Wai-O-Tapu Geothermal Wonderland

& The Hobbiton Movie Set Tour

From Rotorua

Tour Overview:

Join us on this full day to two top attractions on this small group tour from Rotorua.  

In the morning we visit Wai-O-Tapu Wonderland New Zealand’s most popular geothermal parks.  Here you will witness The lady Knox Geyser, The largest hot bubbling mud pool in New Zealand, Champagne Lake, volcanic craters and steaming lakes.

In the afternoon we make our way to The Hobbiton Movie Set, where you will be taken on a official guided tour to discover famous sites such as the party tree and the hobbits’ dwellings.  Your tour will end at the Famous Green Dragon, where you will receive a complementary beverage of your choice.


Overview of tour:

 

Your day to remember starts when we will collect you from your Hotel/Accommodation in Rotorua at approximately 8:45am-9:15am 

Being a small group tour, makes for a more friendly and personal service & your driver/guide will give you full commentary along your journey on interesting facts and information about New Zealand.  

 

Wai-O-Tapu Geothermal Wonderland

We travel south through deep forestry and farmlands along the thermal highway as we make our way to our first destination.  The largest hot bubbling mud pool in New Zealand this was originally the site of a large mud volcano which was destroyed through erosion in the 1920’s.  Next the Lady Knox Geyser, Listen to the guide as they tell you all about the history and give you factual information on the area and the geyser.  Lady Knox Geyser provides a unique opportunity to see an eruption to heights of 10 to 20 metres. 

After which a short journey to Wia-o-tapu geothermal wonderland to experience volcanic activity, thousands of years in the making, Wai-O-Tapu is considered to be New Zealand’s most colourful and diverse geothermal sightseeing attraction.  Clearly defined tracks provide you with the opportunity to enjoy the diversity of this area through a series of different walks taking from 30 to 75 minutes or more, each with their own unique volcanic vistas to fascinate all ages.  

After your walk there plenty of time to enjoy some souvenir shopping or grab some lunch and a coffee!

We Leave Rotorua city, a city that has become the most visited city for Tourist in New Zealand and  and head north toward's another wonderful and strange land to experience the magic of Hobbiton!

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.

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.

This is a fun day of adventure & discovery suitable for all the family or groups.

This tour includes pickup, transport, entrance fees to both Wai-O-Tapu and Hobbiton, offical guided tour at Hobbiton then return drop off back to your hotel/ airbnb accommodation in Rotorua.  

This is a small group tour.

 


Day Tour cancellation policy:

  • If you cancel at least 30 days in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee & Your Deposit 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.