Hobbiton Express

Hobbiton Express
Price: $170.00
Choose Options My Cruise Itinerary
Shore Excursion Size ? Standard
Shore Excursion Type Cultural, Scenic
Shore Excursion Duration 5 Hours 30 Minutes
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. Walk past Hobbit holes, stand under the party tree, and imagine yourself among the company of story characters. 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 purchase a refreshing Hobbit Ale and light lunch at an additional cost. Afterward, begin the journey back to Tauranga, stopping first at the Kaimai Ranges 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.

5 Stars4.9 / 5  |  31 ReviewsReview This Tour
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
Beautiful, peaceful area.
December 24, 2019
Beautiful, peaceful area. This is my favorite excursion.everything was magical! I never saw so many different kinds of flowers and plants in one place . Mill and the lake are gorgeous. Majestic ale house with three different kinds of unique drinks. A good trip for Peace in nature.
Reviewer: Rima Riggs
5 Stars