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

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  • Lord of the Rings Hobbiton movie set and Rotorua shore excursion from Tauranga
  • Tour the Hobbiton movie set from The Lord of the Rings trilogy and The Hobbit
  • Enjoy a tour of Whakarewarewa thermal region and Maori Village
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Tauranga Shore Excursion: Lord of the Rings Hobbiton Movie Set Tour Including Rotorua Sightseeing
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Tauranga Shore Excursion: Lord of the Rings Hobbiton Movie Set Tour Including Rotorua Sightseeing
From US$180.16
Overview
Take a shore excursion to the Hobbiton Movie Set and sightsee Rotorua with a guide when your cruise ship pulls into port at Tauranga. Journey to Middle-earth and The Shire of ‘The Lord of the Rings’ fame, featured in the popular LOTR trilogy and ‘The Hobbit.’ Then learn traditional customs at the Maori village of Whakarewarewa before strolling past the spouting geysers and steaming hot springs of thermal Rotorua. Numbers are limited to 19 participants in this small-group tour to the land of hobbits and hot pools.
What to Expect
Start your full-day shore excursion to Middle-earth and Rotorua with pickup from the Tauranga cruise port. Your coach follows a scenic route, crossing the Tauranga Harbour Bridge before departing the Bay of Plenty. After climbing the Kaimai mountain range, note the fertile farmlands of Waikato as you near the town of Matamata and the filming site used for the Hobbiton Movie Set.

Stroll with your guide past hobbit holes belonging to the likes of Bilbo and Frodo during a 2-hour tour of The Shire, an actual New Zealand sheep farm. You’ll recognize scenes from The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings trilogies, including the party tree, the Mill and the Green Dragon Inn, where you can finish your Hobbiton tour with a mug of beer, cider or ginger beer (own expense).

Back on board the bus, continue into Rotorua via the Mamaku mountain range. After a stop for lunch (own expense) beside Lake Rotorua, you’re treated to a traditional welcome into the authentic Maori village of Whakarewarewa.

Accompanied by a Maori guide, witness the astounding thermal activity of Rotorua’s bubbling hot springs and mud pools, and watch Pohutu Geyser erupt. Learn how New Zealand’s indigenous people made use of the region, bathing in the hot springs and cooking over steam vents.

Step foot inside Whare Tupuna, a Maori meeting house designed with symbolic wood carvings. Hear songs, see dances and discover Maori customs during a demonstration of warlike fighting skills included in the haka dance.

Your driver takes a separate route on the return trip and, if time allows, stops for an impromptu photo shoot in a redwood forest. You can use provided hats, cloaks, staffs and swords to pose as Gandalf or your favorite hobbit from The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit before drop-off at the cruise port.

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.
Reviews (65)
1 - 5 of 6 reviews
Reviewed 10 April 2018
Amazin Experiencie In Hobbiton and Thermal Wonderland and Whakarewarewa Maori Cultural Village

Jan was so lovely. I was the only person on the tour. She migh cancel it but she allow me to take it, because it was my last day at New Zeland. That was a really really good gesture. During the tour, Shona was my...More

Date of experience: April 2018
3  Thank martinr5886
Reviewed 31 January 2018
Great Value for Money

My partner and I booked this tour as a day trip from a cruise ship. Our guide Phillip was very informative. He gave us a little goodies bag for the tour. Very friendly and he made sure that everyone was safe and enjoying themselves. He...More

Date of experience: January 2018
2  Thank eric1857
Reviewed 7 January 2018 via mobile
Great time in Hobbiton and Rotorua!

We came in by cruise ship and it was delayed a couple of hours due to weather. The tour company was flexible, and our guide Terry was tremendous. There were some fussy young kids and he was so patient and engaging. They provided a much...More

2  Thank Bianca95Holland
Reviewed 5 January 2018
Easy, fun and knowledgable! Awesome day.

We booked 3 day tours through these guys on our cruise to NZ. Slightly more price competitive than the boats so gave them a go. We weren't originally aware that 2 of the 3 day tours were provided by other related tour companies, I think...More

Date of experience: December 2017
1  Thank jesseandjoel
Reviewed 3 January 2018 via mobile
Great day

We arrived in Tauranga via cruise ship and chose to book our shore tour through Zealandier Tours. The whole day trip, lead by the very knowledgeable and friendly, Graeme was brilliant. Thanks to Graeme We learnt a lot about the area along the way and...More

1  Thank 70AngCN
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