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Hobbiton Express

Price: $149.00
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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. This tour is not wheelchair accessible. The vehicle may be able to accommodate collapsible walkers with advanced notice at the time of booking. 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; however, due to passenger loading laws in New Zealand, all passengers (including infants) must purchase a seat for travel. Infants are not permitted to ride on a parent's lap. Parents must bring their own car seats.
5 Stars5Based On 17 Reviews Review This Tour
5 StarsExcursionFebruary 19, 2019

Reviewer: Roger Halliday
Another really well organised tour and although I have seen the Hobbitt or Lord of the rings I had a very good day, tour guides were excellent

5 StarsHobbiton express reviewFebruary 12, 2019

Reviewer: JagM
best experience ever. Coach driver excellent with vocal information. Having extra stops broke up long drive. Touring Hobbiton , wow! ! ! Could use more guides thru site as our group was too big. Highly recommend Shore Excursions. Will choose them again.

5 StarsEnjoyable timeFebruary 06, 2019

Reviewer: Pam Tunn
Knowledgeable guide showed us sights on way to Hobbiton and was able to take us in our mini bus directly to the site for our enjoyable tour. On return trip stopped to see a kiwi fruit orchard and Manuka honey tastings.

5 StarsTrip commentsJanuary 20, 2019

Reviewer: Keith Murley
I have Emailed comments 3 times now, but again with Doug had a terrific trip to Hobbiton, he was excellent and we at alst got to Hobbiton, my a multi million $ tourist industry now

5 StarsWorth The TimeDecember 09, 2018

Reviewer: Peter Cheung
By this time, Peter Jackson, knew there's money in leaving the movie sets behind instead of dismantling it with the Lord Of The Ring sets. Everything you want to see I are there. The Party Tree, the Lake, the rolling Meadows, the cottages, the pub. Mostly everything.

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