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

Mount Maunganui, New Zealand

From US$179.03

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Free cancellation
Up to 24 hours in advance.
  • 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
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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)

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.

Hobbiton Movie Set

Your shore excursion begins with pickup from your cruise ship port at Tauranga. The scenic route to Middle Earth takes you across the Tauranga harbor bridge, then leaves the Bay of Plenty coast to climb the Kaimai mountain range and enter the Waikato district's lush farmlands. Arriving at Hobbiton near the town of Matamata in Waikato, meet your guide and take a two-hour tour of this famous movie set location. Enter the world of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings on a walk past hobbit holes, stand under the party tree and admire the gently rolling farmland that brought the Shire to life. Your Hobbiton tour concludes with a drink of beer, cider or ginger beer at the Green Dragon Inn.

2 hours Admission Ticket Included

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

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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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.
Excellent and Amazing!!!
Lyle_M, Dec 2022
Awesome day trip from our cruise port! Well organized. Entertaining guide “Rolf” kept us on time and was very knowledgeable! Hobbiton tour was wonderful and our trip to Rotorua was amazing! Highly recommend!!
Love New Zealand
Joan_W, Dec 2020
Everything about the tour was great. The tour guide was informative and really enjoyed the Lord of the rings movie set
Good tour
Sharon_E, Apr 2020
The tour company and guide were fantastic. Friendly, knowledgeable and good with timing. Hobbiton was crowded and crazy and puts too many people in a group. We missed most of what the Hobbiton guide said because they were so far ahead. Leavve your selfie sticks at home people. How about actually LOOKING at what you're photographing. I recommend the tour, be prepared for crowds.
Hobbiton and Rotorua
Tracey_G, Mar 2020
Wow this was a truly enjoyable day - our driver was a scream, had a very dry sense of humor and kept us laughing all day. Time was tight on the experiences included, but he ensured we saw the guise blow which was appreciated as it was a sight, wish we did have more time at Rotorua to see some more, loved the drive through town and actually seeing hot springs in residents gardens. Hobbiton was just wonderful, you ready did feel you were actually there with the butterflies, flowers and Hobbit holes. Very interesting tour round and came away with so much knowledge, again it was just done a bit too quickly, I do appreciate that people would hang around and clog up certain areas, but just a slightly slower pace to allow you to stop and focus your camera rather than taking photo and hoping for the best would be better - that's down to Hobbiton as you have to go around with their guide. I wouldn't have not gone, it was a really magical place and the Green Dragon at the end for a glass of refreshment was surreal, had to sit by the fire. We packed a lot in as we were off a cruise ship, will return and visit again as what we saw on that day, views, places we visited and Tauranga itself has made us want to explore at a slow pace and soak up all the wonderful sights and attractions it has to offer. Thank you for a lovely day and the goody bag was much appreciated and used
Great tour!
Katherine_G, Mar 2020
Being a big fan of Tolkien visiting Hobbiton was an experience of a lifetime. Our driver/guide handled everything professionally. He guided us through Rotorua and kept us on schedule. The snacks provided were a great addition! I wish we had had more time in Hobbiton and were able to explore more, but that tour is dictated by Hobbiton and not by our guide.
The Hobbit film set.
Russell_P, Mar 2020
Great day out, tour guide was exactly where they said they would meet us, just outside the port. Hugely cheaper than same excursion the cruise line were selling. A good day with a very informative guide. Would I use them again, definitely.
Great tour
Douglas_B, Feb 2020
Excellent tour, Rolf our guide was fabulous- very friendly, helpful and knowledgable. It was a long day but I would thoroughly recommend it really enjoyed the snacks too. We were very fortunate to witness the geyser erupting but unfortunately no sign of the Kiwis. A member of our group was chosen to be the visiting “chief” to be challenged and that was an added bonus to the performance by the local Maoris which again was fabulous to see
Hobbit in & Hot springs
Joyce_B, Feb 2020
Lord of the Rings Tour was excellent as was their guide. The visit to the geyser and Maori experience was excellent too