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Tauranga Shore Excursion: Hobbiton Movie Set and Rotorua Geothermals Combo

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    What to Expect
    This is the ULTIMATE tour for anyone cruising to Tauranga. Do not miss the 2 best destinations the region has to offer!

    First stop is the cultural and geothermal hub of Rotorua where you will experience a intoxicating mix of New Zealand's power and beauty.

    In the afternoon we escape into the enchanting world of JRR Tolkein’s imagination – on a trip to the Hobbiton Movie Set and farm. 

    Intricately recreated after being used as a film set for both the Lord of The Rings and The Hobbit trilogies, and set deep in New Zealand farming countryside, this location is on many visitors’ bucket lists!

    Te Puia Highlights:
    • See geysers explode high into the air. You will only get those iconic photos at Te Puia where you are up close and personal with the Pohutu and Prince of Wales Feathers geysers.
    • Marvel at many other geothermal features including hot pools, bubbling mud pools and steaming vents.
    • Spot the elusive kiwi in the nocturnal enclosure. These shy birds are our national icon and are now endangered.
    • Watch craftsmen and women learn their trade in the carving and weaving schools. Admire the many ornate, authentic carvings around the complex.

    Hobbiton Highlights:
    • Explore 44 Hobbit holes set across 12 acres of lush pasture and manicured gardens. You can even get pop inside a doorway for a souvenir photo.
    • Learn inside tips from your specialist guide and get wrapped up in the fascinating stories they tell.
    • Make a visit to Bag End, the Party Tree, Gandalf’s Cutting, The Mill House and more. For you movie buffs there are recognisable landmarks at every turn!
    • Cap off your tour with a complimentary ale, cider or ginger beer in the Green Dragon Inn…where you can sit by the fire, admire the expert craftsmanship and imagine life as a hobbit!

    About us:

    Our team has been delivering world-class Shore Excursions for over 16 years. It all started with owner Ian - one man and a beloved Rolls Royce car. Today, the number of vehicles and tours has changed, but the philosophy hasn’t – every customer is treated like one of the family, and we will make sure you have an unforgettable day. We have over 100 years combined tour guiding experience so you know you are in capable hands (and if you’re lucky you may even get to travel with Ian – he still loves to get behind the wheel!).

    Travel in a modern, air conditioned vehicle with a passionate local as your host. We specialise in smaller groups to allow an intimate and personalised experience. Every tour is guided and commentated from start to finish - our guides delight in showing off our little corner of the world. And, we guarantee to have you back to the ship on time!
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    Important Information
    Departure Point
    4 Salisbury Avenue, Mount Maunganui, Tauranga 3116, New Zealand
    Departure Time
    9:00 AM
    Duration
    7h 30m
    Return Details
    Returns to original departure point
    Inclusions
    • 2 hour guided tour of Hobbiton Movie Set
    • A tankard of Hobbit ale at the Green Dragon Inn
    • Comfortable air-conditioned transport
    • Experienced, professional and fun guide
    • Entry to Te Puia geothermal park
    Exclusions
    • Food and drinks, however you are able to grab a bite to eat along the way
    • The Maori cultural show at Te Puia
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    Additional Info
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • This tour includes walking, with some inclines and steps on unmade paths
    • This tour is not suitable for wheelchair users or any other mobility devices due to the paths at Hobbiton
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Stroller accessible
    • Service animals allowed
    • Near public transportation
    • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
    • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 24 travelers
    Cancellation Policy
    If you cancel at least 3 days in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee. If you cancel within 2 days of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.
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    Delighted with this tour. You get both tours of the geothermal and the Hobbitton set for the price of one. Our guide was over the top with his knowledge. He also gave us several other short stops/drive by of other things in the area.
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    Response from IanH4043, Owner at Tauranga Shore Excursion: Hobbiton Movie Set and Rotorua Geothermals Combo
    Responded 4 weeks ago
    Pleased you had a great, we fit as much as we can into this trip and with the 2 top destinations in our region at Te Puia and Hobbiton its one of our most popular tours this season. Regards Ian
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    Great tour! Both sites were outstanding. Our tour guide Dave was extraordinary! Knowledgeable and friendly. Really made the tour extra special.
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    Response from IanH4043, Owner at Tauranga Shore Excursion: Hobbiton Movie Set and Rotorua Geothermals Combo
    Responded 4 Jan 2020
    So pleased you had a great day, Dave will also be pleased to see your comments as well. Regards Ian
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    Half the trip was at Hobbiton and was really lovely. Such a beautiful place and an amazing farm. Te Puia was interesting, and the geyser in full form. Museums in the park were nice. Not much to see in terms of colourful pools etc, mostly bubbling mud and geysers. Really
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    Response from IanH4043, Owner at Tauranga Shore Excursion: Hobbiton Movie Set and Rotorua Geothermals Combo
    Responded 14 Dec 2019
    Thanks for the feedback. The geothermal sights you mention are not located at Te Puia, which really is just the bubbling mud and the famous Pohutu geyser, to see the multi colored pools you will need to visit either Wai-O-Tapu or Waimangu geothermals destinations [which we do cover on other tours] To see them all in one day is not really possible on such a short [7 hour] shore excursion. Maybe an excuse to come back again!
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    Be prepared for a full on day. Collected from our cruise ship at Tauranga we had plenty of time at both locations. Mudpools, geothermals and the chance to watch the Maori village welcome and look through handicrafts and souveniers. The off to Hobbiton and after lunch (not
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    Response from IanH4043, Owner at Tauranga Shore Excursion: Hobbiton Movie Set and Rotorua Geothermals Combo
    Responded 14 Dec 2019
    Thanks Baross, great to hear you enjoyed the day, as you say its a full on day and one not usually offered by the cruise lines. We need to run smaller groups to cover this program in the usual 8 hours. But if you want to experience the geothermal sights of Rotorua AND the amazing movie set tour at Hobbiton then this is the only way. Will pass on the comments to the driver as well as they love to know if they are doing a good job. Kind regards
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    We did the Hobbiton Movie Set component of the tour and thoroughly enjoyed it. Our driver, Doug was very good with informative commentary (but lousy Dad Jokes). The bus ride was good and comfortable with a stop at a Manuka Honey shop to sample some Manuka ice cream and see a
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    Response from IanH4043, Owner at Tauranga Shore Excursion: Hobbiton Movie Set and Rotorua Geothermals Combo
    Responded 23 Nov 2019
    Thanks for your kind comments, especially about the driver/guide Doug. Hobbiton is a great destination even if you are not keen on those type of movies as it has been transformed into "middle earth" from the beautiful natural New Zealand landscape. We offer these smaller group independent tours in all of the ports of call in NZ and Australia, so check out the web site if you are heading back this way. Regards Ian
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    SueA
    Perth, Australia
    70
    Awesome day out - $$$ well spent
    So pleased I booked this trip. The itinerary from start to finish was perfect for a full day out on a port day...
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    Vernon B
    Sydney, Australia
    10
    Hobbiton tour
    Very interesting and enjoyable experience. Our van guide, Clive, provided helpful and enjoyable commentary. The
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    BettyMurdoch
    Sydney, Australia
    83
    Full day excursion with Entry fees included
    Tour guide Catherine was very informative. Small bus was comfortable, with seat belts. Tour went to Rotorua one
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    Ed R
    Auckland, New Zealand
    510
    Fun and informative excursion
    W'ed planned on visiting a similar site further down in the middle of the North Island but the distance was
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    Diane T
    11
    Ultimate Lord of the Rings tour
    Great day out fabulous scenery husband also enjoyed it and he didn't know much about the Hobbit. Good explanation
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    Mandi P
    Tumbi Umbi, Australia
    3817
    Tauranga to Hobbiton with a few detours on the way!
    Day 2 of NCL cruise: Tauranga We were picked up by Keith from Shore Trips and Tours (I actually booked through
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    Kenneth H
    St. George, Utah
    19243
    Very good tour
    We booked a private full day tour while our ship was docked in Rotorua. We included a trip to Whakarewarewa - The
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    Marcelle W
    11
    So much to see and do!
    Great driver, very informative as we drove to Rotorua. Small group which allowed us to move quickly from place to
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    Christina N
    51
    Small Group - Enormous Content
    This small group tour was so packed with content that I can’t believe that we fitted so much into our day without
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    Daria A
    21
    Fantastic tour
    We were travelling on a cruise with Royal Caribbean and decided to book with Local Tours as Cruise Tours are
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