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Altogether a lovely tour. Our guide Dartanian was very bright and enthusiastic. He was full of information, patient and chatty. It’s definitely worth a visit. Pleasant cafe and stunning countryside. Only missing a star as I hadn’t actually seen the films and its probably more relevant if you’re a fan.
Walk into the real-world landscape of Middle Earth on a walking tour of the Hobbiton™ Movie Set, where you get a behind-the-scenes look at ‘The Lord of the Rings’ and ‘The Hobbit.’ Pause at the Green Dragon™ Inn to for a draft of Hobbit™ Southfarthing™, see the remarkable detailing that brought Hobbiton™ to life on screen, and visit the places where key scenes were created.
Enjoy on a morning guided tour of Hamilton Gardens, a 133-acre (54-hectare) site located along the Waikato River. Stroll among 21 themed gardens that exemplify botanical history and style. You’ll explore museum-style exhibitions of garden collections that represent civilizations throughout the world, from a Chinese dynasty to the Italian Renaissance. Learn from your docent how the garden was transformed from a garbage dump to this international treasure and popular attraction.
While the Waikato is known for its rolling countryside and beautiful gardens, many travelers also enjoy visiting its 'Lord of the Rings' filming locations. This guided tour takes visitors to the set of Hobbiton from the 'Lord of the Rings' and 'Hobbit' trilogies. With private transport and a tour guide just for your group, this tour is perfect for fans who want to learn more about the iconic films in an intimate setting.
Although wetlands used to be a common sight throughout the Waikato area, most of them have been drained. On this tour you’ll get the opportunity to tour the Tuatara Wetlands area. Learn about the amazing tuatara—a type of lizard native to New Zealand—as well as the rare flightless bird, the takahe. Learn about conservation efforts, and the importance of reviving wetland areas like this one.
As picturesque as New Zealand is, predation and habitat loss have worn down the country’s wildlife and indigenous vegetation. On this tour of Sanctuary Mountain, enjoy a glimpse of New Zealand as it was before humans made landfall. A long, predator-proof fence offers the chance to see rare and endangered species that can't be spotted on a typical bushwalk.
Book an arrival transfer from the Hamilton Airport to your Hotel in the Hamilton City Central area, so you won't spend extra time waiting for a taxi or other transportation. Transfers operate 24 hours a day, 7 days a week in modern, comfortable minivans operated by a team of professional, trained and courteous drivers. Let the drivers collect you from Hamilton Airport and drop you off at your Hamilton City Centre accommodation.
With only three tours a week and a handful of spots on each tour, make sure to book in advance for this small-group gourmet experience on the Coromandel coast. Spend the morning on a tranquil bush walk from Homunga Bay to the Waihi Beach, then stop on the beach for a picnic lunch full of locally-sourced produce. Afterward, enjoy the complex tastes of a ‘garden-to-plate’ dining experience at a local bistro, and pick your own complimentary gelato at a nearby creamery for dessert.
Explore the Waikato region on this all-day guided tour. First, hike to the top of the tallest waterfall in the North Island then take a short walk along the banks of the Te Waihou stream before sitting down for a gourmet picnic lunch at the Blue Spring. Since the region is known for its dairy farming, visit a local cheesemaker to sample some wares before heading to Vilagrads, a family-owned winery where you can sample a selection of wines and ports.