Hobbiton Express Tour from Tauranga

Hobbiton Express Tour from Tauranga

First cross the harbour bridge, which offers great views of The Mount, the volcanic core 232m high which marks the entrance to the harbour of Tauranga. You will then climb up to over 1000 feet to cross the Kaimai mountain range which divides the Bay of Plenty coastal region from the Waikato district, the main dairy farming area of New Zealand.

Soon arrive at Hobbiton, the movie set location for the village in the Lord of The Rings films and of course The Hobbit movie trilogy. Here we will be met by our private guide for an informative tour around the movie set location. Stand under the party tree, walk past the Hobbit holes & imagine yourself amongst the characters.

Nestled deep in the rolling hills of the Waikato, this location was chosen for it unblemished landscape. Time is available for you to purchase a light lunch at the Green Dragon Pub as featured in the movies, before starting the journey back to Tauranga.

We stop at the summit of the Kaimai ranges at over 1000ft above sea level for some great photo opportunities overlooking the valley far below and extinct Volcanoes in the distance. Time permitting, stop briefly at a local honey centre to see the hives and taste some of the special local Manuka honey, and perhaps indulge in a tasty honey ice cream.

Finally we return to the ship, passing millionaires waterfront homes lining the beautiful golden sand beaches of Mount Maunganui.

Note: Departures coincide with cruise ship arrivals only.

Tour Info

Tour Type: Cruise Ship Shore Excursions
From: Tauranga to Tauranga
Price: From (NZD) $175 per person
Duration: 1 Day
Tour Code: TRG17


Comfortable Transport
Experienced Guide
Tour at Hobbiton


Tour Departures

  • Frequency: Departures coincide with cruise ship arrivals.
  • Departure Point: This tour departs from the Port Gates at 10am just a few minutes walk from the gangway.
  • Departure Time: If the ship arrives after 10:00am then the tour will begin 30 minutes after arrival, or as soon as passengers can depart. Should the ship leave earlier than 60 minutes after the tour is due to end we may shorten the tour.
  • Duration: 5 1/2 hours approximately
  • Return Details: Tour ends at 16:00pm
  • Closed: This tour only operates on days cruise ships arrive into Tauranga.

Important Information

  • This tour requires some walking on well made paths, gentle inclines and some steps.
  • No meals are included in this tour but time for lunch at Shire’s Rest or the Green Dragon Pub is allowed.
  • Child rates for 5-9 years & 10-14 years.
  • The infant option guarantees children aged 0-3 years a seat onboard the coach. If a ticket is not purchased then the infant may have to sit on an adults lap. If you have a suitable baby or infant seat, then this can be used, or you may be able to hire one from the operator. It is the parents choice as to how their children travel on the vehicles provided on the day.
  • This tour must be booked at least 72 hours in advance of travel.
  • Confirmation for this product will be received within 24 hours of booking, subject to availability.
  • Tour is operated in English unless otherwise stated.
  • Complete operator information, including opening times and local contact telephone numbers are included on your e-voucher.

Tourism Affiliations

Qualmark Endorsed Visitor TransportQualmark Endorsed Visitor Service


There are 30 reviews of this tour from past clients of Relaxing Journeys, averaging 4.8 out of 5.

Tour Reviews

Relaxing Journeys help me a lot to book the perfect tour for me and my friends, Loved the experience in Hobitton and timing was the right one to enjoy the tour and come back to the ship. Great experience
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Was mix up when we got to Hobbiton and we had to wait an hour before we went on the actual tour, half of our group went first. We were told we would have no time for shopping when we got back, so we had to pick what we wanted BEFORE we saw everything and carry it all around the walk with us, which was very annoying as some people bought a lot and it was heavy. Our bus driver was VERY chatty to the point of being irritating and the speaker in the bus kept going on and off which made it hard to understand what was going on. He was quite cheerful though, just very chatty about everything, obviously he enjoys his job. We would book with you again for sure.
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Love the tour, pick you up from the port and bring you back on time, well guided during the whole trip. Nice people. Chelsea and Teresa from Relaxing Journeys help me a lot to book the tours for me and my friends, excellent services.
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An amazing tour, Teresa and Chelsea were the best they book the tour for me and my friends. The tour was amazing, really recommended, guides take you around all the places and help you with pictures. Amazing tour,
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Our driver Dave was informative and organized with a great attitude. The entire tour was thorough and our guide Maggie was excellent. We didn't feel rushed even though there was lots of tour groups on site. Loved the free ginger beer in the Dragons pub after walking on a hot day. Unfortunately not wheel chair accessible. The grounds are pristine and are excellent kept. A haven for photographers. We would highly recommend this tour, especially if your Lord of the Ring fans.
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Awesome tour! Such an incredible experience. Our tour guide on the bus as well as at Hobbiton were both so friendly and nice, they made the whole day much more enjoyable!
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It was a disappointing start to the tour as the Shore Trips and Tours driver was about 30-40 mins late to pick up our group from the terminal, due to traffic. Then when we got on our bus there were two extra people who weren't supposed to be on our bus and our guide spent a further 15 mins trying to sort this out. Then when we were finally on our way, the bus had mechanical failure and we had to wait for a replacement bus! When we finally got to Hobbiton, we were met with our Hobbiton tour guide who was lovely although a bit inexperienced with her commentary. Tour group sizes should be reduced as it was difficult to hear what was said if you were at back of the large group. The day definitely improved and we had a good day there. Overall, the tour start was below expectation, however the Shore Trips guide repeatedly apologized for the problems encountered and was very knowledgeable in his commentary.
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Very enjoyable day out. Thanks.
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This was the best tour of our trip and our host gave plenty of interesting information to make the journey more fun. Even when our tour time was changed he quickly secured another time and everything ran very smoothly -we wouldn't have known that there was ever any problems. Thanks.
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The tour was great, the driver was very personable and took the time to relate to all the guests, he was very informative and made the day an enjoyable experience. The staff at Hobbiton were great and the guide was friendly and entertaining. Overall would be happy to use or recommend Relaxing Journeys to any one who trips to New Zealand.
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Hobbiton Express Tour from Tauranga
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Tour Code: TRG17
From (NZD) $175 per person
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30 reviews (4.8/5)

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