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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

melissalandon Australia

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2017

We had a great day our tour guide was great and very informative of the area. Thanks


5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2017

We had a fantastic time exploring the set with our very knowledgeable tour guide and really enjoyed our bus driver who threw in a beautiful surprise on the way home!

Georgina C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2017

We had a wonderful day trip with Stephen. The LOTR site is amazing and the other places he took us to were excellent. Stephen has a great knowledge of the area and told us many interesting things about Tauranga. Highly recommend this tour

Vickie K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2017

I had a great time. It was absolutely beautiful. One of my favorite things I did in New Zealand. Our guide was informative and helpful.

Mark Z

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2016

Even though we knew that this was going to be a a touristy tour, the landscape, setting and flowers made the trip worth it. It was a very crowded area, but our guide kept things moving and we could hear her clearly.

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

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