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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.
Just received this review request from Viator today. We went on this tour almost 3 months ago! Anyway, our guide was great but I forgot his name as it was so long ago. Tour is as expected. Hobitton sells itself. Pretty commercialized, prices in the gift shop ! Rip off!!!
We did not expect lunch but we did partake . We also did not expect the non-Hobitton part of the tour to be so good great even.
Totally worth every penny.
This was a great excursion. It's easy for me to say that because I am a Hobbit and Lord of the Rings fanatic! It was everything I hoped it would be. Hobbiton / the Shire was exactly what I was hoping for - and it felt a little magical being there. I was totally impressed with how they managed to keep so many people moving through and still let each group feel not too rushed or crowded. They've set it all up brilliantly. The ginger beer at the Green Dragon was fantastic. We don't drink alcohol so we were really glad to see a non-alcoholic beverage available that was delicious and refreshing. The visit afterwards to Rotorua was delightful and interesting. Be ready to walk a LOT for this excursion and don't forget hats and sun screen. They had umbrellas available but we didn't need them. The countryside was beautiful as well. We were very impressed too with the company that took us around. Our little bus was having some power issues that the driver commented on but no worries, he called and they sent a new bus to take us back. All in all, this was my favorite day on our trip.
This tour was one of the best we have ever done. First off our tour guide was Grant and he was awesome. Our first destination of the geyser and mud springs at Rotorua started with a show from the Maori Poeple in their highly ornate wood carved meeting house. This show was very entertaining with excellent singing and dancing and lasted about an hour. Next we visited the geyser which was spouting pretty good and saw the surrounding thermal mud springs. This was very interesting but not nearly as spectacular as Lassen or Yellowstone National Parks in the States. After this we had lunch which included chicken and salmon with was smoked in a barrel. Lunch was excellent with the salmon being the best tasting we had ever had, it still makes my mouth water thinking about it. After lunch they took us to a dark building where we got a up close look at a Kiwi bird they are nocturnal. We next traveled to Hobbiton which is the village set for the Lord of the Rings and Hobbit movies. This tour was very complete showing so much of the village seen in the movies. There must have been at least 25 buildings built into the hills which gave us excellent picture opportunities. Even before the movie set was built there you could see how beautiful the ranch was. I think I got over 100 pictures by the time I was done.
I very much enjoyed the bus ride and seeing the beautiful countryside. Once we got to the Hobbiton Movie Set, we had a guide take us through the set. The movie set was great and if you love the movies, you'll feel like a Hobbitt. However, we felt rushed by the group behind us and we thought their guide should have slowed them down so we could take photos and enjoy the scenery without being interrupted. Also, our group was large and it was difficult to hear the guide. These issues weren't the fault of the tour company.
We were met at the port by the operators of this tour and boarded a small van with 6 other travelers. Our driver for the day was exceptional and was very accommodating. He had lived in this area for his entire life and he was able to give us a lot of the history. The landscape of this area was so much more than I expected. The Rotorua area with its large lake would have been alone worth seeing. We stopped at the Maori Village and were lucky enough to see the geysers and hot muds areas and a KIWI bird.
Our final stop was at Hobbiton Movie set. We had a very good lunch there and then toured the move set followed by a beer at the Green Lantern Inn.
On our return home we found out that our tour guide did this as a part time job and that he was a pastor at a local church. How lucky were we to have him as our guide for the day. He represented his country well and we fell in love with New Zealand as a country and with the welcoming people that represent it.
This was the best tour of our 27 day cruise. The local guide grew up in the area and new a lot about New Zealand. The tour was on a 12 passenger van. Both Rotorua and Hobbiton were excellent stops. The included lunch was high quality. The cruise line offered separate excursions to each of these stops for about the same price as this tour that went to both of them.
One of the best tours we've done while cruising around New Zealand. We first went to Te Puia where we've seen geyser and Maori performance, both very good. The highlight of the tour was hobbiton movie set. Really beautiful and worth seeing even for people that are not LOTR fans.
To reach both destinations and come back to the port we travelled for quite some time in a mini bus with very knowledgeable driver who told us a lot about the area and New Zealand in general during the drive.
Highly recommend this tour. It's a must see for all LOR and Hobbit movie fans. The gysers and mud pools were also phenomenal. Our tour guide Grant from Zeelandier tours was amazing and provided lots of details about the sights and general commentary on the Country's Maori history, geography, leading industries etc. He was well informed and kept the audience engaged. He was also quite funny with his anecdotes and stories. We were picked up and dropped off at the cruise terminal well within the timelines.
Mind boggling the scale of this film set
T is incredible and tha natural use of the land is too,
this is one to take for sure,
Nate and Maria were great and knowledgeable hosts. The Hobbiton experience was well spaced out so you don't feel like you are there with so many other tourists. The meal there on site was fabulous. All the staff was great. The Maori cultural center was also very interesting. Great all day tour.
Delightful tour as promised in the ad brochure. Would recommend this small number group excursion.
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