Shore Trips and Tours offer small group, value for money, friendly tours for cruise ships passengers arriving into all the ports of call in New Zealand and Australia.
This is the ULTIMATE tour for anyone cruising to Tauranga. Do not miss the 2 best destinations the region has to offer!
First stop is the cultural and geothermal hub of Rotorua where you will experience an intoxicating mix of New Zealand's power and beauty.
In the afternoon we escape into the enchanting world of JRR Tolkein's imagination - on a trip to the Hobbiton Movie Set and farm.
Intricately recreated after being used as a film set for both the Lord of The Rings and The Hobbit trilogies, and set deep in New Zealand farming countryside, this location is on many visitors bucket lists!
Te Puia Highlights:
- See geysers explode high into the air. You will only get those iconic photos at Te Puia where you are up close and personal with the Pohutu and Prince of Wales Feathers geysers.
- Marvel at many other geothermal features including hot pools, bubbling mud pools and steaming vents.
- Spot the elusive kiwi in the nocturnal enclosure. These shy birds are our national icon and are now endangered.
- Watch craftsmen and women learn their trade in the carving and weaving schools. Admire the many ornate, authentic carvings around the complex.
- Explore 44 Hobbit holes set across 12 acres of lush pasture and manicured gardens. You can even get pop inside a doorway for a souvenir photo.
- Learn inside tips from your specialist guide and get wrapped up in the fascinating stories they tell.
- Make a visit to Bag End, the Party Tree, Gandalf's Cutting, The Mill House and more. For you movie buffs there are recognisable landmarks at every turn!
- Cap off your tour with a complimentary ale, cider or ginger beer in the Green Dragon Inn...where you can sit by the fire, admire the expert craftsmanship and imagine life as a hobbit!
After an unforgettable day, we guarantee to have you back at the port for your ship's departure as you wave farewell to our slice of paradise.
This tour is proudly operated by Shore Trips and Tours - Tauranga's best Shore Excursion team.