Overview of Tour:
Join this journey of discovery on this full-day tour from Rotorua. You will be picked up from your Rotorua hotel in a small group luxury vehicle to experience Rotorua's Thermal Reserve and Te Whakarewarewa Valley, Your Maori guide here tells you of the Maori Culture & history along with explaining how they live with the geothermal landscape! Then later you travel through the lush green countryside to visit the Shire. This is where the Hobbit Lord of The Rings Movie set was created. Take a guided tour around the 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 provided.
Visit Rotorua's Thermal reserve at Te Whakrewarewa Valley 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 9-9:30am from Rotorua central Hotels.
Your driver/guide will meet you at your hotel lobby with your vehicle ready to take you on your journey of discovery. This tour is approximately 8 1/2 hours.
We head towards the first 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.
We Leave Te Whakrewarewa Valley and have a drive through tour around Rotorua a city that has become the most visited city for Tourist in New Zealand, after which we head north towards,
The Hobbiton Movie Set:
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.
On Arrival you will have an official guide who will 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.
A truly one off day of experience and discovery.
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) & cold bottled water, with return drop off back to your Hotel in Rotorua.
Adult $250.00 nzd Child $186.00 nzd
A minimum charge of two adults is required for this tour!
This is a small group day tour!
Day Tour cancellation policy:
- If you cancel at least 30 days in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee & all monies paid will be refunded!
- If you cancel between 7 and 30 days in advance of the scheduled departure, there is a 50 percent cancellation fee.
- If you cancel within 7 days of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.