Departing Mt Maunganui you drive down Pilot Bay on the harbour side then around to Main surf Beach past multi million dollar homes. Then you will cross the Harbour Bridge and 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.
You will then arrive at Hobbiton, the movie set location for the village in the Lord of The Rings movie masterpiece. Here you will be met by your guide for an informative 2 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 by Peter Jackson for it's stunning landscape.
After the tour there plenty of time for lunch at the Shires rest cafe and a look in the souvenir store.
Leaving Hobbiton your journey takes you back over the Kaimai ranges, stooping at the beautiful McClaren's falls park, then you visit Mossop's honey for tasting and treat yourself to a unique NZ ice cream. Then its back through downtown Tauranga past the restaurant and cafe scene and over the Bridge to your ship in plenty of time.
Personal guarantee: All tours guarantee the passengers to be back to your ship on time or you will be transported to the next port