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Hobbiton & Rotorua Small Group Tour including Te Puia from Auckland (Return Trip)

One day small group tour from Auckland to the famous and magical Lord of The Rings Hobbiton Movie Set and the geothermal wonders of Rotorua including Te Puia Geothermal Park and Maori cultural village. 

On this tour you will be picked up from the hotel in our modern comfortable mini-bus and driven through the stunning Waikato countryside, the most extensive farming area in the world, on a fully guided journey to Hobbiton. During the trip south you will encounter stunning scenery, great photo opportunities, beautiful mountains and see several different farm animals along the way. 

After our drive we will arrive at the Alexander family sheep farm and Shire's Rest, the entrance to Hobbiton, where you can see thousands of sheep, grab a bite to eat, get your coffee fix or enjoy an ice cream while we collect your tickets to the movie set. 

Next you will board one of the big green Hobbiton buses to depart on your 2 hour fully guided tour of this amazing 12 acre movie set with a professional Hobbiton guide to ensure you get the most out of your visit. During your tour you will step into the lush pastures of the Shire, visit 44 hobbit holes, see amazing gardens, hear the secrets and stories about the making of the movies, and finish your LOTR experience with a cold beverage at the famous Hobbiton pub, The Green Dragon Inn. 

After your Lord of the rings experience you will be guided back through the Alexander family sheep farm, before continuing south to the active geothermal area of Rotorua. During the trip we will pass through the unique town of Tirau (the corrugated iron sculpture capital of the world) and the stunning Fitzgerald Glade, plus see many more attractions along the way.

In Rotorua we will guide you past many of its famous and historical sites including Lake Rotorua, The Government Gardens, Blue Baths, Thermal Springs and Polynesian Spa. From here we head to one of the most famous attractions in New Zealand, Te Puia Geothermal Park. Once inside the park we stop for lunch, and we highly recommend trying the traditional Maori Hangi meal. 

After lunch we set off for a fully guided tour around this amazing park to see it's geothermal and cultural wonders. You will see Pōhutu Geyser, Māori Architecture, the National Māori Arts Schools, geothermal craters, geothermal events and even the chance to view a kiwi bird in the kiwi viewing house. 

Finally, our guides will take you for some discounted souvenir shopping in town before heading back north on a fully guided drive back to Auckland.Hotel pick ups and drop offs (specific central Auckland hotels only).


1 day

    • Fully guided small group return tour from Auckland
    • Entry and fully guided tour of Hobbiton Movie Set
    • Complimentary beverage at the famous Green Dragon Inn
    • Entry and fully guided tour of Te Puia 
    • Alexander Family Sheep Farm & Shire's Rest
    • Pohutu Geyser
    • Maori Village & Craft School
    • Kiwi Bird House
    • Rotorua City Highlights Tour
    • Refreshments and snacks whilst driving
    • On screen entertainment during the drive
    • Wifi and charging ports available in vehicle
    • Transport in modern comfortable mini buses
    • Add Maori Hangi Buffet Lunch for additional $35 per person
  • Day 1 : Hobbiton & Rotorua Tour including Te Puia
    Hightlights: Fully guided small group tour from Auckland, Hobbiton Movie Set 2 hour guided tour, Shires Rest, Alexandra Family Sheep Farm, Green Dragon Pub and complimentary beverage, Rotorua City tour, Te Puia guided tour, Maori Arts and Crafts Institute, Pohutu Geyser, Kiwi bird encounter, Maori Cultural Show (optional added extra), discounted souvenir shopping, Hauraki Plains, Waikato River, bottled water and snacks provided in tour vehicle, lunch stop at a kiwi style restaurant. Tour departs time: 6am Tour duration: 12-13 hours.
    Meals :None

  • Tour start time 6am

    Auckland hotel pick up times:

    Hotel pick-ups are from the below hotels only, starting up to 20 mins before your tour time. Please see below what group your hotel is in and what your pick-up time is. Please be waiting in your accommodation's lobby or outside no later than this time to avoid missing your pick up. Guides have multiple pick-ups so can on occasion run up to 10 minutes late. Guides cannot wait for late passengers as it will mean the entire group is at risk of missing out, so please be waiting and ready (5-10 minutes before your listed time is highly recommended).   

    Group 1: 20 minutes before tour start time. 

    Sofitel Hotel Auckland.

    Group 2: 15 minutes before tour start time.

    Adina Apartments, Copthorne Hotel Auckland, Grand Mercure Hotel, Hilton Hotel Auckland, SO/ Hotel Auckland, JUCY Snooze, M Social, Pullman Hotel, Queen Street Backpackers, Waldorf Bankside Apartments, Waldorf Celestion Apartment Hotel, Waldorf Stadium Apartments.

    Group 3: 10 minutes before tour start time.

    AVANI Metropolis, Barclay Suites, Base Backpackers, CityLife Hotel Auckland, Heritage Hotel Auckland, Ibis Budget Auckland, Rydges hotel Auckland, Stamford Plaza Auckland.

    Group 4: 5 minutes before tour start time.

    Crowne Plaza Auckland, Scenic Hotel Auckland, Skycity hotel, Skycity Grand Hotel.

    Group 5: At tour start time or up to 10 minutes after.

    Auckland City Hotel, Cordis Hotel Auckland, Grand Millennium Hotel, Kiwi International Hotel, Waldorf St Martins Aparthotel, YHA Auckland City, VR Hotel.


    Auckland Airport (pick up from Butterfly Creek, 10 Tom Pearce Drive) - Auckland Airport (Butterfly Creek) pick up must be requested and approved by our team in writing to receive your pick up time. Pick up time will normally be 15-20 minutes after the tour start time.

    Ports Of Auckland (Pick up from M Social Hotel)

    Passengers that miss their pick up will be required to meet the tour at the tour's first stop at their own expense to continue on the tour. No refunds will be given to late or no show passengers.

  • $10.00 NZD per person for on board mobile WiFi 

    $15.00 NZD per person to add the Maori Culture Show (45 minutes)

    $35.00 NZD per person to add the Traditional Maori Hangi Lunch

    $50.00 Car Seat (Safety Seat for Children)



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Organised by Cheeky Kiwi Travel

Activity ID: W-27253

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