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Shore Excursion: The Ultimate Hobbiton and Lord of the Rings Movie Set Tour

Shore Excursion: The Ultimate Hobbiton and Lord of the Rings Movie Set Tour
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When your ship pulls into port at Tauranga, it’s a scenic drive to the Hobbiton Movie Set. Tour the filming site for “The Lord of the Rings” and “The Hobbit” trilogies. Make a stop for honey ice cream and gulp down Hobbit ale, cider, or ginger beer at the Green Dragon Inn. Your driver-guide greets you on arrival and ensures a comfortable shore excursion.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 5h 30m
  • 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
  • Tauranga shore excursion: Hobbiton Movie Set tour
  • Discover Bag End, the Green Dragon Inn, and more
  • Port pickup and drop-off by an experienced professional
  • Includes admission and air-conditioned transport for extra ease
Know before you go
  • Duration: 5h 30m
  • 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
  • Tauranga shore excursion: Hobbiton Movie Set tour
  • Discover Bag End, the Green Dragon Inn, and more
  • Port pickup and drop-off by an experienced professional
  • Includes admission and air-conditioned transport for extra ease
Need help booking?
Call the number below and use the product code: 9218P1
Call +1 855 275 5071
Important information
Inclusions
  • Experienced, professional and friendly driver/guide
  • Port pickup and drop-off
  • A tankard of Hobbit ale or cider at the Green Dragon Pub (non-alcoholic option available)
  • Air conditioned transport
  • Entry/Admission - Hobbiton Movie Set
Exclusions
  • Lunch
  • Gratuities
Duration
5h 30m
Departure details
  • Traveller pickup is offered.
  • Please meet the Shore Trips and Tours representative at the Shore Trips and Tours sign board situated just outside the port gates. Walk through the information marquee and out through the gates - a short walk from your ship.
  • Ports:
  • Port of Tauranga Ltd, 2 Salisbury Avenue, Mount Maunganui 3116, New Zealand
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Hobbiton is open to the elements, and tours operate in all weather conditions (sun protection is recommended). Umbrellas are available for rain and shine.
  • A moderate amount of walking is involved. Due to uneven surfaces and some steep inclines this tour is not recommended for those with walking disabilities or using a wheelchair. Please check with us before booking if you are unsure if the tour will be suitable.
  • The vehicle size is usually 24-35 seats (smaller than the cruise lines), although smaller minivans are often used. Having 24-34 customers allows us to (usually) book a tour guide at Hobbiton just for us! This avoids the masses on the public tours that other companies use.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • This tour runs with a minimum of 4 fare paying passengers. We will advise on the day if the minimum hasn't been met, and offer alternative options if necessary
  • Please purchase a ticket for all travelers in your group - including 'purchasing' a ticket for all infants. NZ transport law requires us to count all heads on board. One child or infant max per adult ticket.
  • Travellers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour is for passengers arriving on a cruise ship into the Port of Tauranga
  • This is a Pre Booked Tour Only!
  • No sales on the Day of this Tour!
  • 10am is the regular tour start time. This may be adjusted for early/late arriving cruise ships. We will advise any time change at the time of booking
  • Please ensure you provide a contact phone number and/or email address that you will have with you and/or checking whilst on holiday so any last minute tour time changes can be notified
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 35 travellers
Inclusions
  • Experienced, professional and friendly driver/guide
  • Port pickup and drop-off
  • A tankard of Hobbit ale or cider at the Green Dragon Pub (non-alcoholic option available)
  • Air conditioned transport
  • Entry/Admission - Hobbiton Movie Set
Exclusions
  • Lunch
  • Gratuities
Departure details
  • Traveller pickup is offered.
  • Please meet the Shore Trips and Tours representative at the Shore Trips and Tours sign board situated just outside the port gates. Walk through the information marquee and out through the gates - a short walk from your ship.
  • Ports:
  • Port of Tauranga Ltd, 2 Salisbury Avenue, Mount Maunganui 3116, New Zealand
Duration
5h 30m
Return details
  • Returns to original departure point
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Hobbiton is open to the elements, and tours operate in all weather conditions (sun protection is recommended). Umbrellas are available for rain and shine.
  • A moderate amount of walking is involved. Due to uneven surfaces and some steep inclines this tour is not recommended for those with walking disabilities or using a wheelchair. Please check with us before booking if you are unsure if the tour will be suitable.
  • The vehicle size is usually 24-35 seats (smaller than the cruise lines), although smaller minivans are often used. Having 24-34 customers allows us to (usually) book a tour guide at Hobbiton just for us! This avoids the masses on the public tours that other companies use.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • This tour runs with a minimum of 4 fare paying passengers. We will advise on the day if the minimum hasn't been met, and offer alternative options if necessary
  • Please purchase a ticket for all travelers in your group - including 'purchasing' a ticket for all infants. NZ transport law requires us to count all heads on board. One child or infant max per adult ticket.
  • Travellers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour is for passengers arriving on a cruise ship into the Port of Tauranga
  • This is a Pre Booked Tour Only!
  • No sales on the Day of this Tour!
  • 10am is the regular tour start time. This may be adjusted for early/late arriving cruise ships. We will advise any time change at the time of booking
  • Please ensure you provide a contact phone number and/or email address that you will have with you and/or checking whilst on holiday so any last minute tour time changes can be notified
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 35 travellers
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Last updated: 21 Jul 2021
A note from Shore Excursion: The Ultimate Hobbiton and Lord of the Rings Movie Set Tour
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What you can expect during your visit
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
What you can expect during your visit
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitised
  • Contactless payment for gratuities and add-ons
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
  • Gear/equipment sanitised between use
Itinerary
  • You'll get picked up
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    Hobbiton Movie Set
    Stop: 5 hours - Admission included
    Escape into the enchanting world of JRR Tolkein’s imagination – on a trip to the Hobbiton Movie Set and farm. Intricately recreated after being used as a film set for both the Lord of The Rings and The Hobbit trilogies, this tour will take you to another world set deep in New Zealand farming countryside. Whether you have read the books, seen the movies, or neither at all - this is one day you won’t forget. Our expert guide will set the scene as we leave the Bay of Plenty region and climb over the Kaimai Ranges. Admire the amazing scenery before arriving at 'The Shire's Rest' visitors centre where your Hobbiton experience begins. Hobbiton Highlights: • Explore 44 Hobbit holes set across 12 acres of lush pasture and manicured gardens. You can even get pop inside a doorway for a souvenir photo. • Learn inside tips from your specialist guide and get wrapped up in the fascinating stories they tell. • Make a visit to Bag End, the Party Tree, Gandalf’s Cutting, The Mill House and more. For you movie buffs there are recognisable landmarks at every turn! • Cap off your tour with a complimentary ale, cider or ginger beer in the Green Dragon Inn…where you can sit by the fire, admire the expert craftsmanship and imagine life as a hobbit! This tour is provided by Tauranga's best Shore Excursion team. Also included on the itinerary is a stop at a local honey shop (with FREE tastings of fresh NZ honey and FREE honey ice cream), and a visit to a kiwifruit orchard to see how this quintessential New Zealand icon is grown.  About us: Our team has been delivering world-class Shore Excursions for over 16 years. It all started with owner Ian - one man and a beloved Rolls Royce car. Today, the number of vehicles and tours has changed, but the philosophy hasn’t – every customer is treated like one of the family, and we will make sure you have an unforgettable day. We have over 100 years combined tour guiding experience so you know you are in capable hands (and if you’re lucky you may even get to travel with Ian – he still loves to get behind the wheel!). Travel in a modern, air conditioned vehicle with a passionate local as your host. We specialise in smaller groups to allow an intimate and personalised experience. Every tour is guided and commentated from start to finish - our guides delight in showing off our little corner of the world. And, we guarantee to have you back to the ship on time!
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Andrea B
1 contribution
the whole day was perfect especially our tour guide named peter kirkwood he knew everything.
Mar 2020
I would recommend hobbiton to anyone who appreciates what goes in to making a movie with such detail as what was shown and explained to us by our very experienced guide Peter Kirkwood.
Written 12 March 2020
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IanH4043
Thanks for the review, Peter [Haywood] will be chuffed to read this. This is his first season as a guide and he has done amazingly well in this short time, just one of our great team who love showing our clients around the region. Regards Ian
Written 16 March 2020
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michael m
Darwin, Australia6 contributions
Hobbit on movie set
Mar 2020
Did the Hobbiton movie set tour. Absolutely fantastic day. Shore Excursion tours provided a excellent service. Our bus driver GARRY Mc , was the best tour guide I experienced . Full of local information, roaming commentary, also a great character. Well suited to the job he’s doing. Thank you for making the day so memorable. If you’re lucky enough to get GARRY , ask him about the summer cows LOL
Written 12 March 2020
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IanH4043
Thanks Michael, pleased you had a great day with Garry Mc [pleased you added that as we have another Gary as well]. Hobbiton is a real joy to visit with our guests and we never get anyone who is not amazed at the stunning Movie Set experience, truly unique. We have been taking groups there since it opened in 2002, just a year after we started Shore Trips and Tours and its one of the most popular tours we run. Regards Ian
Written 16 March 2020
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Relax678779
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Mr Myers
Feb 2020 • Couples
A truly magical afternoon. Well worth the trip loved all, especially The Green Dragon. Thank you for a wonderful triip
Written 24 February 2020
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IanH4043
Hobbiton is officially the most visited destination in NZ [it was on the national news TV this week, but it never really seems to feel busy, they run a good operation and a credit the two brothers who between them run the farm and the movie set. Regards Ian
Written 28 February 2020
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Vernon B
Sydney, Australia1 contribution
Hobbiton tour
Very interesting and enjoyable experience. Our van guide, Clive, provided helpful and enjoyable commentary. The Hobbiton site tour guide was very entertaining. One piece of feedback for all bus/van tours: continuously strive for open and and transparent communication to passengers regarding expectations, estimated duration and return time and additional stops not otherwise noted in the tour description. Example, A diversion to Lake McLaren falls while interesting needs to be discussed prior to this detour in order to determine if this additional time will impact any of the participants’ schedule. It did not affect our schedule, but I did inquire while on the road about how this might influence the return time. Very good tour overall, only suggest explaining the tour expectations and timelines at the beginning. Thank you!
Written 9 February 2020
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IanH4043
Thanks for the feedback about the times etc. We advertise the tour time as 6 hours and we do try at all times to fit within this and also deliver the itinerary that we advertise. With the actual tour slot at Hobbiton being the limiting factor, so we do adjust the tour to work around that. The stops along the way are only made if we have time, the most important factor being to get back to the ship on time. Regards Ian
Written 16 February 2020
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Diane T
1 contribution
Ultimate Lord of the Rings tour
Great day out fabulous scenery husband also enjoyed it and he didn't know much about the Hobbit. Good explanation of how filming was done and the tricks used.
Written 2 February 2020
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IanH4043
Another happy converted LOTR and Hobbit fan, maybe now you can convince him to watch the movies! Regards Ian
Written 7 February 2020
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Mandi P
Tumbi Umbi, Australia77 contributions
Tauranga to Hobbiton with a few detours on the way!
Jan 2020
Day 2 of NCL cruise: Tauranga
We were picked up by Keith from Shore Trips and Tours (I actually booked through Cruise Tours Tauranga, who I believe have been bought out by ST&T) on a small bus, so not too large a group (which was good given we made some stops along the way)
First stop Mossops Honey - I LOVE honey, and my son was having some eczema issues so I bought up at this stop (honey and moisturiser)
Second stop - Hobbiton. We picked up our guide who took us through the Hobbiton site. Very intertesting and fun to see those sets that until now we'd only seen on film. My only complaint was that there were so many people and NO etiquette re photos and talking during the commentary. I gave up taking photos at one point because people just kept getting in shot, taking forever to take their own photos, etc. I also shushed some out-of-control children whose parents refused to take responsibilty.
A quick lunch then off to Maclaren Falls for some beaut pictures and then a quick stop at a kiwi fruit farm before being taken back to the cruise ship.
Thanks to Keith for a great day out.
Written 26 January 2020
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IanH4043
Hi Mandi, thanks for your feedback. Hobbiton does get very busy with tours running every 10 minutes, but they are really well organised [they have over 300 staff] so they try and make each tour experience as good as possible. Sorry about the photo and children issues, not much we can do about that though [wish we could] and with everyone having phones with cameras then the "selfie" brigade can end up spoiling it for others. Pleased you loved the other stops we include along the way away from the crowds. Regards Ian
Written 7 February 2020
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Ashleigh M
3 contributions
Excellent
Jan 2020 • Couples
We did the hobbiton tour off the Norwegian cruise ! We had lovely Brian who haves us much information on the way to and from the movie set the tour it’s self was a blast! Seeing the bees and the yummy Manuka honey was great! Would recommend
Written 11 January 2020
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IanH4043
Thanks for your review and pleased you enjoyed your tour.
Written 13 January 2020
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Richard C
1 contribution
Vastly Exceeding Espectations
Dec 2019
Expecting to see a few hobbit houses, and some decent commentary, I was so impressed with the organization of the trip from the very beginning to the end. Pier pickup was well organized, with buses & vans designated for the various destinations. Driver spoke clearly and distinctly: there are apparently two types of Kiwi English spoken here. Hobbiton was beyond my wildest dreams. So many excursions are overrated, but this was vastly underrated. The staff, the knowledgeable guide Emma, the pace, the views, everything was terrific. It impressed my non LOTR interested wife to the point where she wants to watch the first scenes to see Hobbiton translate to the movie. Couldn't be happier with excursion.
Written 23 December 2019
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IanH4043
Thanks for your very kind comments and so pleased you both enjoyed the Hobbiton visit. We do find that everyone, even those not in the slightest bit interested in the LOTR and Hobbit movies really enjoys the visit. Hobbiton is getting close to 1 million visitors a year so we do have to be super organised to get our reservations in and be at the destinations at the correct time. Regards Ian
Written 29 December 2019
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Dottie R
Plantation, FL11 contributions
Trip of a lifetime!!
Nov 2019
Would HIGHLY recommend taking this tour. Pick up was directly from port. Cost was so much less that ship tour to Hobbiton. Kimberly (office) was prompt, efficient with her emails and updates. They know when ship is coming in, adjust times and kept us in the loop. Hobbiton was the trip of a lifetime. Could not have had a better day or better weather. Love Love LOVED it!!!! One small critique, skip or make the honey store a "if there is time later in the day" instead of first thing in the morning. Everyone on our bus wanted to get to Hobbiton and felt we had to get off and taste and be polite about the honey store. That made getting out of Hobbiton and back to the ship more rushed than it had to be. Just a small thing -- overall Hobbiton was fantastic -- could have spent another hour or two there. Thanks for a great day!!!
Written 13 December 2019
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IanH4043
Thanks for the feedback, your comments about the stop we make at the honey shop [where we buy you an ice-cream] are noted, but we make the stop depending on the time of our tour booking at Hobbiton which can not be changed. So we either do this on the way to the movie set or on the way back. We find that most clients like the short 10 minute stop to taste the honey products, see the display bee hives, eat a yummy ice-cream [and make use of the rest rooms] worthwhile. The Hobbiton tours are fixed in length at 2 hours by the operator as they have to manage the running of the tours every 10 minutes from 8am to 5pm to cater for the thousands of visitors, so its busy but very well run and we have to fit within their schedules. A longer tour would obviously be much better. Best regards and a very happy Christmas.
Written 15 December 2019
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Suzzette R
New Orleans, LA15 contributions
Stunning!
The tour was absolutely amazing! The attention to detail was incredible! We absolutely loved visiting The Shire and all of Hobbiton! The day was perfect with warm weather and the birds and insects making noise on a perfect spring day! Highly recommended!!!
Written 10 December 2019
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IanH4043
Thank you for your very kind review, our drivers and guides really like to know that our customers have enjoyed their time with us here in New Zealand. Kind regards.
Written 15 December 2019
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