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“Half Day Tour - Fantastic!”
Review of Bush and Beach

Bush and Beach
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Small-Group Tour: The Lord of the Rings Hobbiton Movie Set 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.
Reviewed May 6, 2013

We booked this before coming to New Zealand as it seemed highly recommended. We weren't disappointed. Wayne was excellent, entertaining and made the journey despite the sometimes awful weather pretty great. The waterfall was fantastic, Wayne kept us amused and informed throughout. He didn't sound bored and seemed to really enjoy his job. Highly recommended!

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KrystleBT, Front Office Manager at Bush and Beach, responded to this reviewResponded May 7, 2013

Hi there,

Thank you for your great review and I am pleased that you enjoyed your afternoon out with Wayne. He, like all of our guides, love showing off our beautiful country and the stunning scenery makes it pretty easy for them.

We look forward to seeing you next time you are in New Zealand.

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Reviewed April 18, 2013

My husband and I were both a bit disappointed in the morning tour; SInce we were staying at the harbor I think we spent a lot of time just ambling along in and around the harbor and through the city with a stop for a drink at a lake and in front of a museum. I think we could have done better with a ferry ride.
However, the afternoon tour was fantastic well worth your time. Our guide pointed out lots of plantlife and we stopped at the Arataki Center, had a chance to see a waterfall (I decided not to venture down) and a beautiful black sand beach. The stop was for tea and cookies at a park.

1  Thank Helene S
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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).

2  Thank BangkokMusa
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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.

5  Thank Maria S
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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.

1  Thank Joan A
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