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We offer a range of small group, friendly and professional tours tailored specifically for cruise ship passengers arriving into all the ports of call in New Zealand and Australia. Choose from our standard tours or design your own one. With over 17...more
Suggested duration: More than 3 hours
Hangar AS8, Mount Maunganui, Tauranga 3116, New Zealand
+64 7-574 1779
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is one of those movie studios and setup you don,t want to miss You have to be there to understand the efforts, the attention to small details by the film directors which lead to the success of the film The Hobbits Holes were created...More

1  Thank Allan & Amy T
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The tour was carried out by Dave (the driver) extremely well!!, despite the late departure by fellow travellers. Dave tried very hard not to miss the tour time slot at Hobbiton. 👍🏽👍🏽 Marcus the Swedish tour leader at Hobbiton is exceptional, humorous yet full of...More

1  Thank Alan A
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The tour was fantastic. Everything worked exactly as advertised. I hold back on the rating only because the tour company provided a horribly underpowered bus to a great driver (Dave). He worked so hard to coax that bus up the mountain. We could barely hold...More

1  Thank Flyer797576
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We booked a tour of Hobbiton through Shore Trips and Tours. We were met as promised outside of our cruise ship in Tauranga. Our driver, Doug, was friendly, helpful, and full of information about the area of NZ we were driving through. He kept us...More

1  Thank RetiredDad
KimScanlen, Manager at Shore Trips & Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Hello RetiredDad, thank you very much for your review and we are rapt that you had a fantastic day out with Doug at Hobbiton. You are very welcome regarding the return of your camera. We check our vehicles for things left behind when we return...More

Reviewed August 16, 2018

If you enjoyed Lord of the Rings you will enjoy visiting Hobbiton. It was quite easy getting off the cruise ship and finding the correct bus. The actual setting is more then what I expected, it consisted of quite a few Hobbit dwellings. It was...More

2  Thank LeeCastonguay
KimScanlen, Manager at Shore Trips & Tours, responded to this reviewResponded August 20, 2018

Hello LeeCastonguay, thank you for your complementary review and taking the time to share your experience with others. We are pleased you had a fantastic time. Kind regards Kim

Reviewed August 16, 2018 via mobile

Apology: If anyone has read prior review, please ignore it. I made a very big mistake and mixed up this wonderful company with another. My apologies to Shore Trips and to anyone who was misled by it. We found out about Shore Trips from a...More

1  Thank Daniel F
KimScanlen, Manager at Shore Trips & Tours, responded to this reviewResponded August 20, 2018

Thank you Dan for putting this right. We appreciate it and look forward to taking you on tour later on in the year. Kind regards Kim

Reviewed June 19, 2018

Ok, we are HUGE LOTR fans (how can you not be?) and we planned our NZ trip around Hobbiton. What can be said about going to a place that you've only dreamed of going? From the start (getting tickets online was a breeze) to going...More

2  Thank jenncantravelon
KimScanlen, Manager at Shore Trips & Tours, responded to this reviewResponded July 9, 2018

Hello Jenn, had a smile on my face reading your review :) and we are absolutely rapt your visit to Hobbiton totally exceeded your expectations. We couldn't ask for more and sincerely thank you for sharing your energy, experience and happiness with the Trip Advisor...More

Reviewed May 25, 2018

We were very happy after using Shore Trips and Tours in 3 ports on our recent cruise to NZ. In Dunedin for the hop-on hop-off bus and Cadbury World. A fantastic trip in Akoroa where we visited Christchurch on our way to Willowbank Wildlife Centre...More

3  Thank SueW2000
KimScanlen, Manager at Shore Trips & Tours, responded to this reviewResponded July 9, 2018

Hi Sue, thank you very much for your review and we are pleased you enjoyed all your shore excursions. Our aim is to provide good value, small group tours with local guides to give all our guests the best experience possible in what is often...More

Reviewed May 8, 2018

I was looking for a tour to that would show me what Wellington was like at the same time I was interested in seeing Weta Studios where Lord of the Rings was made. We got both and as a added bonus our driver Todd was...More

7  Thank travelfan31
KimScanlen, Manager at Shore Trips & Tours, responded to this reviewResponded August 20, 2018

Hello travelfan31, thank you for your great review. We are so pleased you had a fantastic time and isn't Todd wonderful?! We are very lucky to have him as one of our guides. His knowledge of the LOTR movies is excellent and he also loves...More

Reviewed April 26, 2018

We used Shore Trips and Tours for 4 of our shore excursions on a recent cruise to New Zealand. They responded quickly to emails and answered our questions. When changes were made to the cruise ship schedule, they made adjustments to the tours. Our first...More

1  Thank B0bNM
Ian H, Owner at Shore Trips & Tours, responded to this reviewResponded April 26, 2018

Hi Robert [we managed to work out who you were as you had booked the 4 tours, so with a little bit of deduction [you gave us the drivers name for the Tauranga trip] we could find out the ship and then track the clients...More

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June 6, 2018|
Response from Gourmetdiner123 | Reviewed this property |
I am struggling, because Trip Adviser won't allow me to provide you their contact information. I just googled them and found them ...they are not the first listing, but they are listed if you google Shoretripsandtours. Ian... More
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May 9, 2018|
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Response from dalskier | Reviewed this property |
We did not do the tour of the Hobbiton Movie set. However, we did use this company while on our cruise in December. We found the cost to be so much better than thru the cruise ship and were able to do the arrangements while... More
February 27, 2018|
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Response from Gourmetdiner123 | Reviewed this property |
On our cruise, we were scheduled to go to South New Zealand, but the cruise ship didn't go to Wellington due to a cyclone and we were re-routed. I emailed Ian and advised him of the problem, and all of our pre-paid tour fees... More