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Tauranga Shore Excursion: Hobbiton Movie Set and Rotorua Geothermals Combo

Tauranga Shore Excursion: Hobbiton Movie Set and Rotorua Geothermals Combo

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Mount Maunganui, New Zealand
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icon7 hours 30 minutes  (approx.)
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iconOffered in: English
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Explore traditional Maori culture and discover movie history in the New Zealand hills on this full-day Hobbiton and Te Puia combo shore excursion from Tauranga. Travel through the breathtaking Kaimai Mountains in Waikato. Explore the Hobbiton movie set with your guide and discover famous sites such as the party tree and the hobbits’ dwellings. Head through the forests of the Mamaku Ranges to Rotorua, and admire top attractions like the Bath House and Government Gardens. In Te Puia, see the famous Pohutu geyser and learn of Maori traditions and culture.
  • All entrance fees included
  • Informative, friendly and professional guide
  • Once-in-a-Lifetime Experience
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2 hour guided tour of Hobbiton Movie Set
A tankard of Hobbit ale at the Green Dragon Inn
Comfortable air-conditioned transport
Experienced, professional and fun guide
Entry to Whakarewarewa Maori Village
Food and drinks, however you are able to grab a bite to eat along the way
Port of Tauranga Ltd , 2 Salisbury Avenue, Mount Maunganui 3116, New Zealand

Please meet the Shore Trips and Tours representative at the Shore Trips and Tours sign board situated just outside the port gates. Walk through the information marquee and out through the gates - a short walk from your ship.

9:00 AM
This activity will end right where it started.
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • This tour includes walking, with some inclines and steps on unmade paths
  • This tour is not suitable for wheelchair users or any other mobility devices due to the paths at Hobbiton
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • This tour runs with a minimum of 4 fare paying passengers. We will advise on the day if the minimum hasn't been met, and offer alternative options if necessary
  • Please purchase a ticket for all travelers in your group - including 'purchasing' a ticket for all infants. NZ transport law requires us to count all heads on board. One child or infant max per adult ticket.
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour is for passengers arriving on a cruise ship into the Port of Tauranga
  • This is a Pre Booked Tour Only!
  • No sales on the day of the Tour!
  • 9am is the regular tour start time. This may be adjusted for early/late arriving cruise ships. We will advise any time change at time of booking
  • Please ensure you provide a contact phone number and/or email address that you will have with you and/or checking whilst on holiday so any last minute tour time changes can be notified
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 24 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Shore Trips and Tours
You can cancel up to 3 days in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 3 full days before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 2 full days before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 2 full days before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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What is the policy on sanitization during Tauranga Shore Excursion: Hobbiton Movie Set and Rotorua Geothermals Combo?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Tauranga Shore Excursion: Hobbiton Movie Set and Rotorua Geothermals Combo.
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What is the social distancing policy during Tauranga Shore Excursion: Hobbiton Movie Set and Rotorua Geothermals Combo?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
See all safety measures taken by Tauranga Shore Excursion: Hobbiton Movie Set and Rotorua Geothermals Combo.
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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Tauranga Shore Excursion: Hobbiton Movie Set and Rotorua Geothermals Combo?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
See all safety measures taken by Tauranga Shore Excursion: Hobbiton Movie Set and Rotorua Geothermals Combo.

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  • "Quite a bit of walking around the hobbiton farm area but well worth it." See review
  • "Hobbit on is a not to miss tour and geothermal park is very interesting." See review

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star-5
Wonderful tour
Lucia_S
, Mar 2020
Wonderful tour. Our driver/guide Sastika was awesome. We started the tour at Rotorua where we saw the kiwi bird, the geysers, geothermal and had lunch. After that we visited Hobbiton (so beautiful) and had their good beer. Very beautiful countryside roads where you can see tons of sheep and cows. Highly recommend!
icon Response from Host , Mar 2020
Thanks Lucia, pleased you had a great day with our guide Saskia, she really loves showing our guests around our beautiful region. Regards Ian
star-5
Great tour
Marina_F
, Feb 2020
I highly recommend this tour! Our tour guide Graham was very nice and knowledgeable. Hobbit on is a not to miss tour and geothermal park is very interesting. We had a chance to see a lot of country farms , sheep and kiwi plantations! It was a lovely day!!!
icon Response from Host , Feb 2020
Thanks for your kind comments, we have been going to Hobbiton since it opened way back in 2002 with probably around 50,000 happy clients just with our company in that time. Nice weather does help and its been a stunning summer this year here in NZ, regards Ian
star-5
Two in one!
Constance_M
, Feb 2020
Two fabulous excursions in one wonderful day! The geyser/Maori center was fascinating and Hobbiton was great fun! Thank you!
icon Response from Host , Feb 2020
Not many companies fit in both destinations in the one day [not even the cruise lines] so we try and give you the best day we can within the time you are here in Tauranga. Regards Ian
star-5
Totally worth it.
Pauline_B
, Feb 2020
I had a wonderful time. The tour group updated the departure time based on the early arrival of my cruise ship. The driver was super nice, he took us to several added spots like Kiwi farm and city of Tirau with corrugated buildings shaped like animals. The Rotorua geothermal site has a Maori war ship and village, and a kiwi bird house. I saw my first living Kiwi running around. The geysers and mud pots was amazing. Hobbiton was what I expected. The tour was a walking tour though the Hobbit village, up and down hill along walking paths, may not be suitable for people with mobility problem. I saw many Hobbit houses, and our guide was very knowledgeable. Totally worth the money.
icon Response from Host , Feb 2020
So pleased that you enjoyed our tour to Hobbiton AND Rotorua, not many companies offer this tour so if you are only going to be visiting NZ just the once, then our combo tour is the best option to see both great destinations. Regards Ian
star-5
Great combination tour
okermanlk
, Feb 2020
Grahame was a great tour guide. The Geothermals were awesome and he made sure everyone was able to see as much as possible. The Hobbiton movie set was more than we expected and again Grahame made sure everyone knew where to go and when to be at the right location for the tour drop off and pickup. Great combination, Thanks Grahame
icon Response from Host , Feb 2020
Thanks for your very positive review, regards Ian
star-5
Just like the film
JoJo1980H
, Jan 2020
OMG, even if you’re not a fan of the films you will live this visit. Hobbiton is absolutely stunning, great scenery, lakes and pub :-). Lovely stop off for food after showcasing more of Taurangas beauty
icon Response from Host , Jan 2020
This is such a common comment, many of our passengers are sceptical about visiting as either the books or the movies were not their thing, in 100% of the cases they all say how much they enjoyed the experience. Some even say they will go and view the movies after "being on set". One of our most popular tours. Regards Ian
star-5
A perfect day and day tour!
Clydethecamel
, Jan 2020
Unexpectedly a private tour with Les! Our group did not materialize and Les took us in his car. What a treat! He took us to some of his private places for good views, towns, on our way to Hobbiton. He told of his being a part of the transportation team during production and told us the execution of certain set developments, the importance of filming in just the right “ light” .He kept us ahead of the crowds. He knew everyone and was so respected. It was an amazing tour. So very glad we did this tour and the Rotorua Geothermal combo. He was so informative with the history. A great day!
icon Response from Host , Jan 2020
Thanks for your very kind feedback, you did strike it lucky to have Les all to yourself. Hobbiton is a very popular tour and usaully our minibuses and small coaches are full. Hobbiton is an awesome destination and one of New Zealand's most visited destinations. We always a have a couple of the company cars on hand in case we end up with just 2 persons, as we have a company policy of not turning away a client who has a confirmed booking even if there are just 2. Regards Ian
star-5
Tauranga Shore Excursion: Hobbiton Movie Set and Rotorua Geothermals Combo
shuim2019
, Oct 2019
John our tour guide was excellent. He spent the day with us and informed us where he will be waiting for us after the Hobbiton tour and then we went to the Geothemals which was also nice. He gave us a lot of information on the history and culture of the Mauri.
icon Response from Host , Oct 2019
Hello Shuim, thank you for your review and I will pass your praise on to John. The Hobbiton / Rotorua combo tour is the best of the best from the Port of Tauranga so we are rapt you chose it and enjoyed it. Thanks for taking the time to share with others. Kind regards Kim
star-5
Pure magic.
Christ_T
, Jan 2019
This trip thoroughly exceeded my expectations, which I thought would be very hard to do. The visit to Hobbiton was everything we hoped it would be. Just delightful. Only wish they could have given us more time but that is controlled by the staff at the movie site. We all would have done the visit again the next day if our cruise ship had dallied.
star-5
hobbiton review
Tour13716554916
, Dec 2018
loved this excursion, I'm not a lord of the rings fan and have only seen the first movie, but it was a very good tour and very interesting. The hobbiton farm was stunning, and even in the wet weather it was lovely. Very informative guides. Quite a bit of walking around the hobbiton farm area but well worth it.
star-5
OMG it was stinking amazing to see...
Debra S
, Mar 2018
OMG it was stinking amazing to see Hobbiton, and really enjoyed the geysers and Maori show. We loved how the guide gave us tid bits for what to do and look for. She was great.
star-5
We enjoyed this tour immensely. Our...
cmbteach
, Jan 2018
We enjoyed this tour immensely. Our tour guide/driver, Julie from Shore Trips and Tours, was very knowledgeable and gave use interesting facts about the area as we traveled. Hobbiton was amazing and the guide was terrific. There is a lot of walking up and down hills, but it was worth every step. I would have liked the tour to be a little shower pace. The Te Puia site was magnificent! Julie really knew her stuff. She was a terrific guide while seeing the geyser and mudflats. This Combo was well worth the money and great for all ages. This was our first purchase with Viator, but not our last! We look forward to booking with Viator again. Thank you.
star-5
Very full and fun day with a trip to...
Melissa T
, Dec 2017
Very full and fun day with a trip to the geysers at Te Puia and seeing a Maori show, then off to Hobbiton for a tour, shopping and a pint at the Green Dragon. The hobbit holes were spectacular and so well maintained. Our guide was very knowledgeable, both on the bus and at Hobbiton. A must do day!
star-5
This tour had to be one of the best...
Annette P
, May 2017
This tour had to be one of the best tours I've ever taken. My tour leader was fantastic. Knew all about the sights and shared her knowledge with us. We were a small group so it was great.
star-5
The trip to hobbiton was amazing...
Brenda_W
, Jan 2017
The trip to hobbiton was amazing. Even if you have not seen the movies you should go. Just a magical place. Te Puia is such an interesting place. Glad we managed to squeeze both in. Kudos to Chris our guide. Very informative and managed to get the full trip in and back to the ship on time. I would highly recommend this trip. A full day but well worth it,
star-4
Hobbit land portion was great...
Dave E
, Jan 2016
Hobbit land portion was great. Having spoken to someone who did a Maorii experience tour with someone else, we missed allot at Rotarua. Guess there is only so much you can do in a day. Guide was excellent.
star-5
Our guide, Julie, was lovely. She...
Suzanne S
, Jan 2016
Our guide, Julie, was lovely. She knew a lot about he countryside we were traveling through as well as the sites we were visiting. She also accommodated us completely so that we didn't miss a thing despite our ship being hours late to dock due to low tides. Thank you for a fabulous day.
star-5
Everything went like clockwork...
Walshybee
, Dec 2015
Everything went like clockwork! Excellent driver, terry, who was also an excellent guide. Highlight of my trip to New Zealand

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