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Hobbiton Movie Set & Rotorua Thermal Wonderland Combo

Price: $230.00
Children (Ages 3 and under) are free but must be accounted for.
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Hobbiton Movie Set & Rotorua Thermal Wonderland Combo

Departing Tauranga city, you will travel for about 1 hour to the thermal region of Whakarewarewa. Here, you will see a Maori village. This living village is situated amidst a landscape of erupting geothermal activity, hot thermal springs, and bubbling mud pools. It is also the location of the famous Pohutu Geyser. Here you will mingle with the local Maori folk who have made this village their home and learned to live in harmony with this unique geothermal environment.

You will experience their traditions and their culture which has been passed down from generation to generation, and visit the fully carved meeting house "Whare Tupuna"(ancestral home). Experience a traditional Maori performance that will include a cultural welcome, songs and dances, games, and demonstrations of fighting skills, including the famous Haka. This is a concert not to be missed!

Then it is time to say farewell "E Noho Ra" to these local friends and head to the Waikato Valley. Here, you will find the Hobbiton Movie Set, nestled deep in the rolling hills of this region. One of the features of this area is the natural, unblemished landscape which was a necessary requirement for this Lord of the Rings movie film set.

You will be met by one of the resident guides who will walk with you around the set with a very informative commentary. Take the opportunity to dress up a character from Lord of the Rings with costumes provided by your guide, and have your picture taken on the movie set. On your tour of Hobbiton, you will see the Party field, stand under the Party tree, and observe the Hobbit holes, the lake, the mill and the bridge. At the conclusion of your journey around the set you can venture into the newly opened Green Dragon Inn and enjoy a complimentary beer, cider, or ginger beer.

Then its tome to depart the shire and travel back over the Kaimai ranges to your ship. If time permits on route, you will drive along the Marine Parade of Mount Maunganui seaside resort.

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Shore Excursion Size
Small Group
Shore Excursion Type
Cultural, Active, Scenic
Shore Excursion Duration
8 Hours
Activity Level
Shore Excursion Leaves From
The Cruise Pier Area. (Full details will be provided in your electronic ticket upon confirmation.)
Food/Beverage Provided
Bottled water, snacks, and your choice of locally brewed beer, cider, or ginger beer is included.
Recommended Dress
We recommend comfortable layered clothing and sensible walking shoes. A hat, a light jacket, sunscreen, and sunglasses are also suggested.
Guests must be able to walk on paved, gravel, and packed dirt surfaces, some of which are at an incline, for approximately 1.5 miles. There are several steps required to reach some of the sights.
5 Stars5Based On 31 Reviews Review This Tour
5 StarsTruly Delightful Outing!January 29, 2020

Reviewer: Lia Kamitsis
Even if you're not a big Lord of the Rings fan (we had several on the tour, including one in my own party, who were not), the visit to Hobbiton is well worth it. It's beautiful and picturesque, not to mention very interesting as a working farm and quirky story land. The thermal area with geysers was also very cool to see, including the Maori dance performance. Our tour guide, Rolf, was great, and having a nice small group really made it easy to interact and enjoy.

5 StarsMrsDecember 30, 2019

Reviewer: Marie Lunt
The shore excursion was well informative. Value for money. The tour guide for both places was fantastic. The bus driver for both was brilliant. Out of 10 I would give this tour 40. Just fantastic thank you.

5 StarsHobbiton & Rotorua ReviewDecember 19, 2019

Reviewer: Stephen Kelsey
This excursion is a must!! It was one of the best excursions we have been on while cruising on HollandAmerica. Fantasy at Hobbiton and then back to reality with cultural immersion in Rotorua provided a tremendous experience that won't be forgotten.

5 StarsHobbiton and Rotorua village/springsNovember 24, 2019

Reviewer: Marie
Lovely scenic drive to Hobbiton. Hobbiton was magical atmosphere and beautiful English Cottage gardens. Rotorua Village very interesting. Spot a Kiwi, visit geyser and hot springs. Traditional Maori greeting and short concert. Highly recommended tour all ages.

5 StarsHobbiton Movie Set & Rotorua Thermal April 14, 2019

Reviewer: Walter Kodakovic
the directions were to meet tour operator was excellent even though the ship docked late the full tour was honoured and got back in time for boarding the ship overall we thoroughly enjoyed this tour . highly recommend this tour

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