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Picked up from the port had a very friendly guide taken to Tuaranga fascinating seeing all the different geological variations then went on tonhobbiton had a fantastic tour and meal finsished off with a pint in the green dragon a brilliant overall experience
Highly worth the longer drive and cost. Beautiful local and the attention to detail relative to the movie set was amazing. Tour guides were excellent!
This was an absolutely outstanding experience. The travel guide was wonderful,highly organised and knowledgeable on her subjects. I would rate this as one of the best tours we have undergone at about half the price of the cruise ship tour. I would definitely use them again.
Fantastic tour! Our tour guide Philip was amazing, going the extra mile to ensure we saw all the interesting things in the areas visited and sharing his knowledge along the way. Was great to see both locations as we were only in port for 1 day. Some very unique sights at Rotorua and Hobbiton is beautiful, you wouldn't even need to be a Lord of the Rings fan to enjoy it. I highly recommend this tour.
What a fantastic day we had ... we had a small bus with a cosy group of 14 which made it very friendly and Shona was a very helpful and happy guide. The highlights were numerous but I will say that Hobiton astounded me as it was so much more than I expected. Then Rotorua was amazing too. It was a tight timetable to fit everything in and yet we didn't feel we missed anything and the lunch was superb. Thanks so much for a wonderful day.
Cruising on the Ovation of the Seas on December 29, 2017 from Sydney to New Zealand, I booked a tour for our party of 19 to visit the Hobbiton Movie Set and Rotorua Sightseeing Tour, departing from Tauranga. Even though our ship was 2 hours late in docking than was scheduled, we were met in the rain by the lovely Shona. From there it was was straight to the Maori village of Whakarnewarewa where we were educated and entertained with the customs of the Maori people. With a visit to the geysers include at the site it was a great experience. With a lovely drive with fantastic commentary to the Lord of the Rings Hobbiton Movie Set next, we were a little rushed to meet our 1pm tour, but having made it, our tour guide Caleb did a wonderful job taking us sound the set. Even those in our party who hadn’t seen the movies or even read the books were enthralled. It even stopped raining! We all enjoyed a beverage at the end of the tour at the Green Dragon and enjoyed a little frivolity dressing up as Gandalf and a hobbit. One other plus was the snack pack provided to each of us on the bus-much appreciated. We even had time at the end of the day for a tour around the township at the dock which was terrific. Many thanks also to Aria L at Viator Group Bookings who helped me with the co-ordination of our tour from the other side of the world.
Excellent tour, a must do. Great visit to Hobbiton with
Two hours to look around with a guide. Then Rotorua and mauri cultural experience and geysers. Graeme our guide had excellent knowledge. Great countryside views. Fantastic snack pack.
What a fantastic tour ,we had a wonderful tour guide a small group tour in mnii van with an 18 month old we were provided a car seat for her,mother who is 84 and walks with aid of walking frame easily was able to manage the whole movie set was steep in places but we had beautiful weather im sure if it had been wet she would of had trouble.Hobiton did not disapoint our expectations after seeing photos of the movie set but exceeded them scenery was awesome, guide very informative and even if you have never seen Lord of Rings and Hobbit movies you would still enjoy this tour .At end of tour you are given complementary beer ,cider or gingerbeer .Then onto Rotorua where we had time to purchase our lunch then tour the geysers,hot mud pools and learn from the guides all about this amazing place.We were treated to a traditional Maroi welcome and Show which was enjoyed by all.Another highly recommended tour.
Well organised tour, everything we hoped for.! Driver great, got us to everything on time, Would highly recommend Viator.
Best tour of our visit to New Zealand. Small group tour well organized and guide most informative for the total tour. He had local knowledge and made the visits most enjoyable despite the morning rain to the geysers/Maori show at Te Puia .geyser.
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