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Tauranga Shore Excursion: Lord of the Rings Hobbiton Movie Set Tour Including Rotorua Sightseeing

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    What to Expect
    Start your full-day shore excursion to Middle-earth and Rotorua with pickup from the Tauranga cruise port. Your coach follows a scenic route, crossing the Tauranga Harbour Bridge before departing the Bay of Plenty. After climbing the Kaimai mountain range, note the fertile farmlands of Waikato as you near the town of Matamata and the filming site used for the Hobbiton Movie Set.

    Stroll with your guide past hobbit holes belonging to the likes of Bilbo and Frodo during a 2-hour tour of The Shire, an actual New Zealand sheep farm. You’ll recognize scenes from The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings trilogies, including the party tree, the Mill and the Green Dragon Inn, where you can finish your Hobbiton tour with a mug of beer, cider or ginger beer (own expense).

    Back on board the bus, continue into Rotorua via the Mamaku mountain range. After a stop for lunch (own expense) beside Lake Rotorua, you’re treated to a traditional welcome into the authentic Maori village of Whakarewarewa.

    Accompanied by a Maori guide, witness the astounding thermal activity of Rotorua’s bubbling hot springs and mud pools, and watch Pohutu Geyser erupt. Learn how New Zealand’s indigenous people made use of the region, bathing in the hot springs and cooking over steam vents.

    Step foot inside Whare Tupuna, a Maori meeting house designed with symbolic wood carvings. Hear songs, see dances and discover Maori customs during a demonstration of warlike fighting skills included in the haka dance.

    Your driver takes a separate route on the return trip and, if time allows, stops for an impromptu photo shoot in a redwood forest. You can use provided hats, cloaks, staffs and swords to pose as Gandalf or your favorite hobbit from The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit before drop-off at the cruise port.

    Worry-free Shore Excursion:We will ensure your timely return to the Tauranga port for this activity. In the rare event your ship has departed, we will arrange for transportation to the next port-of call. If your ship is delayed and you are unable to attend this activity, your money will be refunded. See our terms and conditions for full details.
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    Important Information
    Departure Point
    Outside the Port of Tauranga main pedestrian gate
    Departure Time
    8:30 AM
    7h 30m
    Return Details
    Returns to original departure point at approximately 5pm
    • Driver/guide
    • Live commentary on board
    • Air-conditioned vehicle
    • Port pickup and drop-off
    • Snacks & bottled wwater
    • Covered by Viator's worry-free policy: guaranteed on-time return to your ship
    • Gratuities
    • Food and drinks
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    Additional Info
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
    • Please wear comfortable clothing and walking shoes
    • Please bring sun protection and a light jacket for cooler weather
    Cancellation Policy
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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    Let me start by saying that the Zealander tour of hobbiton and Tauranga was very professional and a very informative tour. Rolf the tour guide was excellent and very on top of things. I could go on and on about this but this tour was excellent. Plain and simple. If you don’t do
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    I recently cruised on Ovation of the Seas to New Zealand and booked this trip, through Viator (with the guarantee to get you back on time, or they get you to the next port). We had a lovely guide/driver from Germany but living in NZ for 20 years, almost a local. He gave a
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    Jan was so lovely. I was the only person on the tour. She migh cancel it but she allow me to take it, because it was my last day at New Zeland. That was a really really good gesture. During the tour, Shona was my guide, She was wonderful she explained me everithing about Rotorua
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    My partner and I booked this tour as a day trip from a cruise ship. Our guide Phillip was very informative. He gave us a little goodies bag for the tour. Very friendly and he made sure that everyone was safe and enjoying themselves. He got us back to the ship with plenty of time
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    We came in by cruise ship and it was delayed a couple of hours due to weather. The tour company was flexible, and our guide Terry was tremendous. There were some fussy young kids and he was so patient and engaging. They provided a much nicer lunch than we expected in Rotorua,
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