Hobbiton & Waitomo Glowworm caves including Festive Feast Lunch

 Tauranga Shore Excursion

(Also available Auckland & Rotorua)

 

We take you on a Journey of discovery combining two of the most popular and world famous attractions in New Zealand, Begin your discovery at the famous Hobbiton Movie Set with a fully guided tour of this breathtaking film set which was created in impressive detail!.  At the end of your tour you'll be treated to a delicious Hobbiton themed buffet lunch, fit for a hobbit, at the Marquee festival feast which includes Fresh breads, Hot meat dishes, Pastas, vegetable dishes and salads followed by cakes and fresh fruit. We leave the shire and travel through lush green countryside where upon we  arrive at the world famous Waitomo Glowworm Caves, here we  take a 45-50 minute guided tour through impressive underground caverns and learn how stalactites, stalagmites and other limestone structures were formed over millions of years and how one cave  has been given the name "the cathedral" has housed weddings and even concerts. From here we travel in a boat along the underground river through the "Mesmerizing Glowworm Grotto" gently gliding along in silence and darkness amongst the beauty of the twinkling glowworms overhead. From here we travel back to Tauranga on board our luxury vehicle, taking in the stunning scenery that New Zealand has to offer. You will arrive back into Auckland / Tauranga  at approximately 7:00pm. 

( We include all entrance, Guides, meals and refreshments in this tour you have no extras to pay)

 

Once we arrive you will have an official guide to show you around the  Hobbit holes  including  bilbo's and frodo's  home.

Wonder around the vegetable patches were Hobbits grow their food! with giant pumpkins lying around! and learn about the movie secrets and the attention to detail that is truly mind-boggling.

Your guide tells us 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

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 complementary  drink waiting for you to enjoy in the Green Dragon Inn (Alcohol and non alcohol available)

Pickles in Front of the fire at the Green Dragon Inn "hobbiton"

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 gardner who took pity on her! She now lives in Hobbiton!

 

World renowned and a magnet for both local and overseas visitors, the Waitomo Glowworm Caves occupy a high placing in the New Zealand vacation wish-list.

The glow worm, Arachnocampa luminosa, is unique to New Zealand. Thousands of these tiny creatures radiate their unmistakable luminescent light as our expert guides provide informative commentary on the Caves' historical and geological significance.

Waitomo Glowworm Caves are a must see for any traveller. Enjoy the world famous boat ride under thousands of magical glowworms and become a part of over 120 years of cultural and natural history.

THE BOAT RIDE

Marvel at Mother Nature's light display as you glide silently through the starry wonderland of the Glowworm Grotto. Meander underground along the Waitomo River and gaze in silence at the myriad of glow worm lights that make up the Glowworm Grotto. As you enter this galaxy of tiny living lights, you'll immediately experience a serene ambience and be fascinated and intrigued by tiny glowworms that light your way.

Suitable for the widest range of ages and abilities these cave tours are generally a dry and gentle way to explore a cave.

The Tour takes place inside a cave range which involves walking down steps illuminated by electrical lights for aproxematly a 200 metre walk (45 minutes),then a boat ride with no illumination in order to see the glowworms!

Your guide will be able to tell you about the history of the cave as well as showing you speleothems (stalactites and stalagmites), fossils and cave creatures.

Water drips into the caves making pathways and staircases wet, and the temperature is about 12˚ – 14˚celcius all year round, so you will need comfortable walking shoes and a light jacket or jersey for these tours.

 

 

Adult from $300.00NZD Child (4yrs-14yrs) $200.00NZD Infant (0yrs-3yrs) $100.00NZD

There is a minimum charge of three adults for this tour! Charged at $490.00 each

There after Adults are $300.00NZD each & Children $200.00 each

Booking in advance is essential! to secure your seats.

Click date of departure then click "book now" where additional adults or children can be added to the tour!

Hobbiton

HOBBITON MOVIE SET TOUR W01

The Hobbiton Movie Set is a wonderful opportunity to see the original location,  which was rebuilt for the latest hobbit films "an unexpected Journey" This was the original  setting for Peter Jackson’s famous film trilogy “ The Lord of the Rings” This tour is approximately  5-6 hrs with time for lunch! leaving and returning from Tauranga and so can be ideal for clients from cruise ships wanting a quick tour, You will learn all about how this location was chosen as the Hobbiton Movie Set (which is a great story in itself!) and how the Hobbiton Movie Set 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.

Wonder around the vegetable patches were Hobbits grow there food! with giant pumpkins laying around! and learn about the movie secrets and the attention to detail that is truly mind-boggling.

Your guide tells us 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 complementary  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 gardner who took pity on her!             

Pickles in Front of the fire at the Green Dragon Inn "hobbiton"

 But who now lives in Hobbiton!

 

Adult $160.00nzd              Youth (9yrs -16yrs) $120.00nzd             Child (0yrs - 8yrs) $83.00nzd

There is a minimum charge of two adults for this tour!

This luxury tour is for accommodating up to 16 people.

Booking in advance is essential! to secure your seats.

Click date of departure then click "book now" where additional adults or children can be added to the tour!

This full-day luxury shore excursion from Tauranga offers a once in a life time opportunity to fly to White Island by helicopter and walk to the edge of an active crater, over hot streams, past steaming volcanic vents and colorful sulfur formations, before viewing a privately owned volcano’s long abandoned mining ruins.

This somewhat lunar experience on New Zealand’s only permanently active off shore volcano is breathtaking and when combined with the helicopter flight above the lakes and the Bay of Plenty is a unique and surreal lifetime experience. Land transport is provided by a 7-seat 2016 Mercedes vehicle which will pick you up at the port of Tauranga transporting you to your helicopter and on return from the volcano will take you to Whakarewarewa – The Living Māori Village for lunch and a privately guided tour. Reserved front seats to watch a cultural performance including the Haka. Along with a traditional Hangi Meal (Maori traditional Meal).

This discerning luxury tour itinerary is for cruise ship passengers disembarking at the port of Tauranga. You will travel in a Mercedes 2016 seven seater passenger vehicle and journey to Rotorua to your helicopter for a flight to New Zealand’s only permanently active volcano, "White Island". Arriving overhead the volcano you will enjoy aerial views of the active crater before landing on this lunar like surface. Here embark upon a leisurely guided tour of the island's crater floor to view active steam vents 'fumaroles', hot streams, vibrant sulphur formations and the steaming crater. This landscape is constantly changing as the activity forms new features and removes old ones. The crater lake changes in depth and temperature so that from one day to the next the landscape is different. 

Part of your tour includes a walk through crumbling mining ruins to view the weathered remains of what was a working factory built in 1923 and abandoned in 1933. Tours on this privately owned volcano are conducted by your pilot / guide whose wealth of knowledge about the island's history and geology enhances the experience. Your return flight to and from the island takes in aerial views of the wider Bay of Plenty giving ample opportunity for stunning photographs. 

Upon landing back in Rotorua your Mercedes vehicle will drive you to Whakarewarewa Valley to Te Puia where you will encounter bubbling mud, pools of boiling water and stunning geysers. The Pōhutu geyser is the star of the show! Pōhutu (‘poor-hoo-too’) is the largest active geyser in the southern hemisphere. She erupts once or twice every hour and sometimes reaches heights of 30 metres (100 feet). Pōhutu means ‘constant splashing’ in Māori. For hundreds of years, the many geothermal hot pools in Te Whakarewarewa Valley have allowed the Māori people to use hot water for cooking, washing, bathing and preparing flax. "Ngāraratuatara" This cooking pool is named after the tuatara (too-a-tah-rah), an ancient lizard-like reptile only found in New Zealand.

Today, Ngārara-tuatara is used for Ingo, a unique cooking experience where fresh ingredients are lowered into the boiling water in baskets woven from flax. This cooking style is the same as locals have been using here for centuries and the hāngi (haa-ngee) is another popular Māori cooking style. You will experience this as lunch is included in your tour adding another unique experience to your day.

You will have a Private "Whakarewarewa – The Living Māori Village" guide to explain this strange and thought provoking landscape before being seated in reserved seating to watch a concert and cultural performance that will not just move and entertain you, but enable you to ‘get inside’ there fascinating culture. Surrounded by the beautiful carvings of their ancestors, you will experience entertaining stories told through song and dance, with plenty of surprises thrown in. 

 

Luxury Mercedes Mini Bus with dual air-conditioning with seating for 6 or 11 passengers. 

Choose the places to see and activities you would like to do at your pace on your visit when you dock in the Port of Tauranga or stay at an Hotel/Motel or holiday accomodation within The Bay of Plenty!

Take a flight to White Island in an helicopter or Plane! Experience Rotorua's Geothermal Wonderland of geysers bubbling mud pools and maori culture and experience the world famous HAKA first hand.
Take a trip to the shire and call in on Bilbo Baggins at Hobbitton then fill your tummy with a hobbit feast for lunch, you can move on to the Mesmerising Glowworm caves of Waitomo for the afternoon or visit Rainbow springs with its kiwi experience alternativly try  agroventures for the thrill seekers wanting jet boats, bungee jumping, sky diving or the one and only sweeb the list goes on but then you might want to visit the luge and have lunch at the Stratosphere Rotorua,s Restaurant in the sky for the best views steak and buffet. 
We really can go on and on with attractions to suit all ages!
simply book the private charter and we will build an itinerary around your group/family and help to give you a truely extrordanary day to remember.

Escorted tours specifically for small groups of up to 11 guests, which allows you to move about more flexibly and efficiently; enjoy more spontaneous encounters; and experience a degree of freedom and independence simply not available to travellers on conventional group tours

Charge includes snack pack, cold bottled water with driver and transport for up to 8 hours all GST, mileage and fuel inclusive.

Price does not include admission to attractions chosen!

We strive to provide an atmosphere of sincere discovery through safe, affordable, meaningful and fun travel experiences.

 Charge rate is $110.00 per hour for the 6 seater Mercedes vehicle.

 Charge rate is $120.00 per hour for the 11 seater Mercedes vehicle.

Rate is for 7hrs   Please contact us to discuse alternative Hours!