You will see
- Bag End and the Party Tree
- Flax weaving & wood carving
- Geysers and Mud pools
- Great scenery
- Hobbit Holes
- Kiwibirds at Te Puia
- Maori traditional concert
- The Green Dragon Pub
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. Here we will be met by our private guide for an informative tour around the movie set location. Stand under the party tree, walk past the Hobbit holes, imagine yourself amongst the characters. Nestled deep in the rolling hills of the Waikato, this location was chosen for it unblemished landscape.
Following the Movie set tour we will have lunch at the Hobbit themed restaurant located adjacent to the Green Dragon Pub.
Leaving Hobbiton, our journey takes us through the Mamaku Ranges, past ancient forests and over the rim of the volcanic crater which now forms the lake of Rotorua which is the location for our lunch stop at the lakeside [your cost]. After lunch we have time to see the main Rotorua City sights such as Rotorua Bath House & Museum and the Government Gardens we arrive at Whakarewarewa - Te Puia, the home of the Maori Arts and Crafts Institute and the location of the famous Pohutu geyser.
We will visit a carving school and see craftsman fashion traditional wood carvings, then move on to watch Maori women demonstrate flax weaving. A short walk takes us through the geothermal valley of Whakarewarewa to view the mud pools, the famous Pohutu geyser and hot pools that make Te Puia unique. See New Zealand's iconic flightless bird, the Kiwi in a purpose built Kiwi-house. Explore the recreated traditional Maori fortified village.
Seats are reserved for us to see a Maori Cultural Performance; this is given on the Marae, in one of the few fully carved meeting houses in New Zealand, a place of special spiritual significance to Maori. Here you will see the traditional songs, dances and demonstrations of fighting skills [including the Haka] performed.
We then depart Rotorua for the return to Tauranga to rejoin the ship.
Please note that we sometimes reverse the order of the tour to suit the ships arrival and departure times.
- A Hobbit Ale at the Green Dragon
- Air-conditioned transport
- Entry fees to Te Puia and concert
- Entry to Hobbiton and tour
- Experienced guide
- Lunch at Hobbiton
- If the group size you want is not listed in the price table then please contact us for a quotation.
- Please meet us at least 15 minutes prior to the departure time.
- This tour includes walking, with some inclines and steps on unmade paths.
- This tour is not suitable for users of mobility scooters [unless very small collapsible ones] or electric wheelchairs.
Group Tour Options
|Foreign Language Guide||NZ $450.00|
Group Tour Prices
|20 persons||NZ $5,715.00|
|21 persons||NZ $5,985.00|
|22 persons||NZ $6,255.00|
|23 persons||NZ $6,525.00|
|24 persons||NZ $6,795.00|
|25 persons||NZ $7,065.00|
|26 persons||NZ $7,345.00|
|27 persons||NZ $7,625.00|
|28 persons||NZ $7,905.00|
|29 persons||NZ $8,185.00|
|30 persons||NZ $8,465.00|
|31 persons||NZ $8,747.00|
|32 persons||NZ $9,029.00|
|33 persons||NZ $9,311.00|
|34 persons||NZ $9,593.00|
|35 persons||NZ $9,875.00|
|36 persons||NZ $10,157.00|
|37 persons||NZ $10,439.00|
|38 persons||NZ $10,721.00|
|39 persons||NZ $11,003.00|
|40 persons||NZ $11,285.00|
Are entry fees included?
Yes, to both Hobbiton and Te Puia, which includes the Maori concert
Is it suitable for children?
Absolutely. Both attractions are very child friendly.
Is the walking difficult?
Both attractions include some inclines and steps on unmade paths, however both are usually fine for most walkers.
What if the ship arrival time is later than the tour is due to start?
When a ship is arriving or departing at times that do not suit our normal tour times, then we adjust these times to suit. These adjusted times are shown on your voucher when you make a booking and also on the "prices" tab of the tour details on the web site, if you have created a "my cruise" account.