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Hobbiton & Rotorua (Wai-O-Tapu) Tour from Auckland in Small Groups

  • Guided Hobbiton tour including a drink at The Green Dragon Inn
  • Spectacular sights and photo opportunities at the Wai-O-Tapu Geothermal Wonderland
  • Hassle-free hotel pickup and round-trip transport from Auckland
Hobbiton & Rotorua (Wai-O-Tapu) Tour from Auckland in Small Groups
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Hobbiton & Rotorua (Wai-O-Tapu) Tour from Auckland in Small Groups
From US$229.37
Visit two of the North Island’s most popular attractions in one day on this small-group tour from Auckland. First, hear behind-the-scenes stories from the making of the Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit films on a guided tour of the Hobbiton Movie Set. In the afternoon, continue to Rotorua to explore the city and visit the Wai-O-Tapu Geothermal Wonderland, where highlights include geysers, volcanic mud pools, sulphur springs, and geothermal craters.
What to Expect

One day tour from Auckland to the famous and magical Lord of The Rings Hobbiton Movie Set and the geothermal wonders of Rotorua including Wai-o-Tapu geothermal park (one of the most surreal places on earth). 

On this tour you will be picked up from the hotel in our comfortable 12-seater mini-bus and driven through the stunning Waikato countryside, the most extensive farming area in the world, on a fully guided journey to Hobbiton. During the trip south you will encounter stunning scenery, great photo opportunities, beautiful mountains and several different farm animals along the way. 

After our drive we will arrive at the Alexander family sheep farm and Shire's Rest (the entrance to Hobbiton), where you can see thousands of sheep, grab a bite to eat, get your coffee fix or enjoy an ice cream while we collect your tickets to the movie set. 

Next you will board one of the big green Hobbiton buses to depart on your 2 hour fully guided tour of this amazing 12-acre movie set with a professional Hobbiton guide to ensure you get the most out of your visit. During your tour you will step into the lush pastures of the Shire, visit 44 hobbit holes, see amazing gardens, hear the secrets and stories about the making of the movies and finishing your experience at the famous Hobbiton pub The Green Dragon Inn for a cold beverage. 

After your Lord of the rings experience you will be guided back through the Alexander family sheep farm before continuing south to the active geothermal area of Rotorua. During the trip we will pass through the unique town of Tirau (the corrugated iron sculpture capital of the world) and the stunning Fitzgerald Glade plus see many more attractions to see along the way. Once in Rotorua we will do a guided tour of the city past its famous and historical sites including Lake Rotorua, The Government Gardens, Blues Bath, Thermal Springs and Polynesian Spa.

After some lunch our journey continues to Wai-O-Tapu Geothermal Wonderland, considered one of the most surreal places on earth. Here you will see Champagne Lake, Devil's Bath, local mud-pools, geothermal craters and other geothermal wonders before a fully guided trip back to Auckland and the end of your tour.

Reviews (18)
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Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile
Fantastic day

This tour made for a very long day but it was worth every minute.. Lance was our guide and incredibly knowledgable and helpful, able to give tonnes of advice about where to visit in Auckland, NZ and beyond - and helped us dodge most of...More

1  Thank Brackyosaurus
Reviewed 3 December 2018 via mobile
Small Group, Great Fun, Amazing Tour!

We went with Lance as our guide and he did a wonderful job to make sure everybody and everything was taken care of! Hobbiton is a must-do no matter you are a LOTR / Hobbits fans or not. The scenery, landscapes, architectures and all the...More

Thank Hpotato
Reviewed 17 November 2018
Wonderful Day

Went on the Hobbiton and Rotorua Wai-O-Tapu tour with Kreig. Kreig was informative and entertaining throughout the tour and kept the interaction within the group going. Both Hobbiton and Wai-O-Tapu are beautiful destinations. The pick-ups are on time and the pace of the tour did...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Ligand
Reviewed 12 November 2018
Lance is the best!

Cons: 1. Our first day was bad as the tour left us (even though we were at the exact pick-up location instructed and was even 30mins ahead of schedule). So there was a problem with coordination and logistics there. The driver didn't go into the...More

Date of experience: November 2018
1  Thank KathyS3806
Reviewed 22 October 2018
Best Day!

Went on the Hobbiton and Rotorua WaiOTapu with Kreig last week and had a truly wonderful day! He was full of information, jokes and ways to keep us entertained during the drive, very passionate and a lot of fun. Hobbiton was picture perfect, with Kreig...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank EmmaStewie
Cheeky Kiwi Tra... B, Guest Relations Manager at Cheeky Kiwi Travel, responded to this reviewResponded 27 October 2018

Eeeeemma the Jafa! :D What sensational feedback! You really painted a great picture of what to expect whilst on tour with Kreig, or in fact, with any of our wonderful guides. Humour, history, entertainment, passion, perfect picture spots. Personal, and yes, no tour is ever...More

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