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

By Zealandier Tours
Recommended by 95% of travelers
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The famous Hobbiton movie set, where the Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit movies were filmed, is less than an hour from Tauranga. On this shore excursion, journey to The Shire and step into the fantasy world of Peter Jackson on a guided tour of Hobbiton. See iconic sites such as the Party Tree and the Mill, enjoy a drink at the Green Dragon Inn, then stop at McLaren Falls Park for a LOTR-themed photoshoot in the forest.
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$103.76
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$103.76
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Ages 0-99, max of 40 per group
Duration:6–7 hours
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Ticket type:Mobile
English

Highlights
  • Guided behind-the-scenes tour of the Hobbiton movie set
  • Sip a glass of ale or ginger beer at the Green Dragon Inn
  • Unforgettable photo ops: dress up in LOTR-style cloaks and swords
  • Worry-free shore excursion: guaranteed on-time return to your ship

  • Driver/guide
  • Live commentary on board
  • Air-conditioned vehicle
  • Glass of ale, cider or gingerbeer
  • Port pickup and drop-off
  • Covered by Viator's worry-free policy: guaranteed on-time return to your ship
  • Entry/Admission - Zealandier Tours
What's not included
  • Gratuities
  • Lunch


Departure details
  • Salisbury Avenue, Mount Maunganui 3116, New Zealand Out side port of Tauranga main pedestrian gate on the corner of Salisbury Avenue and the Mall, under the flagpole.
Return details
  • Returns to original departure point

  • Not wheelchair accessible
If you have questions about accessibility, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 6050PRTTRGHOB

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Please wear comfortable clothing and walking shoes
  • Please bring sun protection and a light jacket for cooler weather
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 40 travelers

  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

How much is Tauranga Shore Excursion: Lord of the Rings Hobbiton Movie Set Tour?
Tauranga Shore Excursion: Lord of the Rings Hobbiton Movie Set Tour price starts from $116.10. Discover and book Tauranga Shore Excursion: Lord of the Rings Hobbiton Movie Set Tour on Tripadvisor
What is the Tauranga Shore Excursion: Lord of the Rings Hobbiton Movie Set Tour cancellation policy?
Tauranga Shore Excursion: Lord of the Rings Hobbiton Movie Set Tour cancellation policy: For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Discover and book Tauranga Shore Excursion: Lord of the Rings Hobbiton Movie Set Tour on Tripadvisor
Which company provides Tauranga Shore Excursion: Lord of the Rings Hobbiton Movie Set Tour?
Tauranga Shore Excursion: Lord of the Rings Hobbiton Movie Set Tour is hosted by Zealandier Tours. Read reviews, discover additonal experiences or contact Zealandier Tours on Tripadvisor. Discover and book Tauranga Shore Excursion: Lord of the Rings Hobbiton Movie Set Tour on Tripadvisor

If you have questions about this tour or need help making your booking, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 6050PRTTRGHOB

Itinerary
  • You'll start at
    Salisbury Avenue
    Salisbury Avenue, Mount Maunganui 3116, New Zealand
    Out side port of Tauranga main pedestrian gate on the corner of Salisbury Avenue and the Mall, under the flagpole.
    See address & details
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    Zealandier Tours
    Stop: 6 hours - Admission included
    From the port of Tauranga - enjoy the local sights, history and points of interest en-route to the film site of the Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit trilogies. A unique movie set situated in the hills of a beautiful sheep and beef farm in Matamata. Enjoy a tour hour guided tour of the set and a nice cold ale or cider in the Green Dragon pub at the end, before being returned back to your ship.
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  • You'll return to the starting point
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About the operator

Don’t take it from us – here’s what people have to say about this operator.

Homework38
Homework38
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Amazing experience
We (a private group of 10) did this tour yesterday. We were off a cruise ship and both pick up and tour end were sp
114Jenny
114Jenny
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Great tour and excellent value
Tour was very well organised. Easy to get to from our cruise ship at Tauranga. Rolf was our driver and guide and
twattot
twattot
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Cruise stop at Hobbiton and Rotorua - 5 stars
After arriving in Tauranga from our cruise ship, we had a super day out touring Hobbiton and Rotorua. Rolph, our gu
Diane W
Diane W
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PapamoaHobbinton and Rotorua with Terry from custom day tours.
Terry, from Costom day tours was fantastic. His knowledge is amazing. The cold water was very much appreciated on t
R4368ALscottn
R4368ALscottn
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Super fun tour
My wife and I enjoyed this tour while spending an overnight cruise stop in Tauranga. Our driver, Rolf, was very kno
601karynm
601karynm
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A full day awesome tour
We had a awesome day, loved that they picked us up at ship. Rolf was a wealth of knowledge as were the guides at ve
Sabrina D
Sabrina D
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better than any ship tour as they combined both popular tourist sites in one day
They were there at the ship and easy to find .. they were fun and friendly always mindful of the time so that we we
karenbN4605TW
karenbN4605TW
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An enjoyable & interesting excursion
Had a fantastic time. Comfortable coach journey with the added extra of a goody bag left on our seats. Special
evelynf686
evelynf686
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Waitomo Glow-worm Caves Experience
Our guide Jennifer with Zealandier tours was fantastic. We stopped at the Kiwi bird house before going to the Glow-
ChristineLD
ChristineLD
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Lovely Waterfall
Thanks Steve for a great trip around Tauranga. We really enjoyed our ice cream too. It was very easy to find the to
Niec
Niec
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Plenty of sights
We were picked up outside the port as we came off a cruise. There was much to see, MtMaunganui area on route,stoppe
rerp
rerp
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A full day, but covered everything worth seeing
Arrived on a Cruise Ship (Arcadia) and covered similar items to those covered by the cruise ship's own tour but in
bdmcd2017
bdmcd2017
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An all-day tour.
Yes, it was in excess of 8 hours, but it included everything we wanted to see in this area of New Zealand. Nick wa
110daleh
110daleh
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Absolute rip off - driver was on day release from age care facility
Our ships itinerary was changed last minute from Sth Pacific Island to Tauranga. We were excited to spend the day s
carolynwG6800WF
carolynwG6800WF
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Okay
This trip follows its description, although each stop is rather quick. Tour through Tauranga could have been short
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ferdyEngland
Devizes, UK157 contributions
We booked directly via the website for this tour which was a bit cheaper than going through the ship . I would highly recommend you do this early as it does sell out and you really wouldn’t want to miss it. Our guide Grant was very informative during the journey to Hobbiton. He took us to a waterfall in a park on the way back , which was beautiful. And lastly a visit to a honey shop where you can see inside the hives. All very interesting. I highly recommend booking with Zealandier tours they were very organised and professional. And guaranteed to get you back to ship in time .
Written March 14, 2020
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jennifergH2008ZG
7 contributions
Mar 2020
Shona our tour guide was awesome,she told us about so many things of Tauranga & surroundings all the way through to Hobbiton.
Shona waited while we ventured in a Hobbiton bus with a Hobbiton tour guide, who explains all about this beautiful magical place with so many photo opportunities. There is also free cider, ginger ale or beer at The Green Dragon Inn. There is a gift shop to buy many souvenirs to take home & a cafe for eats & drink.
After our tour of Hobbiton, Shona drove us to a lookout & McLaren falls, with a short guided walk explaining all the different plants & trees. We also stopped at a kiwi farm.
We then stopped at Mossops Honey shop for free icecream.
Then Shona drove us back to Tauranga & along the foreshore near mt Maunganui
Thankyou for an amazing tour with so many highlights
Highly recommend everyone do this well planned tour.
Written March 16, 2020
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daniela1234224
Sydney, Australia64 contributions
Feb 2020
Comfy bus & really friendly driver picked us up just outside Tauranga Port. Drove us to McLaren Falls on the way to Hobbiton Movie Set, which was an amazing detour! Got to Hobbiton & set off with our guide for a look around. Couldn't believe we were actually there, it was sooo green & gorgeous & just like in the movies! Well maintained & a pleasure to see for ourselves. Our guide was helpful, knowledgeable & patient while we snapped loads of pics. I only wish there was something behind the one door we could open but there was literally nothing. We'd have loved to see it look like an actual room with furniture! Other than that we really loved it & going to the pub at the end of the tour for a complimentary beer was perfect! We didn't have much time to browse the souvenir shops but still picked up a few things. On the way back our driver took us to a bee-keeper & treated us to a free ice-cream. Then dropped us back at Tauranga Port. Highly recommend Zealandier Tours, very safe & well organised & fairly priced!
Written March 3, 2020
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Bambles
5 contributions
Sep 2022 • Family
We went on a lovely sunny day so the scenery was really beautiful. If you’re a LOTR fan you will enjoy however it is a lot small than expected. The food for the hobbit second breakfast was worth doing, but overall the trip was expensive for what it was.
Written September 8, 2022
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Jan D
Hi, I am so pleased you enjoyed your days outing and you were able to experience the Hobbiton Movie Set which is New Zealand's number one tourist attraction. Yes entry fees are high compared to some other attractions but it is a very full comprehensive tour and an attraction with so much detail. Our current cost of this tour is still sitting at pre covid cost of 2 years ago, albeit we have all seen major cost increases in fuel and wages.
Written September 9, 2022
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Paul Z
Ottawa, Canada24 contributions
Mar 2020
Took a tour to the Hobbiton Movie Set while visiting this part of New Zealand, It's located at least an hour away from any major centre, but the drive there is scenic. The family who own the land and operate this site run it on a fairly tight schedule with tours setting out from the starting point every ten minutes. Groups tend to be large; ours had almost 40 people. The site is well kept; the "Hobbit houses" are bright and colourful, but you basically just get to see the exteriors and some of the open areas used in the movies. Our guide pointed out particular spots that were featured in the movies, but there really is only a limited amount to see. I am glad I went, but wouldn't particularly urge other people to go out of their way to see it. The best part of the excursion was the trip to and from the site with a knowledgeable local driver who took us to a number of interesting locations on the way back to the Tauranga area. But that wouldn't be available to everyone.
Written March 15, 2020
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Andreaobrien1
Shinfield, UK537 contributions
We booked this last minute, Jan from Zealandier Tours was at the port entrance to pick us up. Nice comfortable large 6 seater vehicle. Jan gave us loads of local insight into the area. We stopped on route at a honey shop for ice cream, I bought some honey marshmallows which were delicious. We also stopped at a kiwi farm interesting to see how these fruits grow. We got to the Hobbiton movie set with enough time for a quick cup of tea and sandwich. The tour on the set takes roughly around 2 hours some great pictures of the set were taken. We then headed back and Jan kindly took us to McLaren Waterfalls in a natural parkland that was lovely. Lovely day off the ship with a well organised tour operator I would definitely recommend Zealandier Tours.
Written January 5, 2020
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Debra D
Perth, Australia3 contributions
Feb 2020 • Couples
My husband and I visited Hobbiton with Zealander Tours. Our tour guide was Sharron and she was AMAZING! It was absolutely worth every cent! It is so picturesque, colourful, quaint and makes for magnificent photography! We thoroughly enjoyed our day visiting there and learning about the history of Hobbiton and how it came to be. We highly recommend this as a must see destination in Tauranga.
Written February 17, 2020
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SueCincinnati_OH
Cincinnati, OH56 contributions
Jan 2020
Great shore excursion! Less expensive than the cruise ship but appeared to be the exact same tour (as observed by the ship tour buses). Our guide was friendly and full of information about the Hobbiton movie set. Answered every question our group presented with patience and helped us with pictures. We could not have asked for a better tour! No problems with pick up or drop off. Very conscious of our time available.
Written February 14, 2020
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72worldtravelers
Plymouth, MA68 contributions
Don’t miss it...it’s magical. A wonderful trip led by Nick. He was wonderful and provided information along the way. A great driver. Met the owner of the land which made the trip more memorable.
Written January 21, 2020
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Sunbird
Daintree, Australia1,246 contributions
Feb 2018 • Couples
We cannot speak highly enough of this fabulous tour! As dedicated LOTR and The Hobbit fans we have wanted to visit Hobbiton for a long time and the experience exceeded our wildest expectations.

We chose Zealandia from their reviews and, as we don't like big coach tours were so happy to find this small-group tour - in fact there were only 4 of us plus our very informative driver/guide. And we paid very much less than if we'd booked through our cruise ship.

The whole day went perfectly - even the weather was wonderful. A beautiful drive then the most amazing Hobbiton movie set tour - it is SO well done and everything runs smoothly. We'd thought the 2-hour actual tour would be too long - but we didn't want it to finish!

Wonderful memories of Bag End, Gandalf's cutting, the Party Tree, so many interesting snippets of movie info, even thriving vegetable gardens everywhere!, about 40 individual hobbit-holes (facades only) topped off with a free drink at the quaint Green Dragon Inn.

Also bought a coffee and snack at the Shire's Rest where the movie tours start and finish - and not over-charged!

Then a leisurely drive back to the ship, visiting the MacLaren Falls on the way then a complimentary ice-cream at a honey farm. All in all a day we will never, ever forget.

Thank you Zealandier!
Written March 14, 2018
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