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.
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
Reviewer: Michelle Curby-Lucier
Our guide, Rolf, was very professional and pleasant to spend the day with. I really enjoyed both sites on this tour. Hobbiton was amazing and totally worth going to see. I wish we had had more time at the Rotorua site. We spent most of the time at a cultural show which was great, but had almost no time to walk around and see the geysers, mud pools, hot springs and little shops. That part of the day was very frustrating as it felt we had almost no time there. I know Rolf had a specific time that we had for our Hobbiton tour which could not be missed so he had no flexibility. I wonder if it would be better to go to Hobbiton in the morning and then do the Rotorua part of the tour in the afternoon to allow for a little bit more time at there?? All in all, a really nice day. We also were impressed with the giant bag of snacks and drinks that were provided as soon as we got on the bus. We were able to snack whenever we wanted throughout the day and we were not hungry at all!
Hobbiton was so much more than we expected! The small tour size was much better than cruise ship offers.
Reviewer: Michael Walker
We bought the excursion for my sister-in-law who said it was a fantastic day out.very informative,beautiful and even better than the movie! Rotorua was also great,fantastic to see the thermals,steam ,mud and general experience. the Maori culture was eye opening and well presented.
Reviewer: Christine Fittock
My sister and my father went with me on this tour. Our dad found Hobbiton a challenge walkin up steep hill. He is 84. Our tour guides were amazing. Hobbiton was so beautiful and the attention to detail was impressive. Thermal Wonderland at Rotorua did not disappoint either. It was the perfect day in NZ.