. Have already recommended this to friends who are thinking of travelling to NZ
Everything was like we had dreamed of. The indications were accurates, As soon as we got of the cruise ship the bus and the driver were ready to go. No time lost. The bus was clean. Our driver was very nice, we could feel he was happy to have us on board. He took the time to explain to us about everything there is to know on New-Zealand. We got to see Rotorua and Hobbiton movie set on the same day, that made us very happy. At the end of our tour the driver had a nice surprise for my teenagers and even for me I have to admit. Our driver had brought real swords and costumes to dress just like the ''personnages'' of the Lord of the ring movies and that include a perfect replica (made by the same person who did the one for the movies) of the famous ring. What a fantastic day.
Great tour well organised despite the herendous weather. Tour guide Grant and his assistant were excellent made the tour
Grant was a great tour guide and had costumes and swords for the Hobbiton part of our tour.
He kept us on time so we got to see everything and even including a quick trip around Tauranga with commentary. He knew facts and interesting stories about Hobbiton.
The Hobbiton Movie Set was fantastic! So much detail in everything they built! I was disappointed in the gift/souvenir shop - very expensive and not a lot of variety. Their hobbit lunch was good.
Rotorua was interesting but didn't get to see a lot of it. Maori village ceremony seemed "staged" rather than natural, although I believe that the performers were a family and knew the traditions.