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From Auckland: Hobbiton & Rotorua Tour with Lunch at Te Puia

From Auckland: Hobbiton & Rotorua Tour with Lunch at Te Puia

From US$ 201.53 per person

Enjoy a day tour of the Hobbiton Movie Set and Rotorua from Aukland. Explore the set with a 2-hour guided tour of Hobbiton and have lunch in Te Puia You.

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Duration 10 - 13 hours
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Live tour guide
Pickup included
Pick-up and drop off is available from central Auckland accommodations including hotels, backpacker hostels, and private addresses in the city area. Please provide your accommodation details when booking and the local operator will advise your pick-up details. Please note that your pick-up time may be earlier than the tour start time.
Small group
Limited to 15 participants


  • Head through the Waikato region with a friendly, experienced guide and admire the beauty of the Hauraki Plains
  • Discover Hobbiton Movie Set on a 2-hour official tour to see famous landmarks from the Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit films
  • Savor a complimentary drink at the Green Dragon Inn
  • Discover fascinating geothermal activity in the Te Whakarewarewa Valley
  • Gain insight into the region’s traditional Maori arts and enjoy a traditional Maori hangi lunch at Te Puia in Rotorua
Full description

Enjoy the magic of Middle Earth at the Hobbiton Movie Set and delight in Maori culture at Te Puia Maori Village in Rotorua on a day tour from Auckland. Travel in comfort with a small group and an experienced local guide in a late-model Mercedes or a similarly configured the vehicle to provide extra leg room and space for your comfort.  After the pick-up from your hotel, journey through gorgeous Waikato scenery to Hobbiton. On arrival, set off on an official 2-hour guided tour through the picturesque twelve-acre site. Learn fascinating details of how a beautiful piece of Waikato farmland was transformed into The Shire from Middle-Earth. At the end of your tour, savor a complimentary drink at the Green Dragon Inn.  Climb back into the vehicle for the 55-minute drive to Rotorua. Arrive at Te Puia Maori Village where you will have a freshly prepared hangi lunch featuring traditional Maori food. With plenty of time to explore, discover the Pohutu geyser, mud pools, hot springs, silica formations, and the iconic Kiwi bird. Visit the national schools of wood carving, weaving, stone and bone carving. Then explore Rotorua, visiting the lakefront and the government gardens, before the return journey to Auckland. You can opt for drop off in Rotorua, just select this option when booking. 

  • Pick-up and drop off from central Auckland accommodation
  • Transport in a small air-conditioned coach
  • Experienced driver/guide
  • Small-group tour
  • Live commentary in English
  • Entry and 2-hour guided tour of Hobbiton Movie Set
  • Entry and lunch at Te Puia in Rotorua
  • Cafe lunch at Te Puia
  • Morning and afternoon tea - available to purchase
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • You must keep social distance while in vehicles

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Important information

Know before you go

  • Please wear weather appropriate clothing, sensible footwear, and come prepared as there is a reasonable amount of walking on uneven ground and New Zealand weather can be very changeable throughout the day
  • Morning or afternoon tea can be purchased on the day at your own expense
  • You can choose to travel one way from Auckland and be dropped off in Rotorua, please select this option when booking
  • Lunch is buffet style
  • The Hobbiton Movie Set Tour requires reasonable mobility, please advise when booking you have any mobility issues
  • Shuttle pick-ups from outside Auckland city center can be arranged on request for an additional charge
  • This tour is not suitable for children 2 years and under
  • Pickup and drop-off is available from all accommodation in central Auckland. Please advise where you are staying
  • Guaranteed departure has been temporarily suspended for 1 person
  • A minimum of 4 people or price equivalent is needed to run the tour
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.8 /5

based on 27 reviews

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This tour is exactly as described (so do not expect any negative surprises). Everybody was really attentive and took great care of us. We saw everything we expected, and even more, as our guide stop in at least two extra locations along the way (quick stops). Personally, I would have wanted to be able to spend more time in the different locations, but only because I loved them and I would have loved to explore them more peacefully, not because I felt the time given was not enough.

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August 15, 2019

Excellent day from start to finish hobbiton movie set tour was exceptional it was if you were in the film itself. Lunch in te puia was absolutely delicious and tour guide rebecca was constantly rounding people up so we could keep on time. Fabulous day would recommend it to anyone.

November 19, 2018

Would be good to have a clear itinerary instead of driving telling you along the way.

May 16, 2022

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