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Swap the Tauranga cruise port for the Shire, featured in ‘The Lord of the Rings' and 'The Hobbit' trilogies, on a Hobbiton Movie Set shore excursion. Your tour includes movie structures such as hobbit holes, the party tree and the Mill. Sip a drink at the Green Dragon Inn, and then suit up in a favorite LOTR costume with a stop at McLaren Falls Park. Numbers are limited to 12 people for a small-group experience with your guide.


  • Guided 2-hour tour of the Hobbiton movie set on a shore excursion from Tauranga
  • Listen as your knowledgeable guide shares insider tales about the making of LOTR
  • Walk to the waterfalls, and dress up as your favorite LOTR character during a stop at McLaren Falls Park
  • Small-group tour limited to 12 people gives you a more intimate experience of Hobbiton
  • Covered by Viator’s worry-free policy: guaranteed on-time return to your ship

What You Can Expect

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

Lunch at the Green Dragon Inn

Located about an hour from Tauranga, where you’ll be picked up at the port, the Hobbiton Movie Set is situated on rolling farmland that depicts the Shire, a region inhabited by hobbits in The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit.
Departing the Bay of Plenty over the Tauranga Harbour Bridge, you’ll journey through the Kaimai mountain range before your small group arrives at your Waikato destination near the town of Matamata.
Meet a specialized guide for a 2-hour tour of the Hobbiton Movie Set, which provides an up-close look behind the scenes of director Peter Jackson’s famous film trilogies. LOTR fans can crouch in front of hobbit holes for photo ops and see structures such as the double-arched bridge, the Mill and the party tree, where Bilbo had his farewell birthday party.
Walk to the Green Dragon Inn, sip a complimentary local ale, cider or ginger beer.
After your meal, leave Hobbiton behind and make a stop at McLaren Falls Park for a bush walk to its namesake waterfalls. Here, your guide provides cloaks, hats and swords so you can dress up as your favorite character from The Lord of the Rings or The Hobbit, posing for photos against this scenic backdrop.
On the way back to the Tauranga port, make a quick stop to taste New Zealand manuka honey, try local ice cream or stop at a beach, if time permits.
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

Anthony P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

Great day out. Driver excellent.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

Directions to bus from cruise ship easy.Bus driver willing to go out of her way to show us little extras
A well organised tour , loved it !!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2016

Great tour with very informative guides, it was a great relaxed tour that was great value for money, our guide for Hobbiton Megan was lovely, very friendly and knowledgeable. I would definitely recommend this tour. Thanks for a great day

Lyndall S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2016

Tour driver very informative and considerate of all on board. Picturesque drive to Hobbiton. Hobbiton met all our expectations. I suggest if you want to look around the port do so before this tour

Carole W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2016

An amazing tour from start to finish. Never watched the movies but now feel inclined to do so. The journey back from Hobitton was the icing on the cake. Great small group tour

Cathy M D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

This was a great tour of the Hobbiton area with a smaller group and guide with a lot of information of the site and the filming at the site.

Danielle J

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2015

Fantastic experience. Shona our guide and driver was lovely and knowledgeable, and AJ our guide at Hobbiton was great and offered lots of interesting information and stories. The set is located in amazing countryside and is a great experience for fans.

Shirley m

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2015

This was amazing, so much better than I expected it to be. Our small group travelled with Robin and he was a very good tour guide. He explained so much for us and answered varied questions. We loved the drive to the Hobbiton farm, and just loved all we saw. Lunch was yummy as well. A highlight of our NZ trip. The little Hobbit homes were beautiful, flowers everywhere, just loved it and so many more than I thought we would see.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

This tour was amazing. The grounds are beautiful and very well maintained. The guide was great and informative. The tour included a fantastic lunch and a free beer as well.

Darcy F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

We loved every minute of this tour! Our guide was so wonderful, and there were only 4 of us on the bus to the movie set which made it so personal. It took an hour to get there, and the tour at Hobbiton was 2 hours. What an amazing place! After that, our guide took us to a nature park where we walked to a waterfall. Since we were on a cruise, this was the only time we got to see the interior of New Zealand, so we were excited about that. This was by far our favorite tour in New Zealand!!

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