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Shore Excursion: The Ultimate Hobbiton and Lord of the Rings Movie Set Tour

Mount Maunganui, New Zealand
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5 hours 30 minutes (Approx.)
Hotel pickup offered
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Offered in: English


Explore the sets from ‘The Lord of the Rings’ and ‘The Hobbit’ movie series on this 5.5-hour Hobbiton shore excursion. Cross Tauranga Harbour and head through the Kaimai mountain range on route to Hobbiton, the movie set location for the ‘Lord of the Rings’ movies and ‘The Hobbit’ trilogy. Meet your guide at the Shires Rest to start your 2-hour tour. Discover top sites including the famous party tree in Bag End. Finish your tour with an ale in the Green Dragon pub and imagine yourself among your favorite characters.
  • Excellent value for money
  • Family friendly
  • Informative, friendly and professional guide
  • All entrance fees included
Experienced, professional and friendly driver/guide
Port pickup and drop-off
A tankard of Hobbit ale or cider at the Green Dragon Pub (non-alcoholic option available)
A visit to a local honey centre with tastings and FREE honey ice cream
Air conditioned transport

Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered
Please meet the Shore Trips and Tours representative at the Shore Trips and Tours sign board situated just outside the port gates. Walk through the information marquee and out through the gates - a short walk from your ship.


Departure Time

10:00 AM

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
Hotel pick-up is offered for this tour. Note: if you are booking within 24 hours of the tour/activity departure time, we cannot guarantee hotel pick-up. Once your purchase is complete, we will send you complete contact information (phone number, email address, etc.) for our local operator to organize pick-up arrangements.
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Hobbiton is open to the elements, and tours operate in all weather conditions (sun protection is recommended). Umbrellas are available for rain and shine.
  • A moderate amount of walking is involved. Due to uneven surfaces and some steep inclines this tour is not recommended for those with walking disabilities or using a wheelchair. Please check with us before booking if you are unsure if the tour will be suitable.
  • The vehicle size is usually 24-35 seats (smaller than the cruise lines), although smaller minivans are often used. Having 24-34 customers allows us to (usually) book a tour guide at Hobbiton just for us! This avoids the masses on the public tours that other companies use.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 35 travelers

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

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Reviews by Viator travelers
hobbiton and lotr
, Jan 2019
What a great place to visit. Have loved LOTR forever and was happy to finally get there. The day was great as was our tour guide. The tour was on time as were all the passengers. We got back to the ship with plenty of time to spare. Hobbiton is truly magical and would recommend this tour to anyone whether you are a fan or not.
christine f
, Jan 2019
The tour guide ( Alex) was fantastic and so knowledgeable and the place was amazing; the drink in the Green Dragon tavern was great; the tour bus driver was also very friendly and accommodating.
, Dec 2018
Wonderful tour with well informed driver and Hobbiton guide.Punctual pick up and drop off at the port.A must do tour whilst in New Zealand.
Great adventure
Sean C
, Dec 2018
The whole tour was wonderful. From being picked up from the harbor - the driver imparting knowledge of the local area - the tour guide at the Hobbiton Movie Set tour - and the actual movie set itself which was so well preserved.
Hobbit for a Day
, Dec 2018
Great side trip on our New Zealand cruise. Guides were very good, courteous, and knowledgeable. Guides took our pictures when we wanted. Very interesting and beautiful area to visit. Would recommend this trip for anyone.
Hobbiton Highlight
, Dec 2018
The movie set tour was excellent, but it would have been more enjoyable if the buses were spaced out farther to manage crowds. The bus driver Doug was excellent, but we had trouble hearing on the back row. We arrived at the meeting point 30 minutes early looking for someone holding up a sign with our names as instructed. At 10 minutes before tour departure, I asked one of the other tour companies where to meet Viator, only to discover our tour was subbed out to Shore Excursions and our name was on their clipboard list. Good thing I asked or we would have missed the tour. That’s how we ended up in the back row of the bus :/ Also, the advertised honey farm tour was a stop at a tiny honey store in town with crowds from other buses so that it was impossible to even get in. That part of the tour was a huge disappointment! The stop at the kiwi orchard was quick but very enjoyable. Overall a good experience.
Hobbit Movies set tour
, Nov 2018
Fantastic place to visit. We enjoyed to place very much and the scenery to the place. Hobbit Movies set tour was great and enjoyed to see how they built the movie set.
On time pick up. Not a single hitch...
, Apr 2018
On time pick up. Not a single hitch throughout. Driver/guide wa very knowledgeable
After seeing the Hobbit film, this...
Jennifer W
, Mar 2018
After seeing the Hobbit film, this was a must see. Our guide John from Shoretrips was really knowledgeable and the guide Hayden at Hobbiton was great. A must see, especially if you are a fan but really interesting even if you are not a fan.
Even though we were not followers of...
Jerome F
, Mar 2018
Even though we were not followers of the Hobbit Movies and Lord of the Rings, we decided to take this tour after reading the reviews. It was so true. You do not have to be a fan to love this tour! Our guide, Catherine, was wonderful! We were met right outside the terminal from our cruise ship. It was so easy and I know we saved money rather than booking the tour through our ship. The Hobbiton Village is incredible and we enjoyed every minute of our tour. What a fun day to spend while we were docked in Tauranga!

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