Auckland: Hobbiton and Rotorua with Te Puia Tour
- Pickup available
- Duration: 13 hours
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We had a wonderful time and especially enjoyed Hobbiton, which was much larger than we had anticipated. Our guide did a very good job of adding both detail and color. Rotorua was interesting as well and we were fortunate enough to see one of the geysers go off while we were there. Our tour driver (you will spend 2-3 hours in the van) was more of a driver than a guide, adding little to the road time. Also, our information had shown this as a 7 hr excursion, when in fact it was closer to 9 hours, with no road problems or other issues that would have elongated the time. We had plenty of time, so it was not an issue, but if we had been closer to our cruise departure time, it could have been a real problem.
This is a great trip if you are limited on time and we loved our driver/guide. Saing that, the schedule is VERY tight. You may have a few minutes to get to the bathroom but do not count on time to get something to eat. Take food and water to last a day. The driver is limited by their license to how long they can drive. ..so if you leave at 6 am.... and return to Auckland after 7, there is no flex. Having said all that, all 3 tours were great fun and oddly different. Lots of stairs in the glow worm cave and some at Hobbiton (In case you have mobility isaues). We enjoyed the day esp since we culd sleep in the nexr.
Excellent,excellent,excellent. Best tour we have ever been on. There were 4 of us on the tour and we can’t speak highly enough of it. From start to finish. Best value for money. Guide Peter was excellent and friendly. Rotorua was sooo interesting and informative. Hobbiton was exceptional.
Buddy was a caring and careful driver who provided reasonable commentary during our journeys to Hobbiton & Rotorua Geysers where there were separate guides. It was a good full day excursion covering the major attractions in the area and well suited for cruise ship travellers.
The trip was really good overall, just at the first stop (the caves) was not enough time to even spend 10 minutes in the souvenir shop. Additionally, the driver might provide more commentary while driving between the locations.