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What a wonderful experience and the fulfillment of a dream for us. Our driver Mike was first class, friendly and knowledgeable. The tour of Hobbiton was conducted by a different guide but Mike stayed with us. The provided lunch was way better than we expected. It was a very nice buffet. The only issue was that one couple brought an infant with them who yelled and screamed for much of the day. I would suggest that this be discouraged since the child was way too young for this type of tour. However, all in all, this tour was the highlight of our brief visit to Auckland.
Amazing tour and place to visit! A little pricey, but worth it! Wish we had more time to explore the village area and the Dragon Inn.
Delightful trip to Hobbiton and our driver, Mike was a great source of information about NZ esp. Sites along the route to Matamata. Nice rest stop between and enough time to stretch the legs, have a bite to eat. Once at Hobbiton, Mike also filled us in on little side stories about the farmer, the land, movie tidbits etc.which rounded out the tour. Being in a small group was a plus. We got to know our fellow travelers. The early morning pick up time was well,worth it and we enjoyed it very much as Hobbiton is a magical place.
Had a great half day tour. GREAT place to visit. A must see place for kids or adults who love Hobbits and Lord of the Rings movies.
It was amazing. The small group makes the tour better because we appear like we are just a group of friends travelling although we came from different countries. Short of knowing each others name. Mike the driver gave lots of interesting stories and trivia about places along the trip.
This is a fabulous tour. Small group - even with a couple of vans there were only about 15 people. The driver was friendly and extremely knowledgable about New Zealand. You get great commentary on the way to and from. Once on-site, again you stay with your small group. The tour guides at Hobbiton are again very knowledgable about Tolkien, Jackson, the set itself and the property on which it's built. For those of you who don't like tacky, you are in luck. This is done very nicely. You are on the outdoor set for the Hobbit movies no indoor sets but seeing the setting, the details of the set, etc is amazing. You'll be pleased at how uncommercial this is.
Fabulous! We enjoyed both our tour bus driver and the Hobbiton tour guide. Very articulate and gave us some inside information on the making of the movie there. We only had 17 in the group, and that was perfect. Other tour groups had 30 or 40. We were able to stop for photos. What a beautiful and magical place. Peter Jackson was a genius! We ended the day at the replica of the Green Dragon and had a beer before going to our delicious lunch. I would do this again. So worth it!
This tour needs to be a 10 . We had beautiful weather, a great guide, plus they went the extra mile and had a golf cart for us because we have mobility issues. The flowers are like a well groomed garden, the food was excellent, I have nothing but praise for this tour
This trip was AMAZING!!! My husband and I went on this tour on the 4th October 2016. The guide for the trip down from Auckland was great and provided us with many interesting facts about the Auckland area and the Maroi culture. You also get picked up from your hotel which was very convenient. We only had 13 people on our tour at Hobbiton while most other tours running at the same time had 45 people so we definitely felt like we got a more in depth experience. Would highly recommend to any Lord of the Rings fans.
An absolutely fabulous tour. A very long day but worth it. You won't be disappointed
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