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Hobbiton Express

Price: $159.00
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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
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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 22 Reviews Review This Tour
5 StarsHobbitonApril 05, 2019

Reviewer: Carolyn Harms
Really enjoyed this excursion. Tour guide was great

5 StarsHobbiton express tourApril 02, 2019

Reviewer: Kirsty
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.

5 StarsGreat Excursion March 22, 2019

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.

5 StarsA Dream Come True!!March 22, 2019

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.

5 StarsSparks the imaginationMarch 06, 2019

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.

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