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Full-Day Hobbiton Movie Set Small-Group Tour from Tauranga

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Mount Maunganui, New Zealand
Full-Day Hobbiton Movie Set Small-Group Tour from Tauranga

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icon5 hours 18 minutes  (approx.)
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Experience the mythical world of Middle Earth on a half-day tour of the Hobbiton Movie Set from Tauranga. Explore the magnificent film set and admire original props from the Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit movies on a guided tour; see iconic sites such as Gandalf's cutting, Bag End, and the Green Dragon Inn; and enjoy a Hobbit-themed lunch (own expense) at the Shires Rest Café.
  • Full-day Hobbiton Movie Set small-group tour from Tauranga
  • Visit the original Hobbiton film set from the Lord of the Rings movies
  • See memorable filming locations such as Gandalf's cutting, Bag End, and the Green Dragon Inn
  • Enjoy lunch at the Shires Rest Café in Hobbiton (own expense)
  • Great-value tour includes hotel pick-up, entrance fees, and round-trip transport
  • Small-group tour limited to 11 people ensures a personalized experience
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Live commentary on board
Professional guide
Air-conditioned vehicle
Hotel/port pickup and drop-off
Alcoholic Beverages
Personal expenses
1 The Mall , 1 The Mall, Mount Maunganui 3116, New Zealand

The meeting point for passengers off the cruise ships is on the grass by the flag poll just outside the port pedestrian exit gate on Salisbury Avenue. If you are not travelling on a cruise ship then this is still the meeting point unless you have made an alternative arrangement with us.

9:30 AM
This activity will end right where it started.
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • If you have not already specified, you MUST advise supplier as soon as possible your ship name, docking time, disembarkation time and departure time so that appropriate arrangements can be made
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Comfortable walking shoes are recommended
  • A rain jacket and layers are recommended
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 16 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Cruise Tours Tauranga
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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  • "However, please know this is not a tour for anyone with any kind of mobility issues." See review


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Hobbiton tour
, Mar 2020
Great experience. Loved the small tour format. Dave, our guide, was just fantastic. Showed us a little around port before heading to Hobbiton. He was so accommodating and just super nice! Timing for the entire tour was just perfect. Never felt rushed. We've never seen the Hobbit or Lord of the Rings movies and have never read the books. It was still fantastic. Well worth the money and time.
icon Response from Host , Apr 2020
Hobbiton is an amazing destination and one of the most visited places in NZ. Dave always give 110% for his guests and he will be pleased to read your review, regards ian
Great Tour
, Feb 2020
We are not fans of the movies but it was a beautiful setting, the tour guide was great and now we will watch the movies. However, please know this is not a tour for anyone with any kind of mobility issues.
icon Response from Host , Feb 2020
Thanks for the review, and yes there is a fair bit of walking along paths and up and down steps. The walk takes about 90 minutes but as there are lots of stops along the way as you go round the movie set, you are probably only walking about 1.5 kilometres [about a mile] So its not suitable for wheel chair users or those needing walking aids. For these clients we can request a shorter tour by golf buggy, but these must be booked in advance and are in limited supply. So best to read the full tour details before booking this tour. Seems like you think the effort was worth it though. Regards Ian
Can not accept in large group while paying at the price of small group
, Feb 2020
The tour guide John is very nice and knowledgeable. However, the tour agent does not honor the small group arrangement, the number of members are over 20. We need to be decided by two group in The the hobbit movie village. Group is further mixed with other people, even worse in terms of number of people. We should not charged by small group and put in a large group arrangement which greatly decrease the quality of tour.
icon Response from Host , Feb 2020
Thanks for your feedback. You are correct in the fact that Hobbiton's guided tours are done in quite large numbers, usually of arounf 40 to 45 persons. This is controlled by Hobbiton, not us. This is one of the most popular destinations in New Zealand with almost one million visitors expected this year. They operate tours every 10 minutes from 0830 to 1730 every day and usually they are full. We do usually run smaller coaches on this tour, 16 to 22 seaters as there is such a demand for this tour. When we get to Hobbiton then the customers have to join one of the scheduled tours of 40 to 45 persons. Some days we do run smaller groups [today we had 3 persons in a 15 seater minibus] but these clients will still have to join the main public tours. You can book a private tour for up to 4 persons but the cost is $750 just for the entry and guide at Hobbiton, these are in limited supply as they only run on the hour. One day last we we took almost 200 persons to Hobbiton and used 8 vehicles to do so [Ovation of the Seas]. So i am sorry that you were not 100% happy with the numbers on the tour but this is outside of our control. We do offer the option of running a Private vehicle just for you, we have cars [2 to 3 persons] and then minivans from 5 to 18 seats, so if you really want a smaller group tour then these are the tours you needed to book, the cost of course is much higher than just booking a seat on a shared tour. We have clients literally begging us to find them seats at Hobbiton it is so popular and even tourists not on a cruise are now booking a Hobbiton tour as we are one of the few companies who have reserved places at Hobbiton. We will take on board your comments to see if the tour description needs to be changed to reflect just how busy Hobbiton can be. Regards Ian
, Feb 2020
Enjoyed the entire experience. Life long journey with the Hobbit. Was worth every penny we paid. Would do it again.
icon Response from Host , Feb 2020
Thanks for the review, Hobbiton is such a great destination, expensive entry cost of $84 is included in our tour cost, but these are only NZ dollars so much cheaper in real money [USD]. Regards Ian
Great tour
, Jan 2020
Great tour, our driver, Les, was very professional and informative. Would recommend this tour highly.
icon Response from Host , Jan 2020
Pleased you had a great day, Les is a top guy and has been working for us for many years and certainly knows the Hobbiton movie set well as he was working there during the LOTR productions. Regards Ian
Had a fantastic time, Our tour guide...
, Mar 2018
Had a fantastic time, Our tour guide was very knowledgeable and very patient and understanding with an older gentleman that had Alzheimers.He kept wanting to forge ahead.. I would prefer the groups to be a little smaller.
Loved the sets and the beautiful...
Mark L
, Dec 2017
Loved the sets and the beautiful scenery. Our guide Suzanna was excellent before and after our movie set tour. We had a great time finding out about the culture and history of the places in and around Tauranga.

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