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.
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.
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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!