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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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    Andrew picked us up from the port and we had a great day from start to finish. Our ship docked early but Andrew was already onto this and contacted everyone to meet earlier than originally planned. As we were early he took us to some waterfalls before commencing our trip to
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    Response from NZDT, Manager at Tauranga Shore Excursion: Hobbiton Lord Of The Rings Movie Set and Rotorua Geothermal Geyser Combo Tour
    Responded 23 Nov 2018
    Thank you Linda It was great to read you review I really am pleased you enjoyed the day, I hope the rest of your journey went well! Kind Regards Andrew
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    We took this shore excursion with Andrew, the owner. He was incredible. The tour vehicle was immaculate and Andrew was personable and magically appeared by the end of each segment as promised. Instead of looking for him at those points. He said he would find us and he always
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    Everything ticked like a Swiss-watch. Very well organized. We were met at the pier by Andrew, who then "allocated" us to Pet/Pat (Peter) in a small and comfortable van. Pet was a gem to be with. A very pleasant person, with the "right" amount of talking, a careful driver, and
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    Short walk from our cruise ship to pick up point and met our entertaining nd knowledgeable tour guide Pat. Geysers park was interesting and scenic and being on a smaller tour bus was an added bus Not a lot of "Oh we were all supposed to be back by 11 o'clock?" On to Hobbiton
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    We had an AWESOME time going to the kiwi fields, visiting the Maori village in rotorua and hobbiton! Pat was such a helpful and informative tour guide, best tour we had in NZ hands down! Our tour group was small (about 15 people) which was quite nice, made it easier to keep
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    About the operator
    By: New Zealand Discovery Tours
    165 reviews
    Certificate of Excellence
    Nantucket, Massachusetts
    Great tour with Natalie!
    Natalie, our tour guide, confirmed pick up time and place via phone and text the day before tour. She picked us up
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    Fantastic Day
    Natalie was extremely knowledgeable about Tauranga and Rotorua as well as New Zealand. She shared her love of the
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    Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida
    Great introduction to the Maori culture
    Fantastic stroll through a real Maori village with a native guide who gave us great insights to culture amidst
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    San Tan Valley, Arizona
    Great overview of the Tauranga & Rotorua area
    We enjoyed our small group of 8 with stops at the kiwi orchard and the Maori geothermal area. This was much more
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    Superior, Colorado
    Very punctual and thorough
    Our driver was very knowledgeable on random pieces of information about New Zealand and was very interesting to
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    Luxury Maori
    Very nice experience! Wonderful driver who knew very well New Zealand history as well as Maori’s culture. I will
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    Happy Family
    What a great day out! Everything you want in an NZ experience. Andrew was our guide and he exploded with
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    Long Beach, California
    Wonderful day
    This tour was interesting and fun. Company owner and driver/guide, Andrew, was capable and informative. The
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    Shoalhaven, Australia
    Fantastic Day
    Thank you to Stephen for a wonderful day. The new bus was so comfortable and it was a luxurious day out. It was
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    Diana C
    This was a fantastic day trip to Waitomo Caves and Hobbiton as I feel that there were not as many options for a
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    Charneca, Portugal
    Brilliant day
    Totally recommend this tour-scenery is spectacular. The boat trip is serene and Hobbiton is delightful
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    susan b
    visit to a maori village and lunch then a spa visit.
    fantastic trip the best I have ever undertaken. maori guide and village excellent and we got sung to by the guide.
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    Keller, Texas
    Full day of fun!
    Thoroughly enjoyed a full day of sight-seeing and fun. Plenty of variety to keep everyone interested. Especially
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    Adelaide, Australia
    Hobbiton and Rotorua
    With only a day here. Peter took us on a trip to remember Peter has a great sense of humour and has spent alot of
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    Rouen, France
    A very complete excursion
    Andrew who is the boss of the company has been an excellent guide and driver providing us with lots of valuable
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