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Tauranga Shore Excursion: Lord of the Rings Hobbiton Movie Set Tour provided by Zealandier Tours

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

Tauranga Shore Excursion: Lord of the Rings Hobbiton Movie Set Tour
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Tour snapshot
Guided behind-the-scenes tour of the Hobbiton movie set
Duration:
360–390 minutes
Group size:
19
Ticket type:
Mobile
Free cancellation
About
The famous Hobbiton movie set, where the Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit movies were filmed, is less than an hour from Tauranga. On this shore excursion, journey to The Shire and step into the fantasy world of Peter Jackson on a guided tour of Hobbiton. See iconic sites such as the Party Tree and the Mill, enjoy a drink at the Green Dragon Inn, then stop at McLaren Falls Park for a LOTR-themed photoshoot in the forest.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 360-390 minutes
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Available languages
English
Highlights
  • Sip a glass of ale or ginger beer at the Green Dragon Inn
  • Unforgettable photo ops: dress up in LOTR-style cloaks and swords
  • Worry-free shore excursion: guaranteed on-time return to your ship
What to expect
Know before you go
  • Duration: 360-390 minutes
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Available languages
English
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Highlights
  • Sip a glass of ale or ginger beer at the Green Dragon Inn
  • Unforgettable photo ops: dress up in LOTR-style cloaks and swords
  • Worry-free shore excursion: guaranteed on-time return to your ship
What to expect
Need help booking?
Call the number below and use the product code: 6050PRTTRGHOB
Important information
Inclusions
  • Driver/guide
  • Live commentary on board
  • Air-conditioned vehicle
  • Glass of ale, cider or gingerbeer
  • Port pickup and drop-off
  • Covered by Viator's worry-free policy: guaranteed on-time return to your ship
  • Entry/Admission - Zealandier Tours
Exclusions
  • Gratuities
  • Lunch
Duration
360–390 minutes
Departure details
  • Salisbury Avenue, Mount Maunganui 3116, New Zealand Out side port of Tauranga main pedestrian gate on the corner of Salisbury Avenue and the Mall, under the flagpole.
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Please wear comfortable clothing and walking shoes
  • Please bring sun protection and a light jacket for cooler weather
  • Travellers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 19 travellers
Inclusions
  • Driver/guide
  • Live commentary on board
  • Air-conditioned vehicle
  • Glass of ale, cider or gingerbeer
  • Port pickup and drop-off
  • Covered by Viator's worry-free policy: guaranteed on-time return to your ship
  • Entry/Admission - Zealandier Tours
Exclusions
  • Gratuities
  • Lunch
Departure details
  • Salisbury Avenue, Mount Maunganui 3116, New Zealand Out side port of Tauranga main pedestrian gate on the corner of Salisbury Avenue and the Mall, under the flagpole.
Duration
360–390 minutes
Return details
  • Returns to original departure point
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Please wear comfortable clothing and walking shoes
  • Please bring sun protection and a light jacket for cooler weather
  • Travellers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 19 travellers
Itinerary
  • You'll start at
    Salisbury Avenue
    Salisbury Avenue, Mount Maunganui 3116, New Zealand
    Out side port of Tauranga main pedestrian gate on the corner of Salisbury Avenue and the Mall, under the flagpole.
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    Zealandier Tours
    Stop: 6 hours - Admission included
    From the port of Tauranga - enjoy the local sights, history and points of interest en-route to the film site of the Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit trilogies. A unique movie set situated in the hills of a beautiful sheep and beef farm in Matamata. Enjoy a tour hour guided tour of the set and a nice cold ale or cider in the Green Dragon pub at the end, before being returned back to your ship.
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  • You'll return to the starting point
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ferdyEngland
Devizes, UK155 contributions
We booked directly via the website for this tour which was a bit cheaper than going through the ship . I would highly recommend you do this early as it does sell out and you really wouldn’t want to miss it. Our guide Grant was very informative during the journey to Hobbiton. He took us to a waterfall in a park on the way back , which was beautiful. And lastly a visit to a honey shop where you can see inside the hives. All very interesting. I highly recommend booking with Zealandier tours they were very organised and professional. And guaranteed to get you back to ship in time .
Written 14 March 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

jennifergH2008ZG
7 contributions
Mar 2020
Shona our tour guide was awesome,she told us about so many things of Tauranga & surroundings all the way through to Hobbiton.
Shona waited while we ventured in a Hobbiton bus with a Hobbiton tour guide, who explains all about this beautiful magical place with so many photo opportunities. There is also free cider, ginger ale or beer at The Green Dragon Inn. There is a gift shop to buy many souvenirs to take home & a cafe for eats & drink.
After our tour of Hobbiton, Shona drove us to a lookout & McLaren falls, with a short guided walk explaining all the different plants & trees. We also stopped at a kiwi farm.
We then stopped at Mossops Honey shop for free icecream.
Then Shona drove us back to Tauranga & along the foreshore near mt Maunganui
Thankyou for an amazing tour with so many highlights
Highly recommend everyone do this well planned tour.
Written 16 March 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

daniela1234224
Sydney, Australia64 contributions
Feb 2020
Comfy bus & really friendly driver picked us up just outside Tauranga Port. Drove us to McLaren Falls on the way to Hobbiton Movie Set, which was an amazing detour! Got to Hobbiton & set off with our guide for a look around. Couldn't believe we were actually there, it was sooo green & gorgeous & just like in the movies! Well maintained & a pleasure to see for ourselves. Our guide was helpful, knowledgeable & patient while we snapped loads of pics. I only wish there was something behind the one door we could open but there was literally nothing. We'd have loved to see it look like an actual room with furniture! Other than that we really loved it & going to the pub at the end of the tour for a complimentary beer was perfect! We didn't have much time to browse the souvenir shops but still picked up a few things. On the way back our driver took us to a bee-keeper & treated us to a free ice-cream. Then dropped us back at Tauranga Port. Highly recommend Zealandier Tours, very safe & well organised & fairly priced!
Written 3 March 2020
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Paul Z
Ottawa, Canada24 contributions
Mar 2020
Took a tour to the Hobbiton Movie Set while visiting this part of New Zealand, It's located at least an hour away from any major centre, but the drive there is scenic. The family who own the land and operate this site run it on a fairly tight schedule with tours setting out from the starting point every ten minutes. Groups tend to be large; ours had almost 40 people. The site is well kept; the "Hobbit houses" are bright and colourful, but you basically just get to see the exteriors and some of the open areas used in the movies. Our guide pointed out particular spots that were featured in the movies, but there really is only a limited amount to see. I am glad I went, but wouldn't particularly urge other people to go out of their way to see it. The best part of the excursion was the trip to and from the site with a knowledgeable local driver who took us to a number of interesting locations on the way back to the Tauranga area. But that wouldn't be available to everyone.
Written 15 March 2020
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Andreaobrien1
Shinfield, UK534 contributions
We booked this last minute, Jan from Zealandier Tours was at the port entrance to pick us up. Nice comfortable large 6 seater vehicle. Jan gave us loads of local insight into the area. We stopped on route at a honey shop for ice cream, I bought some honey marshmallows which were delicious. We also stopped at a kiwi farm interesting to see how these fruits grow. We got to the Hobbiton movie set with enough time for a quick cup of tea and sandwich. The tour on the set takes roughly around 2 hours some great pictures of the set were taken. We then headed back and Jan kindly took us to McLaren Waterfalls in a natural parkland that was lovely. Lovely day off the ship with a well organised tour operator I would definitely recommend Zealandier Tours.
Written 5 January 2020
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Debra D
Perth, Australia3 contributions
Feb 2020 • Couples
My husband and I visited Hobbiton with Zealander Tours. Our tour guide was Sharron and she was AMAZING! It was absolutely worth every cent! It is so picturesque, colourful, quaint and makes for magnificent photography! We thoroughly enjoyed our day visiting there and learning about the history of Hobbiton and how it came to be. We highly recommend this as a must see destination in Tauranga.
Written 17 February 2020
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SueCincinnati_OH
Cincinnati, OH56 contributions
Jan 2020
Great shore excursion! Less expensive than the cruise ship but appeared to be the exact same tour (as observed by the ship tour buses). Our guide was friendly and full of information about the Hobbiton movie set. Answered every question our group presented with patience and helped us with pictures. We could not have asked for a better tour! No problems with pick up or drop off. Very conscious of our time available.
Written 14 February 2020
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72worldtravelers
Plymouth, MA68 contributions
Don’t miss it...it’s magical. A wonderful trip led by Nick. He was wonderful and provided information along the way. A great driver. Met the owner of the land which made the trip more memorable.
Written 21 January 2020
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Sunbird
Daintree, Australia1,246 contributions
Feb 2018 • Couples
We cannot speak highly enough of this fabulous tour! As dedicated LOTR and The Hobbit fans we have wanted to visit Hobbiton for a long time and the experience exceeded our wildest expectations.

We chose Zealandia from their reviews and, as we don't like big coach tours were so happy to find this small-group tour - in fact there were only 4 of us plus our very informative driver/guide. And we paid very much less than if we'd booked through our cruise ship.

The whole day went perfectly - even the weather was wonderful. A beautiful drive then the most amazing Hobbiton movie set tour - it is SO well done and everything runs smoothly. We'd thought the 2-hour actual tour would be too long - but we didn't want it to finish!

Wonderful memories of Bag End, Gandalf's cutting, the Party Tree, so many interesting snippets of movie info, even thriving vegetable gardens everywhere!, about 40 individual hobbit-holes (facades only) topped off with a free drink at the quaint Green Dragon Inn.

Also bought a coffee and snack at the Shire's Rest where the movie tours start and finish - and not over-charged!

Then a leisurely drive back to the ship, visiting the MacLaren Falls on the way then a complimentary ice-cream at a honey farm. All in all a day we will never, ever forget.

Thank you Zealandier!
Written 14 March 2018
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Kerrie M
Brisbane, Australia52 contributions
Mar 2018 • Friends
This company is top notch. I booked the trip a day before and due to a cyclone could not go, they were so accommodating, refunded me immediately with apologies. Similar tours charge double this, I would recommend booking with them any day and hope to revisit this part of the planet another day.
Written 17 March 2018
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

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better than any ship tour as they combined both popular tourist sites in one day
They were there at the ship and easy to find .. they were fun and friendly always mindful of the time so that we we
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An enjoyable & interesting excursion
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Lovely Waterfall
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Plenty of sights
We were picked up outside the port as we came off a cruise. There was much to see, MtMaunganui area on route,stoppe
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A full day, but covered everything worth seeing
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bdmcd2017
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An all-day tour.
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Absolute rip off - driver was on day release from age care facility
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carolynwG6800WF
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Okay
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Karen S
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Excellent tour of Maori Village and other highlights around Tauranga
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Great Tour Guide
Our guide picked us up at Tauranga Port where we got off our Cruise; full day out starting with Hobbiton then Rotor
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Fun day!
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The best tour ever!
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