Welcome. Would you like to do both Hobbiton & the Rotorua Highlights together? Then this is the tour. After greeting you on your arrival into the Port of Tauranga, we travel along our scenic harbour and beach of Mount Maunganui to journey across the hills of The Kaimai Range, where you will enjoy spectacular views of The Bay of Plenty and Waikato regions. This tour is going to provide you with a wonderful day.
First up we arrive at Hobbiton, set of The Lord of The Rings and the Hobbit Films. Aided by your local guide, this 2 hour tour immerses you in the ways of the Shire, delighting you with the unblemished landscape, and allowing you a sneak peek into the hobbit holes of Bilbo, Frodo and Sam. Stand under the party tree and hear fascinating details of how the Hobbiton set was created and you will see how this Waikato farmland in Matamata was transformed into The Shire from Middle-Earth.
This special visit finishes in the newly opened Green Dragon Inn, where you can taste the local shire Ale, Cider or Gingerbeer, and maybe spot the likes of those cheeky hobbits Merry and Pippin.
We move on from the lush dairying country of the Waikato through the scenic Mamaku Ranges to one of the most popular tourist destinations in New Zealand, the geothermal wonderland that is Rotorua.
We will stop for a lunch-break at a local cafe, (lunch is included) and following lunch we arrive at Whakarewarewa, The Maori Living Village. Here you will be guided through the Village and given an insight to Maori culture not experienced anywhere else in New Zealand. We speak with the Maori people and hear the fascinating stories of how, for generations after the Mt Tarawera eruption, they have lived here in harmony and have used the geothermal energy everyday for cooking and bathing.
You will be stunned at the sight of the powerful iconic Pohutu geyser, steams of boiling water and bubbling hot mud pools, making Whakarewarewa a geothermal wonderland.
After your tour you can sit back and relax as you are entertained by the Te Pakira Maori Culture Group of songs and dance, including the famous Maori Haka. This Cultural Performance is one not to be missed!
The day rounds off with a trip into the soaring Redwood forest, where we give you the chance, if time permits, to become a character from the Hobbit or Lord of the Rings trilogy.
The tour then departs Rotorua and returns to Tauranga and right back to your Cruise Ship. An amazing day with so much to see.
In summary – Your tour will include:
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Contact us for further information, or please book on-line. We look forward to your booking with us and meeting you in person.
INCLUDES Hobbiton entry fees & Guided Tour, we also include a free ‘Hobbit Style Lunch’, entrance into ‘The Living Maori Village’ Whakarewerawa, guided tour around the geothermal village, the Maori Cultural Performance show (a must see), Rotorua Government Gardens. Return transport to Rotorua with stops along the way, local Tour Guide;
Including all entrance fees. Cost $249 per person
Includes all entrance fees, tour guides, and transport. Very good value for such an amazing day of sightseeing and seeing both the Hobbiton movie set and the Rotorua geothermal activities.
Tours depart between 9.30 – 10.30am depending on Ship arrival and departure times. We guarantee we will be back well before the ship’s required departure time, with time to spare. We will email you with the location where your Tour Co-ordinator will be waiting to greet you when you arrive and appropriate time. It’s that easy!