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“Hobbiton Tour - a must for Hobbit fan”
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Waitakere Ranges Wilderness Experience Eco-Tour from Auckland
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Bush and Beach is Auckland's premier small-group tour company. Daily award-winning tours take you to Auckland's coastal rain forest, wild black sand beaches, untamed Great Barrier Island, Coromandel Peninsula, Hobbiton and Waitomo area. Our experienced guides provide an interactive, unforgettable experience, including walks in lush rainforest, on awe-inspiring surf beaches, to lush wetlands and beautiful waterfalls.
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“Hobbiton Tour - a must for Hobbit fan”
Reviewed April 15, 2013

This place is a must if you are a Hobbit fan. We got on this tour by chance from our hotel's suggestion and are we glad we did it. We were picked up by Dawn on time at 0700 and were back by 1530. The group was nice and small (total of 7) and were transported in a nice comfortable van. Dawn was a very friendly and helpful leader. First stop was at Cambridge for a nice breakfast (own expense). We arrived Hobbiton after 2.5 hours from Auckland and transferred onto a local van that took us to the set. The place is amazingly cute. The guide gave a good briefing about each hole and areas where each scenes were filmed. The tour ended at the Green Dragon pub for a complimentary ale or soft drink. We then headed back to the pick-up point for a reasonably good lunch (included in tour).

Visited April 2013
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Auckland, New Zealand
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“An unforgettable tour to Piha, highly recommended”
Reviewed April 13, 2013

I went on the tour of the bush and the black sand beach in Piha. It was absolutely fascinating. I learnt a lot about local flora and fauna, about the history of NZ and I had a wonderful time. Our guide, Dion, knew everything about the place and besides, he has a wonderful sense of humour. I really enjoyed the trip and I recommend it to everyone.

Visited April 2013
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Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
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“Hobbiton and more.”
Reviewed April 12, 2013

Sean picked us up at our hotel and entertained us as we travelled to Cambridge where we took a break for morning tea [own expense] and then on to fascinating Hobbiton where our knowledgeable local guide kept us on track to be in the Green Dragon for a complimentary ale or soft drink. Lunch at the Shire's Rest, included, was served promptly and was delicious. They use produce from the Hobbits' garden. A quick visit to the shop where we all used our $10.00 vouchers ended this part of the tour. There was another stop for an ice cream along the way, and we were back in Auckland by 3 pm so the early start for this tour is a really good idea.

Visited April 2013
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Farmington, Connecticut
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“Great Hobbiton Tour”
Reviewed April 9, 2013

We arranged this tour with Bush & Beach and they did a great job. Picked us up at our hotel on time despite a major detour due to the Auckland Triathlon happening next to the hotel.

IT is a fairly long ride from Auckland but our guide Shawn did a great job of breaking this up by telling us about he history and scenery of the different areas as we passed through.

We stopped in the city of Cambridge at for a bio break and to meet up with a larger bus. The Cambridge Country Store better known as the "Pink Church" is a 100 year old former church that has been converted into a country store. The coffee is amazing and they made one of the best latte's I have ever had.

Just as we got to Hobbiton it started pouring rain. They had large umbrellas for us to use. The tour guide did a great job of explaining the different "holes" and how and what was filmed where. We were not aware there were so many holes to see and well as views from different angels. Both guides made sure that we were in the pictures and made recommendations for places to take them to get the best scenes.

After a non-rushed tour of the area we went to the Green Dragon Inn where we were presented with our choice of beer, cider, and non-alcoholic drink as we sat by the large fireplace warming up. We were then taken to a large tent outside where we had a buffet lunch. The lunch was not bad and we were encouraged to go back for more if we wanted it.

After the main tour we went to the Shire's Rest where we were presented with a $10 voucher to use in the gift shop. On the way back to Auckland we stopped at the Matamata Information Center which has been redone as a Hobbit hole. They had an very nice bronze statue of Gollum.

Even if your are not a fan of LOR and Hobbit movies this is an interesting tour through the countryside of New Zealand. Overall the trip was far better than I expected and would highly recommend it.

Visited April 2013
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Bracknell, United Kingdom
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“Excellent company, recommended”
Reviewed April 6, 2013

I went on a Gray Line package with Bush and Beach providing the afternoon portion. The tour guide was superb, showing a genuine interest and excellent depth of knowledge for the West Auckland coast / Waitakere / Piha beach areas being visited. Outstandingly interesting and relevant commentary from start to finish with every effort made to enrich the tour. I'd recommend this company and would definitely use them again to visit one of their other destinations.

Visited April 2013
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