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Tauranga Shore Excursion: Hobbiton Lord Of The Rings Movie Set and Rotorua Geothermal Geyser Combo Tour

Tauranga, New Zealand
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icon7 hours 30 minutes  (Approx.)
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Spend a day off your cruise ship and get out of the city on this day trip to two popular North Island attractions, Whakarewarewa and Hobbiton. Save time hiring a car and getting used to New Zealand roads; your guide meets you at the port and heads straight into the heartland. Visit Whakarewarewa, a bubbling geothermal landscape and home to the local Māori iwi (tribe), then head across the Kaimai Ranges to Hobbiton, an authentic movie set from the Lord of the Rings.
  • Marvel at a kapa haka performance, full of song and dance, by the local iwi
  • Have a drink on the house at the Green Dragon Inn in The Shire
  • All entrance fees are covered, so you only have to bring money for lunch
  • Quick departures only: book in advance to make sure you don’t miss out

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rotarian and hobbiton
, Dec 2019
our driver buddy was both informative and friendly both tours were excellent but hobbiton was the the best i would highly recommend this toir
Very good excursion
Jimmy P
, Apr 2019
Everything was very nice but not enough time at either place. Highlight of the day was Hobbiton. Rotorua was just ok. Interesting.
, Apr 2019
We enjoyed the site of the Hobbit movies and inspired us to rewatch the movies and reread the books.
Tauranga Shore Excursion: Hobbiton Lord Of The Rings Movie Set and Rotorua Geothermal Geyser Combo Tour was exceptional!
Sarah R
, Mar 2019
This tour was amazing! The tour operators, Natalie and Andrew's directions on how to meet them were great - better than some tours booked independently which are hard to find in port. Natalie was waiting with a sign with our name on it. The Vans hold a max of 15 and there were only 6 of us so it was much better than a 40-60 person cruise tour on a big bus. Andrew, our driver, was friendly, professional, knowledgeable, and entertaining! The Rotorua Geothermal Geyser tour was of a real Maori Village on the Geysers! We really appreciate Andrew and Natalie arranging this private tour and tour guide and that the Guide lived in the village and was very friendly, knowledgeable, and entertaining! Hobbiton is the most beautiful piece of property and gardens we have ever seen! Whether or not you are a fan of Lord of the Rings and the Hobbit movies this is well worth a visit and even includes a stop at the Green Dragon Tavern for a locally brewed beer or ginger beer. The tour says it takes 7.5 hours but it went about an hour longer. Although Viator guarantees getting you back to the sip on time or to the next port, all of us were on the cruise and were pretty anxious about getting back on time - which we did. Just be mindful of the hours in port if you schedule this wonderful tour!
, Feb 2019
Awesome place fantastic guide overall wonderful day.Highly recommend a visit here if you are a hobbit or lord of the rings fan.Loved it
Inappropriate comments
, Nov 2018
The visit to both Hobbitin and Rotorua were great very interesting , however bus driver tour guide originally from Bolton spoke completely inappropriately about his teenage daughter (14 to 16) out shooting and skinning animals and dead cows and sheep being left at front door to butcher totally unnecessary and nothing to do with the trip spoilt the experience completely
icon Response from Host , Sep 2019
It really is disappointing when a client feels that some point of the tour is not agreeable to them selves, and on this day I had a number of other clients asking about hunting in New Zealand! Which by the way is culturaly a deeply routed part of every day life in New Zealand, This is why some people are very interested to see the differences that the country they are visiting is different (if so) to the country that they live in! This is why most people like to travel, to experience and learn about different cultures on their travels. One passenger had seen hunters returning to their vehicle and asked is this usual? At which point others on board the vehicle started asking questions as they where hunters in their own country! On the day you shouted (voiced your opinion that you was vegan and did not want to hear about hunting) at which point I and other passengers apologised and we moved on to other conversations, This however does not mean you can say lies in your review on this platform, We do not butcher cows and sheep on our decks of our houses this is done the same as in most countries in abattoirs. You would and did not talk to me from this point on and further in the day you was very rude to one of the other passengers traveling on the tour, When I tried to apologise further to you at the end of the day you simply pushed past and strutted off to your ship. This is not how we wish our tours to perform and lessons are learned from each and every day, There fore we have issued guide line's to all our drivers not to talk about certain aspects of the culture and life style of how they live there every day life, myself included. I completely respect everybody's choices in life to how they wish to live there lives, and I do understand how this could be upsetting for you, However I do not appreciate you trying to make it sound worse by saying we butcher cows and sheep on our doorsteps!!!!!! Overall I am glad you enjoyed the two venues including the make believe world of Hobbiton, Most did so on the day! People who traveled on the day really sharing & showing their pleasure in the day they had just experienced.
Fantastic day with knowledgeable tour...
, Mar 2018
Fantastic day with knowledgeable tour guide. The tour went as advertised. Thanks
The visit to the Hobbiton set was...
Ian B
, Mar 2018
The visit to the Hobbiton set was highly enjoyable - even better than anticipated. Our guide was particularly good producing lots of fascinating facts as we wandered around the Hobbit holes. Although it seemed busy at no time did we feel pressured to rush. On a very warm day, the complimentary drink at the inn was particularly welcome! The visit to the Maori village was another matter. When we booked the Rotarua visit it was under the impression we would be spending a good proportion of our time seeing geysers and bubbling mud pools rather than wandering round a village and watching Maori dances. We think the actual content of the Rotarua visit should have been made more explicit in the promotional material. However, it was the only disappointment it what was a very memorable day
Of all my tours in NZ, this was my...
, Mar 2018
Of all my tours in NZ, this was my favorite! Combined with blue skies and white fluffy clouds, butterflies, bees, and flowers, Hobbiton exceeded my expectations! It was a bit of a drive from Tauranga to Rotorua longer than I anticipated. The Geothermal tour was unique--a few geysers and pools nestled in a small Maori village. Maori guides were there to enlighten and entertain us, and served corn on the cob cooked in a thermal pool!
This was one of the best tours we...
Frederick H K
, Mar 2018
This was one of the best tours we have ever been on! It is a family run tour with people who care about providing an excellent experience. If you are interested in the itinerary, use this tour!!!

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