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Only 12 people in our group and we had our own guide. We also arrived early enough to avoid the crowds. And the lunch was pretty tasty too!
Driver Wayne fromBeach and Bush and tour guides at Hobbiton did a great job.
This tour was exceptional for several reasons. Even if you are not a fan of the movies, the tour of the movie location is an education into the film making process. The tour guide presented excellent examples of the surprises that occurred during filming and the myriad of technical challenges that had to be overcome. A second reason this tour was exceptional was that Viator subcontracted to a Small New Zealand Business - Bush and Beach that won the Small Business Operator of the year for 2016 from the New Zealand Tourism Export Council. It showed in the quality of the whole tour. Lastly, the bus ride from Auckland was very scenic and made informative by the commentary of our driver/guide Wayne. The tour would not have been as entertaining/informative without his input.
Stephan was an outstanding Tour Guide - managed the group and various moving parts exceptionally well Tour was as expected, a good experience and lots of anecdotal information provided by the site Tour leader. Lunch, outstanding, much more than anticipated. Well recommended.
Superb tour for those like myself who has knowledge of the Lord of the Rings and Hobbit movies. This set truly makes you feel like you could have been a part of the movie!
Our driver was great, he was full of just enough information to keep the drive interesting, and a very nice man that has lived a very interesting life. The guide at Hobbiton was also fantastic, she made the tour so fun and brought our small group from around the world to feel as a tight knit group of friends through her conversation with us. Just a suggestion to others considering doing the tour: bring allergy medicine if you suffer from hayfever. There are a lot of various pollens, and while I havent had to take allergy medicine for years, I was very impacted by and was physically miserable while in such a beautiful place with such nice people.
Keith our driver-guide made the drive very enjoyable with all his knowledge of the country we traveled through very beautiful and the Hobbiton area. Highly recommend this Bush and Beach tour group and this small group tour in particular.
Fantastic driver. Had a good conversation with him.
About the tour itself, drive to the location was beautiful and it was amazing to see how much effort was put in to build the set. Must see if you are movie buff.
They did an awesome job! Lots of information was shared with everyone on the tour. I would highly recommend it
We were able to take more and better photos since there was a small group of us. We were given a good and healthy lunch and ginger beer to have. Best ginger beer in my entire life!
Views were spectacular!
If you are in Auckland and is a fan of J.R.R Tolkien, then you should really try to get out to where the Hobbit was filmed. We enjoyed having drinks at the Green Dragon Inn and seeing the hobbit house and trees. Our guide was delightful in giving us his opinions on what was going on in New Zealand during the drive there.
We were the only people in the bus that day and it felt like an individual tour. Our guide was happy to fill us in about anything to do with New Zealand so we learnt a lot about local politics, history and Hobbiton. He even dropped as off at Aukland museum at the end of the tour so we could make good use of our last couple of hours in the city.
Hobbiton itself was everything we hoped it would be and the attention to detail in the pub and the whole site was to a very high standard.
We would highly recommend our guide and the tour in general
Our adult sons enjoyed this event immensely and were impressed with driver/tour guide who was very informative.
The Lord of the Rings Movie Set Tour was amazing. Our Tour Guide Alexander, was very knowledgable as well as a very careful driver. Our Tour group was small with only 10 people. It felt that we were given a more individual tour as compared with being on a the larger bus group.
The drive to the Hobbiton was very beautiful once we got out of the Auckland. We were able to drive through back roads that larger buses are not able to use as they have to stick to the Highway. The countryside was stunning. The Movie Set of Middle Earth was larger and more spectacular than I had imagined. Peter Jackson's attention to detail is unbelievable. Our local Tour Guide was very entertaining,and extremely well informed about the history and filming of the the movies. We were told which sets were shown in the particular Lord of the Rings Trilogy or The Hobbit movies. I have been inspired to rewatch all of the movies. We were given a complimentary drink in The Green Dragon Inn and then a delicious complimentary lunch afterwards at The Green Dragon marquee . The day was pretty fast paced but well worth doing. I would strongly recommend this Tour to Tolkien's fans and anyone who has an appreciation and interest in going behind the scenes of a movie set. It was a magical day.
Beautiful scenery, great guide w/plenty of extra little insights. Learned so much about movie-making.
This tour met my expectations in 100. Great atmosphere, very interesting guidance, well organised pick up and drop off and what is most important exciting -theme of the tour. Also worth mentioning about tasty lunch at the end of trip. As for our guide/driver Alexander, hope all guides are so easygoing, clever and experienced. He made this tour something special.
I strongly recommend to choose this one.
Our guide / driver was great and very knowledgeable, adding to an incredible visit to Hobbiton. Also, the lunch buffet was fantastic and well suited to vegetarians and omnivores alike!
The Trip was informative, enjoyable, fun. Our Rob guide could not have more interesting or informative. His knowlage of local history, customs and his personal experiences were all shared in a truly good spirit. The group was fun and diverse. The film set is really a pleasant and interesting outing. If you are a fan of JRR Tolkin's books. Do not miss this trip.
Excellent tour, day was a little chilly out but worth every penny. Tour was informative, staff nice and lunch was amazing. Just wish there was a little more time to check out the gift shop.
We had an excellent experience with our guide Wayne constantly seeking to keep us informed and amused. He was very engaging and keen to ensure we enjoyed our journey. The staff at Hobbiton, particularly our guide Sarah was fantastic, were also great as was the sumptuous lunch provided. Thank you Bush and Beach!
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