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Take a shore excursion to the Hobbiton Movie Set and sightsee Rotorua with a guide when your cruise ship pulls into port at Tauranga. Journey to Middle-earth and The Shire of ‘The Lord of the Rings’ fame, featured in the popular LOTR trilogy and ‘The Hobbit.’ Then learn traditional customs at the Maori village of Whakarewarewa before strolling past the spouting geysers and steaming hot springs of thermal Rotorua. Numbers are limited to 19 participants in this small-group tour to the land of hobbits and hot pools.


  • Lord of the Rings Hobbiton movie set and Rotorua shore excursion from Tauranga
  • Tour the Hobbiton movie set from The Lord of the Rings trilogy and The Hobbit
  • Enjoy a tour of Whakarewarewa thermal region and Maori Village
  • See the landscape of erupting geothermal activity, hot thermal springs and hot bubbling mud pools
  • Small group of 19 passengers
  • Covered by Viator’s worry-free policy: guaranteed on-time return to your ship

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What You Can Expect

Tauranga Shore Excursion: Lord of the Rings Hobbiton Movie Set Tour Including Rotorua Sightseeing

Lady Knox Geyser, Whakarewarewa Thermal Valley

Start your full-day shore excursion to Middle-earth and Rotorua with pickup from the Tauranga cruise port. Your coach follows a scenic route, crossing the Tauranga Harbour Bridge before departing the Bay of Plenty. After climbing the Kaimai mountain range, note the fertile farmlands of Waikato as you near the town of Matamata and the filming site used for the Hobbiton Movie Set.

Stroll with your guide past hobbit holes belonging to the likes of Bilbo and Frodo during a 2-hour tour of The Shire, an actual New Zealand sheep farm. You’ll recognize scenes from The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings trilogies, including the party tree, the Mill and the Green Dragon Inn, where you can finish your Hobbiton tour with a mug of beer, cider or ginger beer (own expense).

Back on board the bus, continue into Rotorua via the Mamaku mountain range. After a stop for lunch (own expense) beside Lake Rotorua, you’re treated to a traditional welcome into the authentic Maori village of Whakarewarewa.

Accompanied by a Maori guide, witness the astounding thermal activity of Rotorua’s bubbling hot springs and mud pools, and watch Pohutu Geyser erupt. Learn how New Zealand’s indigenous people made use of the region, bathing in the hot springs and cooking over steam vents.

Step foot inside Whare Tupuna, a Maori meeting house designed with symbolic wood carvings. Hear songs, see dances and discover Maori customs during a demonstration of warlike fighting skills included in the haka dance.

Your driver takes a separate route on the return trip and, if time allows, stops for an impromptu photo shoot in a redwood forest. You can use provided hats, cloaks, staffs and swords to pose as Gandalf or your favorite hobbit from The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit before drop-off at the cruise port.

Worry-free Shore Excursion:
We will ensure your timely return to the Tauranga port for this activity. In the rare event your ship has departed, we will arrange for transportation to the next port-of call. If your ship is delayed and you are unable to attend this activity, your money will be refunded. See our terms and conditions for full details.

Customer Reviews

Peter O

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2016

Must see Great day


5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2016

Delightful tour as promised in the ad brochure. Would recommend this small number group excursion.

Diane M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

was a excellent tour for young and old, would do again

Brenn C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

This tour was amazing!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2016

I really enjoyed this tour. We started off in Rotorua where we were able to see a geyser go off and see the hot springs the area is famous for. I enjoyed our visit to Hobbiton where we also had our lunch. Lunch was great. The area is beautiful, so even if you are not a huge Lord of the Rings fan, you will enjoy the scenery. This was a very interesting tour and was a highlight of our trip.

Keith S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2016

This is the best tour we experienced in NZ. The tour guide was very informative. Hobbiton was an amazing place, and a very well organized tourist stop. The Hobbiton Tour Guide was excellent. The cultural village and Rotorua sightseeing was well worth the trip.

Ken B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2016

Much better than we expected. I was one of four and the only one to have either read or seen the Lord of the Rings and Hobbit books and movies. The three others thought it was a great experience and allowed them to feel the uniqueness of the place and the land. Great day and well worth the time and

Michael R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2016

This was an absolutely wonderful excursion! Our guide, Grant, was excellent and the entire day was just great. The Hobbiton movie set was more than I expected. We were there in early February and it was hot, but the drink of ginger beer at the Green Dragon Tavern afterwards was worth it.

James C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2016

One of the best tours of any cruise we have been on,only disappointment was having to pay in Yankee dollars otherwise a great day,tour guides were excellent

CliffCheryl United States of ... 

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2016

Top notch. Could have spent more time at Hobbiton but it was about right. The buffet lunch was superb, albeit not really what I would expect Hobbits to eat. The guided tour was very good and the guide was very knowledgeable and share lots of interesting trivia.

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