Tour starts by picking you up from any location in central Auckland and enjoying a two-hour scenic drive to The Hobbiton Movie Set.
Fall in love with the Alexander family sheep farm, just as acclaimed director Sir Peter Jackson did, as you journey through the unequivocal beauty of the land, with the mighty Kaimai Ranges towering in the distance. Your guide will then escort you around the set, showing the intricate detailing, pointing out the most famous locations and explaining how the movie magic was made.
You will be fully guided around the 12 acre set; past Hobbit Holes™, the Mill and into the world-famous Green Dragon™ Inn, where you will be presented with a complimentary, exclusive Hobbit™ Southfarthing™ beverage to conclude your own Middle-earth™ adventure.
You will then start your way to Rotorua where we visit Te Puia where you will explore Te Whakarewarewa, a 60 hectare Geothermal Valley showcasing the famous Rotorua mud pools and over 500 geothermal wonders, including the Pohutu Geyser, the Southern Hemisphere’s largest active geyser!.
You will also have an opportunity to see A live Kiwi Bird House & Viewing Enclosure, watch traditional Māori Carving and Weaving, learn about Māori Art & History and walk around a model Pre-European Māori Village and sacred Marae. Relax on your way back to Auckland and enjoy the scenery.
Option: Add a hangi meal prepared using ancient geothermal cooking techniques:In an authentic Hangi make your choice from a selection of raw foods including: chicken, corn, kumara, pumpkin, potato, cabbage, watercress, and gourmet bread stuffing. Once you have placed your favourite delicacies inside the hangi basket, you are ready to head to Ngā Whā Puapua, the constantly active steam vent opening used to cook your kai (food) the authentic way.
Option: Add a Maori Performance Haka and learn about Maori culture inside the sacred Marai.Stunning Kapa Haka cultural shows feature traditional ancestral storytelling, song & dance, with the opportunity to join in the graceful poi dance or ferocious haka, for a more enlightening Maori cultural experience.