Meet a driver at your Auckland hotel for 6:30am departure, then travel south over the Bombay Hills, with views of the Waikato Region and the Hauraki Plains.
Upon arrival in Matamata, the home of the Hobbiton Movie Set, you'll explore on a guided, 2-hour tour of the film site, where both The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit were made.
Start by crossing a 1,250 acre (506 ha.) sheep farm with spectacular views across the Kaimai Ranges, then visit the top sites in Hobbiton, including Hobbit Holes, The Green Dragon Inn, The Mill, and other structures. Cap off the tour with a specially-brewed drink from The Green Dragon Inn.
Following your time at the Hobbiton Movie Set, explore The Shire Store which features an extensive selection of souvenirs to remind you of your visit to the Hobbiton Movie Set. Your return trip to Auckland will cross some of New Zealand's most beautiful countryside, following the majestic Waikato River, the longest river in New Zealand, and passing a sacred Maori burial ground as well as Ngaruawahia, the home of the Maori King Taupiri.
This full-day excursion concludes with drop-off at the original departure point in downtown Auckland.