Following pickup, you will take a scenic drive along the coast before heading inland and over the Kaimai ranges. You'll climb around 300 meters, and have the chance to observe spectacular panoramic views across the rich fertile farmland of the Waikato. The main industry in this region is dairy, but you might also see some horse breeding facilities as you make your way towards Middle Earth, passing typical New Zealand farms.
Upon arrival at Shires Rest Cafe, you'll be collected in the Hobbiton people mover and taken to Middle Earth via the 1250 acre sheep farm. Your expert guide will take you on a 2-hour journey through "The Shire", during which there will be ample photo opportunities at locations such as Gandalf's cutting, Bag End, Hobbit holes and the Green Dragon Inn. You will be told the story of how the remote set was discovered and you will even enjoy an ale or ginger beer inside the Green Dragon Inn at the end of the tour.
After shopping at the Shires Rest (at own expense), you will head back over the Kaimai range and make a stop at McLaren Falls, 190 hectares of pastoral and horticultural land set alongside Lake McLaren. You will take a 10 minute walk along a steam to view the picturesque waterfall.
Your final stop will be Mossop's honey. This is a family business that has been producing and packaging honey and products for over 60 years. There is an excellent live bee hive display and informative panels tell the story from beehive to honey pot.
Finally, you'll drive through Tauranga city, over the harbour bridge with a stunning view of the Mount before the tour concludes.