Departure Time: 10:30am
This may be adjusted to suit the arrival & departure of your cruise ship.  
Pick up/departure time will be confirmed upon booking!
Over View
Join us on a journey of discovery and experience the real Middle earth at the Hobbiton Movie Set, where, in the heart of the Waikato region, you can step into the lush pastures of the Shire,
as seen in The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit trilogies.

The Hobbiton Movie Set is a wonderful opportunity to see the original location,  which was rebuilt for the latest hobbit films "An Unexpected Journey" This was the original  setting for Peter Jackson’s famous film trilogy “ The Lord of the Rings” This tour is approximately  5-6 hrs with time for lunch! leaving and returning from Tauranga and so can be ideal for clients from cruise ships wanting a quick tour, You will learn all about how this location was chosen as the Hobbiton Movie Set (which is a great story in itself!) and how the Hobbiton Movie Set 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.

Wonder around the vegetable patches were Hobbits grow there food! with giant pumpkins laying around! and learn about the movie secrets and the attention to detail that is truly mind-boggling.

Your guide tells us 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,

You will finish your exploration of the movie set with a visit to the famous Green Dragon Inn.
The inn has been fully reconstructed, both inside and out, to give you the opportunity to enjoy the pub in all its splendour.

Indulge in a complimentary beverage from the Hobbit Southfarthing range, which encompasses two traditional ales, an apple cider or non-alcoholic ginger beer, all handcrafted and exclusive to the Hobbiton Movie Set. You also have a delicious range of traditional fayre available for purchase for lunch. Whether you choose to enjoy these in a comfortable armchair by the roaring fire, or in the Beer Garden, overlooking the enchanting village, the Green Dragon Inn promises to be a trip to the pub you will never forget!

There will be a complementary  drink waiting for you to enjoy in the Green Dragon Inn (Alcohol and non alcohol available)

After which we will return you to your Ship in plenty of time and wish you bon voyage!



Our goal is to show you the major sights and take you where you’d like to go on your own but don’t have the access or opportunity to plan yourself: Giving the opportunity for you the traveller to be free to savour the experience.

  • Entrance fees
  • Driver/guide
  • Professional Hobbiton guide
  • Port pickup and drop-off
  • Free Beverage Ale (beer), Cider or Ginger Beer in the Green Dragon
  • GST (goods and service tax
Adult rate is $197.50 each
Children's rate is $160.00
Shore Excursion Cancellation Policy:
  • If you cancel within 48hours of the scheduled departure, there is a 100% cancellation fee.

  • If for whatever reason your ship is not able to dock on the day of your excursion then all monies paid will be refunded!

Highlights
  • Excellent value for money
  • Family friendly
  • Small group ensures personal service
  • All entrance fees included
  • Free port pickup and drop-off included
Inclusions
  • Transport in 2017/18 vehicle (small group mini bus/van) Entrance fees to the attractions
  • Hobbiton Official Guide included
  • Bottled water
  • Complementary drink from the Green Dragon Pub in Hobbiton!
Pick up time will be sent to you after booking confirmation, dependent on arrival time and departure time of your ship.
New Zealand Discovery Tours

Cruise ship Shore Excursions Limited operates under the holding company

of New Zealand Discovery Tours Limited

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Pick up at

Salisbury Avenue, Tauranga

“The joy of life comes from our encounters with new experiences, and hence there is no greater joy than to have an endlessly changing horizon, for each day to have a new and different sun.”      

― Alexander Supertramp Chris McCandless