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Tauranga Shore Excursion: Hobbiton Lord Of The Rings Movie Set and Rotorua Geothermal Geyser Combo Tour

Highlights
  • Marvel at a kapa haka performance, full of song and dance, by the local iwi
  • Have a drink on the house at the Green Dragon Inn in The Shire
  • All entrance fees are covered, so you only have to bring money for lunch
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Tauranga Shore Excursion: Hobbiton Lord Of The Rings Movie Set and Rotorua Geothermal Geyser Combo Tour
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Tauranga Shore Excursion: Hobbiton Lord Of The Rings Movie Set and Rotorua Geothermal Geyser Combo Tour
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Overview
Spend a day off your cruise ship and get out of the city on this day trip to two popular North Island attractions, Whakarewarewa and Hobbiton. Save time hiring a car and getting used to New Zealand roads; your guide meets you at the port and heads straight into the heartland. Visit Whakarewarewa, a bubbling geothermal landscape and home to the local Māori iwi (tribe), then head across the Kaimai Ranges to Hobbiton, an authentic movie set from the Lord of the Rings.
What to Expect
You will visit Rotorua and its Whakarewarewa Valley. Here you can witness The prince of wales Feathers geyser and The Pohutu Geyser (the largest geyser in the southern hemisphere) You enter a strange and unusual landscape with the aroma of sulphur and sights of steam vents exiting the earth at every available crevice.

This valley is steeped in history, traditions and cultures that span hundreds of years the people of this village have lived surrounded by geothermal activity (geysers, steam vents and mud pools) which they utilize in their everyday life for cooking, bathing and heating. 

Experience one of Rotorua's leading maori cultural performance groups as they serenade you with a song and dance including the world famous Haka.  For centuries Whakarewarewa village has been home to the Tuhourangi Ngati Wahiao people. As New Zealand's original tourist attraction, They have hosted visitors from around the world since the mid 1800's.

Then after which we travel to another strange and peculiar land!.

"Hobbiton Movie Set" is an experience to tantalise the senses of visitors from all across the globe, as guests find themselves engulfed in the sights, smells, sounds and tastes of The Shire, at the home of the Hobbits, as featured in The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit Trilogies. The extraordinary following that the movies have amassed has led to the tours becoming a must see while travellers are in New Zealand.

Learn all about how this location was chosen as the Hobbiton Movie Set (which is a great story in itself!) and how it was created plus which scenes were filmed here. You will have an official guide to show you around the Hobbit holes including Bilbo's and Frodo's home. Learn about the movie secrets and the attention to detail that is truly mind-boggling.

Your guide will tell you how in Tolkien's books, there is a reference to Hobbits sitting under plum trees and how in New Zealand plum trees grow too big to be the right scale for a hobbit so Peter Jackson had apple and pear trees, stripped of their fruit and replaced them with fake plums. As for the oak tree on the hill? Also fake, with 376,000 artificial leaves imported from Taiwan and wired onto the tree.  

At the end of the Hobbiton Movie Set tour there will be a complimentary drink waiting for you to enjoy in the Green Dragon Inn (Alcohol and non-alcohol available).

From Hobbiton way make our way back to return you to your ship! A truly one off day of experience and discovery.

Reviews (44)
1 - 5 of 9 reviews
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile
Tauranga Shore Excursions

We did the Tour and had a brilliant day. The tour itself is an amazing experience which allows you to see two of the things ranking the highest in what New Zealand is known for. No, not sheep... but the Maori culture and of course,...More

Thank jackinaglobe
Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Great tour

Andrew picked us up from the port and we had a great day from start to finish. Our ship docked early but Andrew was already onto this and contacted everyone to meet earlier than originally planned. As we were early he took us to some...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Lynda040252
NZDT, Manager at New Zealand Discovery Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you Linda It was great to read you review I really am pleased you enjoyed the day, I hope the rest of your journey went well! Kind Regards Andrew

Reviewed 19 April 2018
Best Shore Excursion!

We took this shore excursion with Andrew, the owner. He was incredible. The tour vehicle was immaculate and Andrew was personable and magically appeared by the end of each segment as promised. Instead of looking for him at those points. He said he would find...More

Date of experience: April 2018
1  Thank Bonnie L
Reviewed 23 February 2018
A very enjoyable day with Pet (Peter)

Everything ticked like a Swiss-watch. Very well organized. We were met at the pier by Andrew, who then "allocated" us to Pet/Pat (Peter) in a small and comfortable van. Pet was a gem to be with. A very pleasant person, with the "right" amount of...More

Date of experience: February 2018
Thank danielakorem
Reviewed 7 February 2018
Fun Day!

Short walk from our cruise ship to pick up point and met our entertaining nd knowledgeable tour guide Pat. Geysers park was interesting and scenic and being on a smaller tour bus was an added bus Not a lot of "Oh we were all supposed...More

Date of experience: January 2018
1  Thank travelnut
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