Tauranga Shore Excursion: Hobbiton Movie Set Tour And Waitomo Glowworm Caves

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  • Duration: 8 Hrs
  • Language:
    English
  • Departure Time :
    9:30 AM Tour departs within walking distance of the cruise port
  • Departure Details :
    • The port of Tauranga! 
    • We will be waiting for you at the port gate's with a name board with your name on it! 
    • We wear grey shirts with lime green logo!
  • Return Details :
    Returns to original departure point
  • Cancellation Policy :
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.

Overview

Shore Excursion from Tauranga Port.
Deluxe Small Group Tour.
Pre Booked tour with no sales on the day allowing a quicker departure.
Two of New Zealand's most popular attractions, transport in a 2017/18 luxury vehicle (no large groups or coaches). Begin with a drive through the lush countrysideheading to Waitomo Caves where you will travel by boat along an underground river through the mesmerising Glowworm Grotto. You'llgently glide through the impressive underground cavernsin silent darkness amidthe beauty of twinkling glowworms overhead.
The Hobbiton Movie Set you will be taken on an offical fully guided tour of the Hobbiton movie set, which was created in impressive detail for the filming of the hobbit films! And where Bilbo Baggins and Frodo live! Learn the movie secrets of how this movie came to life. Then enjoy a complementary drink in the World famous Green Dragon inn.

Highlights

Ideal choice for families

All entrance fees included

Free drinks included

Free port pickup and drop-off included

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Experience two World famous New Zealand attractions The Waitomo Glowworm Caves & The Hobbiton Movie Set !

Waitomo Glowworms Caves

You will be taken on a Journey of discovery combining two of the most popular and world famous attractions in New Zealand,Begin your discovery attheworld famous Waitomo Glowworm Caves, World renowned and a magnet for both local and overseas visitors, the Waitomo Glowworm Caves occupy a high placing in the New Zealand vacation wish-list.

Enjoy the world famous boat ride under thousands of magical glowworms and become a part of over 120 years of cultural and natural history.
Marvel at Mother Nature's light display as you glide silently through the starry wonderland of the Glowworm Grotto. Meander underground along the Waitomo River and gaze in silence at the myriad of glow worm lights that make up the Glowworm Grotto. As you enter this galaxy of tiny living lights, you'll immediately experience a serene ambience and be fascinated and intrigued by tiny glowworms that light your way!

The Hobbiton Movie Set
An offical guide will show you around the movie set of this breathtaking film set which was created in impressive detail! Walk around theHobbit holes including bilbo's and frodo's home.

Wonder around the vegetable patches were Hobbits grow their food! with giant pumpkins lying around! and learn about the movie secrets and the attention to detail that is truly mind-boggling.

Your guide tells you how in Tolkien's books, there is a reference to hobbits sitting under plum trees,and how in New Zealand, plum trees grow too big to be the right scale for a hobbit so Peter Jackson had apple and pear trees, stripped of their fruit and replaced them with fake

As for the oak tree on the hill? Also fake, with 376,000 artificial leaves imported from Taiwan and wired onto the tree. When the leaves faded in the sun, someone was employed to repaint them, one by one!

Walk past the Mill and the famous Party Tree that were created for "The Lord of the Rings" and "The Hobbit" films. At the end of the tour of the Hobbiton Movie Set, There will be a complementary drink waiting for you to enjoy in the Green Dragon Inn (Alcohol and non alcohol available)

You will leave the shire and travel through lush green countryside to return you to your Tauranga Port in plenty of time to board your ship.

Transport in one of our 2016/17 luxury vehicle (small Group), taking in the stunning scenery that New Zealand has to offer along the way. (no large coaches)

Inclusions

Transport by small 2017/18 mini van with air-conditioning

Bottled water

Professional Hobbiton guide to guide you around Hobbiton

Professional Guide to Waitomo Glowworms caves including a boat ride

Port pickup and drop-off

No sales on the day Pre booked tour only.

Entry/Admission - Waitomo Glowworm Caves

Exclusions

Personal expenses

Lunch

Souvenir photos (available to purchase)

Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking

Not wheelchair accessible

This Is a Pre Booked Tour only!

No sales on the day of the tour!

Ensuring a quick departure for you!

All vehicles are modern manufactured 2017/18 vehicles with duel air-conditioning uv protection glass and meeting the highest safety standards.

Pick up time will be confirmed after booking confirmation, dependent on arrival time and departure time of your ship

Minimum numbers apply. There is a possibility of cancellation after confirmation if there are not enough passengers to meet requirements. In the event of this occurring, you will be offered an alternative or full refund!

Pick-up is from the port directly and dependent upon time of arrival of your cruise ship!

Pick-up time will be confirmed 30 days from the date of tour (or upon booking if within 30 days).

This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If its canceled because the minimum isnt met, youll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund

Traveler Reviews

  • 23-Mar-2018

    This tour was amazing!

  • 01-Mar-2018

    Our group of 4 did this tour during at port stop from a cruise ship. We were a private tour which was perfect! Peter our guide and driver was great. We were picked up right at the port and returned with time to explore the pier. He got us to the Glowworm Cave right on time for our tour and straight to the front of the line. Then it was on to Hobbiton. Peter made perfect time. We made it to Hobbiton right on time for our amazing tour to begin. We had a Tip Top time on this tour and would highly recommend. Peter did a great job. Thanks for making our day!

  • 22-Feb-2018

    The highlights of our trip to New Zealand! Andrew from New Zealand Discovery Tours Limited was an excellent Driver/Guide. This is a not to miss excursion. Our group highly recommend this.

  • 11-Dec-2017

    Peter was a great drive. caves were amazing to see wish we had more time there. Hobbit town was fun, never saw movie but want to now

  • 17-Nov-2017

    The Glowworm caves and Hobbiton are not to be missed, these were our favorite attractions in New Zealand. This was a long and busy day with a LOT of driving, about 3.5 hours. We were in a brand new, beautiful van with plenty of room. Our driver was entertaining and informative. He dropped us off at the caves with our ticket, then we found our way to the start point. We were delayed because of some confusion over check-in then added onto another larger group for the tour. This cost us an extra half an hour, which made us late for Hobbiton. We had to rush through lunch only to wait on our tour due to a bus breakdown. Hobbiton is a busy, very commercial operation. There is no wandering around. You are assigned to a large group and walked through the attraction. The crowds on the day we were there were overwhelming. We had to fight for a table at the Dragon Inn, and then did not have time to finish our drinks before heading back to the ship. However, even though we spent more time driving than we would have liked, it was worth it to see both attractions. The Glowworm Cave was an experience unlike anything I have ever seen and I've seen plenty Hobbiton was enchanting and beautiful in spite of the crowds.

  • 07-Nov-2017

    The tour operator was very good about making changes to accommodate scheduling issues. Our tour was delayed at Waitomo, making us late for the scheduled buffet and tour at Hobbiton. She was able to reschedule the Hobbiton portion and we had a private luncheon.

    We did have to find her after we got off the cruise ship. Instead of being located with the other tour operators, she was on the side street sitting in her van, waiting for the tour driver to arrive.