Hobbiton Shore Excursion Including Lord Of The Rings And Hobbit Movies Set Tour - Tauranga

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This wonderful tour to Hobbiton, a short drive from Tauranga, takes us to the farm selected by Peter Jackson as a setting for his Lord of the Rings and Hobbit movie masterpieces. A guided tour will bring to life scenes from the movies, plus time for lunch at the Green Dragon Pub.


  • Free port pickup and drop-off included
  • Excellent value for money
  • Family friendly
  • Informative, friendly and professional guide
  • All entrance fees included

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Departing Tauranga, we first cross the harbour bridge, which offers great views of The Mount, the volcanic core 232m high which marks the entrance to the harbour of Tauranga. We then climb up to over 1000 feet to cross the Kaimai mountain range which divides the Bay of Plenty coastal region from the Waikato district, the main dairy farming area of New Zealand.

We soon arrive at Hobbiton, the movie set location for the village in the Lord of The Rings films and of courseThe Hobbit movie trilogy.

Here we will be met by our guide at the Shires Rest for an informative two hour tour around the movie set location. Stand under the party tree, walk past the Hobbit holes, imagine yourself among the characters.

Nestled deep in the rolling hills of the Waikato, this location was chosen for it's unblemished landscape. The tour ends at the Green Dragon Pub where you can enjoy a Hobbit Ale and a light lunch (own expense) if you wish.

We then start the journey back to Tauranga, stopping at the summit of the Kaimai ranges at over 1000ft above sea level for some great photo opportunities overlooking the valley far below and extinct Volcanoes in the distance.

Time permitting we also stop at a local honey center to see the hives and taste some of the special local Manuka honey, and perhaps indulge in a tasty honey ice cream.

Finally we return to the ship, passing millionaires waterfront homes lining the beautiful golden sand beaches of Mount Maunganui.

Inclusions for Hobbiton Shore Excursion Including Lord Of The Rings And Hobbit Movies Set Tour

  • Entrance fee to Hobbiton
  • Experienced, professional and friendly guide
  • Port pickup and drop-off
  • A tankard of Hobbit Ale at the Green Dragon Pub
  • Air conditioned transport

Exclusions for Hobbiton Shore Excursion Including Lord Of The Rings And Hobbit Movies Set Tour

  • Lunch
  • Gratuities (optional)

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Confirmation will be received at time of booking

Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately

A moderate amount of walking is involved

Due to uneven surfaces, this tour is not recommended for those with walking disabilities or using a wheelchair

Not wheelchair accessible

Sun protection is recommended

From time to time depending on the size of the cruiseship and demand for this tour we reserve the right to increase the size of the vehicle beyond our usual policy of 'up to 24 seat vehicles'.

Cancellation Policy
  • If you cancel within 3 calendar days (72 hours) of the scheduled departure time, the cancellation charge will be 100% of the undiscounted tour price.
  • If you cancel between 4 to 7 Calendar days before scheduled tour departure,the cancellation charge will be 50% of the undiscounted tour price.
  • If you cancel at least 8 calendar days in advance of the scheduled departure time, there is no cancellation fee. You will receive Full Refund for the paid amount.
  • Please note that in case of No show, the cancellation charge will be 100% of the listed tour fare.
  • Please note tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.

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  • This was a terrific tour. Our driver, Russell, took good care of us and was very knowledgeable about the whole area around Tauranga as well as our target destination. Timing was excellent and our Hobbiton site guide was highly informative as well as being able to make the presentation fun. The weather was turning and they saw that we got umbrellas as we set out on the tour of the set.

  • Excellent shore excursion that was about 30 less than was being charged on board the ship. We had been to Rotorua a couple of times so decided to do something different. The tour definitely was better than expected as we found the guided tour of the movie set to be very scenic and interesting. It was topped off with a Hobbiton special brew at the Green Dragon Hotel. The bus driver was very friendly and provided lots of information about Tauranga and the Movie set. He picked us up on time and got us back well before we the ship departed. The only problem we had was that the mini bus was fully booked and we ended up with 5 adults in the back row which was a bit tight. The driver did manage to rearrange the seating with a family group which made it much more comfortable. Overall an excellent day.

  • Really great trip. Chose tour as a day excursion from a cruise, booked independent of cruise line. Very knowledgeable driver, took us to some extra destinations on the way. Well worth the trip.

  • Our tour took us through NZ countryside along rolling green hills splattered with sheep and dairy farms and kiwi vineyards.
    Ian, our guide, was quite informative and entertaining. Our first stop was a local honey store. Hobbiton proved to be what we expected and more. We had a young guide who gave us some wonderful tidbits of information about the movies. The film set was quite picturesque. The driver stopped briefly at a kiwi vineyard on the way back which was truly beautiful.

  • Well organised on time.
    Very good driver who had lived in the area for a long time and as a consequence gave us good information.
    Hobbiton was great.

  • This trip was really fun. We had a number of minor excursions during the trip which added to the enjoyment and Hobbiton itself was lovely. Would not make any purchases in the onsite shop as everything seemed very expensive. The trip around the site was first class and very well managed, We had a really good day and again the cost of booking was so much better value that going through the cruise company official site, Guides were able to explain locations within the films and Hobbiton is well worth a visit. Also managed a beer or two at The Green Dragon.

  • Love... love ... loved this!!!! So wonderfully amazing. Thank you for providing such a fantastic tour and the grounds have to be seen to be believed. If you go to NZ you have to go here!!! An absolute must see - whether a fan or not!

  • This deserves six stars. We booked through Viator the supplier being Shore Trips Tours. For a start it was about 100 cheaper than the ship price and they gaurantee to get you back on time. We were not particularly interested in Hobbits but we enjoyed this trip very much. The scenery and gardens and organization were superb. Our guide, Joseph ,was able to comment and explain it all in a knowledgeable and interesting way.. The pace up hill and down dale was not too fast, but well ordered. There is a fair bit of walking but small electric carts are available for the challenged, at a price. It truly is a magic place , don't miss it, Well worth the money and a unique experience..

  • This was only a small part of the 'whole' movie set but still very delightful. Hobbiton covers a large area with lengthy guided paths. The Hobbit yards and doors were only fronts. The movie set for the interior was at another location and not seeing that would have been the only disappointment.Our guide was great with lots of fun facts. The landscape to and in Hobbiton with its soft green rolling hills was beautiful. The day tour also stopped at a kiwi orchard and a meleleuca honey shop.

  • tour guide did a great job and even brought us to two other locations on the way back to our cruise ship so we could see more of tauranga! The cost was well worth what we got out of it!

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