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Full-Day Hobbiton Movie Set Small-Group Tour from Tauranga

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    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.
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    Reviewed 17 March 2019

    We had a wonderful day with our tour guide Wendy. She was absolutely lovely, trying her best for us to see as much as we could in the time we had. She was there waiting as we got off our ship, and took us to...More

    Date of experience: March 2019
    Thank jamiend0nna
    Reviewed 28 February 2019

    Went to Hobbiton with a small group but ended up on a big bus - so, don't spend the extra money to arrive in a van. However, our guide, Peter, was such fun and very informative. I particularly liked how they showed snippets of the...More

    Date of experience: February 2019
    Thank Beetsie
    Reviewed 17 April 2018

    An amazing insight of local culture and ecology on the way to and from the Hobiton movie set. Our guide was so informative and keen to share her knowledge. All of our questions were clearly answered, whether they were political, historical, or just plain curious....More

    Date of experience: March 2018
    2  Thank susanbN8266ZY
    Reviewed 28 March 2018

    We booked a family tour on one of their mini buses. We all thoroughly enjoyed our day with our guide Geoff, we went to Hobbiton, Rotarua and even had time to pop into the kiwi fruit orchard. Geoff was friendly and accommodating and was happy...More

    Date of experience: February 2018
    1  Thank Kayleen O
    Reviewed 22 October 2017

    the staff and standard of information was superb we had a great overall experience on this tour our guide to the movie set was very informative and we had plenty of time to look around when we stopped in the beautiful NZ countryside before arriving...More

    Date of experience: October 2017
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