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Fully narrated tour
All entrance fees included
Small group ensures personal service
Vegetarian meal option available
Small-group tour by minibus
Hotel pick ups begin from 6:40am and we start our day traveling from Auckland to Hobbiton through the Waikato where you see Dairy Farms and the Hauraki Plains. On arrival at Hobbiton you will be guided through the picturesque 1,250 acre sheep farm with spectacular views across to the Kaimai Ranges. You will be escorted through the twelve acre site and be given fascinating details of how the Hobbiton Movie set was created.
The Hobbit holes, Green Dragon Inn, the Mill and other structures were created for The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit films. They can be viewed and you will see how this beautiful piece of Waikato farmland was transformed into The Shire from Middle-Earth, with the finale being a complimentary drink at the "Green Dragon Inn".
After this tour you will travel to Rotorua (approximately 55 minutes) to Te Puia where you will have lunch. Te Puia spans 70 hectares within the historic Te Whakarewarewa Valley, on the edge of Rotorua. It is home to the Pohutu geyser, mud pools, hot springs, silica formations, the Kiwi bird and the national schools of wood carving, weaving, stone and bone carving. They have shared these treasures with manuhiri (visitors) for 170 years and proudly continue that legacy today.
We also explore Rotorua, visiting the lake front, the government gardens and other attractions before returning North to Auckland or you can leave us here in Rotorua.
Lunch - vegetarian and gluten free options available
Live commentary on board
Hotel pickup and drop-off and other meeting points by arrangement including private addresses in the central metropolitan area
Transport by air-conditioned minivan
Food and drinks unless specified
Personal expenses and gratuities
Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
Children must be accompanied by an adult
Infant seats are required by law in NZ in private vehicles for children under 7 years. We recommend the same standard be applied for your child's safety and have them available in all vehicles for a small optional gratuity for the use of seat and child restraint for the day
All accommodation in Central Auckland. Please advise where you are staying. Pickup is provided from hotels, backpacker hostels, and private addresses in the city area for free. Shuttle services can be provided to collect you from outlying areas and fees for this will be advised based on location and distance to be traveled.
Hotel pickups from 6:30am
Hotel or other location in central city as specified by client