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We booked this tour because of the 'beat the crowds' we were hoping for and we were not disappointed! As fans, this was a must trip for us and we felt the cost was well worth it. We had 6 of us in a comfortable minivan to the farm, our friendly and knowlegable driver was Sean Shawn The size of our group allowed us to be first on set with unobstructed views of the shire no crowds, our private guide was friendly and knowledgable Anthony. We had a private room at the Green Dragon Inn for breakfast. And the ice-cream was quality and quantity. Be sure to verify your booking a couple days before because we were traveling and called the day before the tour and they almost cancelled our reservation, with a couple calls, Yuki straightened everything out.
We took this tour in late September 2017. It was absolutely awesome! We loved our driver David. It was like driving through the country with our New Zealand friend! There were five of us on the tour and we were the first people to enter Hobbiton that day, before the crowds arrived. We also were taken to an area that other tours do not get to enter. The breakfast at the Green Dragon was a buffet feast, lots more than we could eat. Then David drove us back to the souvenir shop and gave us plenty of time to shop. We stopped for ice cream halfway back and then arrived back in Auckland around 3pm. This tour is more expensive than the others, but I am soooooo glad we did it. Also a note: We first booked this tour for a different date, but I let the company know that we were flexible and could go the next day if our tour didn't have enough people. Sure enough, that is what happened. Otherwise, we would have been put on the regular tour. So thanks Bush and Beach for the great communication!
The early morning small group was brilliant. Our driver made sure that we had time for breakfast on the way, yet still got us the first entry to Hobbiton. Our guide there was great, and she made sure that we had the best look into all the sights and Hobbit holes. Brunch at the Green Dragon was excellent, and plenty of it. Hobbiton is a pleasure to visit and presented a really natural setting that you can just imagine populated by hobbits when we are not looking. Giant ice creams on the way home concluded a lovely day out.
The staff were fantastic and very professional, the tour was very comprehensive and full of interesting information and breakfast brunch was wonderful. Well worth the extra.
This tour, and our guides, far exceeded our expectations! Our guides were warm, friendly, accommodating, and knowledgeable! The scenery could not have been more spectacular! From pick-up to drop-off, we found the whole day to be seamless and magical! Thank you!!
Our tour was first on set which made the experience worth the added cost. Highly recommend this for any LOTR fans!
This was the best of my NZ tours. Outstanding in every way. I'm so glad I paid extra for this tour. Our group was small, eight people I think. And we were the first group through, which meant that we didn't have 30-40 people like the groups following us getting in the way of our photos. Dawn was our driver, and I really liked her. The fact that she laughed at all of my jokes was a big plus! The included breakfast was large and memorable...mugs of ale, stout, or cider included! It was enough for first and second breakfasts, and elevenses as well. One of the gents on our tour was celebrating his birthday, and the Green Dragon staff brought out a birthday cake for us all to enjoy. Don't go all the way to Middle Earth, then skimp on this tour. Lay out the extra bucks for this early tour. You'll be so happy you did!
Our guide Wayne was absolutely fantastic! I highly recommend him as a guide. He is very knowledgeable about New Zealand and has some awesome stories to keep everyone entertained.
As for the tour, highly recommend this one as well. The early access was a game changer and definitely worth it. The Hobbiton movie set is a very busy place, getting access before the crowds started coming in was worth every penny.
d.johnston.uk United Kingdom
A magical experience on a perfect day. All the organisation was perfect, our driver and Hobbiton guide were friendly and informative. The site itself is amazing, and worth getting there early. The second breakfast at the Green Dragon was spot on, with plenty for vegetarians.
Great experience and tour. I could hear the music from the films playing in my head as I toured Hobbiton, amazed that at the detail and scale of the place. A must for any fan, and probably interesting even if you are not a fan.
What an experience for a Lord of the Rings fan. Even if not a fan I could see it being interesting, just because of the beautiful setting and how well run the tour was. a must if in New Zealand.
The early wake up was annoying, until you get to hobbiton and its almost completely empty around 8am by the time we finished our tour of the set and had a delicious breakfast at the Dragon Inn, there were lines all over the hills. NO REGRETS. all my pictures are random person free. The ice cream on the way home was a tasty treat as well.
We had a great day, excellent selection for our interests, yummy lunch at the Bridge hotel, lots of laughter, great guide who knew her stuff and shared the day enthusiastically. We certainly helped the Victorian economy !! Thanks Tamara for making our day so enjoyable
THE BEST TOUR YET. GREAT GUIDE!! TRY TO GET WAYNE AND GO ON THE EARLIEST TOUR.
YOU WILL HAVE A FABULOUS TIME!
Going on the early trip it was every thing we expected, well worth the extra. The breakfast in the Green Dragon was awesome.
Fabulous tour. By arriving before the regular tours began, our small group had private access to the entire Hobbiton which provided us with unobstructed views and excellent photos. We also had a delicious private breakfast in the Green Dragon. Though I initially thought that this tour was expensive, it turned out to be worth every dollar. Our coach driver David who drove us from our Auckland hotel was extremely pleasant and our Hobbiton tour guide Hugh was very accomendating in taking whatever photos we requested. My wife and I highly recommend this tour!!
The best thing we did is that we went early morning before the crowd. We had to wake up really early but it was worth it. The place is amazing we took all our time with a small group you can take all the pictures you want. After we had the most delicious breakfast and drinks. This was the highlight of our trip to NZ.
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This is the only way to see the Hobbiton movie set. Our guide Tony was very informative, friendly, and helpful. Being able to access the movie set before it is flooded with tourists taking in the beauty being untouched for the day not to mention having people in your pictures. Access to Hobbit holes not on the normal tour and breakfast in the Green Dragon Inn was an added bonus. Highly recommend this tour to anyone serious about a quality experience.
This is worth every penny. Our small group was the first to enter the Hobbiton movie set and remained in front of the pack of tourists behind us. Plenty of time was allowed for pictures and the tour guide was informative and happy to help with pictures. Very good quality breakfast at the Green Dragon and bonus facts about New Zealand from our driver. Would've liked a little more time at the Green Dragon instead of a stop on the way back to Auckland for ice cream.
I really enjoyed it. Our guide, Wayne, was a character, but very informed not just about the set, but about the countryside and farming practices we saw along the way. The set itself is charming and more extensive than I expected. Standing there looking at the beautiful surrounding countryside, with not a phone wire or highway in sight, you really feel like you could be in the Shire.
This is the only way to see Hobbiton! Our driver was friendly and personable. Once we arrived at the movie set our tour guide there was excellent. Early Access means plenty of time to stop and take photos. We didn and #39;t feel rushed and the breakfast was excellent.
This tour was evenmore enjoyable than I thought it would be.Our driver Alexander was extremely knowledgeable about New Zealand as well as the Tour itself. Jordan was our guide and she was excellent. I was blessed in that we had only 6 people total on our tour and all of them were friendly and well versed in the movies. This made the tour so enjoyable. The weather held off the rain until we were all finished the tour and at the green dragon having our elevenzees meal. The food was great and we had plently to each plus a drink: choice of one of two beers, or cider or soft drink. I don't know what the tour is like in the summer but the day I went was so enjoyable. I would recommend this tour for anyone who loves the Hobbit movies or Lord of the rings. money well spent.
This trip was excellent! We were glad we did the early entry as the tour was was very personal! The driver was terrific and our tour guide was really informative!
Fabulous tour taken and brilliant driver and tour guide. I had an amazing experience taking this tour.
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