Small Group Escorted Tours

Escorted small group tours.





Make Hobbiton your venue for private tours, special groups, corporate events, weddings or just a good party. Available any day except sundays and christmas day by arrangement.



The first 6 tours may be reserved and paid on our web site for instant confirmation.

HOBBITON DAY TOURS FROM AUCKLAND


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Thank you for the fantastic trip you planned out for us. Both Paddy and I enjoyed every minute of the trip. We had a memorable trip to New Zealand. You took good care of us like family members. Please feel free to use our reference if any one seeks it. We will recommend you highly to all our friends and family who might visit NZ in the future.

SEMI INDEPENDENT TOURS.
Please note this tour travels by scheduled coach from and to Auckland city depots.
No hotel pickups and drop offs are provided and no commentary is given on the coach

Tour 001. HOBBITON SUPERDEAL. Depart Auckland 8.00am daily. Just $169 per adult
8.00am. Depart Auckland Skycity coach terminal by Intercity bus for Matamata arriving 11.15am.
Time for lunch (own expense) and photo opportunity with Gollum statue before joining your Hobbiton tour guide for the Shires Rest and enter the Hobbiton Movie Set for your 2 hour tour including one cold drink in the Green Dragon Inn and shopping time for authentic souvenirs at the Shires Rest. Return to Matamata about 3.30pm.
3.50pm. Depart Matamata by Intercity coach arriving Auckland Skycity coach terminal at 7.30pm.
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DRIVER ESCORTED TOURS - all tours require minimum of 2 passengers to operate


Pickup from any CBD accommodation prior to tour plus Newmarket, Greenlane, and Manukau Mall
Pickup from airport terminals and hotels available
If reserving on line as a single please contact us first as we do need a minimum of 2 passengers to operate.

Tour 101. HOBBITON BRONZE TOUR.
Departs Auckland DAILY except sundays and Christmas Day. Includes travel to and from Hobbiton, visit to the Matamata I Site built like a Hobbit gatehouse for a photo opportunity with Gollum statue, guided tour of Hobbiton Movie Set with one cold drink at the Green Dragon Inn. Just $249 per adult, $220 child 10-14, $200 per child under 10 years old.
Chinese language tour of Hobbiton available. Tour HM2
This tour can depart Auckland at varying times between 6am and 1pm for a minimum of 4 subject to availability of driver/guide and vehicle. Allow 7 hours from Auckland for the full tour
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Tour 102. HOBBITON SILVER TOUR.
Depart 7am Daily. Return about 3.15pm. Includes Matamata I Site built like a Hobbit Gatehouse for a photo opportunity with Gollum Statue, 2 hour tour of Hobbiton. Drive through part of the 500 hectare (1,250 acre) sheep and cattle farm to the Hobbiton Movie Set, centre of Middle Earth. Learn from your local guide how the set was created and see the Hobbit Holes, Gardens, Bag End (Bilbo and Frodo Baggins home), Party Tree, Lake, The Mill, Green Dragon Inn, and much more. Please note - exterior of Hobbit Holes only. On arrival at the Green Dragon Inn one cold drink awaits - your choice of dark or light beer, apple cider, or non alcoholic ginger ale.
A buffet lunch fit for Hobbits is provided in the Green Dragon Inn Party Marquee. Tour cost per adult $299. $200 per child age 10-14 years old. $180 per child under 10
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Tour 103. HOBBITON GOLD TOUR.
Otorohanga Kiwi House, Waitomo caves, Farm barbecue lunch, Lake Karapiro, Hobbiton
Depart Auckland 7.45am every thursday for minimum of 2 passengers. Any day except sunday for minimum of 4.
Option to end at Rotorua about 6.30pm - no extra charge
Includes:
** Otorohanga Kiwi House to see our unique endangered native birds at feeding time, the ancient Tuatara Reptile, and walk through the largest dome aviary in New Zealand to see our native Kereru (Wood Pigeon), Kakariki (Parrot), and other native birds.
** Guided tour of the main Waitomo Limestone Cave to see the Stalactites, and Stalagmites, and to cruise through the glowworm grotto. (45 minute tour)
** Barbecue buffet lunch at Roselands Farm restaurant - beef, chicken, fish, kumara chips, and salad included. (Vegetarian options. All meat is Halal). You also have time to stroll through the beautiful gardens and meet some of the farm animals such as llama's, alpacas, sheep etc.
** Visit Lake Karapiro, home of New Zealand rowing, and the Karapiro hydro dam on New Zealand's longest river - the 425 km long Waikato.
** Two hour guided tour of the Hobbiton Movie Set with specialist Hobbiton guide.Drive through part of the 500 hectare (1,250 acre) sheep and cattle farm to the Hobbiton Movie Set, centre of Middle Earth. Learn from your local guide how the set was created and see the Hobbit Holes, Gardens, Bag End (Bilbo and Frodo Baggins home), Party Tree, Lake, The Mill, Green Dragon Inn, and much more. Please note - exterior of Hobbit Holes only. On arrival at the Green Dragon Inn one cold drink awaits - your choice of dark or light beer, apple cider, or non alcoholic ginger ale.
** One cold drink at the Green Dragon Inn
** Visit to Matamata Information centre, built like a Hobbit Gatehouse. Gollum statue may not be open for photo opportunity.
Tour cost per person: $399 per adult. $360 per child age 10-14 years. $320 per child under 10 years
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Tour 104. WAITOMO AND HOBBITON,
Includes "Northern Explorer" train Auckland to Otorohanga
Depart Auckland (Strand Railway Station) 7.45am every Monday, Thursday, Saturday only
Includes:
** Pickup and return from any Auckland inner city accommodation and transfer to Strand rail station..
** Train travel aboard "Northern Explorer" from Auckland to Otorohanga
** Transfer to Waitomo Caves
** Guided tour of Waitomo Glowworm Cave including glowworm grotto cruise
** Transfer to Hobbiton
** Two hour guided tour of the Hobbiton Movie Set including one cold drink at the Green Dragon inn
** Return to Auckland about 7.30pm or end in Rotorua about 6.15pm
Tour cost per person: $379 per adult. $340 per child age 10-14. $300 per child under 10
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Tour 105. WAITOMO CAVES ONLY
Includes "Northern Explorer" train Auckland to Otorohanga
Depart Auckland (Strand Railway Station) 7.45am every Monday, Thursday, Saturday.
Includes:
** Pickup and return from any Auckland inner city accommodation and transfer to Strand rail station.
** Train travel aboard "Northern Explorer" from Auckland to Otorohanga
** Transfer to Waitomo Caves
** Guided tour of Waitomo Glowworm Cave including glowworm grotto cruise
** Return to Auckland which may be by scheduled coach arriving about 7pm
Tour cost per person: $220 per adult. $150 per child age 10-14 years. $100 per child under 10 years old
Caves options: Add Ruakuri cave to Glowworm Cave - extra cost $35
Add Ruakuri and Aranui Caves to Glwoworm cave - Extra Cost $55
Blackwater rafting instead of Glowworm cave - Extra cost $90
Intercity coach departs Waitomo Village 3.55pm arriving Auckland Skycity depot 7.20pm. Hotel drop off not provided.
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Tour 106. HOBBITON AND ROTORUA.
Depart Auckland 7am every monday, tuesday, wednesday, thursday, friday
Tour cost per person: $379 adults. $340 children age 10-14. $300 children under 10
Includes Hobbiton Guided tour, Te Puia thermal area guided tour, Maori cultural concett, Hangi syle lunch, Rotorua city sights
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Tour 107. AUCKLAND CITY TOUR PLUS HOBBITON
Commence Auckland 9am every tuesday, thursday, saturday. (Accommodation pickups prior)
Includes; ** Pickup and return from any inner city accommodation
** 3 hour sightseeing tour covering the history sights and sounds of Auckland including our volcanic legacy, Queen St, Albert Park, Domain, Harbour Bridge, Mt Victoria in Devonport for panoramic views of the city, and Westhaven boat marina. Shortlunch break (own expense).
12.30pm. depart Auckland on our Hobbiton Bronze tour for Matamata and a guided tour of Hobbiton movie set returning to Auckland about 7.30pm.

HOBBITON EVENING BANQUET Features a tour of Hobbiton plus banquet fit for Hobbits where seconds are encouraged in the Green Dragon Inn!
Capture the magic of the Shire with a guided tour of the Movie Set after the crowds have gone and dusk setlles on the hills and Hobbit Holes. Enjoy a convivial drink in the Green Dragon Bar before the banquet is revealed and the group partakes of solid fayre fit for Hobbits. When replete a lantern will be given to you for a stroll in the moonlight (weather co-operating) around the lake where the Hobbit Holes are lit up and smoke puffs out of the chimneys before returning to the Shires Rest and a little Hobbit nap during the 2 hour journey home.
Evening Banquets operate sunday, monday, tuesday, wednesday, and occasionally on other days.
Winter. Depart Auckland 2.30pm - return about 11.30pm
Summer. Depart Auckland 3.30pm - return about 30 minutes past midnight
PLEASE NOTE: These evenings are extremely popular and are usually booked out weeks in advance in winter and months in advance in summer. We do not offer 'seat in coach' tours owing to the difficulty of obtaining space. We are happy to provide a private vehicle and driver for your own exclusive travel. Early bookings are essential
Tour cost per person including hotel pick up and return, return travel from Auckland, tour of the Hobbiton Movie Set and banquet in the Green Dragon Inn.
Cost per person 2 travelling $550. 3 travelling $480. 4-5 travelling $390, 6 plus travelling $350
Tour HH HOBBITON BY HELICOPTER
Departs Daily except sundays
Flexible times - total time from Auckland approximately 4 hours

Includes
** Transfer from your inner city accommodation to the helicopter base
** Take off from downtown Auckland and cruise above the city, Bombay Hills, and fertile Waikato farmlands. See Auckland City, Waikato River, and the Hobbiton Movie set from the air.

** Land at the Shires Rest to be met by your personal guide for a private tour of the Movie Set before returning to Auckland.

Tour cost per person from Auckland

Robinson R44 helicopter. (single engine)
2 passengers. $1,880 each
3 passengers. $1,390 each

Squirrel AS355 (twin engine)
2 passengers. $2,690 each
3 passengers. $1,990 each
4 passengers. $1,550 each
5 passengers. $1,320 each

Please Note: This tour cannot be booked on our web site but must be requested as it is dependent on availability of helicopter and private guide. Please specify your preferred time of departure between 8am and 3pm

Options to add Waitomo Caves and or Rotorua



PRIVATE TOURS:
We can provide private tours with your exclusive vehicle and driver guide any day except sundays, subject to availability of driver/guide
Tour cost per person
HOBBITON BRONZE TOUR: 2 passengers...$370. 3 passengers... $299... 4 passengers... $249... 5 passengers... $220
HOBBITON GOLD TOUR:..... 2 passengers...$540. 3 passengers... $460... 4 passengers... $399... 5 passengers... $360
HOBBITON AND ROTORUA: 2 passengers...$520. 3 passengers... $440... 4 passengers... $379... 5 passengers... $340
"The trip was awesome, especially the helicopter flight there and back. The pilot had a great sense of humour" (Our latest clients)


ROTORUA SEMI INDEPENDENT TOURS.
Please note these tours travel by scheduled coach from and to Auckland city depots.
No hotel pickups and drop offs are provided and no commentary is given on the coach

TOUR 002. ROTORUA SUPERDEAL.
Features Maori cultural concert and Te Puia thermal area
Depart Auckland 8am daily. Just $169 per adult.

8.00am. Depart Auckland Skycity coach terminal by Intercity bus arriving Rotorua 12.15pm
Free time for lunch and activities such as Skyline gondola and luge, Polynesian Spa, scenic flight etc. All options own expense.
3.00pm. Enjoy a 30 minute Maori cultural concert at Te Puia and guided tour of the thermal area to see the kiwi house, bubbling mud pools, famed Pohutu Geyser, and the Maori carving and weaving school.
5.00pm. Depart Rotorua arriving Auckland Skycity terminal at 8.10pm.
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TOUR 002A. ROTORUA - WHAKAREWAREWA LIVING MAORI VILLAGE AND CITY.
Depart Auckland 8am daily. Just $199 per adult

8.00am. Depart Auckland Skycity coach terminal by Intercity bus arriving Rotorua 12.15pm
You will be met on arrival and transferred to the Whakarewarewa Living Maori Village. Enjoy a hangi pie lunch including steam cooked sweet corn, salad and steamed pudding before enjoying an informal 30 minute Maori cultural presentation including poi dance and haka and a guided tour of the thermal area to see famed Pohutu geyser, and also visit the living areas where the natural steam is used for cooking, bathing, and washing.
Return to Rotorua and explore the Kuirau Park thermal area, visit the beautiful lakefront and government gardens and visit Sulphur Point.
5.00pm. Depart Rotorua by Intercity coach arriving Manukau 7.50pm (connections to the airport) and Auckland Skycity terminal at 8.10pm.
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TOUR 002B. WAIOTAPU THERMAL AREA AND ROTORUA CITY TOUR.
Depart Auckland 8am daily. Just $199 per adult

8.00am. Depart Auckland Skycity coach terminal by Intercity bus arriving Rotorua 12.15pm
12.30pm. Depart Rotorua and drive to the Wai-o-Tapu (sacred waters) thermal area - most colourful in New Zealand. Explore the coloured terraces and see the 'Devils home,' and Champagne pool. Also visit the largest bubbling mud pool in New Zealand. Return to Rotorua and explore the Kuirau Park thermal area, visit the beautiful lakefront and government gardens, and visit Sulphur Point.
5.00pm. depart Rotorua by Intercity coach arriving Manukau 7.50pm (connections to the airport) and Auckland Skycity terminal at 8.10pm.
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TOUR 002C. ROTORUA - WHAKAREWAREWA LIVING MAORI VILLAGE AND POLYNESIAN SPA.
Depart Auckland 8am daily. Just $199 per adult

8.00am. Depart Auckland Skycity coach terminal by Intercity bus arriving Rotorua 12.15pm
You will be met on arrival and transferred to the Whakarewarewa Living Maori Village. Enjoy a hangi pie lunch including steam cooked sweet corn, salad and steamed pudding before enjoying an informal 30 minute Maori cultural presentation including poi dance and haka and a guided tour of the thermal area to see famed Pohutu geyser, and also visit the living areas where the natural steam is used for cooking, bathing, and washing.
Transfer to the Polynesian Spa and you have about an hour to relax in the soothing thermal waters in temperatures of 36 - 42 degrees centigrade.
5.00pm. Depart Rotorua by Intercity coach arriving Manukau 7.50pm (connections to the airport) and Auckland Skycity terminal at 8.10pm.
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Comments from some of our recent passengers.

Mahalo. Thank you Steve!!! We really enjoyed our tour. (KK Hawaii)

I did all of the pictures last weekend. We had a lot and many good ones. Just made me want to pack and go back, so much more to see and do. Still we did a lot, you really put a good package together for us and we are ever so grateful. Having you as a guide made the trip perfect, you have endless knowledge for not only your country but important issues for everybody's well being. We both enjoyed your company a lot. (R and T, Norway)

Hi Steve, just wanted to say thanks so much for making our trip yesterday so special. We really enjoyed it, not just for the sites but for your captivating background on what we were seeing. You made a 14 hour day go by so smoothly and quickly it didn't feel like that long a journey. At every step of the way you had some fascinating insight that helped us feel more informed and engaged in what we experienced - we would never have had such a full experience on our own. (A and J. USA)

Hello Steve, we want to thank you for a fantastic journey through New Zealand. This is an experience to remember for a lifetime. I would like your business cards to pass out to my friends. (M.S. USA)

Hello, Stephen Thank you for arranging the tour for us. It made our trip more fun. NZ is such a great place. I love everything. Kimi and Mikio H (Japan) My son and I wanted to thank you for helping us have a special Hobbiton experience last wednesday when you took us down for the evening tour. I have already been recommending your company to several friends and colleagues. Again we appreciate how professional your organisation! (CF USA)