1. New Zealand
  2. Bay of Plenty Region
  3. Rotorua
  4. Hobbiton Movie Set

From Rotorua: Wai-O-Tapu Trip with Hobbiton or Whakarewarea

Product ID: 198388
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Experience erupting, vibrant geysers at the Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland. Choose to extend your half-day trip into a full-day tour to either the Hobbiton Movie Set or Whakarewarewa, the Living Maori Village.
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Duration: 4 - 9 hours
Starting time 9:15 AM
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Live tour guide

Pickup included

Please be ready and waiting 15 minutes prior to your scheduled pickup time.

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  • See the world-famous Champagne Pool
  • See the Lady Knox Geyser erupt
  • Make the most of your day trip from Rotorua by visiting either Hobbiton or Whakarewarewa
Full description
Get picked up in Rotorua in the morning and set off along the Thermal Highway. Stop along the way and see the Lady Knox Geyser erupt. Then, arrive at Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, New Zealand's most colourful geothermal attraction.

Spend the rest of your morning exploring the park at your own pace. Discover all the unique lakes, pools, craters, and walkways that the park has to offer.

You can choose to add on either a visit to Hobbiton or Whakarewarewa to your Wai-O-Tapu morning tour:

Wai-O-Tapu and Hobbiton Full-Day Trip
After the morning to Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, continue to the movie set of Hobbiton, where "The Lord of the Rings" and "The Hobbit" were filmed.

Follow an expert guide as they lead you through the expansive village. See all the memorable sties from the Shire, including the Green Dragon Inn and the field where Bilbo's birthday party was held. Listen to your guide's insider commentary about the movies and filming locations, as well as the interesting characters who've visited the set over the years. Your guide will even help take photos of you besides the miniature homes and gardens.

Finish the tour at The Green Dragon, where you can enjoy a pint of Girdley Fine Grain, Oatbarton, Sackville cider, or Frogmorton Ginger Beer. Then, return to Rotorua in the evening.

Wai-O-Tapu and Whakarewarewa Full-Day Trip
Visit a 500-year-old Māori village, home to 20 families. Experience a 30-minute Maori cultural performance to gain insight and understanding into Maori heritage. Try hangi, a traditional meal cooked using the heat of geothermal waters and steam.
See the largest and most active natural geyser in the Southern Hemisphere, Pōhutu. You will also have the chance to see bubbling mud and steaming hot springs.
  • Transportation
  • Entry into Lady Knox Geyser
  • Entry into Wai-O-Tapu
  • Driver-guides and commentary along the way
  • Hobbiton entry and guided tour (if option selected)
  • Whakarewarewa entry, cultural performance, and hangi meal (if option selected)
What’s Not Included
  • Lunch
  • Drinks

Prepare for the activity

Important information
What to bring
  • Comfortable shoes
  • Warm clothing
  • Sunglasses
  • Sun hat
  • Sunscreen
  • Comfortable clothes
Know before you go
A moderate amount of walking will be required.

From US$ 59.05 per person

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Headfirst Travel

Product ID: 198388