Hobbits & Geysers Shore Excursion - Hobbiton Movie Set, Maori Culture & Geothermal Wonderland


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Activity Level



Local Experience, Museums / Culture, Nature and Wildlife, Shore Excursion


Kid Friendly: Yes.

Friendly: Yes.
You must be able to get in & out of a vehicle

Maximum travelers: 9



English (fluent)

An in-depth private tour, experience including; the 'real middle-earth', amazing geothermal activity & Maori culture show.

Experience the best of New Zealand's geothermal & cultural activities.

Discover the awe-inspiring Pohutu Geyser set amongst 60 hectares of geothermal wonder. Explore Maori culture & traditions in Te Puia's Arts & Crafts Centre followed by a vibrant & interactive Maori cultural performance.

Take a fascinating guided tour through Peter Jackson's Hobbiton Movie Set (from Lord of the Rings & The Hobbit trilogies). Included is a refreshment stop at the Green Dragon Inn, with a complementary drink where Bilbo Baggins supped!

I will bring together Maori culture, our volcanic past & insights into our movie industry, all on one private tour. Weaving together the strands of our natural environment & human influence & how this has shaped our unique place in the world.

It is an 8 hour day, through lush countryside & forests, visiting magical & special places. You will come away from this tour with a true appreciation of New Zealand.

This tour is priced for up to 9 people, but I can take groups of any size.


This tour covers the special sites of Te Puia Geothermal & Cultural Centre & The Hobbiton Movie Set.

This is a full day private tour run as a round trip from the Port of Tauranga.

We begin ship side, travel directly to Te Puia to see the Pohutu Gyser & Rotorua's Te Whakarewarewa Thermal Valley.

We then experience the vibrant & interactive Maori cultural performance. & learn about many of the traditions, customs & art forms of New Zealand's native peoples in both a contemporary & traditional sense.

Lunch - either a picnic at the shores of Lake Rotorua or your choice of local restaurant or on to Hobbiton to the Shires Rest.

After lunch we take a tour of the movie set with captivating commentary from well informed & enthusiastic guides.

With Doug you will get the background to the sites before you arrive, have the opportunity to learn about the financial benefits that Hobbit & Lord of the Rings have brought to this region.

We will also have several short stops in special places to add to the tour.

Meeting Point + Tour Duration

Meeting Point Options: Cruise Ship Port, Airport, Hotel, Address or Intersection

End Point Options: Cruise Ship Port, Airport, Hotel, Address or Intersection

Duration: 8 hours

This is an approximate time, which can easily be altered. I will work in with your time frame & always make sure to get you back at a time that suits you.


For up to 9 people a 12 seat luxury air conditioned coach, for larger groups - appropriately sized, modern, air conditioned coaches. All are set up for tour commentary.

What’s Included

Other: Transport & fully guided private tour.
Ship-side pick up (Shore Excursions)
We have included a few 'hidden gems' not usually on any itinerary.
These sites have significant appeal & help tell the story of an unspoilt country where positive action is going on to cherish natural areas & culturally significant sites.

You will get a full background & in-depth information on all activities.

Estimated Local Cash Needed

160 NZD - This includes admission fees to both the Hobbiton Movie Set & Te Puia Geothermal Park & Maori Cultural Centre.
Lunch as a picnic or sit down meal, is from NZ$7.00 to NZ$20.00.

What’s Extra

Other: Lunch & any refreshments like coffee en route.
We suggest that we have a picnic lunch at shores of Lake Rotorua, or we can visit a good local restaurant or go on to Hobbiton & stop at the Shires Rest. - NZ$7.00 to NZ$20pp.

Entry fees for Hobbiton & Te Puia Geothermal Park & Maori Cultural Centre - Approx NZ$153pp - the experiences are unique, well managed & well led.

I have worked with both Hobbiton & Te Puia bringing education groups, hobbit enthusiasts, volcanologists, English literature people & even a Hollywood director & movie promoter to see these sites. There is so much behind the scenes at these icons - & I love to share these experiences with you.



A Recent Review of this tour

Great guide! Highly recommend Doug! He is extremely knowledgeable in local culture , history and geology. We had a wonderful experience and now have a greater appreciation and understanding of New Zealand. We feel blessed that we found him!
Zack Rice

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