Cruise ship Shore excursion to Hobbiton with the geysers and Māori culture of Rotorua Tour HR01
Join this journey of discovery on this full-day shore excursion from Tauranga. You will be picked up at the port of Tauranga in a small group Mercedes luxury vehicle as you travel through the lush green countryside to visit the Shire. This is where the Hobbit Lord of The Rings Movie set was created. Here you will enjoy a guided tour around Hobbit holes including Bilbo's and Frodo’s home and enjoy a drink in the green dragon (either alcoholic beer or non-alcoholic ginger beer) included in your tour. Cold bottled water and a snack pack with New Zealand treats is also provided.
Travel onto Rotorua to experience geysers, mud pools and steam vents with Maori culture and history. Not to forget the infamous Haka War dance as you may of seen the All Blacks perform. This is performed by one of Rotorua's leading Maori cultural performance groups.
Pick up is for 9am (dependent on your cruise ship arrival and departure time). Your guide will be waiting for you just outside the wharf gates with a luxury Mercedes vehicle ready to take you on your journey of discovery. This tour is approximately 7.5 hours with time for lunch.
Firstly, drive along the beach front and on to the lush green countryside onto "the shire and the start of this extraordinary journey".
The Hobbiton Movie Set is a wonderful opportunity to see the original location, which was rebuilt for the latest hobbit film "an unexpected Journey". This was the original setting for Peter Jackson’s famous film trilogy “The Lord of the Rings”. You will learn all about how this location was chosen as the Hobbiton Movie Set (which is a great story in itself!) and how it was made 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. Wander around the vegetable patches where Hobbits grow their food including giant pumpkins. 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. When the leaves faded in the sun, someone was employed to repaint them, one by one. Walk past the Mill and the famous Party Tree that were created for "The Lord of the Rings" and "The Hobbit" films. At the end of the tour of the Hobbiton Movie Set there will be a complimentary drink waiting for you to enjoy in the Green Dragon Inn (Alcohol and non-alcohol available) Oh! and say hi to Pickles the resident cat that was left on the movie set, after being found abandoned in a sack by side of the road! and then taken in by the gardener who took pity on her.
Leave the shire and head towards the next destination to enter a strange and unusual landscape with the aroma of sulphur and sights of steam vents exiting the earth at every available crevice. You will visit Rotorua and its Whakarewarewa Valley and the living village. 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 utilise in their everyday life for cooking, bathing and heating. A truly one off day of experience and discovery.
A fully guided tour of Whakarewarewa – The Living Māori village . (with The prince of wales Feather's and Pohutu geysers, steam vents and mud pools) where you are invited to share in the everyday life of The Tohourangi - Ngati Wahiao people. Experience the sights, smells and observe first-hand a unique cultural way of living in one of the few untapped natural geothermal fields in New Zealand. Steeped in history, traditions and cultures that spans hundreds of years, the people of this village have lived surrounded by geothermal activity (geysers, steam vents and mud pools) which they utilise in their everyday life for cooking, bathing and heating. Indulge in their foods cooked with the bubbling hot pools and steaming vents with a geothermal hangi for lunch.
Experience one of Rotorua's leading maori cultural performance groups as they serenade you with a song and dance including the world famous haka as performed by our New Zealand's sports team. 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
History of Whakarewarewa – The Living Māori village
In August 2015 Whakarewarewa received recognition as one of the Lonely Planets’ Top 500 Ultimate Travel Destinations, being ranked at #276 in the world.
The Living Māori Village is the oldest “whanau” (family) owned and operated tourist attraction in New Zealand, and New Zealand’s first recognised tourism operator in New Zealand with guiding of international visitors to the World Famous Pink and White Terraces at Lake Tarawera in the early 1800’s.
Whakarewarewa or Whaka as it is known, is an authentic Māori village which sits in a valley on an active geothermal plateau. The valley has in excess of 500 hot pools & springs and at least 65 geyser vents, the most famous being the “POHUTU GEYSER” which explodes up to 30 metres in the air around 20 times per day.
Other geysers include the PRINCE OF WALES FEATHERS and the PAPAKURA geyser. A number of geothermal pools have also been named by the people, these include PAREKOHURU (murderous rippling waters) and KOROTIOTIO (the grumpy old man). The Tuhourangi – Ngati Wahiao people who reside in the village have been guiding and proudly sharing their history and heritage with visitors, dignitaries and royalty from around the world for over 200 years.
International dignitaries who have visited Whakarewarewa include Queen Elizabeth II and her husband Prince Phillip, as well as Eleanor Roosevelt the US First Lady.
Steeped in Māori culture, history and tradition the Living Māori Village showcases a way of life that has not changed in hundreds of years, despite the modern appliances and amenities. The Village is currently home to over 20 families (4th to 5th generation), with daily life for the Villagers including cooking in the geothermal pools and steam vents, heating their homes from the geothermal waters as well as bathing in the geothermal waters which is said to be both therapeutic and relaxing.
This tour includes pickup, transport, entrance fees to both Hobbiton and Whakarewarewa Valley, guided tours to both venues and includes the cultural performance (including the Haka) a snack pack (containing New Zealand treats) & cold bottled water, with return drop off back at the wharf.
Adult $248.00 NZD Child $200.00 NZD
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