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Tauranga Shore Excursion with Hobbiton and Rotorua Geyser

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Mount Maunganui, New Zealand
Tauranga Shore Excursion with Hobbiton and Rotorua Geyser

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Spend a day off your cruise ship and get out of the city on this day trip to two popular North Island attractions, Whakarewarewa and Hobbiton. Save time hiring a car and getting used to New Zealand roads; your guide meets you at the port and heads straight into the heartland. Visit Whakarewarewa, a bubbling geothermal landscape and home to the local Māori iwi (tribe), then head across the Kaimai Ranges to Hobbiton, an authentic movie set from the Lord of the Rings.
  • Marvel at a kapa haka performance, full of song and dance, by the local iwi
  • Have a drink on the house at the Green Dragon Inn in The Shire
  • All entrance fees are covered, so you only have to bring money for lunch
  • Quick departures only: book in advance to make sure you don’t miss out
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Tauranga port pick up - Pre-booked tour for cruise ship passengers only
Te Puia Valley Geothermal Valley entrance fees
The Hobbiton Movie set tour with official guide
Air-conditioned vehicle

Departure Point

2 Salisbury Avenue, Mount Maunganui 3116, New Zealand

Please walk along the wharf (there is only one way to walk) Go through the Port gates, where you will see a representative with a name board with " NEW ZEALAND DISCOVERY TOURS" & your name on It! Please allow time for boarding your vehicle! As the tour leaves at the allocated time!

Departure Time

8:00 AM

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • No sales on the day of the tour ensuring a quick departure for you!
  • All vehicles are modern vehicles with duel air-conditioning uv protection glass and meeting the highest safety standards.
  • If needed we will adjust the tour time dependent on arrival time and departure time of your ship
  • Pick up is from the port gates and dependent upon time of arrival of your cruise ship
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 19 travelers
  • OPERATED BY New Zealand Discovery Tours Limited
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience 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.
What is the policy on sanitization during Tauranga Shore Excursion with Hobbiton and Rotorua Geyser?
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 with Hobbiton and Rotorua Geyser.
What is the social distancing policy during Tauranga Shore Excursion with Hobbiton and Rotorua Geyser?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by Tauranga Shore Excursion with Hobbiton and Rotorua Geyser.
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Tauranga Shore Excursion with Hobbiton and Rotorua Geyser?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
See all safety measures taken by Tauranga Shore Excursion with Hobbiton and Rotorua Geyser.

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Traveler Tips

  • "Even if you rent your own car, you'd be hard pressed to cover both places." See review
  • "Draw backs, not suitable for elderly people, or being there in a bad rainy day." See review
  • "If you like to wander around on your own and shop, it might be not for you ( we were given only 20 min or so in both places), but I LOVED it!!" See review


61 Reviews
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Reviews by Viator travelers

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Two Fun Experiences
, Mar 2020
Visited two great highlights of the Tauranga area. The local Maori guide was very cordial and informative. Enjoyed the Maori dance presentation and sampling of sweet corn cooked in the thermal waters. The Hobbiton movie set tour was so much fun with lots of photo ops and complimentary drink at the Green Dragon Inn. Our tour guide, Ray, was very organized and personable. We even made a quick stop at a kiwi orchard.
Hobbiton great, Rotorua poor
, Mar 2020
As great at Hobbiton was, Rotorua was a huge disappointment. If you are any kind of LoTR, you MUST visit Hobbiton. But Rotorua felt like a fake Disneyland-like experience only not as good.
Great time
, Feb 2020
Well organized & extremely informative! Enjoyed the ride, the Maori village & hobbitown! Guides very knowledgeable.
Ring followers must go
, Feb 2020
Absolutely the funniest trip for the Ring followers. Well organized and a good chance in knowing how a magnificent film was made. Draw backs, not suitable for elderly people, or being there in a bad rainy day.
, Feb 2020
The tour was incredibly informative, Andrew our tour guide was lovely and very accommodating. The places we went were incredible and we will hold onto these memories fondly.
Geothermal living and Hollywood memories
, Feb 2020
The tour was interesting and had a lot of variety. The Maori village was very enlightening. They live on a geothermal spring. The tour of Hobbiton was also wonderful, but the hills were tough for some of us. The story about why it exists is truly amazing.
Combo is the way to go!!!!
, Feb 2020
Great excursion! Very dynamic. Great option for those who would like to see both Thermal Village and Hobbiton in the same day. If you like to wander around on your own and shop... it might be not for you ( we were given only 20 min or so in both places), but I LOVED it!!!
bad itinerary, te puia valley is better then wakarewarewa
, Jan 2020
very nice driver and guide - friendly and helpful, but the itinerary is bad (too much time just waiting for nothing after tour in Hobbiton - better spend this hour walking around in Rotorua) and the village in Rotorua is so touristic, the tour there is really disappointing. They claim it to be maori village, more authentic and "true" but today it's really too touristic, you drive so long, have just an hour for the tour and the guide there is just talking about nothing for 15 minutes teaching people to pronounce the name of village (what for??) instead of showing the beauty of geothermal area. They even don't show the main viewpoint of geyser. And the main problem - the viewpoint of geysers in this village is very far from them - in Te puia people can come much closer to all of them. Also they claim the main geyser Pohutu to be errupting every 45-60 minutes - I was waiting for 1 hour and 40 minutes and it didn't erupt. Of cause it doesn't have the strict timetable - it's a nature thing, but it seems that they lie about the frequency. So the chance to see the main geyser erupting is quite low.
icon Response from Host , Jan 2020
Hello 5858936 I was very surprised by your review so much so I have read and made notes of how you have reviewed our tour! The first is bad itinerary ? so your itinerary was pickup 7:15 drive to hobbiton arrive at 8:15 your hobbiton tour was 8:40 (tour takes 2 hours) free time for coffee and sandwich (as it was an early start) leave hobbiton at 11:15 (after 35 minutes of free time) 60 minute drive to Maori village arrive at 12:15pm Guide for 1 hour then free time then culture show at 2pm (show last for 30 minutes) 2:45pm leave village travel back to Ship (60 minutes drive) The itinerary is set so you are relaxed have free time and guides?? Its interesting you say Te Puia is better when you didn't experience it? and also the village you experienced dates back hundreds of years so much so it dates back to before europeans arrived in New Zealand! Te Puia on the other hand has just built a new restaurant of glass so you missed seeing the shinny new restaurant at Te Puia, and the replica homes that where built 20 years ago (3 small dwellings). The reason for the Maori guide talking to you before you enter the village is because the guide is explaining about their culture and history, where they come from and what defines them today as a people such as the the name of their village! "Tewhakarewarewarewatangaoteopetauaawahiiao" some of guide's break down the word to explain all the meanings and cultural significant in relevance to their village which by the way is truly there home and where once the tourist leave at 5pm it returns as their home! living and utilising the geothermal for every day living, for instance bathing in the waters as they have done for hundreds of years! I am sorry the drive between venues was to long for you 60 minutes each drive, but we do try to talk and educate along the way sometimes pointing out interest along the way! (guiding) I can only guess that you didn't read your map as there is a viewing platform that you can walk to that is 30 meters from the geyser same distance as the Te Puia's bridge to the geyser! As for the geyser there is no valve to open and it is not induced but usually erupts within the hour! I can only surmise that maybe it was just bad luck that it erupted while you was watching the Cultural show? So I apologise that the natural geyser didn't wait for you to arrive in time! Out of all the review what upsets me the most is that you say we lie to you!!! We do not lie to you and the frequency of the geyser changes over years and at the time of writing this reply (just weeks after your visit) its frequency is approximately every 60 minutes! I thank you for your views, comments and points of view as always I will take this on board and continue to strive to providing the very best tour we can do, we truly want you to have the very best tour you have ever experienced, so Sorry we could not please you on this occasion! Oh by the way You spelt Whakarewarewa wrong the word the guide talked for 15 minutes about!
rotarian and hobbiton
, Dec 2019
our driver buddy was both informative and friendly both tours were excellent but hobbiton was the the best i would highly recommend this toir
Very good excursion
Jimmy P
, Apr 2019
Everything was very nice but not enough time at either place. Highlight of the day was Hobbiton. Rotorua was just ok. Interesting.

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