Day trip to Hobbiton

Immerse yourself in the fabulous Lord of The Rings filmset

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From Tauranga, we take a 45-minute drive through scenic countryside, crossing the Kaimai Range to visit Hobbiton, The Lord of the Rings movie set. A live commentary is given en route.

The set is located in the country town of Matamata. The Hobbiton tour itself takes about 2 hours. This is a visitor experience based at the original location where Hobbiton was created for The Lord of the Rings Trilogy. A guide will escort you through their 10-acre site, recounting fascinating details of how the Hobbiton Movie set was created.

We then travel a short distance to the Daltons Plantation homestead for lunch. Judith Dalton & Xanthe White, one of NZ’s leading garden designers, have show-cased new plants, products & garden styles. The cafe is set amongst up to 20 “garden rooms”.

On leaving Matamata, we return over the ranges, visiting the picturesque McLarens Falls Park. This parkland, set alongside Lake McLaren, has one of the best botanical collections of trees in the North Island.

Spectacular Surroundings for lunch

Each garden at Daltons Plantation is a feature in itself, and along with Judith Dalton, Xanthe White has been an integral partner in their design and creation. There have been many partners in the creation of each garden, from nurseries supplying plants to the gardeners that tend to them, to the chef who picks their spoils.

“This is the most exciting venture I have been involved in and I am sure the results will speak for themselves”, says designer and partner Xanthe White.

Beautiful Parkland

Ten minutes drive from Tauranga City is McLaren Falls Park, 190 hectares of pastoral and horticultural parkland set alongside Lake McLaren.

This idyllic location was recently used in a scene at the start of the Disney film Pete's Dragon.

The park is popular for camping, fishing, kayaking, wedding photos, picnics, bush walks and summertime concerts. It is also home to one of the best botanical collections of trees in the North Island.

Tauranga Tasting Tours and Charters

Tour duration: 7 hours (approx.). Can be altered to fit with ship arrival/departure times.

Cost: (Includes entrance fees & set lunch): Adults $175.00; 10-14 yrs $145.00; Up to 9 yrs $123.00