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Auckland to Rotorua via Hobbiton Small Group Tour (One Way)

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Experience the world-famous Lord of The Rings Hobbiton movie set plus the highlights and culture of Rotorua City, all in one day. An unforgettable combo tour covering two of the top ‘must do’ tourist attractions in the North Island. All our tours are run in small groups, in modern mini buses, specially built to enhance your tour experience and day. On board we have amazing, passionate guides who always have a lot of stories, facts and commentary to keep you entertained along the way. Drop down screens in all our tour vehicles add even more to the experience, bringing the guides stories to life. There are so many little things that make our tours unique and memorable including secret stops, surprise wildlife viewings, complimentary water and snacks, USB charging points for your devices and even Wifi access in the tour vehicle. We are proud that our customer reviews show it’s not all about the destination… it’s the journey that makes our tours special.

What You'll Get

Itinerary
This is a typical itinerary for this product

Stop At: Hobbiton Movie Set, 501 Buckland Road Matamata, Hinuera 3472 New Zealand

Arrive at the Alexander family sheep farm and Shire's Rest, which is the entrance to Hobbiton. Here you can see thousands of sheep, grab a bite to eat, get your coffee fix or enjoy an ice cream while we collect your tickets to the Hobbiton movie set.

Next you will board one of the big green Hobbiton buses to depart on your 2 hour fully guided tour of this amazing 12 acre movie set with a professional Hobbiton guide to ensure you get the most out of your visit. During your tour you will step into the lush pastures of the Shire, visit 44 hobbit holes, see amazing gardens, hear the secrets and stories about the making of the movies, and ending with a cold beverage at the famous Hobbiton pub The Green Dragon Inn.

Duration: 3 hours

Pass By: Lake Rotorua, Rotorua New Zealand

Travel in comfort from Auckland to Rotorua on this one day tour and experience the world-famous Lord of The Rings Hobbiton movie set in the heart of Middle Earth, as well as the highlights of Rotorua City.

Your tour starts with a pick up from your hotel in our comfortable 12 seater minibus and drive through the stunning Waikato countryside, the most extensive farming area in the world, on a fully guided journey to Hobbiton. During the trip south you will encounter stunning scenery, great photo opportunities, beautiful mountains and several different farm animals along the way.

After our drive we will arrive at the Alexander family sheep farm and Shire's Rest, which is the entrance to Hobbiton. Here you can see thousands of sheep, grab a bite to eat, get your coffee fix or enjoy an ice cream while we collect your tickets to the Hobbiton movie set.

Next you will board one of the big green Hobbiton buses to depart on your 2 hour fully guided tour of this amazing 12 acre movie set with a professional Hobbiton guide to ensure you get the most out of your visit. During your tour you will step into the lush pastures of the Shire, visit 44 hobbit holes, see amazing gardens, hear the secrets and stories about the making of the movies, and ending with a cold beverage at the famous Hobbiton pub The Green Dragon Inn.

After your Lord of the rings experience you will be guided back through the Alexander Family Sheep Farm before continuing south to the active geothermal area of Rotorua. During the trip we will pass through the unique town of Tirau (the corrugated iron sculpture capital of the world), the stunning Fitzgerald Glade, plus many more attractions to see along the way.

In Rotorua we will guide you past many of the city's famous and historical sites including Lake Rotorua, The Government Gardens, Blues Bath, Thermal Springs and the Polynesian Spa.

At the end of the tour we will drop you at your accommodation in Rotorua (central hotels only) or at a main Rotorua central Location.

The ultimate, comprehensive Auckland to Rotorua small group tour!

Pass By: Rotorua Museum, Oruawhata Drive Government Gardens, Rotorua New Zealand

See Rotorua Museum as part of your fully guided Rotorua City Highlights Tour (drive by only).

Pass By: Blue Baths, Government Gardens 1 Queens Drive, Rotorua 3010 New Zealand

See the historic, art deco style Blue Baths as part of your fully guided Rotorua City Highlights Tour (drive by only).

Pass By: Government Gardens, Rotorua New Zealand

See the beautiful Government Gardens as part of your fully guided Rotorua City Highlights Tour (drive by only).

Additional Information

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Minimum numbers apply. There is a possibility of cancellation after confirmation if there are not enough passengers to meet requirements. In the event of this occurring, you will be offered an alternative or full refund.
  • A moderate amount of walking is involved.
  • Due to uneven surfaces, this tour is not recommended for those with walking disabilities or using a wheelchair.
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately.
  • Children below 5 years old are required to travel in a child safety car seat. If you don't have a car seat one can be rented from us for $50 per child (with 24 hours notice). Children between 5-7 years old are also recommended to be in a booster seat for their safety.
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infant seats available
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • 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
Inclusions
  • GST (Goods and Services Tax)
  • Local taxes
  • Bottled water
  • Snacks
  • Driver/guide
  • Live commentary on board
  • Local guide
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off (selected hotels only)
  • Air-conditioned vehicle
  • WiFi on board
  • Entry ticket and fully guided tour - Hobbiton Movie Set
  • Rotorua City Highlights Tour
  • Entry/Admission - Hobbiton Movie Set


Exclusions
  • Food and drinks, unless specified
  • Gratuities
  • Souvenir photos (available to purchase)


Departure Point
Traveler pickup is offered
Hotel pick-ups are from the below hotels only, starting up to 20 mins before your tour time. Please see below what group your hotel is in and what your pick-up time is. Please be waiting in your accommodation's lobby or outside no later than this time to avoid missing your pick up. Guides have multiple pick-ups so can on occasion run up to 10 minutes late. Guides cannot wait for late passengers as it will mean the entire group is at risk of missing out, so please be waiting and ready (5-10 minutes before your listed time is highly recommended).

Group 1: 20 minutes before tour start time.

Sofitel Hotel Auckland.

Group 2: 15 minutes before tour start time.

Adina Apartments, Copthorne Hotel Auckland, Grand Mercure Hotel, Hilton Hotel Auckland, SO/ Hotel Auckland, JUCY Snooze, M Social, Pullman Hotel, Queen Street Backpackers, Waldorf Bankside Apartments, Waldorf Celestion Apartment Hotel, Waldorf Stadium Apartments.

Group 3: 10 minutes before tour start time.

AVANI Metropolis, Barclay Suites, Base Backpackers, CityLife Hotel Auckland, Heritage Hotel Auckland, Ibis Budget Auckland, Rydges hotel Auckland, Stamford Plaza Auckland.

Group 4: 5 minutes before tour start time.

Crowne Plaza Auckland, Scenic Hotel Auckland, Skycity hotel, Skycity Grand Hotel.

Ports
Auckland Airport (pick up from Butterfly Creek, 10 Tom Pearce Drive), Ports Of Auckland (Pick up from M Social Hotel)



Departure Time
6:00 AM

Duration
8 hours

Voucher Info
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