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: 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
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.
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.
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
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.