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Tauranga Shore Excursion: Hobbiton Lord Of The Rings Movie Set and Rotorua Geothermal Geyser Combo Tour

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    What to Expect
    You will visit Rotorua and its Whakarewarewa Valley. Here you can witness The prince of wales Feathers geyser and The Pohutu Geyser (the largest geyser in the southern hemisphere) You enter a strange and unusual landscape with the aroma of sulphur and sights of steam vents exiting the earth at every available crevice.

    This valley is steeped in history, traditions and cultures that span hundreds of years the people of this village have lived surrounded by geothermal activity (geysers, steam vents and mud pools) which they utilize in their everyday life for cooking, bathing and heating. 

    Experience one of Rotorua's leading maori cultural performance groups as they serenade you with a song and dance including the world famous Haka.  For centuries Whakarewarewa village has been home to the Tuhourangi Ngati Wahiao people. As New Zealand's original tourist attraction, They have hosted visitors from around the world since the mid 1800's.

    Then after which we travel to another strange and peculiar land!.

    "Hobbiton Movie Set" is an experience to tantalise the senses of visitors from all across the globe, as guests find themselves engulfed in the sights, smells, sounds and tastes of The Shire, at the home of the Hobbits, as featured in The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit Trilogies. The extraordinary following that the movies have amassed has led to the tours becoming a must see while travellers are in New Zealand.

    Learn all about how this location was chosen as the Hobbiton Movie Set (which is a great story in itself!) and how it was created plus which scenes were filmed here. You will have an official guide to show you around the Hobbit holes including Bilbo's and Frodo's home. Learn about the movie secrets and the attention to detail that is truly mind-boggling.

    Your guide will tell you how in Tolkien's books, there is a reference to Hobbits sitting under plum trees and how in New Zealand plum trees grow too big to be the right scale for a hobbit so Peter Jackson had apple and pear trees, stripped of their fruit and replaced them with fake plums. As for the oak tree on the hill? Also fake, with 376,000 artificial leaves imported from Taiwan and wired onto the tree.  

    At the end of the Hobbiton Movie Set tour there will be a complimentary drink waiting for you to enjoy in the Green Dragon Inn (Alcohol and non-alcohol available).

    From Hobbiton way make our way back to return you to your ship! A truly one off day of experience and discovery.
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    Important Information
    Departure Point
    2 Salisbury Ave, Mount Maunganui, Tauranga 3116, New Zealand

    Traveler pickup is offered
    Please make your way to the Port gates, Where we will be waiting for you with a name board with your name on it!

    Tauranga Port
    7h 30m
    Return Details
    Returns to original departure point
    • Transport in a small group mini bus/van
    • Official Guided tours at both Rotorua & Hobbiton
    • Cultural Show at Rotorua
    • Bottled water
    • Port pickup and drop-off
    • Entry/Admission - Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland
    • Excludes Lunch
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    Additional Info
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • No sales on the day of the tour
    • Ensuring a quick departure for you
    • All vehicles are modern manufactured 2017/18 vehicles with duel air-conditioning uv protection glass and meeting the highest safety standards.
    • Pickup time will be sent to you after booking confirmation, dependent on arrival time and departure time of your ship
    • Pickup is from the port directly and dependent upon time of arrival of your cruise ship
    • Pickup time will be confirmed 30 days from the date of tour (or upon booking if within 30 days).
    • 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
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 16 travelers
    Cancellation Policy
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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    We were met at the cruise ship dock and whisked away on the comfortable van through beautiful scenery first to the Geothermal Maori Village then to Hobbiton. The driver gave us explanations of the area we drove through and when we arrived at the Maori village we were greeted by
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    Booked independently, this tour of Hobbiton and the Maori Village (geothermal geyser) was excellent. Our driver guide provided great commentary on the way to Hobbiton and the Maori Village. He was polite and went out of his way to make sure that everyone enjoyed the tour.
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    Buddy our tour guide picked us up from the port for this full day tour with a small group in a comfortable mini van. We had to change our pick up and drop off times as the cruise changed their sailing times and this was no problem at all for Buddy even though we were on a tight
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    Response from NZDT, Owner at Tauranga Shore Excursion: Hobbiton Lord Of The Rings Movie Set and Rotorua Geothermal Geyser Combo Tour
    Responded 22 Jan 2019
    Thank you Teresa ! I am so glad you enjoyed your day with Buddy! He is so passionate about New Zealand and the Local area and just loves and enjoys showing guests like yourself around this beautiful part of the country. I will pass your comments on to him, Im sure he will be very proud and pleased you enjoyed the day with him also! Kind Regards Andrew
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    Myself and 3 others did this tour in Dec 18 and had an amazing day. We were greeted by Andrew just outside the port gates and guided to the very comfortable and clean tour vehicle. It was raining when we arrived at the geysers so we purchased some ponchos at the gift shop. It
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    We did the Tour and had a brilliant day. The tour itself is an amazing experience which allows you to see two of the things ranking the highest in what New Zealand is known for. No, not sheep... but the Maori culture and of course, the Lord of the Rings. Primarily, I just
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