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.