Tauranga – Hobbiton Day Tour LT-59



A day tour from Tauranga / Mount Maunganui to Hobbiton – Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit Movie Set

Departing Tauranga, we first cross the harbour bridge, which offers great views of The Mount, the volcanic core 232m high which marks the entrance to the harbour of Tauranga. We then climb up to over 1000 feet to cross the Kaimai mountain range which divides the Bay of Plenty coastal region from the Waikato district, the main dairy farming area of New Zealand.

We soon arrive at Hobbiton, the movie set location for the village in the Lord of The Rings films and of course The Hobbit movie trilogy.
Here we will be met by our guide at the Shires Rest for an informative tour around the movie set location. Stand under the party tree, walk past the Hobbit holes, imagine yourself among the characters.  Nestled deep in the rolling hills of the Waikato, this location was chosen for it unblemished landscape. The tours ends at the Green Dragon Pub where you can enjoy a Hobbit Ale and a light lunch [your cost] if you wish.

We then start the journey back to Tauranga, stopping at the summit of the Kaimai ranges at over 1000ft above sea level for some great photo opportunities overlooking the valley far below and extinct Volcanoes in the distance.

Time permitting we also stop at a local honey centre to see the hives and taste some of the special local Manuka honey, and perhaps indulge in a tasty honey ice cream.  Finally we return to the ship, passing millionaires waterfront homes lining the beautiful golden sand beaches of Mount Maunganui.

*   Scenic sights of Kaimai Mountain Range and Central Waikato
*   Hobbiton – Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit Movie Set
*   A private informative tour around the movie set
*   Lunch at the Green Dragon Pub, as featured in the movie (at own expense)
*   Stop at a Manuka honey center to view the hives and a tasting
*   Mount Maunganui, including the ocean beaches and the harbour



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Activity type : Daily Activity
Activity Time : 1030
Maximum number of people : 12
Venue Facilities : 6 Hour Fully Guided Tour, complementary accommodation pickup / drop off
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  • "Amazing Tour"
    This is the best tour we experienced in NZ. The tour guide was very informative. Hobbiton was an amazing place, and a very well organized. The Hobbiton Tour Guide was excellent and we paid half of what we would have paid by booking direct rather than through the cruise ship!
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  • "Great Day"
    One of the best tours of any cruise we have been on, and even better when we didn't have to pay in Yankee dollars through the cruise ship! A great day, tour guides were excellent, this is something you must do!
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  • "A Must Do"
    Very enjoyable day. From the first moment of booking right through to the end, I knew I had made the right choice. Lizzy in the office with whom I communicated was excellent and our tour driver was very knowledgeable and informative and made sure we got to see as much as possible. Highlight of the day was Hobbiton and the fully guided tour with time for a bit to eat at the end in the Green Dargon Pub. This really is a must do!
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