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  • Location:Tauranga, New Zealand
  • Duration:7 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

Tauranga Shore Excursion: Lord of the Rings Hobbiton Movie Set Tour Including Rotorua Sightseeing

Take a shore excursion to the Hobbiton Movie Set and sightsee Rotorua with a guide when your cruise ship pulls into port at Tauranga. Journey to Middle-earth and The Shire of ‘The Lord of the Rings’ fame, featured in the popular LOTR trilogy and ‘The Hobbit.’ Then learn traditional customs at the Maori village of Whakarewarewa before strolling past the spouting geysers and steaming hot springs of thermal Rotorua. Numbers are limited to 19 participants in this small-group tour to the land of hobbits and hot pools.


  • Lord of the Rings Hobbiton movie set and Rotorua shore excursion from Tauranga
  • Tour the Hobbiton movie set from The Lord of the Rings trilogy and The Hobbit
  • Enjoy a tour of Whakarewarewa thermal region and Maori Village
  • See the landscape of erupting geothermal activity, hot thermal springs and hot bubbling mud pools
  • Small group of 19 passengers
  • Covered by Viator’s worry-free policy: guaranteed on-time return to your ship

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What You Can Expect

Tauranga Shore Excursion: Lord of the Rings Hobbiton Movie Set Tour Including Rotorua Sightseeing

Lady Knox Geyser, Whakarewarewa Thermal Valley

Start your full-day shore excursion to Middle-earth and Rotorua with pickup from the Tauranga cruise port. Your coach follows a scenic route, crossing the Tauranga Harbour Bridge before departing the Bay of Plenty. After climbing the Kaimai mountain range, note the fertile farmlands of Waikato as you near the town of Matamata and the filming site used for the Hobbiton Movie Set.

Stroll with your guide past hobbit holes belonging to the likes of Bilbo and Frodo during a 2-hour tour of The Shire, an actual New Zealand sheep farm. You’ll recognize scenes from The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings trilogies, including the party tree, the Mill and the Green Dragon Inn, where you can finish your Hobbiton tour with a mug of beer, cider or ginger beer (own expense).

Back on board the bus, continue into Rotorua via the Mamaku mountain range. After a stop for lunch (own expense) beside Lake Rotorua, you’re treated to a traditional welcome into the authentic Maori village of Whakarewarewa.

Accompanied by a Maori guide, witness the astounding thermal activity of Rotorua’s bubbling hot springs and mud pools, and watch Pohutu Geyser erupt. Learn how New Zealand’s indigenous people made use of the region, bathing in the hot springs and cooking over steam vents.

Step foot inside Whare Tupuna, a Maori meeting house designed with symbolic wood carvings. Hear songs, see dances and discover Maori customs during a demonstration of warlike fighting skills included in the haka dance.

Your driver takes a separate route on the return trip and, if time allows, stops for an impromptu photo shoot in a redwood forest. You can use provided hats, cloaks, staffs and swords to pose as Gandalf or your favorite hobbit from The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit before drop-off at the cruise port.

Worry-free Shore Excursion:
We will ensure your timely return to the Tauranga port for this activity. In the rare event your ship has departed, we will arrange for transportation to the next port-of call. If your ship is delayed and you are unable to attend this activity, your money will be refunded. See our terms and conditions for full details.

Customer Reviews

CliffCheryl United States of ... 

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2016

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.

RunaroundSue S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2016

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

Kim S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2016

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.

Forrest R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

Our tour guide Laura of the Rings was an absolute expert on the movies. Best tour that we could have expected!!

sherry s

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

Beautiful tour for any fan. Great guide.

Vui L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

Better understanding of making of Hobit movie.

Delphine M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

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.

Gloria S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2015

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.

John Paul F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2015

The Lord Of The Rings in Hobbiton was better than I expected. It was a really neat experience that I would recommend to everyone.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

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

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