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Stop At: Hobbiton Movie Set, 501 Buckland Road Matamata, Hinuera 3472 New Zealand
You will be picked up from your hotel from 6:00am for a 6:30am departure on a comfortable scenic drive across Auckland’s Southern Corridor, the Bombay Hills and the Hauraki Plains towards Matamata where you would see Lord of the Rings story unfold through the redone movie set.
We will arrive at the Alexander family sheep farm with hundreds of sheep grazing amongst the lush farmland, the Shire’s rest (the gateway to Hobbiton) with a cafe and an ice cream parlour where you can get a cup of coffee or ice cream while we get your tickets. You will board one of the green buses and with a professional guide embark on the tour to a 12 acre movie set
This movie set is located on a family run farm, the tour would reveal how this picturesque farmland was transformed into the Shire from Middle Earth.
Discover the rolling hillside, walkways and Hobbiton holes from the movies. Experienced guides will guide and give you interesting facts about how the movies were made. See live the Hobbiton Holes, the Green Dragon Inn, The Mill and the Party Tree.
Your Middle Earth adventure will end with a complimentary ale, beer, cider or ginger beer at the Green Dragon Inn.
We head south next through more lush countryside with more farm animals and attractions to Rotorua.
Duration: 2 hours
Stop At: Te Puia, Hemo Road, Rotorua New Zealand
You will get picked up from your hotels from 5.40am for a 6.00am departure driving through the Bombay Hills and then along New Zealand’s longest river, the Waikato River, enjoying picturesque rolling hills and lush farmlands.
Rotorua is a unique region where geothermal activity is evident from the steam appearing on the hills, parks and the lakefront.
You will arrive at Te Puia and with a local guide, you will encounter bubbling mud, pools of boiling water and stunning geysers. The Pōhutu geyser is the main attraction. Pōhutu is the largest geyser in the Southern Hemisphere, she erupts once or twice every hour reaching heights of up to 30 meters (100 ft). At Te Puia, you will get to see New Zealand’s national iconic flightless bird, the Kiwi.
Experience the unique ways Māori adapted to life in Rotorua. Witness an authentic Māori cultural performance including the traditional Haka, an ancient type of war dance or challenge, used nowadays in important ceremonies and celebrations.
We will then continue our tour of Rotorua, the lakefront, visit the historical and picturesque government gardens and hot pools.
Our trip to Rotorua weaves together the fascinating geology, rich culture and colonial beginnings of this region that makes it a ‘must visit’ destination.
Duration: 3 hours
Pass By: Lake Rotorua, Rotorua New Zealand
Lake Rotorua is the second largest lake in New Zealand’s North Island
Pass By: Polynesian Spa, Hinemoa Street, Rotorua 3010 New Zealand
Polynesian Spa is New Zealand’s original and iconic geothermal bathing experience
Pass By: Government Gardens, Queens Dr 9 Queens Dr, Rotorua New Zealand
Historical Government gardens
Stop At: Waitomo Glowworm Caves, 39 Waitomo Village Road, Waitomo Caves 3943 New Zealand
Waitomo Glow Worm Caves
The Glow worm known as Arachnocampa Luminosa, is unique to New Zealand. Thousands of these tiny creatures radiate their unmistakable luminescent light as your expert guide will provide information on the Cave’s historical and geological significance.
The caves were formed over 30 million years ago and comprises 2 levels. The upper level is dry and includes the entrance to the caves and formations known as the Catacombs. On the lower level are stream passages and the Cathedral, walk from the upper level to a 45 minutes boat journey through the starry wonderland of the Glowworm Grotto. Walk through the majestic Cathedral Cove famous for its acoustics.
Duration: 1 hour