Hobbiton Movie Set Tour from Tauranga 5.5 to 6 hours CTT-17 - TRG-17

Mount Maunganui, New Zealand
  • 5 to 6 hours (approx.)
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English


    What's Included

    • Live commentary on board
    • Professional guide
    • Air-conditioned vehicle
    • Alcoholic Beverages
    • Lunch
    • Souvenirs
    • Personal expenses

    Meeting And Pickup

    Meeting point

    • Port of Tauranga Ltd
      2 Salisbury Avenue, Mount Maunganui 3116, New Zealand

      The meeting point for passengers off the cruise ships is on the grass by the flag poll just outside the port pedestrian exit gate on Salisbury Avenue. If you are not travelling on a cruise ship then this is still the meeting point unless you have made an alternative arrangement with us.

    Start time

    Confirm time with the local provider in advance of your experience.

    Opening hours

    • 9/24/2022 - 7/31/2023

      Monday - Sunday : 09:00 AM - 12:00 PM

    • 9/24/2023 - 7/31/2024

      Monday - Sunday : 09:00 AM - 12:00 PM

    End point

    This activity ends back at the meeting point.

    What To Expect

    Hobbiton Movie Set

    2 hours Admission Ticket Included

    Additional Info

    • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • If you have not already specified, you MUST advise supplier as soon as possible your ship name, docking time, disembarkation time and departure time so that appropriate arrangements can be made
    • Children must be accompanied by an adult
    • Comfortable walking shoes are recommended
    • A rain jacket and layers are recommended
    • Stroller accessible
    • Service animals allowed
    • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
    • We adjust the tour start and end time to suit the ships time in port, which varies greatley
    • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
    • These tour operate only for cruise ships passengers visiting Tauranga
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 36 travelers

    Cancellation Policy

    You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

    • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
    • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
    • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
    • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
    • 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 experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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    Traveler Tips

    However, please know this is not a tour for anyone with any kind of mobility issues.


    81 reviews
    Total review count and overall rating based on Viator and Tripadvisor reviews
    Reviews by Viator travelers.
    Showing 1-10 of 81 reviews
    Over-priced. Would not recommend due to tedious guide
    Sue_P, Mar 2023
    Waiting for the whole group of about 40 to take photos before we could move on. Whole bus load while some groups had about 6 people. A long walking tour and no buildings to enter, just photograph from the outside
    Response from Host, Mar 2023
    Thanks for your review and sorry that you did not enjoy the experience. If you are not a LOTR or Hobbit movie fan then this destination is not for you, though in almost 20 years of taking cruise passengers to Hobbiton i would think that 99% of them have the complete opposite view to yours. The size of the group tours at Hobbiton is set by Hobbiton, not us at Cruise Tours Tauranga. Sometimes our own groups travel onto the movie set in our own coaches when we have booked a "group" tour [minimum numbers of 25 required] and if we have smaller groups, 6 to 20 people on our tour then they all join the Hobbiton Coach at the set and go in groups of 44. Interested visitors like to take photos and this does take time, but regardless of that the tour will always last 2 hours with the last 20 minutes being spend at the Green Dragon pub. The walking tour therefore takes about 90 minutes, but is not long in distance. As to the charges, the entry fee to Hobbiton is $89 and we charged you [if you booked directly with us] $179 NZ per person. If you booked with an agent you may have paid a heap more. If you had book the tour through the cruise ship the cost would have been well over $300 NZ pp. I think you just ended up booking a tour that was not suitable for your interest. Regards Ian
    Even though rain still...
    Michael_F, Mar 2023
    Even though rain still adequate trip return trip could have been made more entertaining . Organisation was smooth though especially for cruise passengers.
    Response from Host, Mar 2023
    Sorry but the rain is outside of our control, though i am working on it!
    Great Day in Hobbiton
    Mark_S, Mar 2023
    To see the area and hear the story about how it used and found by scouts, also to see it and reflect back to the movies and the scenes they were in. The amazing thing was the guide was well versed in the whole information and knew so much it was a pleasure to listen to a guide that absolutely loves and involves themselves in their work.
    Response from Host, Mar 2023
    Thank you for your very positive feedback, we certainly love taking our guests to this amazing location. Regards Ian
    Great trip
    TakavahaSingapore, Mar 2023
    Really enjoyed the trip and highly recommend this touring company. Well organised from the booking time to the end of the trip. Christine and Alan were a great team.
    Response from Host, Mar 2023
    Pleased you had a good time on the tour, was a crazy busy day with so many passengers from the ship, but great for our local economy, so thanks for travelling to NZ and for booking our tours.
    Awesome experience!
    Andre_R, Mar 2023
    The weather was great and so was the guide. It was a bit hot and sunny though so a hat is recommended. Umbrellas are provided and in hindsight should have taken one. The tour ended at the Green Dragon with a nice cooling beverage. Definitely a tour not to be missed.
    Response from Host, Mar 2023
    Yes we have finally had some lovely weather are terrible storms back in January and February, i always think that March is the best time of year to travel in NZ.
    john_w, Mar 2023
    We had a fantastic time! Gary our tour driver was amazing. We enjoyed everything!! We will definitely book again
    Response from Host, Mar 2023
    Will look forward to having you another of tours on your next visit.
    The green dagon
    Wendy_C, Mar 2023
    Ale at the Green Dragon - just like the books. Good Ale and the setting is excellent. The Hobbit holes are great fun and they appear to be constantly making the place better.
    Response from Host, Mar 2023
    So pleased you enjoyed your LOTR experience with us.
    A tour not to be missed
    Tania_W, Mar 2023
    Loved our tour operator Tiberius. Hobbiton is a lot bigger than I imagined. Learned about the huge attention to detail that was achieved for the movie.
    Response from Host, Mar 2023
    Pleased you enjoyed your tour with us to Hobbiton.
    Delightful visit
    Kevin_C, Mar 2023
    A delightful place to visit the gardens and the little hobbit homes were so well kept. The trail was very easy to hike and our guide was wonderful and fun. Wish we would have had more time to wander and take photos. It felt very rushed for the expense and the fact that this is so far from home. We will probably never have the opportunity to return. A little slower pace would have been ideal. Otherwise, our driver did a great job narrating our drive. We appreciated all of his shared wisdom.
    Response from Host, Mar 2023
    Thanks for your feedback. The time on the movie set tour is controlled by Hobbiton and as they have guided tours every 10 minutes they do have to keep to a tight schedule. Next year the tours will be changing to include 2.5 hours on tour [not the current 2 hour duration] but there will also be a big price hike.
    my dream come true for Hobbiton
    Pauline_C, Mar 2023
    It was amazing exactly how I dreamed it would be, after seeing all the films it was so true to life. I will never forget my visit
    Response from Host, Mar 2023
    So pleased you enjoyed Hobbiton and that your dream became reality.
    A Great Day
    Julie_H, Mar 2023
    Gary our driver, who took us to Hobbiton, was excellent. He had lots of local knowledge which he shared with us. The Hobbiton Movie Set Tour was great. We both really enjoyed the whole day.
    Response from Host, Mar 2023
    So pleased you enjoyed your tour with us to Hobbiton.
    Beyond words excellent in every way
    michael_p, Mar 2023
    The guide in hobiton was excellent her enthusiasm was infectious Our bus driver “Keith “ was excellent would recommend this tour to anyone 10 out of 10
    Response from Host, Mar 2023
    Thanks for your great 5 star review.
    The guide hailey was...
    Mark_V, Feb 2023
    The guide hailey was amazing. Weather was hit and miss. But overall very good Bus driver also was very informative from bogging to end
    Response from Host, Feb 2023
    Pleased you enjoyed the day, hope the driver did not get bogged down though.
    Fantastic experience whether your a fan or not
    paul_u, Feb 2023
    Great tour seeing the movie set in a fantastic state of preservation . Our guide , Gary , was excellent great local knowledge, funny and also looked after us at every step .
    Response from Host, Feb 2023
    Thanks for your feedback, Gary does a great job for us.
    Hobbiton - wonderful experience
    Linda_S, Feb 2023
    The tour was very well organised and Gary was a very good commentator. We had a wonderful day and will take away so many memories. Never booked with Viator before but I have booked a further two for Australia.
    Response from Host, Feb 2023
    Thanks for your feedback and pleased you enjoyed the trip with us here at Cruise Tours Tauranga. Just be aware that it is not Viator that provides the tours, but just manages the booking process and there are 1000's of companies who actually do the job. All should be top grade operators but it will be different companies for every tour.
    Great tour!
    Vicki_K, Feb 2023
    Outstanding job by both the Shore Tour driver, Keith, and Haley from Texas, the Hobbiton guide. Overall wonderful tour. Highly recommend.
    Response from Host, Feb 2023
    Thanks for your feedback, pleased you enjoyed the tour.
    Worth visiting Hobbiton
    Lorelei_R, Feb 2023
    We enjoyed the trip and tour of Hobbiton. Our driver and tour guide at Hobbiton were very patient. We were a bit rushed with having coffee at the cafe but everything was all good.
    Response from Host, Feb 2023
    We are always pushed for time on shore excursions as we are aware clients worry about missing the ship, though we have NEVER missed one in 23 years of operation.
    Cheaper than the cruise ship tour!
    Jennifer_L, Feb 2023
    Let me start by saying we were on a cruise ship... And as we boarded the ship our port dates and times changed. Let me say again the DATE changed!. But this company was 100% on top of it, they let us know before we had a chance to reach out to them and adjusted our tickets accordingly. For that alone they got 5 stars. The hobbiton movie set was 100% worth it, even if you arent a huge fan, the grounds are SO Beautiful!! don't hesitate to book this one.
    Response from Host, Feb 2023
    Thanks for your very kind comments, both our tour companies who offer tour work really hard to be on top of all the constant time changes the ships make and this year due to our recent cyclones all of the port of call date changes.
    Susan_T, Feb 2023
    It was a great tour and Keith was our bus driver and he was great also we had a great guide pictureous
    Response from Host, Feb 2023
    So pleased you enjoyed the tour, i will pass on your comments to Keith as well. Regards Ian
    Michelle_M, Feb 2023
    Awesome experience! Gary was knowledgeable, friendly and professional and on time. Our guide Ty also did an excellent job; he made the tour interesting, funny and very enjoyable. Everything was simply perfect!
    Response from Host, Feb 2023
    This is the sort of response we aim for on all our tours, so pleased we made your day perfect.