Visit Middle Earth … A guided tour of the Hobbiton Movie Set, the location of The Shire where the Lord of The Rings and Hobbit trilogies were filmed. Escape into the enchanting world of JRR Tolkien’s famous stories. This tour will take you to a world of enduring fantasy where the amazing films were brought to life, set across the 12 acres Hobbit Village.ENQUIRE VISIT WEBSITE
Leaving Tauranga Port we cross over the Kaimai ranges and into the mighty Waikato region as we head inland to our destination, passing through lush dairy farmland and racehorse studs. NZ hinterland at its best.
On arrival at Hobbiton, we are met by our guide at the Shire’s Rest Cafe and board the Hobbit Bus for the short drive through the 1,250-acre sheep farm to the movie set for a two hour escorted tour around the 12 acre site.
Our local guide explains the history of the site as you wander along the rambling paths of The Shire past Hobbit Holes, The Mill, and into the world-famous Green Dragon Inn where you can sample specially brewed beverages. See Bilbo’s house, The Water Mill, Green Dragon, arched bridge, 44 Hobbit houses, gardens, wandering pathways, The Party Tree, lakes. Listen to the wonderful stories and tales of Gandalf, Frodo, and the villagers. If you haven’t read the books or seen the movies you will still love it
With the tour over its time for lunch at the Shire’s Rest Cafe before we start the return trip to Mount Maunganui (Tauranga Port) New Zealand’s most popular summer holiday spot.
We complete the tour with a drive downtown past millionaire homes, the white sandy Pacific coast surf beach (regarded as New Zealand’s best) and beautiful harbour before returning you to your waiting ship on time on board well before sailing away. I have never missed a ship.