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.
Reviewer: Carolyn Harms
Really enjoyed this excursion. Tour guide was great
very timely and organized pick up, we had a great driver who was very knowledgeable, interactive and gave us great commentary on our drive pointing out lots of things we would have otherwise missed, the hobbiton tour was out of this world. This tour company come highly recommended by us.
Reviewer: Kenneth Mawhinnie
Very well planned and timed. Excellent commentary. Arrived back at ship in plenty of time, but not rushed to see all of Hobbiton.
Reviewer: Paula Mills
We are major Tolkein fans so we're really looking forward to this excursion. It did not disappoint!! I had goosebumps walking through and seeing all the hobbit holes. The ale at the end was a plus!! Only negative was that we didn't have enough time in the gift shop.
Reviewer: Trisha Sinnott
I loved the tour of Hobbiton, our coach driver and the local guide. As a Tolkien fan, I was delighted with the reproduction of the movie set, the walk through the "Shire" and the drink at the end. There was enough time for a visit to the very expensive gift shop and the free toilets.