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Hobbiton Movie Set Shore Excursion from Tauranga

1. Hobbiton Movie Set Shore Excursion from Tauranga

Depart from the Port of Tauranga, and begin your journey along Pilot Bay towards the wonderful Mount Maunganui beach. Take photos and hear local facts from your guide along the way. Then, travel to The Shire, home of Bilbo Baggins and his friends. Get a meet and greet at the Hobbiton Movie Set by your official guide. Take a guided tour filled with fun facts, insider stories, and many photo opportunities. Next, sit back and enjoy a drink at the Green Dragon Inn.  Return towards Tauranga, and visit a few special spots along the way for breathtaking views over the Matamata-Piako Plains. Visit the local park to appreciate the beauty of its lake, paddocks, mature trees, and the wonderful wildlife that dwells within its boundaries.

Rotorua: Te Puia Maori Village and Rejuvenation Tour

2. Rotorua: Te Puia Maori Village and Rejuvenation Tour

Starting at the Port of Tauranga by the Cruise Ship gateway, you will begin traveling in a comfortable air-conditioned vehicle to Rotorua, Bay of Plenty. As you travel along Mt Maunganui, local information and places of interest will be provided to you by your personal tour guide. Your journey will continue toward Rotorua, with an interesting stop at Kiwifruit Country where you will receive a close-up view of the kiwifruit vine. Onsite, you will have the opportunity to learn the history of kiwifruit, including which countries New Zealand exports the fruit and fruit products too. You will also enjoy free tasting samples during this visit. You will then step back in time with a guided tour of historic Te Whakarewarewa Thermal Valley and Maori life at Te Puia. This village was built above geothermal land and is home to the largest geyser in the southern hemisphere. You will also be provided a buffet lunch in customary Hungi fashion, food that has been cooked in their underground steam ovens. It will then be time to look after yourself at the world famous Polynesian Spa which will rejuvenate you with its healing geo-thermal waters. For decades this water has been used to bath in, and is fantastic for the treatment of arthritis and other ailments. You can turn back the clock as you regain your youthful skin and complexion! Once you have finished in Rotorua, the road leads back to Tauranga where you will have additional informative stops along the way. Assured with this day trip you will be treated to our exclusive experience in comfort with the added provision of water and snacks + wi-fi access. Let us treat you like royalty on the best Shore Excursion available in Tauranga.

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What people are saying about Tauranga

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4.7 / 5

based on 80 reviews

Stephen our tour guide was very good, he went above and beyond what we would have expected from him. His vehicle was very good and comfortable and offered water and snacks when you wanted them. He never rushed you and his tour was excellent and he made sure we all got back to the cruise ship on time.

Great tour. Stephen was great guide/driver, entertaining, knowledgeable, friendly, helpful. Went out of his way to make tour most enjoyable. Hobbiton was outstanding as was the guide who showed us around.

Despite the rain we had a wonderful trip. Our guide Stephen was educational, polite, and helpful. One of our best guides ever. Especially the home made brownies

That was an amazing day, great experience and wonderful tour guide.... Thank you, Steven. We enjoyed every minute of it. Highly recommended 5 (stars)

Tour guide (Amanda) was excellent. The whole experience was very informative and interesting. Much better value than the cruise ship offering.