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

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

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icon6 hours to 6 hours 30 minutes  (approx.)
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iconOffered in: English

Overview

Swap the Tauranga cruise port for the Shire, featured in "The Lord of the Rings" and "The Hobbit" trilogies, on a Hobbiton Movie Set shore excursion. Your tour includes movie structures such as hobbit holes, the party tree and the Mill. Sip a drink at the Green Dragon Inn, and then suit up in a favorite LOTR costume with a stop at McLaren Falls Park.
  • Visit the Hobbiton movie set on a shore excursion from Tauranga
  • Listen as your knowledgeable guide shares insider tales about the making of LOTR
  • Walk to the waterfalls, and dress up as your favorite LOTR character during a stop at McLaren Falls Park
  • Covered by Viator’s worry-free policy: guaranteed on-time return to your ship
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Driver/guide
Live commentary on board
Air-conditioned vehicle
Glass of ale, cider or gingerbeer
Port pickup and drop-off
Covered by Viator's worry-free policy: guaranteed on-time return to your ship
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Lunch
Salisbury Avenue , Salisbury Avenue, Mount Maunganui 3116, New Zealand

Out side port of Tauranga main pedestrian gate on the corner of Salisbury Avenue and the Mall, under the flagpole.

10:00 AM
This activity will end right where it started.
Located about an hour from Tauranga, where you’ll be picked up at the port, the Hobbiton Movie Set is situated on rolling farmland that depicts the Shire, a region inhabited by hobbits in The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit.

Departing the Bay of Plenty over the Tauranga Harbour Bridge, you’ll journey through the Kaimai mountain range before your group arrives at your Waikato destination near the town of Matamata.

Meet a specialized guide for a tour of the Hobbiton Movie Set, which provides an up-close look behind the scenes of director Peter Jackson’s famous film trilogies. LOTR fans can crouch in front of hobbit holes for photo ops and see structures such as the double-arched bridge, the Mill and the party tree, where Bilbo had his farewell birthday party.

Walk to the Green Dragon Inn, sip a complimentary local ale, cider or ginger beer.

After your meal, leave Hobbiton behind and make a stop at McLaren Falls Park for a bush walk to its namesake waterfalls. Here, your guide provides cloaks, hats and swords so you can dress up as your favorite character from The Lord of the Rings or The Hobbit, posing for photos against this scenic backdrop.

On the way back to the Tauranga port, make a quick stop to taste New Zealand manuka honey, try local ice cream or stop at a beach, if time permits.

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
From the port of Tauranga - enjoy the local sights, history and points of interest en-route to the film site of the Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit trilogies. A unique movie set situated in the hills of a beautiful sheep and beef farm in Matamata. Enjoy a tour hour guided tour of the set and a nice cold ale or cider in the Green Dragon pub at the end, before being returned back to your ship.
Duration: 6 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
  • 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.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

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  • "Don't go all the way to New Zealand and miss seeing Hobbiton." See review
  • "This tour was just fantastic, great experience walking around amongst the hobbit homes and getting close up to their little world, its really beneficial to have an knowledgeable guide when going through the village." See review
  • "we have used Viator on many occasions and every trip has been both informative and enjoyable We recommend them to you." See review

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star-5
A memorable excursion from Tauranga
Randall_T
, Dec 2020
A thoroughly delightful shore excursion, well planned and executed. Much natural beauty and human interest.
star-1
Terrible customer service
Drashna_H
, Dec 2020
We were very excited about our trip but unfortunately our cruise had to cancel stopover. Remember being stuck in a long line trying to find customer service . Got cut off and no follow up. Email was never responded to nor any refunds offered. Only contact I get is an year later for a review.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Well worth it.
IdaM_W
, Apr 2020
Any LOTR movie fans will love this great tour. Walking tour thru Hobbiton was amazing. Could have used a bit more time at end for shopping due to crowd. Note that due to size, Hobbiton was not crowed even with several groups going thru at same time.
star-5
Nice Hobbiton tour
Kim_P
, Mar 2020
Was a great tour. Well organized and nice pace for the all day adventure to Hobbiton. We enjoyed our visit
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-4
The Shires ,
Lynne_D
, Mar 2020
Well run with a friendly driver and guide. Took us to other unscheduled stops which were interesting
star-5
Great experience
Canice_B
, Mar 2020
Great experience. I have already sent an email providing feedback on the driver who was fantastic...
star-4
Hobbiton NZ from Cruise terminal Tauranga
michelle_k
, Mar 2020
Amazing what the film crew can achieve. the paths around Hobbiton werent easy in some sections as I'm on walking stick. Hobbiton costs a$85 for 2 1/2hr look around Hobbiton and drink at Green Mile, so we found for trip to and from cruise was reasonable. We stop of at waterfall, we received a free NZ ice cream, stop at NZ Kiwi farm to see kiwi fruit growing
star-5
Extras and more!
Lucia_C
, Mar 2020
We had an amazing day. Went to Hobbiton, but not only that! The company tried to give 3 or 4 services extra... with no extra charge! Went to some stores, waterfalls... an amazing car drive.
star-5
Wonderful day at Hobbiton
JOANNA_H
, Mar 2020
A wonderful day at Hobbiton. The weather was perfect, so that helped. I was amazed at the extent of the village. Our tour bus driver added on a couple of stops after the Hobbiton visit, which was great as it was not expected. A lovely walk to a waterfall capped off the day.
star-5
Watch for tour time changes
Sharon_P
, Mar 2020
This is an awesome place to visit. Only problem we had was as Viator is third party, we didn’t get notification of earlier departure. We were just lucky we went an hour earlier. Tour guide said that this happens when using agents etc
star-5
Tauranga stop on cruise
Matthew_C
, Mar 2020
Our cruise ship was diverted from the South Pacific to New Zealand. Tauranga was one of our ports and we had always wanted to visit Hobbiton. The tour was half the price of the tour offered on the cruise ship. A representative from the company was waiting for us at the port as specified in our booking. Driver was fantastic and the tour of Hobbiton was excellent, a must see. Trip to the waterfall was a nice addition. Very painless experience and would definitely recommend.
star-4
Hobbiton was amazing
jane_B
, Mar 2020
Being great fans of Lord of the rings, we couldn't wait to see Hobbition and we were not disappointed. The group was small which is ideal and we were directed to our coach with no problem. Once you arrive at Hobbition there was about a 15 minute wait for a larger coach to pick you up this arrives and your movie set guide takes you to the set. the movie guide was very good very knowledgeable and once you arrive at the village OMG it is amazing you feel like you are in the film all that is missing are the hobbits. The tour is well organised but quite strict to time would have been nice to have had a longer time looking at the little houses, but they have so many people arriving you cant wander round at your own pace. The drink at the Green Dragon was nice and the inside really good, not much choice with the food and again a bit rushed. The trip back would have been more interesting if we could have stopped at the little town as the shops looked nice and the area full of bars and cafes. Would recommend this tour as the Hobbition tour and village were just as you see on the movie.
star-5
Great trip to Hobbiton
Michael_S
, Feb 2020
Don't go all the way to New Zealand and miss seeing Hobbiton. Even if you haven't read any of the books or seen the movies. This is one of those places like no other in the world and will most likely be one of the highlights of your trip to NZ. Shonna did a terrific job explaining so much about the area and kept our small group together making the most of our day and allowing for a surprising and delightful stop to see a beautiful waterfall and forest on our return to the ship.
star-4
Great Hobbiton Visit
Daniel_S
, Feb 2020
We were packed into a Van driven by Sharon from the Cruise Terminal and had a wonderful time. All were well planned and because of a bad knee, Sharon even arranged a golf cart, which was very convenient. Enjoyed very much!
star-5
Wonderful Hobbiton excurson
Janet_S
, Feb 2020
We had the most wonderful time Jennifer was a very experienced driver and guide who shared all her knowledge of the area. She went out of her way to give us as many experiences as possible. A great day thanks to Jennifer
star-4
Amazing beauty of natur
Hassan_R
, Feb 2020
Lovely nice guide, well organised tour with amazing real natural and manmade scenaries for Lord of the ring Movie, which are breathtaking. Very good value for money.
star-5
Hobbito Excursion
Michael_H
, Feb 2020
Excellent trip. Very knowledgeable Driver and local Guide. we have used Viator on many occasions and every trip has been both informative and enjoyable We recommend them to you.
star-5
Seeing Hobbiton
helpatto
, Feb 2020
Our driver Steve was very informative and nothing was a problem, took us to see a beautiful waterfall and showed us the silver fern and then to top it off a visit to a Honey store and try and an ice cream, a day I will treasure for ever , so thank you
star-5
Awesome, as usual
rienatalenko
, Feb 2020
The guide was extremely knowledgeable and fun. This is the fifth time I have been to Hobbiton, and there is always something new to discover and to love.
star-5
Such a great place to visit
michellek1968
, Feb 2020
Doing this tour was the highlight of my holiday. The tour guide knew all the answers to everyones questions and allowed us plenty of time to look around.

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