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1 Hobbiton Movie Set Tour
Hobbiton Movie Set Tour

Join the movie set fr £41pp

You join your Hobbiton Movie Set Tours guide at The Shire's Rest, 501 Buckland Road, Matamata. This essential stop for every Lord of the Rings fan allows a visit to the actual Hobbiton village from the movie trilogies. The tour starts with a drive through a 1,250 acre working sheep farm. The Hobbit Holes, Green Dragon Inn, Mill and other structures created for the films can then be viewed.


See how this beautiful piece of Waikato farmland was transformed into The Shire from Middle Earth. A tour guide escorts you through the 10 acre site while recounting fascinating details on how the movie set was created. At the end of the tour enjoy a drink at the Green Dragon Inn and relax in hand-crafted leather chairs in front of a crackling fire taking in the view across the lake to the mill and Bag End

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1 Hobbiton Movie Set Tour

Hobbiton Movie Set Tour

2 Tamaki Maori Village Hangi & Concert
Tamaki Maori Village Hangi & Concert

Hang out at hangi fr £58pp

Yor are picked up from your accommodation to begin an evening of ceremonial rituals. Board a coach for the short journey to Tamaki Maori Village, nestled in the thick of an ancient, native Tawa forest. En-route your guide will instruct you on the rules of entering a Marae and the protocol you must observe. As you make your way to the village, you'll learn about the great Maori migration.


Enter the ancestral Meeting House at the heart of the village and relax as the hosts entertain you with a powerful cultural performance. The evening highlight - the traditional Hangi Buffet Meal - now begins. when the food laden hangi baskets are pulled from the pit. You are also given a full commentary on how the meal is prepared and cooked. The evening ends with traditional songs and speeches.

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2 Tamaki Maori Village Hangi & Concert

Tamaki Maori Village Hangi & Concert

3 Te Puia with Evening Cultural Experience
Te Puia with Evening Cultural Experience

Explore the Thermal Valley fr £81pp

Join your guide at Te Puia New Zealand Maori Arts and Crafts Institute, Hemo Road, Rotorua, to begin this fascinating tour. Te Whakarewarewa Thermal Valley has inspired the local Maori people for centuries and the guides will recount stories handed down from their ancestors as you explore this unique geothermal reserve.


Have your cameras ready as you see the boiling mud and sulphur pools and the giant 100 ft Pohutu Geyser, which erupts up to 20 times a day. Then join Evening Cultural Experience (Te Po), which is a combination of cultural storytelling, entertainment and a traditional dinner. This memorable tour ends at around 9:00pm

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3 Te Puia with Evening Cultural Experience

Te Puia with Evening Cultural Experience

4 Rotorua Sights incl Hobbiton
Rotorua Sights incl Hobbiton

See all the sights fr £128pp

Leave by coach early for this full day tour. Start with a visit to Te Puia, a place of Maori culture and a thermal wonderland with impressive geysers and boiling mud pools before continuing on to explore Rainbow Springs Nature Park, which showcases native flora and fauna as well as the Kiwi. Next stop is The Agrodome to see a sheep shearing display and sheep dog trials.

Afterwards the Hobbiton Movie Set coach will take you on a scenic drive across the Kaimai Ranges to the picturesque farm near Matamata where scenes from the Lord of the Rings and Hobbit movies were filmed. Learn how this beautiful farmland was transformed into The Shire from Middle Earth. Your guide will show you Hobbit Holes, the Green Dragon Inn, the Mill and many other structures from the movies.

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4 Rotorua Sights incl Hobbiton

Rotorua Sights incl Hobbiton

5 White Island Active Volcano Floatplane
White Island Active Volcano Floatplane

Soar over the volcano fr £323pp

You will be picked up from your hotel and taken to the Rotorua City Lakefront, the departure point of your tour. Here you board your floatplane to commence a flight over White Island, an active volcano located only 40 miles off the Bay of Plenty coast. Experience the fury of nature at work on this awesome Island, part of the Pacific Ring of Fire.


This scenic flight will take you over Hell's Gate Thermal Park and the Northern Lakes to the Pacific Ocean coastline.The plane will circle the crater, giving you an amazing view of the fearsome activity of a live volcano. The return trip is over the Northern Lakes and the flight last for around one and a half hours. After landing you are driven back to your hotel

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5 White Island Active Volcano Floatplane

White Island Active Volcano Floatplane

6 Polynesian Spa
Polynesian Spa

Rock up and relax

One really must thing to do when visiting Rotorua is make at least one trip to the Polynesian Spa. Overlooking Lake Rotorua, this famous spa’s deluxe hot mineral bathing and relaxation area has four alkaline rock pools, each with different temperatures (36°C to 42°C) and you are surrounded by native flora, natural rocks, and the energising sight and sound of two waterfalls and a grotto.


A large relaxation lounge overlooks Lake Rotorua, where refreshments are available, and you can move from the pools to the lounge and return to bathe as you wish. Amenities include well-appointed changing facilities with towels, lockers, soap, shampoo and hairdryers. This is a unique environment, where the atmosphere changes from day to night, and from winter steam to summer sparkle.

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6 Polynesian Spa

Polynesian Spa