Made famous by the Lord of the Rings movies, this area of New Zealand outside the port of Tauranga holds beauty and serenity amongst the rolling green hills. Viewing the distinct mountain range and volcanic domes, you’ll also get to see why Peter Jackson, the creator of the Lord of the Rings movies, chose this area as the perfect setting to portray middle-earth, and experience Hobbiton as a local.
Departure Time9:00am from Port Tauranga
Group SizeMaximum 18 tour participants
PriceAdult: $169.00 NZD
Child (4-15 yrs): $99.00 NZD
Harbour of Tauranga and Kaimai Ranges
Your tour begins from the Port of Tauranga, where you’ll be met by your guide at the main pedestrian gates. Crossing the harbour bridge, enjoy great views of The Mount: a 232m high volcanic dome, which marks the entrance to the harbour of Tauranga.
Traveling towards Hobbiton, we climb over the Kaimai mountain range, which divides the Bay of Plenty coastal region of the Waikato district. From this vantage, you’ll get a great opportunity for photos, the view from the top of this range is outstanding with extinct volcanoes seen in the distance.
Explore Hobbiton and Waikato Farmland
Before you know it, we will arrive at Hobbiton, the movie set location for the village in the Lord of The Rings films and The Hobbit movie trilogy. Here, we’ll meet a guide who knows the movies inside out and will reveal inside stories about these famous films, and even more famous location.
Your two hour tour takes you deep into the rolling hills of a dairy farm where the original Lord of the Rings set was completely rebuilt for the Hobbit. Peter Jackson looked all over New Zealand to find a place that had lake, rolling hills, and of course, a ‘party tree’.
During the tour expect to get up close and check out the Hobbit Holes, The Mill, double arched bridge and many other interesting structures and gardens from the movie. Image boards are strategically placed at key locations which allow you to see how this beautiful piece of Waikato farmland was transformed into The Shire from Middle-earth.
Green Dragon Inn and Return
Live like a local at the Hobbiton haunt: the Green Dragon Inn. Their specialty is the local shire ale, cider and ginger beer - so belly up to the bar and enjoy this special treat.
On the return journey, time permitting, we will make a stop at the magnificent McLaren Falls, a popular area for outdoor activities and home to one of the best botanical collections of trees in the North Island.
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