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  • Auckland: Hobbiton, Rotorua and Wai-O-Tapu Day Tour

    1. Auckland: Hobbiton, Rotorua and Wai-O-Tapu Day Tour

    The tour starts with pickup from Auckland city, where the adventure begins as you drive through the stunning Waikato countryside, the most extensive farming area in the world, on a fully guided journey to Hobbiton. Along the way, don’t forget to take advantage of the photo opportunities as you admire the stunning natural landscapes all around of beautiful mountains and farmlands. After the drive, arrive at Alexander Family Sheep Farm and Shire's Rest, the entrance to Hobbiton, and marvel at the thousands of sheep that live here. While you’re here, grab a bite to eat, a coffee, or enjoy an ice cream to cool off while your guide collects your tickets to the movie set. Next, hop on board one of the big green Hobbiton buses to depart on your two hour fully guided tour of this amazing 12-acre movie set with a professional Hobbiton guide to ensure you get the most out of your visit. During y...

    Our guide, Grant, was so full of knowledge!! He not only drove the van, but also was the tour guide. Because we were such a small group, he gave us a lot of individual attention. He was funny, and as hands-on, or hands-off, as we wanted him to be. We had a great time

  • From Auckland or Rotorua: Hobbiton and Cave Rafting Day Trip

    2. From Auckland or Rotorua: Hobbiton and Cave Rafting Day Trip

    Get picked up from your accommodation or an agreed-upon meeting point in Auckland or Rotorua and set off for Hobbiton. Upon arrival, you'll have some time to get something to eat or explore the Shires Rest souvenir shop before joining a two-hour walking tour of the Hobbiton Movie Set, which includes a complimentary drink at the Green Dragon Inn.  Transfer to the movie set on one of the tour operator's buses and hear about how this set was used for all filming of both "The Lord of the Rings" and the "The Hobbit" movies. After the tour, take 15 minutes to relax in the Green Dragon Inn before traveling to Waitomo Caves. Between the two stops, you'll have time to enjoy your picnic lunch. At Waitomo Caves, join a group of up to 12 people on the Black Labyrinth tour, which includes cave tubing and caving in the river that runs through the bottom of the Ruakuri Cave. After arriving at the cav...

    Hobbiton was much larger than expected and the tour did not disappoint! Tubing through the gloworms at Waitomo was a great way to see them. The cave river is definitely cold but worth it. Nothing too scary or difficult! The pick up in Royorua and drop off in Auckland was perfect for us! Anne our driver was very knowledgeable about the area even with the detours for roadworks.

  • From Tauranga Port: Hobbiton Movie Set Tour Shore Excursion

    3. From Tauranga Port: Hobbiton Movie Set Tour Shore Excursion

    Take a trip through Middle Earth on a small-group shore excursion to the Hobbiton Movie Set from Tauranga. Located in the heart of the Waikato region, you can step into the world of The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit. See the original location which was rebuilt for the latest Hobbit films. This was the original setting for Peter Jackson’s famous trilogy "The Lord of the Rings". Learn about how this location was chosen and how it was constructed, plus which scenes were filmed here. Wander around the vegetable patches were Hobbits grow their food, with giant pumpkins lying around! Walk by the Mill and the famous Party Tree. Indulge in a complimentary beverage from the Hobbit Southfarthing range, which encompasses two traditional ales, an apple cider or non-alcoholic ginger beer, all handcrafted and exclusive to the Hobbiton Movie Set. You also have a delicious range of traditional fay...

    This was a highlight of our trip guide was fantastic, very informative, and great fun.

  • From Auckland: Hobbiton, Waitomo Glowworm Caves, and Te Puia

    4. From Auckland: Hobbiton, Waitomo Glowworm Caves, and Te Puia

    Set off on a day tour from Auckland to explore the most famous attractions on the North Island. Enjoy entrance to the Hobbiton Movie Set, the glowworm caves at Waitomo, and the geothermal park at Te Puia. After pickup from your accommodation, journey to Middle-earth for a 2-hour tour of the movie set from The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit trilogies. Soak in the picturesque views as your guide brings the magical world of Hobbiton to life. Stop for a drink at the Green Dragon Inn, and enjoy lunch at The Shire’s Rest. Continue to Rotorua, to visit the world-famous Te Puia geothermal park and Maori Arts and Crafts Institute. See the Pōhutu geyser and discover Maori history, culture, art works, and traditions. Follow lush nature trails across the site and get up close to New Zealand’s iconic native bird, the Kiwi. The final stop is at the Waitomo Glowworm Caves, filled with thousands of...

  • Auckland: Hobbiton and Rotorua with Te Puia Tour

    5. Auckland: Hobbiton and Rotorua with Te Puia Tour

    Your tour begins as you are collected from your hotel in a comfortable modern mini-bus. From there, travel through the beautiful Waikato countryside - New Zealand's most extensively farmed area, on a fully guided tour to Hobbiton. During the trip south, encounter stunning scenery, great photo opportunities, and beautiful mountains, as well as several different farm animals along the way. Following your drive, arrive to the Alexander Family Sheep Farm and Shire's Rest, the entrance to Hobbiton. There you can see thousands of sheep, grab something to eat, get a coffee fix, or enjoy an ice cream as your guides arrange your tickets to the movie set. Next, board one of the green Hobbiton buses to depart on a fully guided 2-hour tour of this amazing 12-acre movie set with an expert Hobbiton Movie set guide who ensures you get the most out of your visit. During your tour, step into the lush p...

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What people are saying about Bay of Plenty Region

The most fantastic day!! We Loved every part of the day. Steven, our guide was fantastic. So helpful and knowledgeable and made the day even better! Would 100% recommend to all family and friends.

The tour was amazing, the guide interesting and friendly, we woul heartily recommend the whole thing!

This was a highlight of our trip guide was fantastic, very informative, and great fun.

what can I say, it's magical. 100% worth taking the time to visit.

Amanda was great. She even baked chocolate brownies.