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Combine three of Rotorua’s top attractions with a Hobbiton Movie Set tour on this full-day adventure. In the morning, visit Te Puia Maori Arts and Crafts Institute, Rainbow Springs wildlife park and the Agrodome sheep farm with a knowledgeable guide who informs you about New Zealand’s indigenous culture, national kiwi bird and most common farm animal. Then travel through The Shire on a tour of filming locations used in ‘The Lord Of The Rings' and ‘The Hobbit’ series.


  • Full-day sightseeing tour around Rotorua and guided Hobbiton movie set tour
  • Visit Te Puia to learn about Maori culture and see active geysers bubbling and erupting
  • Get a close look at New Zealand’s iconic kiwi bird and other native wildlife at Rainbow Springs
  • Watch a sheep-shearing demonstration and sheep dog trials at the Agrodome
  • Explore the Hobbiton movie set, where parts of the Lord of the Rings movies were filmed
  • Pose for pictures in front of Bilbo Baggins’ hobbit hole!
  • Have the option to return to Rotorua or to continue on to Auckland after your full-day tour

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What You Can Expect

Rotorua City Tour and 'The Lord of the Rings' Hobbiton Movie Set

Pohutu Geyser at Te Puia

Enjoy a convenient hotel pickup in Rotorua, then travel by coach to the New Zealand Maori Arts and Crafts Institute at Te Puia. Gain insight into Maori customs and traditional crafts including wood carving and weaving, then follow your guide on foot past Pohutu Geyser and gurgling mud pools in the Whakarewarewa geothermal valley.

Rejoin the coach for a quick drive to Rainbow Springs nature conservation park, which showcases the iconic national bird along with other native wildlife. Your guide ensures you won’t miss the Kiwi Encounter, free-flight aviaries or tuatara — a prehistoric reptile endemic to New Zealand.

Next, you’re driven to Rotorua’s Agrodome to learn about life on a working sheep farm. Admire sheep dogs at work and see an informative sheep-shearing demo.

You’ll have an hour to purchase lunch (own expense) before you’re transferred to the Hobbiton Movie Set tour. After a 1-hour drive over the scenic Kaimai mountains to Matamata, you’ll arrive at Middle-earth — the farm used as a filming location for The Lord of the Rings trilogy and The Hobbit series.

Enter the world of The Shire, homeland of hobbits such as Bilbo Baggins. Snap pics as you walk with a guide who sheds light on structures used in the films, such as the double-arch bridge, the Mill and Green Dragon Inn.

When your Hobbiton Movie Set tour wraps up, re-board the coach for your return to Rotorua. You also have the option to continue by coach to Auckland, approximately a 3-hour drive away.

Customer Reviews

Ian B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Fantastic afternoon had at the shire. Tour guide was great and to have a beer in the Green Dragon was a bonus


5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

It was a very good trip


5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

This tour was amazing!! We truly enjoyed the entire day. The first half of the day you spend going to Te Puia, Agrodome, and Rainbow Springs. All of which were awesome! It was a bit rushed but that's to be expected when you are going to see a bunch of things in a short time. We felt like the amount of time we spent at these locations was enough. The Hobbiton portion was definitely the highlight of our day. This tour is absolutely worth the money! Highly recommended if you are only in Rotorua for a short time!

James T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

The Hobbiton tour brings to life the LOTR and Hobbit movies. It feels like a hobbit should walk right down the lane.

Sauly Australia

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2015

Fantastic tour, fun filled tour guide!!!!Lots to see and so work to design and construct such a site that can be shared with people of the world. Climax of tour at the famous Pub for an Ale or cider. Highly Recommend this tour as a must do in your itinerary plans for N Z .

Kierra Australia

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2014

Such a great way to see as many attractions possible in Rotorua as well as the famous Hobbiton movie Set. All our guides were fantastic. The farm show at Agrodome was a real laugh, they really get everyone involved no matter you age! I even got to milk a cow! Te Puia, there is nothing like this anywhere! Such an incredible and unique place that not only offers visitors an insight into the history of the Maori Culture but also the history of Rotorua and the Geothermal activity. The Hobbiton movie set is amazing. You are taken into a whole new world and it’s just so amazing. A Fantastic tour and highly recommended for those wanting to see as much of Rotorua on a short timeline.

Ricky T

4 star rating: Recommended July 2016

This tour was great! The local knowledge imparted by Barry, and of course the cultural knowledge of the various guided tours was excellent! Hobbiton was a must see, and a great way to end the day.


2 star rating: It was OK, but could have been better February 2016

The itinerary was a bit too packed and tiring. Rotorua citytour can be scaled down a bit.

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