Join us on a journey of discovery with this full-day combo tour from your Hotel/Accommodation/Airbnb from Rotorua.
This tour is conducted in a small group mini van/bus 2016/17 vehicle with UV protection tinted glass and dual air conditioning.
Discover and experience a truly special day of the geothermal wonderland of Rotorua and "The Hobbiton Movie Set" Tour!
Witness erupting geysers, hot steam vents and bubbling mud pools. This valley has many stories just waiting to be shared with you. Learn about the fascinating Te Puia Thermal Reserve, the magnificent Pohutu geyser, boiling mud pools, and the National carving and weaving school's. Visit the kiwi bird encounter where you can see the elusive kiwi bird. And experience a cultural Maori show.
Afterwards discover the Magic of "The Hobbiton Movie Set" with an official guided tour including a complementary drink in the Green dragon Pub!
We Start our day visiting Te Puia Geothermal Valley! You will be guided around the attraction by an official Maori Guide, where you will see large mud pools, steam vents, boiling bubbling pools & erupting geysers including the largest geyser in the southern hemisphere, Pohutu geyser which was recently ranked in the world’s top 5 geysers by Lonely Planet! Walk around a strange and unforgiving landscape & take a journey where history, culture and nature collide and where local Maori's showcase their vibrant Māori cultural performance through dance and song. A show that will leave you with deep lasting memories and not to be missed. Even the architecture at Te Puia has stories to tell, with Māori carvings, flax weaving and structures that have a deep cultural significance. You will also have the chance to visit the Kiwi bird enclosure to see this elusive native bird.
After leaving Te Puia we take a drive through lush Country side to a completely different Landscape, "The Hobbiton Movie Set".
"Hobbiton Movie Set" is an experience to tantalize the senses of visitors from all across the globe, as guests find themselves engulfed in the sights, smells, sounds and tastes of The Shire, at the home of the Hobbits, as featured in The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit Trilogies. 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. Your guide will tell you how in Tolkien's books, there is a reference to Hobbits sitting under plum trees and how in New Zealand plum trees grow too big to be the right scale for a hobbit so Peter Jackson had apple and pear trees, stripped of their fruit and replaced them with fake plums. As for the oak tree on the hill? Also fake, with 376,000 artificial leaves imported from Taiwan and wired onto the tree. 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.