Tauranga Hobbiton Movie Set Excursion Reviews

Take a tour to see the real Middle-Earth at the Hobbiton Movie Set. The setting for The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit Trilogies boasts 1,250 acres with picturesque views.
Superb, great tour guide and location was awesome.
Sail Date: March 2019
Superb, great tour guide and location was awesome. As Lord of the Ring fans we loved the experience that concluded with a beer at the Green Dragon.
Superb, great tour guide and location was awesome. As Lord of the Ring fans we loved the experience that concluded with a beer at the Green Dragon. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
Perfect.
Sail Date: March 2019
Perfect. The journey to get there was interesting with a very informative driver. Hobbiton is wonderful so pretty and of course the highlight walking over the bridge to the pub and having a beer!!!
Perfect. The journey to get there was interesting with a very informative driver. Hobbiton is wonderful so pretty and of course the highlight walking over the bridge to the pub and having a beer!!! Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Royal Caribbean International
A very magical and informative half day with an icy cold ale at the movie set pub at the conclusion ...
Sail Date: February 2019
A very magical and informative half day with an icy cold ale at the movie set pub at the conclusion of the tour.
A very magical and informative half day with an icy cold ale at the movie set pub at the conclusion of the tour. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
Excellent place to visit, with very friendly and knowledgeable guides.
Sail Date: February 2019
Excellent place to visit, with very friendly and knowledgeable guides.
Excellent place to visit, with very friendly and knowledgeable guides. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
This is a must-see for all Lord of the Ring/Hobbit fans, and is the reason we chose this cruise.
Sail Date: January 2019
This is a must-see for all Lord of the Ring/Hobbit fans, and is the reason we chose this cruise. 2,000 visitors a day are let through Hobbiton in small groups led by a Hobbiton (not a cruise ship) guide. The enthusiastic guide was ... Read More
This is a must-see for all Lord of the Ring/Hobbit fans, and is the reason we chose this cruise. 2,000 visitors a day are let through Hobbiton in small groups led by a Hobbiton (not a cruise ship) guide. The enthusiastic guide was entertaining when we could hear him, which was most of the time. It was a thrill being able to see all the hobbit holes, especially Bag End, and Sam Gamgee's hole. No interiors exist, but the exteriors are just what they looked like in the movies. One learns the most interesting of the movie making details. And at the end of the tour each guest can order a free beverage at the Green Dragon Inn. I do wish that the opportunity to have lunch there had been an option, but it was not. The gift shop has some things for sale, but not at many things as I expected. (If they had sold mini hobbit holes, they would have made a mint. Alas, there were none.) This was the best shore excursion of the entire cruise. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Royal Caribbean International
If you are a lord of the rings or Hobbits fan this is a must see.
Sail Date: January 2019
If you are a lord of the rings or Hobbits fan this is a must see. Well kept dispite the age of the movie set.
If you are a lord of the rings or Hobbits fan this is a must see. Well kept dispite the age of the movie set. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
Incredibly expensive, uncomfortable bus ride on a bus with no airconditioning, too large a group, ...
Sail Date: January 2019
Incredibly expensive, uncomfortable bus ride on a bus with no airconditioning, too large a group, rushed visit due to too large a group and driver giving wrong time to leave. We chose this ship in great part for this tour, what a terrible ... Read More
Incredibly expensive, uncomfortable bus ride on a bus with no airconditioning, too large a group, rushed visit due to too large a group and driver giving wrong time to leave. We chose this ship in great part for this tour, what a terrible mistake. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
A fun place to visit.
Sail Date: January 2019
A fun place to visit. You really are in the Shire. The tour guide was funny and knowledgeable. We got all the inside information on how certain scenes were filmed and how they created the effect of the different sizes of the characters. ... Read More
A fun place to visit. You really are in the Shire. The tour guide was funny and knowledgeable. We got all the inside information on how certain scenes were filmed and how they created the effect of the different sizes of the characters. Our tour was in the afternoon so we got a really lovely and generous afternoon tea. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
Good tour but over crowded.
Sail Date: January 2019
Good tour but over crowded. Lunch was disappointing
Good tour but over crowded. Lunch was disappointing Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
As major LOTR fans we decided to splurge on a private Hobbiton tour which was truly magical.
Sail Date: January 2019
As major LOTR fans we decided to splurge on a private Hobbiton tour which was truly magical. We also visited the Maori Living Village and kiwi farm. Our guide Katherine warm, knowledgeable and superb! Only downside was that she drove an ... Read More
As major LOTR fans we decided to splurge on a private Hobbiton tour which was truly magical. We also visited the Maori Living Village and kiwi farm. Our guide Katherine warm, knowledgeable and superb! Only downside was that she drove an older VW van with poor suspension and bench seats, not a good vehicle for a long tour on winding bumpy roads. Still a great experience. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Azamara
While the geothermal had their draw, I could not see going halfway around the world and not ...
Sail Date: December 2018
While the geothermal had their draw, I could not see going halfway around the world and not visiting the hobbiton movie Set. And believe me, it's everything your friends pictures have made it look like it is. It was a fantasy just ... Read More
While the geothermal had their draw, I could not see going halfway around the world and not visiting the hobbiton movie Set. And believe me, it's everything your friends pictures have made it look like it is. It was a fantasy just being there. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Viking Ocean Cruises
We did not book this until we were on the ship and it just seemed a mistake to miss seeing the site.
Sail Date: December 2018
We did not book this until we were on the ship and it just seemed a mistake to miss seeing the site. It was very interesting and our guide at the site was very good. The ale was refreshing and we will have fond memories of the hobbit ... Read More
We did not book this until we were on the ship and it just seemed a mistake to miss seeing the site. It was very interesting and our guide at the site was very good. The ale was refreshing and we will have fond memories of the hobbit town. We had a nice tour of the countryside on the way to the site. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Viking Ocean Cruises
Nice tour.
Sail Date: December 2018
Nice tour. Knowledgeable, friendly tour guide.
Nice tour. Knowledgeable, friendly tour guide. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Celebrity Cruises
Although it rained we had a great time and loved Hobbiton.
Sail Date: February 2018
Although it rained we had a great time and loved Hobbiton.
Although it rained we had a great time and loved Hobbiton. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
Hobbiton is an excellent place to visit.
Sail Date: February 2018
Hobbiton is an excellent place to visit. The children really enjoyed themselves here. Unfortunately Rotorua geysers was raining that day, so only saw a lot of steam. The Maori cultural experience was very interesting too.
Hobbiton is an excellent place to visit. The children really enjoyed themselves here. Unfortunately Rotorua geysers was raining that day, so only saw a lot of steam. The Maori cultural experience was very interesting too. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Royal Caribbean International
I’m a sucker for LOTR.
Sail Date: January 2018
I’m a sucker for LOTR. Just a magical day.
I’m a sucker for LOTR. Just a magical day. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
We did a 1/2 day trip to Hobbiton and it was wonderful.
Sail Date: January 2018
We did a 1/2 day trip to Hobbiton and it was wonderful. The movie set is everything you expect it to be and the gardens are beautiful. It is very well organised, so there is no wandering off on your own. A tour guide takes you around ... Read More
We did a 1/2 day trip to Hobbiton and it was wonderful. The movie set is everything you expect it to be and the gardens are beautiful. It is very well organised, so there is no wandering off on your own. A tour guide takes you around the set and then you get a drink and snack at the Green Dragon pub. The exit is via the Gift Shop (of course!) and then back on the bus. To get to the movie set you go over the Kaimai Ranges which give lovely views out over the Waikato. Pity the bus was a bit slow and clunky on the climbs. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
GREAT trip to Hobbiton loved exploring the area so pretty .Not a huge fan of the movies but knew ...
Sail Date: January 2018
GREAT trip to Hobbiton loved exploring the area so pretty .Not a huge fan of the movies but knew enough and just enjoyed seeing it all the detail is amazing and all so cute
GREAT trip to Hobbiton loved exploring the area so pretty .Not a huge fan of the movies but knew enough and just enjoyed seeing it all the detail is amazing and all so cute Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
This was the second part of our tour this day.
Sail Date: January 2018
This was the second part of our tour this day. We toured the Hobbiton Movie set. As we pulled up, it was like a scene straight out of National Geographic as a dog was herding probably a hundred sheep down the road right in front of us. ... Read More
This was the second part of our tour this day. We toured the Hobbiton Movie set. As we pulled up, it was like a scene straight out of National Geographic as a dog was herding probably a hundred sheep down the road right in front of us. Even though I am not a Lord of the Rings fan, I really enjoyed this tour. The whole movie set was so scenic. I must have taken over a hundred pictures! I definitely would recommend this tour! Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Hobbiton Express Tour from Tauranga.
Sail Date: December 2017
Hobbiton Express Tour from Tauranga. We were early off the ship and were able to get onto an earlier bus which gave us more time in Mount Manganui to have a look around. The tour was well organised. We did stop to see kiwi fruit growing ... Read More
Hobbiton Express Tour from Tauranga. We were early off the ship and were able to get onto an earlier bus which gave us more time in Mount Manganui to have a look around. The tour was well organised. We did stop to see kiwi fruit growing and many tourists got off the bus to take a photo which added to the length of the trip. We also stopped at a honey place to sample Manuka honey. The ice cream was excellent at this stop. As far as I know these stops were unscheduled but they were short, adding about 40 minutes to our travel time on the way back. There was commentary the whole way. While informative the commentary was a little tedious on the way back when I would have preferred to talk to fellow passengers and think about the experiences of the day. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Ample time at Hobbiton with dress up props whcih tour operator brough along.
Sail Date: November 2017
Ample time at Hobbiton with dress up props whcih tour operator brough along.
Ample time at Hobbiton with dress up props whcih tour operator brough along. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Great little port city.
Sail Date: January 2017
Great little port city. Highly recommend Hobbiton Movie Set!
Great little port city. Highly recommend Hobbiton Movie Set! Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Royal Caribbean International
The Hobbitton set was amazing but it was really expensive ( over $200 AUD per person) there were 50 ...
Sail Date: January 2017
The Hobbitton set was amazing but it was really expensive ( over $200 AUD per person) there were 50 people in a tour group with one guide and the bus was not and noisy. I'm glad I did it but felt really ripped off.
The Hobbitton set was amazing but it was really expensive ( over $200 AUD per person) there were 50 people in a tour group with one guide and the bus was not and noisy. I'm glad I did it but felt really ripped off. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Royal Caribbean International
A "don't miss" ...
Sail Date: January 2017
A "don't miss" ... highlight of trip if you're a fan.
A "don't miss" ... highlight of trip if you're a fan. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Royal Caribbean International
Small tour of 10 great tour guide
Sail Date: January 2017
Small tour of 10 great tour guide
Small tour of 10 great tour guide Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises