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

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    Located about an hour from Tauranga, where you’ll be picked up at the port, the Hobbiton Movie Set is situated on rolling farmland that depicts the Shire, a region inhabited by hobbits in The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit.

    Departing the Bay of Plenty over the Tauranga Harbour Bridge, you’ll journey through the Kaimai mountain range before your group arrives at your Waikato destination near the town of Matamata.

    Meet a specialized guide for a tour of the Hobbiton Movie Set, which provides an up-close look behind the scenes of director Peter Jackson’s famous film trilogies. LOTR fans can crouch in front of hobbit holes for photo ops and see structures such as the double-arched bridge, the Mill and the party tree, where Bilbo had his farewell birthday party.

    Walk to the Green Dragon Inn, sip a complimentary local ale, cider or ginger beer.

    After your meal, leave Hobbiton behind and make a stop at McLaren Falls Park for a bush walk to its namesake waterfalls. Here, your guide provides cloaks, hats and swords so you can dress up as your favorite character from The Lord of the Rings or The Hobbit, posing for photos against this scenic backdrop.

    On the way back to the Tauranga port, make a quick stop to taste New Zealand manuka honey, try local ice cream or stop at a beach, if time permits.

    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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    Reviewed April 5, 2019

    Myself and a few friends were working on an oil tanker and keen to do the Lord of the Rings tour. Even though our schedule kept changing, Zealandier went above and beyond to help us get there and showed incredible flexibility and helpfulness. Thank you...More

    Date of experience: April 2019
    Thank CianMoran
    Reviewed April 4, 2019 via mobile

    What a fantastic experience! Having read the book it was terrific to see all the places mentioned so accurately portrayed! Our guide was brilliant, bringing the set to life with anecdotes from the Hobbit & Lord of the Rings Trilogy, even singing some of the...More

    Thank Beverley M
    Reviewed March 22, 2019

    My wife and I have been Tolkien fans for many years. Hobbiton was the one thing on our cruise that was a must see. After pouring rain in Auckland, we had fingers crossed for Tauranga. We booked with Zealandier Tours due to the high cost...More

    Date of experience: March 2019
    Thank Pawnsquared
    Reviewed February 21, 2019

    Thoroughly enjoyable trip. Rolf was very informative throughout the journey. Hobbiton was great and the tour guides very good. After Hobbiton a short walk through the wood to a waterfall and then to a honey making center. Excellent value for money in comparison to others.

    Date of experience: February 2019
    1  Thank David R
    Reviewed February 17, 2019

    I booked direct rather than through NCL and it was half the price. This was the one trip I wanted to do and it lived up to my expectations. Minibus collection from outside the wharf, lovely driver who gave us insights into the trip and...More

    Date of experience: February 2019
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    July 12, 2019|
    Response from Pawnsquared | Reviewed this property |
    I am not sure which price the $108.38 refers. It would depend on who you are booking through. If it is local currency it would be in NZ dollars. As to the earlier pick up time, this would depend on the tour company. As... More
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    December 13, 2018|
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