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Really great trip. Chose tour as a day excursion from a cruise, booked independent of cruise line. Very knowledgeable driver, took us to some extra destinations on the way. Well worth the trip.
Our tour took us through NZ countryside along rolling green hills splattered with sheep and dairy farms and kiwi vineyards.
Ian, our guide, was quite informative and entertaining. Our first stop was a local honey store. Hobbiton proved to be what we expected and more. We had a young guide who gave us some wonderful tidbits of information about the movies. The film set was quite picturesque. The driver stopped briefly at a kiwi vineyard on the way back which was truly beautiful.
Well organised on time.
Very good driver who had lived in the area for a long time and as a consequence gave us good information.
Hobbiton was great.
This trip was really fun. We had a number of minor excursions during the trip which added to the enjoyment and Hobbiton itself was lovely. Would not make any purchases in the onsite shop as everything seemed very expensive. The trip around the site was first class and very well managed, We had a really good day and again the cost of booking was so much better value that going through the cruise company official site, Guides were able to explain locations within the films and Hobbiton is well worth a visit. Also managed a beer or two at The Green Dragon.
Love... love ... loved this!!!! So wonderfully amazing. Thank you for providing such a fantastic tour and the grounds have to be seen to be believed. If you go to NZ you have to go here!!! An absolute must see - whether a fan or not!
This deserves six stars. We booked through Viator the supplier being Shore Trips Tours. For a start it was about 100 cheaper than the ship price and they gaurantee to get you back on time. We were not particularly interested in Hobbits but we enjoyed this trip very much. The scenery and gardens and organization were superb. Our guide, Joseph ,was able to comment and explain it all in a knowledgeable and interesting way.. The pace up hill and down dale was not too fast, but well ordered. There is a fair bit of walking but small electric carts are available for the challenged, at a price. It truly is a magic place , don't miss it, Well worth the money and a unique experience..
tour guide did a great job and even brought us to two other locations on the way back to our cruise ship so we could see more of tauranga! The cost was well worth what we got out of it!
Once off the ship it was hard identifying the crew from Viator.
ONCE OFF THE SHIP it WAS VERY HARD TO IDENTIFY THE CREW FROM VIATOR.
Tour was incredible, do not miss. If you are a fan of LOTR go do the Hobbiton tour. Our guide from the hobbiton once we got on the farm was great, so informative. Great that was we about 30 of us. The Dragon inn with the included ale or cider was nice. The Manuka honey stop was good too.
It was absolutely perfect. The bus was clean and on time. The guides were professional. The Hobbiton is a lifetime experience. I would definitely recommend this tour since logistics were easy, on time and as promised.
With no previous knowledge of the Hobbits movie or Lord of the Rings, our grandkids said we had to go to Hobbiton. We took their advice and were so glad we did. This was an amazing experience, and you expected to see Hobbits pop out of the colorful doors of their little homes in the hills. Every part of the tour, from our ship and back, was great, with our tour driver giving us a great history of the area and of how the beautiful acreage was acquired and made into this wonderfully adventurous place. We can't wait to now read the books and see the movies, especially because we can now say we were there!
our driver Ian picked us up at the port from our cruise ship. The bus was comfortable and he was very informative with the local area. The tour at Hobbiton was so enjoyable and Hannah was our guide and she was fabulous. Thank you for such a great day great value for money. Beautiful part of the country.
I'm a Hobbit and Lord of the Rings geek. This excursion was GRAND! Tour guides were great and the grounds were magical!
We booked this cruise excursion through Viator and couldn’t have been more happier that we did. We cruised via Celebrity and they were charging $60 more. Our tour guide was Ian and he was excellent. Not only did he give us good information about the town, country lands, the ecosystem but we had a few stops along the way. He made the whole experience worth it. If you’re a Hobbiton/LOTR fan, this is a MUST DO adventure. It has to be one of the coolest experience.
This tour was awesome, even if you arent in to Lord of the Rings. Quite a bit of walking but worth it.
sue H Australia
Thoroughly enjoyed this tour from our ship. The bus had some problems with the air conditioning early on, but this was overcome with a replacement bus. The driver and the tour company went out of their way to make up for the small problem.
We have given this tour a five star rating because it was everything and more than we expected BUT we do have one disappointment and that was that we always expect small parties with Viator as they advertise but we had 20 on our coach a a further 9 on another coach who joined us at each stopping point, we would have been a coach of 29 but they didn't have one available. Very disappointing that we have had no response from Viator whe we e-mailed and advised about this!!
Great tour! Fantastic Day Out! Our driver was great and very informative.We were a family group of 12 on a cruise ship and everyone enjoyed Hobbiton. Would highly recommend!
It was a wonderfully well organized tour. We loved touring Hobbiton with a great guide . what a beautiful location and a wonderful story. We also enjoyed the Green Dragon pub. It definitely met our expectations.
The tour destinations were great and the guide was fantastic.
great tour and the price was great too. pickup easy with on time return to the cruise boat. Small group many the trip a comfortable adventure without the massive crowd effect.
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