Hobbiton Movie Set Tour & Rotorua Living Māori Village Experience

Tour Summary

 

​​Walk into the real-world landscape of Middle Earth on a walking tour of the Hobbiton™ Movie Set, where you get a behind-the-scenes look at ‘The Lord of the Rings’ and ‘The Hobbit.’ Pause at the Green Dragon™ Inn to for a draft of Hobbit™ Southfarthing™, see the remarkable detailing that brought Hobbiton™ to life on screen, and visit the places where key scenes were created. Continue visiting the mighty Whakarewarewa Valley, where you can experience bubbling mud pools and the 30m-tall Pohutu Geyser, which erupts many times daily. It’s also home to a living Māori village and the New Zealand Māori Arts and Crafts Institute.

Tour Highlights

 

  • Small-group walking tour of the Hobbiton™ Movie Set

  • Join a professional guide for an in-depth tour

  • See where Peter Jackson's movies were shot

  • Includes a drink at the Green Dragon™ Inn

  • Explore an authentic living Māori village

  • Discover the vibrancy of Māori culture and their fascinating traditions

  • View the geothermal wonders including the world-famous Pōhutu geyser

  • Walk through boiling mud-pools, steam vents and bubbling pools

  • Enjoy a traditional cooking demonstration

Tour Inclusion

 

  • Fully guided return transfers from Auckland

  • Complimentary pick up and drop off from Auckland CBD

  • Complimentary refreshments and water on board

  • Access to Wi-Fi on board for a small surcharge

  • Entry ticket to Hobbiton™ Movie Set Tour

  • Free beer or ginger beer or cider in Green Dragon Inn

  • Entry ticket to guided experience at living Māori village

Tour Description

 

Experience the real Middle-earth with a visit to the Hobbiton Movie Set, featured in The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit films. The Hobbiton Movie Set Tour is where Peter Jackson filmed his famous Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit film trilogies. Our tour starts by from Auckland city  where we pick you up from, you’ll enjoy a two-hour scenic drive South of Auckland into Waikato, with a scenic stop or two for taking picturesque photos of New Zealand's lush countryside. 

​Once we arrive, you spend 30-45 mins shopping in the official Hobbiton Gift Shop and grabbing a drink or a bite in the famous Shire’s Rest Cafe. Your guided tour starts on a Hobbiton tour bus with a drive through New Zealand's picturesque 1,250 acre sheep farm with spectacular views across to the Kaimai Ranges. Take a look at Bag End, where Frodo and Bilbo’s adventures began. Get lost among the hobbit holes and visit the Green Dragon Inn, the mill and the Party Tree. Listen to spell-binding tales of how Hobbiton came to be. 

After you finish your amazing Hobbit tour we make our way through the scenic roads into geothermal valley of Rotorua for your next experience at the living Maori village! 

Explore an authentic living Māori village where people live on a daily basis, using natural geothermal resources to cook, bathe and heat their homes as they have for centuries. Discover the vibrancy of Māori culture and the fascinating traditions of the Tūhourangi Ngāti Wāhiao people, who shaped tourism in New Zealand. View the geothermal wonders of Whakarewarewa Geothermal Valley up close, including the world-famous Pōhutu geyser, boiling mud-pools, steam vents and bubbling pools. Enjoy a traditional cooking demonstration – watch our residents prepare Hāngi meals in our in-ground steam boxes, and cook corn in the bubbling water of our geothermal hot pools – as they have for generations. Learn what it’s like to live in the challenging environment of the Whakarewarewa Valley, where daily life includes cooking in the bubbling pools and steam vents, and bathing in the refreshing therapeutic waters.

​After you finish your amazing tour experience, we make our way through the scenic roads of Waikato back to Auckland CBD.

Tour Requirements

  • A minimum of 3 people are required for this tour to depart.

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