Shore Excursion from Tauranga Port.
Deluxe Small Group Tour.
Two of New Zealand's most popular attractions, transport in a 2016/17 luxury vehicle (no large groups or coaches). Begin with a drive through the lush countryside heading to Waitomo Caves where you will travel by boat along an underground river through the mesmerizing Glowworm Grotto. You'll gently glide through the impressive underground caverns in silent darkness amid the beauty of twinkling glowworms overhead.
The Hobbiton Movie Set you will be taken on an offical fully guided tour of the Hobbiton movie set, which was created in impressive detail for the filming of the hobbit films! And where Bilbo Baggins and Frodo live! Learn the movie secrets of how this movie came to life. Then enjoy a complementary drink in the World famous Green Dragon inn.
Experience two World famous New Zealand attractions The Waitomo Glowworm Caves & The Hobbiton Movie Set !
Waitomo Glowworms Caves
You will be taken on a Journey of discovery combining two of the most popular and world famous attractions in New Zealand, Begin your discovery at the world famous Waitomo Glowworm Caves, World renowned and a magnet for both local and overseas visitors, the Waitomo Glowworm Caves occupy a high placing in the New Zealand vacation wish-list.
Enjoy the world famous boat ride under thousands of magical glowworms and become a part of over 120 years of cultural and natural history.
Marvel at Mother Nature's light display as you glide silently through the starry wonderland of the Glowworm Grotto. Meander underground along the Waitomo River and gaze in silence at the myriad of glow worm lights that make up the Glowworm Grotto. As you enter this galaxy of tiny living lights, you'll immediately experience a serene ambience and be fascinated and intrigued by tiny glowworms that light your way!
The Hobbiton Movie Set
An offical guide will show you around the movie set of this breathtaking film set which was created in impressive detail! Walk around the Hobbit holes including bilbo's and frodo's home.
Wonder around the vegetable patches were Hobbits grow their food! with giant pumpkins lying around! and learn about the movie secrets and the attention to detail that is truly mind-boggling.
Your guide tells 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
As for the oak tree on the hill? Also fake, with 376,000 artificial leaves imported from Taiwan and wired onto the tree. When the leaves faded in the sun, someone was employed to repaint them, one by one!
Walk past the Mill and the famous Party Tree that were created for "The Lord of the Rings" and "The Hobbit" films. At the end of the tour of the Hobbiton Movie Set, There will be a complementary drink waiting for you to enjoy in the Green Dragon Inn (Alcohol and non alcohol available)
You will leave the shire and travel through lush green countryside to return you to your Tauranga Port in plenty of time to board your ship.
Transport in one of our 2016/17 luxury vehicle (small Group), taking in the stunning scenery that New Zealand has to offer along the way. (no large coaches)