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Tauranga Shore Excursion: Hobbiton Movie Set and Rotorua Geothermals Combo

Tauranga, New Zealand

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icon7 hours 30 minutes  (Approx.)
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Explore traditional Maori culture and discover movie history in the New Zealand hills on this full-day Hobbiton and Te Puia combo shore excursion from Tauranga. Travel through the breathtaking Kaimai Mountains in Waikato. Explore the Hobbiton movie set with your guide and discover famous sites such as the party tree and the hobbits’ dwellings. Head through the forests of the Mamaku Ranges to Rotorua, and admire top attractions like the Bath House and Government Gardens. In Te Puia, see the famous Pohutu geyser and learn of Maori traditions and culture.
  • All entrance fees included
  • Informative, friendly and professional guide
  • Once-in-a-Lifetime Experience
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2 hour guided tour of Hobbiton Movie Set
A tankard of Hobbit ale at the Green Dragon Inn
Comfortable air-conditioned transport
Experienced, professional and fun guide
Entry to Whakarewarewa Maori Village
Food and drinks, however you are able to grab a bite to eat along the way
2 Salisbury Avenue, Mount Maunganui 3116, New Zealand

Departure Time

9:00 AM

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • This tour includes walking, with some inclines and steps on unmade paths
  • This tour is not suitable for wheelchair users or any other mobility devices due to the paths at Hobbiton
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • This tour runs with a minimum of 4 fare paying passengers. We will advise on the day if the minimum hasn't been met, and offer alternative options if necessary
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • Please purchase a ticket for all travelers in your group - including 'purchasing' a ticket for all infants. NZ transport law requires us to count all heads on board. One child or infant max per adult ticket.
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 24 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Shore Trips and Tours

If you cancel within 2 day(s) of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.

If you cancel at least 3 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee.

  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

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What is the maximum group size during Tauranga Shore Excursion: Hobbiton Movie Set and Rotorua Geothermals Combo?
This activity will have a maximum of 24 travelers.

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Traveler Tips

  • "Quite a bit of walking around the hobbiton farm area but well worth it." See review
  • "Hobbit on is a not to miss tour and geothermal park is very interesting." See review


35 Reviews
2 stars
Reviews by Viator travelers
Showing 1-10 of 35 reviews
Wonderful tour
, Mar 2020
Wonderful tour. Our driver/guide Sastika was awesome. We started the tour at Rotorua where we saw the kiwi bird, the geysers, geothermal and had lunch. After that we visited Hobbiton (so beautiful) and had their good beer. Very beautiful countryside roads where you can see tons of sheep and cows. Highly recommend!
icon Response from Host , Mar 2020
Thanks Lucia, pleased you had a great day with our guide Saskia, she really loves showing our guests around our beautiful region. Regards Ian
Great tour
, Feb 2020
I highly recommend this tour! Our tour guide Graham was very nice and knowledgeable. Hobbit on is a not to miss tour and geothermal park is very interesting. We had a chance to see a lot of country farms , sheep and kiwi plantations! It was a lovely day!!!
icon Response from Host , Feb 2020
Thanks for your kind comments, we have been going to Hobbiton since it opened way back in 2002 with probably around 50,000 happy clients just with our company in that time. Nice weather does help and its been a stunning summer this year here in NZ, regards Ian
Two in one!
, Feb 2020
Two fabulous excursions in one wonderful day! The geyser/Maori center was fascinating and Hobbiton was great fun! Thank you!
icon Response from Host , Feb 2020
Not many companies fit in both destinations in the one day [not even the cruise lines] so we try and give you the best day we can within the time you are here in Tauranga. Regards Ian
Totally worth it.
, Feb 2020
I had a wonderful time. The tour group updated the departure time based on the early arrival of my cruise ship. The driver was super nice, he took us to several added spots like Kiwi farm and city of Tirau with corrugated buildings shaped like animals. The Rotorua geothermal site has a Maori war ship and village, and a kiwi bird house. I saw my first living Kiwi running around. The geysers and mud pots was amazing. Hobbiton was what I expected. The tour was a walking tour though the Hobbit village, up and down hill along walking paths, may not be suitable for people with mobility problem. I saw many Hobbit houses, and our guide was very knowledgeable. Totally worth the money.
icon Response from Host , Feb 2020
So pleased that you enjoyed our tour to Hobbiton AND Rotorua, not many companies offer this tour so if you are only going to be visiting NZ just the once, then our combo tour is the best option to see both great destinations. Regards Ian
Great combination tour
, Feb 2020
Grahame was a great tour guide. The Geothermals were awesome and he made sure everyone was able to see as much as possible. The Hobbiton movie set was more than we expected and again Grahame made sure everyone knew where to go and when to be at the right location for the tour drop off and pickup. Great combination, Thanks Grahame
icon Response from Host , Feb 2020
Thanks for your very positive review, regards Ian
Just like the film
, Jan 2020
OMG, even if you’re not a fan of the films you will live this visit. Hobbiton is absolutely stunning, great scenery, lakes and pub :-). Lovely stop off for food after showcasing more of Taurangas beauty
icon Response from Host , Jan 2020
This is such a common comment, many of our passengers are sceptical about visiting as either the books or the movies were not their thing, in 100% of the cases they all say how much they enjoyed the experience. Some even say they will go and view the movies after "being on set". One of our most popular tours. Regards Ian
A perfect day and day tour!
, Jan 2020
Unexpectedly a private tour with Les! Our group did not materialize and Les took us in his car. What a treat! He took us to some of his private places for good views, towns, on our way to Hobbiton. He told of his being a part of the transportation team during production and told us the execution of certain set developments, the importance of filming in just the right “ light” .He kept us ahead of the crowds. He knew everyone and was so respected. It was an amazing tour. So very glad we did this tour and the Rotorua Geothermal combo. He was so informative with the history. A great day!
icon Response from Host , Jan 2020
Thanks for your very kind feedback, you did strike it lucky to have Les all to yourself. Hobbiton is a very popular tour and usaully our minibuses and small coaches are full. Hobbiton is an awesome destination and one of New Zealand's most visited destinations. We always a have a couple of the company cars on hand in case we end up with just 2 persons, as we have a company policy of not turning away a client who has a confirmed booking even if there are just 2. Regards Ian
Tauranga Shore Excursion: Hobbiton Movie Set and Rotorua Geothermals Combo
, Oct 2019
John our tour guide was excellent. He spent the day with us and informed us where he will be waiting for us after the Hobbiton tour and then we went to the Geothemals which was also nice. He gave us a lot of information on the history and culture of the Mauri.
icon Response from Host , Oct 2019
Hello Shuim, thank you for your review and I will pass your praise on to John. The Hobbiton / Rotorua combo tour is the best of the best from the Port of Tauranga so we are rapt you chose it and enjoyed it. Thanks for taking the time to share with others. Kind regards Kim
Pure magic.
Maureen T
, Jan 2019
This trip thoroughly exceeded my expectations, which I thought would be very hard to do. The visit to Hobbiton was everything we hoped it would be. Just delightful. Only wish they could have given us more time but that is controlled by the staff at the movie site. We all would have done the visit again the next day if our cruise ship had dallied.
hobbiton review
, Dec 2018
loved this excursion, I'm not a lord of the rings fan and have only seen the first movie, but it was a very good tour and very interesting. The hobbiton farm was stunning, and even in the wet weather it was lovely. Very informative guides. Quite a bit of walking around the hobbiton farm area but well worth it.

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