Hobbiton Express

Price: $150.00
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This Tauranga tour brings The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit to life. Visit the film location chosen by Peter Jackson as the iconic setting for the village populated by Hobbits. Fans of the acclaimed books and films will love being submersed in the environment used to bring the books to life on the big screen.

Depart Tauranga and cross the harbor bridge, enjoying panoramic views of The Mount, a 762 foot high volcanic core. Your guide will lead you on a ride over 1,000 feet, crossing the Kaimai mountain range which divides the Bay of Plenty from the Waikato district.

Arrive at Hobbiton, the set location seen in The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit films. A professional guide will meet you at Shires Rest, taking you on an informative tour around the former movie set. Walk past Hobbit holes, stand under the party tree, and imagine yourself among the company of story characters. The natural, lush landscape was chosen as a film setting because of its untouched beauty.

Head to the Green Dragon pub where you can purchase a refreshing Hobbit Ale and light lunch at an additional cost. Afterward, begin the journey back to Tauranga, stopping first at the Kaimai Range's summit. Standing 1,000 feet above sea level, the summit is perfect for stunning photographs overlooking the valley below and distant extinct volcanoes. If there's enough time left on your tour, your guide will take you to a local honey center to see the hives and purchase local Manuka honey or delicious honey ice cream.

Return to the port, passing luxurious waterfront homes lining the gorgeous beaches of Mount Maunganui. Book this Tauranga tour today for an incredible experience even J.R.R. Tolkien would recommend.

Shore Excursion Size
Shore Excursion Type
Cultural, Scenic
Shore Excursion Duration
5 Hours 30 Minutes
Activity Level
Shore Excursion Leaves From
The Cruise Pier. (Full details will be provided in your electronic ticket upon confirmation.)
Food/Beverage Provided
Not Included
Recommended Dress
We recommend wearing comfortable seasonal clothing, sunscreen, sunglasses, and a hat.
Participants must be able to step on and off a coach bus. Collapsible wheelchairs can be accommodated with advanced notice. This tour cannot accommodate electric wheelchairs or mobility scooters, unless the scooter is very small and collapsible. Guests must be able to climb hills, climb steps, and walk on unpaved paths, inclines, downward slopes, and uneven surfaces. Infants ages 3 and younger may attend the tour free of charge with advanced notice, provided that they sit on their parents' lap. Infants may have their own seat upon request at time of booking. Parents must bring their own car seats, and will be charged an additional fee for the infant.
5 Stars5Based On 8 Reviews Review This Tour
5 Starsbest excursion on our cruiseJanuary 23, 2018

Reviewer: Wendy
Just the right amount of time for this excursion. Wear sunscreen and comfortable shoes as there will be quite a lot of walking outdoors. Amazing site and friendly hosts.

4 StarsHobbiton ExpressJanuary 08, 2018

Reviewer: john field
Beautiful country side and the tour guides were great and very knowledgeable. Being a lover of the Hobbit movies, Hobbiton was fun. Wish could have gone inside one of the holes. Just a little crowded. Felt hearded.

5 StarsHobbiton is the bombDecember 18, 2017

Reviewer: L Lybrook
My wife and I took the Hobbiton tour and were really impressed with the service, bus, tour guides and beauty of New Zealand's countryside. Pur guide was knowledgeable and funny, and Hobbiton itself was magical. Thanks for offering this excuraion at such a value!

5 StarsOutstandingDecember 11, 2017

Reviewer: Mitch & Cathy Blaesing
This was amazing. The place is unbelievable. We felt like Hobbits. It was wonderful. The best time. The tour was well paced and organized. Great time.

5 StarsFilm SetFebruary 26, 2017

Reviewer: Valerie Dunshea
Enjoyed the experience ofthe settings and the surrounding area and the walk around the film set. Good driver and the young girl very informative of the topic.

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