Hobbiton Movie Set and Rotorua,
Small group shore excursion from Tauranga Port
Departure Time: 08:30am
This will be adjusted for late arrival cruise ships, pick up/departure time will be confirmed upon booking!
On arrival at the port, we will meet you just outside the gates. We first take you on a sight seeing drive of Mount Maunganui where you will see the beautiful coastline and one of the best beaches in New Zealand, see the abundant coffee shops, cafes, small boutiques and breath taking scenery, not forgetting the infamous" Mount" which this area is named after. After leaving the beachfront we head into the countryside as we make our way to Rotorua. This journey takes in stunning lakes, deep forestry and the first hints of the geothermal area we are travelling too.
Once we arrive in Rotorua your friendly, local Maori guide will be a direct descendants of early Maori guides who have shaped tourism in New Zealand for generations.
They guide you through their home "The Living Māori Village". On your tour, you will experience an authentic village where people live on a daily basis using the natural geothermal resources to cook, bathe and heat their homes. You'll walk around a strange and unforgiving landscape & they will take you on a journey where history, culture and nature collide. Even the architecture has stories to tell, with Māori carvings and structures that have a deep cultural significance. You are able to see large mud pools, steam vents, boiling pools & geysers including the largest geyser in the southern hemisphere (Pohutu Geyser). Learn how the residents utilise and respect the ever-changing forces beneath their land. Then sit back and enjoy one of Rotorua's leading maori cultural performance groups as they serenade you with a song and dance including the world famous Haka. A show not to be missed. 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.
After leaving Rotorua we travel to yet another strange and peculiar land! " Hobbiton Movie Set" The extraordinary following that the movies have amassed has led to the tours becoming a must see while travellers are in New Zealand. The Hobbiton Movie Set is the only set that remains intact from the trilogies, and that allows you to fully immerse yourselves in the wonders of "The Shire”. 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 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) included! A truly one off day of experience and discovery.