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Auckland to Rotorua via Hobbiton Movie Set One-Way Private Tour

Auckland to Rotorua via Hobbiton Movie Set One-Way Private Tour

By TIME Unlimited Tours
This Private One-Way Tour allows you to travel from Auckland to Rotorua and incorporate a visit to the iconic Hobbiton Movie Set into the journey. Travel in style to “Middle Earth” before you arrive like a moviestar in the Geothermal city of Rotorua.
per adult
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Ages 4-99
Duration: 7h
Start time: Check availability
Mobile ticket
Live guide: English

  • Fully guided Private Tour in Mercedes luxury vehicle.
  • Pick-up/drop-off in Auckland incl airport/cruise terminal.
  • Tour times: Auckland 9am to Rotorua 4pm (flexible).
  • Complimentary snacks & water.
  • All tours support local eco-cultural initiatives.
  • Entry fee for Hobbiton Movie Set GROUP Tour
What's not included
  • Entry/Admission - Matamata isite Visitor Information Centre

Start:Multiple pickup locations offered.
    Pickup details
    • Pick-up/drop-off in Auckland incl airport/cruise terminal.
    Hotel pickup offered
    During checkout you will be able to select from the list of included hotels.
      Airport pickup offered
      During checkout you will be able to select from the list of included airports.
      • Auckland Intl Airport, Auckland Central, Auckland New Zealand
      Port pickup offered
      During checkout you will be able to select from the list of included ports.
      • Ports of Auckland, Auckland 1010, New Zealand
      Additional pickup options
      During checkout you will be able to select from the list of included pickup points.
      • SkyCity Auckland, Corner Victoria and, Federal Street, Auckland CBD, Auckland 1010, New Zealand
      End:This activity ends back at the meeting point.

        • Not wheelchair accessible
        • Near public transportation
        • Infant seats available
        If you have questions about accessibility, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 5213P34

        • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
        • Most travelers can participate
        • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate

        • All sales are final and incur 100% cancellation penalties.

        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: 5213P34

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          This hugely popular private tour combines a luxury transfer from Auckland to Rotorua with a visit to the world-famous Hobbiton Movie Set at a time convenient to you and with flexibility to suit your interests. On the way to “Middle Earth”, we drive through prime New Zealand countryside with its rolling hills and fertile pastures. The route takes us through a string of small, historic river towns and offers beautiful views of the beautiful farming region of the Waikato, named after the Waikato River, New Zealand’s longest. Our destination of Matamata, commonly referred to as Hobbiton since its inception as a major filming location for Peter Jackson’s world-famous “The Lord of the Rings” and “The Hobbit” trilogies. It lies in an idyllic landscape with sheep farms and wonderful views towards the Kaimai Ranges in the east. On arrival at the famous Hobbiton Movie Set, you will go on a 2-hour tour of the Hobbiton Movie Set. This will give you astonishing insights into how these movies were made and which parts of the movies were filmed here. Not only movie fans will enjoy this unique experience with inside views of the Hobbit village including Hobbit Holes, Bag End, The Green Dragon Inn and astonishing facts about the filmmaking and spectacular landscape all around. Then continue on to Rotorua to drop you off after a great private tour where you have been able to see one of New Zealand’s most famous attractions. Please note we can also tour you around Rotorua in the following days with our intimate knowledge of this region and all of New Zealand, so please ask us!
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          Fun and informative!
          It was a fun and informative tour! Curtis, our guide, did an excellent job! He provided lots of information, was happy to answer any questions, and suggested other highlights for our time in New Zealand
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        • spenceleysUK
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          Feeling second class
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