Excursion departure time will be available during booking process dependent upon what time your ship arrives and departs,
Your tour will be adjusted to accommodate any change of/late arrival of your ships docking time if needed.
Over View

This is a very popular tour from the Port of Tauranga.  We will meet you just outside the port gates in the official cruise excursion car park. You will board one of our modern 2016/17 small group minivan/bus vehicles, which being a small group allows us to move about more flexibly & efficiently; Experience geysers, mud pools and steam vents with Maori culture! Not to forget the infamous Haka War dance. This is performed by one of Rotorua's leading Maori cultural performance groups. Encounter a strange landscape of sights, sounds and smells, Marvel at the way the Maori's have tamed this land for there own purpose before traveling to the second venue of the tour. Experience the magic of Hobbiton! & experience Sir Peter Jackson’s iconic rolling hills and lush green pastures of Hobbiton, you will have an official guide to guide you around the Hobbit holes including Bilbo's and Frodo’s home after which you can enjoy a drink in the green dragon (either alcoholic beer or non-alcoholic ginger beer) included in your tour.

Tour Description

We start the tour with a sightseeing drive by off Mount Maunganui.  Take in the ambiance of this beautiful seaside area, watch the surfer catching the perfect wave or take in the shops, cafes and breath taking scenery.  Leaving the beachfront we head into the countryside, where on our journey you will encounter Kiwifruit orchards, picturess lakes, deep forestry and you will pick up the first hints of the area we are traveling too.  


On arrival at Rotorua you will enter a strange and unusual landscape with the aroma of sulphur and sights of steam vents exiting the earth at every available crevice.  You will have an offical Maori guide to share with you their secrets, lifestyle and stories this land holds. Here you can witness the prince of wales Feathers geyser & The Pohutu Geyser (The biggest Geyser in the southern hemisphere). This valley is steeped in history, traditions and cultures that span hundreds of years the people of this village have lived surrounded by geothermal activity (geysers, steam vents and mud pools) which they utilise in their everyday life for cooking, bathing and heating. Experience one of Rotorua's leading maori cultural performance groups as they serenade you with a song and dance including the world famous Haka.  For centuries Whakarewarewa village has been home to the Tuhourangi Ngati Wahiao people. As New Zealand's original tourist attraction, They have hosted visitors from around the world since the mid 1800's.


We then make our way to another strange and peculiar land! " Hobbiton Movie Set". The extraordinary following that the movies have amassed has led to the tours becoming a must see while travellers are in New Zealand. The Hobbiton Movie Set is the only set that remains intact from the trilogies, and that allows you to fully immerse yourselves in the wonders of "The Shire". Learn all about how this location was chosen as the Hobbiton Movie Set (which is a great story in itself!) and how it was created 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. Learn about the movie secrets and the attention to detail that is truly mind-boggling.  At the end of the tour of the Hobbiton Movie Set there will be a complimentary drink waiting for you to enjoy in the Green Dragon Inn (Alcohol and non-alcohol available) included! A truly one off day of experience and discovery.  

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!

  • Excellent value for money
  • Family friendly experience
  • Small group ensures personal service
  • Guarantee back to ship on time
  • Free port pickup and drop-off included
  • Entrance fees to both attractions 
  • Official Guided tours at both Rotorua & Hobbiton
  • Cultural Show at Rotorua
  • Cold bottled water
  • Fully air conditioned modern vehicles
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