Tauranga Shore Excursion: Lord of the Rings Hobbiton Movie Set Tour Including Rotorua Sightseeing

Mount Maunganui, New Zealand
  • 7 hours 30 minutes (approx.)
  • Pickup offered
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English


Take a shore excursion to the Hobbiton Movie Set and sightsee Rotorua with a guide when your cruise ship pulls into port at Tauranga. Journey to Middle-earth and The Shire of ‘The Lord of the Rings’ fame, featured in the popular LOTR trilogy and ‘The Hobbit.’ Then learn traditional customs at the Maori village of Whakarewarewa before strolling past the spouting geysers and steaming hot springs of thermal Rotorua. Numbers are limited to 19 participants in this small-group tour to the land of hobbits and hot pools.
  • Lord of the Rings Hobbiton movie set and Rotorua shore excursion from Tauranga
  • Tour the Hobbiton movie set from The Lord of the Rings trilogy and The Hobbit
  • Enjoy a tour of Whakarewarewa thermal region and Maori Village
  • See the landscape of erupting geothermal activity, hot thermal springs and hot bubbling mud pools

What's Included

  • Driver/guide
  • Live commentary on board
  • Air-conditioned vehicle
  • Port pickup and drop-off
  • Snacks & bottled wwater
  • Covered by Viator's worry-free policy: guaranteed on-time return to your ship
  • Gratuities
  • Food and drinks

Meeting And Pickup

Pickup point

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

Start time

08:30 AM

Pickup details

Departure Point: Outside the Port of Tauranga main pedestrian gate Directions: After disembarking your ships gangway; please proceed along the pathway marked by safety barriers which run alongside your ship to the port of Tauranga exit gates. There will be port security staff and local ambassadors along this short walkway to direct you to the gates. Our local representative will be standing outside the port gates on the grass section directly under the flag pole with a name board held high with your names on. Your driver / guides will be dressed in uniform of black trousers, white shirts and the females may be wearing some orange apparel. The vehicles will be in the car park directly behind where you will be met, which is less than 100 meters. Dates: See Availability Return point: Returns to original departure point at approximately 5pm

What To Expect

Start your full-day shore excursion to Middle-earth and Rotorua with pickup from the Tauranga cruise port. Your coach follows a scenic route, crossing the Tauranga Harbour Bridge before departing the Bay of Plenty. After climbing the Kaimai mountain range, note the fertile farmlands of Waikato as you near the town of Matamata and the filming site used for the Hobbiton Movie Set.

Stroll with your guide past hobbit holes belonging to the likes of Bilbo and Frodo during a 2-hour tour of The Shire, an actual New Zealand sheep farm. You’ll recognize scenes from The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings trilogies, including the party tree, the Mill and the Green Dragon Inn, where you can finish your Hobbiton tour with a mug of beer, cider or ginger beer (own expense).

Back on board the bus, continue into Rotorua via the Mamaku mountain range. After a stop for lunch (own expense) beside Lake Rotorua, you’re treated to a traditional welcome into the authentic Maori village of Whakarewarewa.

Accompanied by a Maori guide, witness the astounding thermal activity of Rotorua’s bubbling hot springs and mud pools, and watch Pohutu Geyser erupt. Learn how New Zealand’s indigenous people made use of the region, bathing in the hot springs and cooking over steam vents.

Step foot inside Whare Tupuna, a Maori meeting house designed with symbolic wood carvings. Hear songs, see dances and discover Maori customs during a demonstration of warlike fighting skills included in the haka dance.

Your driver takes a separate route on the return trip and, if time allows, stops for an impromptu photo shoot in a redwood forest. You can use provided hats, cloaks, staffs and swords to pose as Gandalf or your favorite hobbit from The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit before drop-off at the cruise port.

Worry-free Shore Excursion:We will ensure your timely return to the Tauranga port for this activity. In the rare event your ship has departed, we will arrange for transportation to the next port-of call. If your ship is delayed and you are unable to attend this activity, your money will be refunded. See our terms and conditions for full details.

Zealandier Tours (Pass By)

Hobbiton Movie Set

2 hours Admission Ticket Included

Lake Rotorua

2 hours Admission Ticket Included

Redwoods, Whakarewarewa Forest (Pass By)

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Please wear comfortable clothing and walking shoes
  • Please bring sun protection and a light jacket for cooler weather
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 40 travelers
Operated by Zealandier Tours

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

It was a long day but I would thoroughly recommend it really enjoyed the snacks too.
Fully recommend this tour company and the tour to Hobbiton and Maori experience/hot springs and ht mud pools.


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Beautiful tour you shouldn’t miss.
Catherine_O, Mar 2023
Rolf was an excellent guide who made sure each and everyone on the tour was happy and well taken care of. The sights you see on this tour are AMAZING. Even though I’d never read the books or saw the movies this tour I would highly recommend. The landscape is incredible and I have nothing but good to say about the entire day and the experience. I would give it 100 stars if I could!
Fun Time in Tauranga
Erwin_R, Mar 2023
Rolf was a great guide, very knowledgeable!! Loved Hobbiton and the Mauri Tribal experience…………..!!!!!!
Worth the money
GAYLE_B, Mar 2023
Really enjoyed the whole day - our guide Rolfe was fantastic with his chats and I would recommend to all and sundry - thank you Viator
Wonderful experiences
Viligaile_L, Feb 2023
Loved the Whaka village experience as well as Hobbiton. Rolf our guide/driver was excellent- informative and friendly. He even took us took us to Mcclaren Falls and stopped at a Kiwi farm. It was a great day!
Excellent alternative to Cruise shop excursion
Teah_F, Feb 2023
Wonderful trip! Pick up just as described. They were very conscious of timing of the cruise ship- everything was right on schedule. Tour guide Rolf was wonderful! Provided a big bag of snacks! It was a great trip and Hobbiton is not to be missed attraction.
Good day in Tauranga
Robin_R, Feb 2023
Hobbiton is wonderful for LOTR fans. Much larger than I expected. Even with rain it was well worth going. Our tour guide was excellent. The only negative was that I thought I had booked the excursion that also went to a Maori village in Rotorua and I was on the one that went to the Maori arts and craft center instead. It was interesting just not what I expected. I think the descriptions of the different tours need to be a bit clearer.
Great Hobbiton and Rotorua shore excursion!
Vicki_G, Feb 2023
We started off with a well-organized meeting at the end of the pier where we met our tour guide, Rolf. He was absolutely delightful, funny and full of information about every place we visited. Even though I'm not an uber, fan of the Lord of the Rings movies (heresy, I'm sure), Hobbiton was much better than I expected and Rotorua was most interesting. I also enjoyed learning more about the Maori culture.
Magic in Rotorua and Hobbiton
Sherri_B, Feb 2023
Both Rotorua and Hobbiton were magic. I would do both again in a heartbeat. Rolf was a great driver/ tour guide.
Good Experience with Canceled Port Stop
Cynthia_F, Feb 2023
Princess Cruise was to stop in Tauranga on January 28, 2023. Sadly, we were affected by the devastating rains and flooding in Tauranga / Auckland around those dates and our ship was unable to dock in Tauranga. We had booked through Viator only days prior to docking at that port. (Our similar excursion through Princess had been canceled.) When we learned that our ship could not dock at Tauranga we immediately called and texted the local agents for the tour. We were refunded our payment within a few days. Viator is an excellent way to book tours around the world!. Hate that we didn't get to the Hobbiton Movie Set or view the Rotorua area. If we make it back "down under" we will definitely book through Viator.
Great way to enjoy Tauranga
Christine_R, Feb 2023
We were greeted promptly by our guide at the cruise port. Rolf, our guide was entertaining, very friendly, and very knowledgeable about the places we visited. He kept the bus alert with his sharing of stories and explaining the area we were driving through. First stop was 1 1/2 hours away, but the ride through the countryside was beautiful! Māori Village was interesting and fun. The Hobbiton did not disappoint. The guide from Hobbiton was also funny and loved sharing movie facts! A very cool trip!
Great Tour
derek_z, Jan 2023
Rolf was a great guide! The tour was also enjoyable and entertaining. I would recommend for anyone who is a LOTR fan.
Highly recommend this tour especially if Rolf is your driver
Walter_A, Jan 2023
Tour guide had an intermittent knowledge of the island and a great sense of humour professional and courteous
As the guide kept saying 'awesome' in every way
Peter_V, Jan 2023
Seeing the Hobbiton filmset was a great experience. The area is never overcrowded and the pies are fabulous. The Maori village and lifestyle were interesting. Too bad we couldn't get closer to the Pohutu geyser, as we could do with its Icelandic cousins.
A wonderful tour and great value for money.
Michelle_M, Jan 2023
Loved seeing the hobbit houses and having a drink in the Green Dragon Inn. The tour guide on the bus and the tour guide at Hobbiton were both fantastic. Also loved the snack packs we all received which meant we could see more, rather than stopping for lunch.
Shore excursion; no credit if port is missed
Brenda_Z, Jan 2023
Ship didn't land in port so didn't get to go on this excursion. $700 lost as we didn't have enough notice to provide the required 24 hours min. cancelation. Would appreciate a provision for credit when it's out of everyone's control to attend, especially since this is sold as a shore excursion.
Hobbiton and Rotorua great day tour
Peter_L, Dec 2022
Rolf our tour guide was excellent and highly knowledgeable . Had a great day visiting Rotorua and Hobbiton and very good commentary on the way. Had a great day and would highly recommend this tour.
What a great day!
Tonia_G, Dec 2022
Tour was timed perfectly. Rolf was friendly and knowledgeable and the snacks supplied were amazing. Our destinations were interesting and even though it was raining it was an excellent trip overall. Would highly recommend.
One of the best tours I've been on!
Linda_R, Dec 2022
One of the best tours I've been on! Our amazing tour guide Rolf gave us running commentary the entire bus ride and went above and beyond for the entire day. The huge snack packs were super healthy and were a welcome addition that was devoured throughout the day. Don't book a tour off the cruise ship when you can book with these guys, amazing service and professionalism!
Was in Wonderland
maryjbetts, Dec 2022
Such a lovely trip very well organised and knowledgeable guides. Highly recommend loved our drink in the Green Dragon and the pies were delicious.
Far exceeded expectations!
David_M, Dec 2022
A fantastic day from beginning to end. Zealandia was professional and very organized. They promised “snacks”, but gave us each a bag stuffed full of treats and water. Hobbiton was on our bucket list but it still defied all expectations. It was magical. We could have stayed all day. The Māori village tour was led by one of the village elders who was descended from one of the tribal guides. It was fascinating and so spiritual. Don’t miss this!
Response from Host, Dec 2022
Hi David So pleased you really enjoyed your days outing - we know that hobbits must eat regularly during the day - hence the "snack pack" . It is a big day out but congratulations for being up to it - two big attractions in two different regions takes a bit to manage in one day and achieving this well is partially up to the participants - so thankyou for taking time to post your message - it is greatly appreciated.