Hobbiton Express

Hobbiton Express
Price: $170.00
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Shore Excursion Size ? Standard
Shore Excursion Type Cultural, Scenic
Shore Excursion Duration 6 Hours
Activity Level ? Moderate
Shore Excursion Leaves From ? An approximately 2 to 5 minute walk from the cruise ship pier.
Food/Beverage Provided Not Included
Recommended Dress We recommend wearing comfortable seasonal clothing, sunscreen, sunglasses, and a hat.
Restrictions 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.

Hobbiton Express

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. Explore 44 Hobbit holes set across 12 acres of pasture and beautiful gardens, stand under the party tree, visit The Mill House, and more. Imagine yourself among the company of story characters while getting wrapped up in the fascinating stories your guide tells. The natural, lush landscape of Hobbington was chosen as the film's setting because of its untouched beauty.

Head to the Green Dragon pub where you can enjoy a complimentary Hobbit Ale, cider or ginger beer while sitting by the fire admiring the craftmanship. Enjoy a light lunch at an additional cost. Afterward, begin the journey back to Tauranga, with a stop at a viewpoint overlooking the city and harbour of Tauranga, where you will see your cruise ship in the distance, the off shore islands and the extensive kiwifruit and avocado orchards far below.

We 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.

5 Stars4.9 / 5  |  32 ReviewsReview This Tour
Loved this tour
February 17, 2023
Absolutely loved this tour - the bus driver and tour guide were very informative and the actual tour itself was everything I hoped it would be. I would definitely recommend to anyone that is into the Lord of the Rings or Hobbit series.
Reviewer: Linda R Townsend
5 Stars
Even better than expected
April 01, 2020
Hobbiton was even better than we expected. Pristine. We kept seeing scenes out of the movies. It was so well done. One would almost expect to see a hobbit come out of the homes. The Green Dragon was also a treat. Took lots of pictures and we have wonderful memories of this visit. Highly recommend.
Reviewer: Dianna
5 Stars
Excellent shore excursion to Hobbiton movie set
March 24, 2020
It was a pleasant excursion to Hobbiton movie set. Great informative driver. Will definitely book again with Shore Excursions Group in the future trip Highly recommended
Reviewer: Tai Tang
5 Stars
Hobbiton Tour
March 22, 2020
Great excursion. Well organised and structured. Driver was very friendly, efficient and knowledgible. Would recommend again.
Reviewer: wayne osullivan
5 Stars
Best Tour
March 20, 2020
It's everything we have hoped for. Our guide is the best during the whole trip in New Zealand. Once we get to Hobbiton, the tour was guided by the park guide. Outside Hobbiton, we had a wonderful scenic drive and stopped at various locations to take pictures. This tour is much better than the one offered by the cruise ship. I would recommend to everyone.
Reviewer: Jody Kao
5 Stars
Pure Delight
February 25, 2020
Our Hobbiton Express tour couldn't have been better! The guide on our tour bus was wonderful, the staff at the 'shire' enthusiastic.
Reviewer: James R Villiesse
5 Stars