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Tauranga: Hobbiton & Rotorua Geysers Shore Excursion

Tauranga: Hobbiton & Rotorua Geysers Shore Excursion

From US$ 192.42 per person

Enjoy a small-group shore excursion from Tauranga to visit the Hobbiton Movie Set, see Rotorua’s geothermal wonders and experience Maori culture.

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Duration 7 hours
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  • Join a shore excursion from Tauranga to visit Hobbiton Movie Set and see the Rotorua geysers
  • Experience the real Middle-earth at The Hobbiton Movie Set on a guided tour
  • Discover Maori culture with a Maori guide in Rotorua’s Whakarewarewa valley
  • See the largest geyser in the Southern Hemisphere and watch cultural performances
Full description
Join a small-group shore excursion from Tauranga to explore North Island's top attractions. Experience geysers, mud pools and steam vents with Maori culture and visit the real Middle-earth at the Hobbiton Movie Set. You will be picked up from Tauranga Port, dependent on your ship's arrival time, and journey to Rotorua. For centuries Whakarewarewa village has been home to the Tuhourangi Ngati Wahiao people.This is a unique location with the largest geyser in the southern hemisphere and an official Maori guide will meet you for your visit. Encounter a strange landscape of sights, sounds and smells and marvel at the way the Maori's have tamed this land for their own purpose.  Here you'll get the chance to see the iconic Kiwi bird in a purpose made Kiwi bird enclosure. Admire boiling mud pools, native bush, and the National Schools of Wood Carving and Weaving. Then depart Rotorua and its geothermal wonderland to travel to the second venue of your tour, Hobbiton Movie Set!   Discover the magic on a guided tour with an official guide for an experience to tantalise your senses. Find yourself 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.  After your tour, enjoy a complimentary drink in the Green Dragon (either alcoholic beer or non-alcoholic ginger beer) that is included in your tour.  You will be returned to Tauranga Port, guaranteed to be back in plenty of time for your ship's departure.
  • Pick-up & drop off from Tauranga Port
  • Round-trip transport in comfortable modern mini-van/bus
  • Driver/guide
  • All entrance fees
  • Hobbiton Movie Set Tour with official guide
  • Official Maori guide in Rotorua
  • Complimentary drink in the Green Dragon Pub in Hobbiton
  • Lunch
  • Gratuities (optional)
Not suitable for
  • People with mobility impairments
  • Wheelchair users
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • You must keep social distance while in vehicles
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • You must fill out a travel information form

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Meeting point

Please make your way along the wharf to the port gates. The local partner will be waiting for you with a name board with your name on it.

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What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes
  • Sunglasses
  • Sun hat
  • Sunscreen
  • Comfortable clothes

Not allowed

  • Non-folding wheelchairs

Know before you go

  • Pickup time will be sent to you after booking confirmation, depending on arrival and departure times of your ship
  • All vehicles are modern manufactured 2017/18 vehicles with dual air-conditioning, UV protection glass and meet the highest safety standards
  • Infant seats are available on request, please advise at time of booking
  • The local operator will confirm your exact tour time by email after booking
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.7 /5

based on 39 reviews

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We had a wonderful time and especially enjoyed Hobbiton, which was much larger than we had anticipated. Our guide did a very good job of adding both detail and color. Rotorua was interesting as well and we were fortunate enough to see one of the geysers go off while we were there. Our tour driver (you will spend 2-3 hours in the van) was more of a driver than a guide, adding little to the road time. Also, our information had shown this as a 7 hr excursion, when in fact it was closer to 9 hours, with no road problems or other issues that would have elongated the time. We had plenty of time, so it was not an issue, but if we had been closer to our cruise departure time, it could have been a real problem.

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February 5, 2020


Shore Excursion Hobbiton and Rotorua Geysers The tour started directly at the ship, we sat with about 15 people in the bus. Fortunately, my wife and I were sitting in front. The about one-hour bus ride to the film sets was pleasant, the driver reported a little too much. Hobbiton was really worth seeing, you should watch the movie "Lord of the Rings" but better before, then it is certainly much better. Continue to the Rotorau geysers and performance of Maori folk songs. The driver was very nice, but in my opinion spoke too much. In addition, with the typical slang for New Zealanders, we were a bit exhausted after that, frankly we barely understood the man, although we speak English well.

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March 28, 2019

Rotorua was very interesting, even the HobbitonTour

Although we had not seen the Hobbiton films that were not interesting for us, we were amazed by the wonderful landscape in which filming took place. Rotorua was particularly interesting because it was impressive for us how these Maori families live amidst the many hot springs with the strong smell of sulfur and the fear of possible eruptions of the volcano.

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April 18, 2018

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