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Driving help please.....

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Driving help please.....


On holiday in NZ in November time and will be hiring a car from Mount Maunganui down to the Rotorua area: -

1) Looking to visit the Hobbiton movie set whilst there, not knowing the area at all, would it make sense to do this on the way to Rotorua (from Mount Maunganui) ?

2) Also looking to go to Waitomo Caves, is it best to do this whilst based in Rotorua ?

Thanks for your help,


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1. Re: Driving help please.....

Yes, you'd be best to do it on the way to Rotorua or on the way back to Mt Maunganui if that's where you're returning to after Rotorua. It's not too much off the usual route to Rotorua from Tauranga/Mt Maunganui, it would add about another 45 mins to the trip plus whatever amount of time the tour takes of course.

Take State Higway 29 across the Kaimai Range and follow the signs to Hamilton(SH29 veers left to Hamilton on the other side of the Kaimais), pass through the small settlements of Te Poi and Hinuera and then travel on, I don't know, maybe 5-10km along a fairly straight road. You will see the signpost to Hobbiton in advance of a intersection that has 2 roads off to the right, turn here and take the left hand road. You're nearly there, just follow the signs. When you're finished come back to this intersection and turn LEFT back the way you came and either follow the signs to Rotorua or have a good road map with you as there is a more direct route to Rotorua than is signposted. It's not much of a difference but worth it if you're wanting to save time.

And yes Waitomo is best done as a day trip from Rotorua if you're not going over that side of the island. It's a full day though so allow for it in your intinerary.

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You are best to stay in Hamilton or Te Awamutu if you visit the Waitomo caves. Hobbiton is near Matamata. There are guided tours. look at their website.

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