You will see
- Famous scenes from the Lord of the Rings and Hobbit movies at the Hobbiton Movie Set
- Geothermal wonders - geysers, boiling mud and hotpools
- Maori culture - including a stirring cultural performance
- Popular Hobbiton tour features including The Party Tree, Bag End, The Green Dragon Inn and more
- The sights of Rotorua city - including the scenic lakefront and picturesque Government Gardens
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.
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.
If you would to do this tour as an "Exclusive" tour then see the "Groups" tab and tour code TRG-G16.
- A Hobbit Ale at the Green Dragon
- Air-conditioned transport
- Entry fees to Te Puia and concert
- Entry to Hobbiton and tour
- Experienced guide
- Meals are not included in this tour but time is alllowed to have lunch at a local cafe or Hobbiton if required
- If you request this tour as an "exclusive" option, then the vehicle and driver/guide will be exclusively for your party, but you will join one of the standard public tour groups at Hobbiton for your tour there.
- Please meet us at least 15 minutes prior to the departure time.
- This tour includes walking, with some inclines and steps on unmade paths.
- If your group is larger than 24 persons then please contact us for a quotation.
- Infants 0 to 3 may travel FOC if seated on parents lap. Infant rate applies if a seat is required.
- This tour is not suitable for users of mobility scooters [unless very small collapsible ones] or electric wheelchairs.
Standard Tour Schedule Options
|start time||end time|
| Note: Start and end times may be adjusted |
to suit ships ETA or ETD in port
Standard Tour Charges
|Adult price||NZ $249.00|
|Child price (4 to 16 yrs)||NZ $179.00|
|Infant price (0 to 3 yrs)||NZ $89.00|
| Note: Infant ticket ensures a seat |
Without a ticket an infant may have to sit on a parents lap
|Family price (max adults 2 max children 2)||NZ $770.00|
Standard Tour Group Discounts
|11+ persons||10.00 %|
Christine was a fantastic tour guide. She is full of information. The sights were awesome. I will definitely recommend you.
G Pintado, USA [Mar 17]
R Kassam, UK [Mar 17]
R & S Henderson, Australia [Mar 17]
J & L De La Paz, Philippines [Feb 17]
C Funk, USA [Feb 17]
L Lee, Australia [Feb 17]
D Jana, USA [Feb 17]
L & B McGrath, Canada [Feb 17]
T & S Howden, Australia [Jan 17]
R Murakami, Indonesia [Dec 16]
T Godfrey, Australia [Dec 16]
M Cruz, Puerto Rico [Jan 17]
J Pollopis, USA [Dec16]
L Davidson, Australia [Dec 16]
G Brennan & M Thomas, Australia [Dec 16]
R & S Buchanan, Australia [Dec 16]
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P Kerr, Australia [Apr 16]
G & R Simmons, Australia [Mar 16]
D & G Wright, Australia [Mar 16]
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M & B Lancaster, UK [Feb 16]
J Donnell, USA [Feb 16]
S Chea, Australia [Dec 15]
T Myers, Australia [Oct 15]
L Shannon, Canada [Feb 15]
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Dan, USA [Dec 13]
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Owen Family, Australia [Dec 13]
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.
There is no lunch included in the tour, can I get something to eat?
Yes, we allow some free time for you to buy lunch or maybe a snack at the Green Dragon pub at Hobbiton, depending on the order of the visits.
Why is there a charge for infants up to the age of 3 years old.
We give parents the option to purchase an "infant" ticket as this then reserves a seat on the vehicle for the infant. If a ticket is not purchased then the infant may have to sit on their parents lap. If you have a suitable baby or infant seat, then this can be used, or you may be able to hire one from us. It is the parents choice as to how their children travel on our coaches and minibuses.
My group is larger than 24 persons, can you do larger groups?
Yes, most of our tours are small group programs, but we can offer the same tour program in most cases for groups greater than 24 persons, please contact us to obtain a quotation.