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Tauranga Shore Excursion: Lord of the Rings Hobbiton Movie Set Tour Including Rotorua Sightseeing

Mount Maunganui, New Zealand
Tauranga Shore Excursion: Lord of the Rings Hobbiton Movie Set Tour Including Rotorua Sightseeing

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Take a shore excursion to the Hobbiton Movie Set and sightsee Rotorua with a guide when your cruise ship pulls into port at Tauranga. Journey to Middle-earth and The Shire of ‘The Lord of the Rings’ fame, featured in the popular LOTR trilogy and ‘The Hobbit.’ Then learn traditional customs at the Maori village of Whakarewarewa before strolling past the spouting geysers and steaming hot springs of thermal Rotorua. Numbers are limited to 19 participants in this small-group tour to the land of hobbits and hot pools.
  • Lord of the Rings Hobbiton movie set and Rotorua shore excursion from Tauranga
  • Tour the Hobbiton movie set from The Lord of the Rings trilogy and The Hobbit
  • Enjoy a tour of Whakarewarewa thermal region and Maori Village
  • See the landscape of erupting geothermal activity, hot thermal springs and hot bubbling mud pools
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Live commentary on board
Air-conditioned vehicle
Port pickup and drop-off
Snacks & bottled wwater
Covered by Viator's worry-free policy: guaranteed on-time return to your ship
Food and drinks
Port of Tauranga Ltd , 2 Salisbury Avenue, Mount Maunganui 3116, New Zealand
8:30 AM
Departure Point: Outside the Port of Tauranga main pedestrian gate Directions: After disembarking your ships gangway; please proceed along the pathway marked by safety barriers which run alongside your ship to the port of Tauranga exit gates. There will be port security staff and local ambassadors along this short walkway to direct you to the gates. Our local representative will be standing outside the port gates on the grass section directly under the flag pole with a name board held high with your names on. Your driver / guides will be dressed in uniform of black trousers, white shirts and the females may be wearing some orange apparel. The vehicles will be in the car park directly behind where you will be met, which is less than 100 meters. Dates: See Availability Return point: Returns to original departure point at approximately 5pm
Start your full-day shore excursion to Middle-earth and Rotorua with pickup from the Tauranga cruise port. Your coach follows a scenic route, crossing the Tauranga Harbour Bridge before departing the Bay of Plenty. After climbing the Kaimai mountain range, note the fertile farmlands of Waikato as you near the town of Matamata and the filming site used for the Hobbiton Movie Set.

Stroll with your guide past hobbit holes belonging to the likes of Bilbo and Frodo during a 2-hour tour of The Shire, an actual New Zealand sheep farm. You’ll recognize scenes from The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings trilogies, including the party tree, the Mill and the Green Dragon Inn, where you can finish your Hobbiton tour with a mug of beer, cider or ginger beer (own expense).

Back on board the bus, continue into Rotorua via the Mamaku mountain range. After a stop for lunch (own expense) beside Lake Rotorua, you’re treated to a traditional welcome into the authentic Maori village of Whakarewarewa.

Accompanied by a Maori guide, witness the astounding thermal activity of Rotorua’s bubbling hot springs and mud pools, and watch Pohutu Geyser erupt. Learn how New Zealand’s indigenous people made use of the region, bathing in the hot springs and cooking over steam vents.

Step foot inside Whare Tupuna, a Maori meeting house designed with symbolic wood carvings. Hear songs, see dances and discover Maori customs during a demonstration of warlike fighting skills included in the haka dance.

Your driver takes a separate route on the return trip and, if time allows, stops for an impromptu photo shoot in a redwood forest. You can use provided hats, cloaks, staffs and swords to pose as Gandalf or your favorite hobbit from The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit before drop-off at the cruise port.

Worry-free Shore Excursion:We will ensure your timely return to the Tauranga port for this activity. In the rare event your ship has departed, we will arrange for transportation to the next port-of call. If your ship is delayed and you are unable to attend this activity, your money will be refunded. See our terms and conditions for full details.
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Zealandier Tours
Worry-free Shore Excursion: We will ensure your timely return to the Tauranga port for this activity. In the rare event your ship has departed, we will arrange for transportation to the next port-of call. If your ship is delayed and you are unable to attend this activity, your money will be refunded. See our terms and conditions for full details.
Stop At:  
Hobbiton Movie Set
Your shore excursion begins with pickup from your cruise ship port at Tauranga. The scenic route to Middle Earth takes you across the Tauranga harbor bridge, then leaves the Bay of Plenty coast to climb the Kaimai mountain range and enter the Waikato district's lush farmlands. Arriving at Hobbiton near the town of Matamata in Waikato, meet your guide and take a two-hour tour of this famous movie set location. Enter the world of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings on a walk past hobbit holes, stand under the party tree and admire the gently rolling farmland that brought the Shire to life. Your Hobbiton tour concludes with a drink of beer, cider or ginger beer at the Green Dragon Inn.
Duration: 4 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Lake Rotorua
Your tour continues over the Mamaku mountain range and into Rotorua. Stop for lunch (own expense) beside Lake Rotorua, then continue to the living thermal village of Whakarewarewa.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Whakarewarewa - The Living Maori Village
Accompanied by a Maori guide, admire the amazing thermal springs and bubbling mud pools, and see the famous Pohutu Geyser burst into life. Listen to your guide's fascinating commentary, and hear how people learned to live in harmony with the geothermal activity, cooking over steam vents and bathing in the hot springs. Your tour also takes you to the traditional Maori meeting house, Whare Tupuna, with its ancient wood carvings. See Maori customs and legends come to life when you experience a traditional Maori welcome, songs and dances, including the warlike Haka dance with its demonstration of fighting skills.
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
Pass By:  
Redwoods, Whakarewarewa Forest
The return trip to the port follows a different route, revealing more of New Zealand's scenic beauty. If time allows, stop at a redwood forest en route for a photo shoot -- with cloaks, hats, staffs and swords provided, you can dress up as Bilbo, Gandalf, Eowyn and other favorite characters from The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit for the ultimate souvenir of your trip to Middle Earth!
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Please wear comfortable clothing and walking shoes
  • Please bring sun protection and a light jacket for cooler weather
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 19 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Zealandier Tours
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.

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  • "It was a long day but I would thoroughly recommend it really enjoyed the snacks too." See review
  • "Fully recommend this tour company and the tour to Hobbiton and Maori experience/hot springs and ht mud pools." See review


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Love New Zealand
, Dec 2020
Everything about the tour was great. The tour guide was informative and really enjoyed the Lord of the rings movie set
Good tour
, Apr 2020
The tour company and guide were fantastic. Friendly, knowledgeable and good with timing. Hobbiton was crowded and crazy and puts too many people in a group. We missed most of what the Hobbiton guide said because they were so far ahead. Leavve your selfie sticks at home people. How about actually LOOKING at what you're photographing. I recommend the tour, be prepared for crowds.
Hobbiton and Rotorua
, Mar 2020
Wow this was a truly enjoyable day - our driver was a scream, had a very dry sense of humor and kept us laughing all day. Time was tight on the experiences included, but he ensured we saw the guise blow which was appreciated as it was a sight, wish we did have more time at Rotorua to see some more, loved the drive through town and actually seeing hot springs in residents gardens. Hobbiton was just wonderful, you ready did feel you were actually there with the butterflies, flowers and Hobbit holes. Very interesting tour round and came away with so much knowledge, again it was just done a bit too quickly, I do appreciate that people would hang around and clog up certain areas, but just a slightly slower pace to allow you to stop and focus your camera rather than taking photo and hoping for the best would be better - that's down to Hobbiton as you have to go around with their guide. I wouldn't have not gone, it was a really magical place and the Green Dragon at the end for a glass of refreshment was surreal, had to sit by the fire. We packed a lot in as we were off a cruise ship, will return and visit again as what we saw on that day, views, places we visited and Tauranga itself has made us want to explore at a slow pace and soak up all the wonderful sights and attractions it has to offer. Thank you for a lovely day and the goody bag was much appreciated and used
Great tour!
, Mar 2020
Being a big fan of Tolkien visiting Hobbiton was an experience of a lifetime. Our driver/guide handled everything professionally. He guided us through Rotorua and kept us on schedule. The snacks provided were a great addition! I wish we had had more time in Hobbiton and were able to explore more, but that tour is dictated by Hobbiton and not by our guide.
The Hobbit film set.
, Mar 2020
Great day out, tour guide was exactly where they said they would meet us, just outside the port. Hugely cheaper than same excursion the cruise line were selling. A good day with a very informative guide. Would I use them again, definitely.
Great tour
, Feb 2020
Excellent tour, Rolf our guide was fabulous- very friendly, helpful and knowledgable. It was a long day but I would thoroughly recommend it really enjoyed the snacks too. We were very fortunate to witness the geyser erupting but unfortunately no sign of the Kiwis. A member of our group was chosen to be the visiting “chief” to be challenged and that was an added bonus to the performance by the local Maoris which again was fabulous to see
Hobbit in & Hot springs
, Feb 2020
Lord of the Rings Tour was excellent as was their guide. The visit to the geyser and Maori experience was excellent too
Fabulous tour of two sights from a cruise ship
, Feb 2020
This is a wonderful tour of Hobbiton and Rotorua while in port on a cruise ship. The mini bus was waiting for us at the port of Tauranga and the staff were easily visible. On board the bus we were nicely surprised by a full bag of nibbles and drinks placed on our seat. Our guide Rolf was very informative and helpful throughout the whole tour. Hobbiton exceeded expectations. It was like being in the movie and all very green and lush. The complimentary drink there was delicious and we went to the gift shop also. On to Rotorua where we saw a traditional Maori dance, geysers and mud pools. A highlight was seeing a Kiwi bird in the nocturnal area. Our guide made sure we arrived back at the port in good time before our departure. So glad we did this tour.
Excursion from Taraunga port
, Feb 2020
A great trip to Hobbiton and Rotarua. One of the highlights of our NZ trip. Kurt was friendly and a mine of information! Large bag of gluten free snacks very much appreciated.
Mauri visit and Hobbiton. WOW
, Feb 2020
Great trip. We got to see 2 fantastic sights for price on one. Could have skipped the Rotorua sights and spent more time on the Mauri visit. Their war dance show was fascinating and the land was really interesting. Hobbiton was wonderful even if you hadn't seen the movies. But this is definitely a walking tour! Hobbiton is all small paths, up and down hills and if raining no shelter. Only complaint was time wasted for the group dealing with transportation problems for a non walker.
Memorable day for all the right reasons.
, Feb 2020
Outstanding tour in small group of 14. Fantastic tour guide who provided a wealth of information during the bus tour and the Hobbiton experience was truely breathtaking even if you are not a fan of the movies. The attention to detail including: snack bags full of tasty individualised foods and drinks, organisation of facilities for walking impaired passengers and overall care was of ghe highest quality. Fully recommend this tour company and the tour to Hobbiton and Maori experience/hot springs and ht mud pools.
A great tour.
, Jan 2020
Fabulous tour. Rotorua tour provided educational opportunities for the Maori culture and the geothermal nature of the area. However, the visit to Hobbiton was a tough act to follow. The site is a true delight for film junkies and lovers of garden wonders. Topped off with an adult beverage at the Green Dragon Inn, it was beyond perfect.
great excursion
, Jan 2020
Hobbiton definitely worth the trip. We took this trip instead of the cruise excursion, and it was definitely the right decision. Hobbiton is beautiful and well-run, and we also got to see the geysers and mud pits, which was also worth it. We felt less rushed than on the cruise excursions. Rolf the driver was great, and kept us updated on local knowledge as well as where we stood on time - (I did not realize the importance of this until a later cruise excursion where their own bus was late arriving and our actual tour was cut short as a result). We never worried because we always knew where we stood. Rolf was easy to hear, the bus was comfortable, and we saved money as well. Hobbiton tour itself is run by Hobbiton, so there is no worry that one tour is inferior to another.
Excellent day out.
, Jan 2020
Good, well informed guide. Not rushed Hobbitton tour good. Rotorua good. All in all a very good day out, worth the cost. The snack pack was huge.
, Jan 2020
This tour was amazing!!! Robin was our guide and did a fantastic job!!! First we saw the sites at Rotorua (cultural show, thermal areas, and kiwi birds...all wonderful!), then we headed to Hobbiton. Hobbiton was just magical!!!! I can't think of a better word to describe it!!! The setting is simply breathtaking!! Hobbit holes, birds singing, flowers, and a rolling landscape on a real sheep farm! A drink at the Green Dragon was the cherry on top of our day. We were so glad to find this tour that combined both the Rotorua sites AND Hobbiton!! (Most other tours did only one.) GREAT tour!!!!
Really good Tour
, Dec 2019
This tour was wonderful. Packed a lot into one day and they gave us a bag of amazing local snacks and water. Hobbiton was absolutely amazing and the countryside getting there is beautiful. Free choice of stout or pale beer, or cider. Really good!! Rotorua sightseeing was great and went to a cultural center to see a Maori show, geyser, and mud pools. We had a tour guide at the park who was very informative. Also saw a Kiwi bird there. All this and made it back to the cruise ship in time for departure. A great day!!
Lord of the Rings Hobbiton Movie Set Tour Including Rotorua Sightseeing
, Dec 2019
Simply excellent for everything. The driver and guide Jane is knowledgeable, very kind and nice, and help us a lot. She drove longer than planned and let's see more than planned. When I lost my jacket in her car, she sent it back to me and make me so impressed by her services and above beyond! Thank you Jane! Hope I spell here name right.
I really wanted to do something...
, Jul 2018
I really wanted to do something special on my birthday and went on this tour with Zealandier Tour and I couldn't ask for a better day! The whole trip with Jan was fun, she knew a lot about New Zealand and is such a wonderful, lovely and funny lady! I loved everything about the tour. Also the day was sunny and Hobbiton was truly a highlight! I highly recommend the tour to everyone and I would do the tour with this tour operator again! Thank you again Jan for being my guide and Emma for organizing the beautiful day for me!
Picked up from the port had a very...
, Mar 2018
Picked up from the port had a very friendly guide taken to Tuaranga fascinating seeing all the different geological variations then went on tonhobbiton had a fantastic tour and meal finsished off with a pint in the green dragon a brilliant overall experience
Highly worth the longer drive and...
James T
, Mar 2018
Highly worth the longer drive and cost. Beautiful local and the attention to detail relative to the movie set was amazing. Tour guides were excellent!

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