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Hobbiton Movie Set, Te Puia Geothermal Geyser Valley: Kiwi Bird & Redwoods

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Overview

Combine a visit to Hobbiton, where many scenes in the Lord of the Rings movies were made, and a visit to Te Puia to explore the Maori culture and geothermal attractions of Rotorua on a Hobbiton Movie Set & Te Puia Geothermal Geyser Valley Small Group Tour.

Te Puia Geothermal Valley

The Te Puia Geothermal Valley is our first stop for the day where an official Maori guide will show us around the attraction featuring boiling bubbling pools, steam vents, huge mud pools and spouting geysers including Pohutu, southern hemisphere’s largest and recently ranked by Lonely Planet as one of the Top 5 geysers in the world. Gaze around and marvel at the surreal and harsh landscape where you learn how culture, history and nature come together. It’s also a place where you can witness local Maori performing traditional song and dance in a must-see cultural show that will leave you with memories that will last a lifetime. Look closer and you will see that the Maori has even carved stories into the Te Puia architecture, with many structures and Maori carvings, even their flax weaving, conveying deep cultural significance. Also take this opportunity to peek into the Kiwi bird enclosure to spot the elusive native bird.

Hobbiton Movie Set

Following our visit to Te Puia, we make our way to a completely different landscape through verdant countryside and arrive at “The Hobbiton Movie Set”.
Immerse yourself in the sounds, smells, sights and tastes of The Shire, depicted in “The Lord of the Rings” & “The Hobbit” trilogies as the home of the Hobbits, in this “Hobbiton Movie Set” experience that has tantalised the senses of visitors from around the world. As you look around, you will see how the immense popularity of the movies has made the tours a must-see when visiting New Zealand. As the only set left from the trilogies, the Hobbiton Movie Set provides an immersive experience in the magic of “The Shire”.

Find out the fascinating story of how this location was picked out to be the Hobbiton Movie Set, how it was created, and which scenes were filmed onsite. See Bilbo’s and Frodo’s home and other Hobbit holes with an official guide showing you around. Marvel at the huge pumpkins lying around in the Hobbits’ vegetable patches where they grow their food. Admire the attention to detail devoted to creating the set, and learn a few movie secrets.

Tolkien referenced in his books that Hobbits sat under plum trees. But as your guide will point out, plum trees in New Zealand grow too tall to be the right size for a Hobbit, so Peter Jackson had fake plums attached to apple and pear trees with their fruits removed. The oak tree on the hill is also artificial. The 376,000 man-made leaves wired to it were brought in from Taiwan. As your Hobbiton Movie Set tour comes to a close, a well-earned, complimentary drink (alcohol/non-alcohol) waiting for you at the Green Dragon Inn is included.

Truly an unforgettable day of amazing experience and discovery!

Hobbiton Movie Set & Te Puia Geothermal Geyser Valley Small Group Tour, Rotorua, New Zealand

Hobbiton Movie Set & Te Puia Geothermal Geyser Valley Small Group Tour, Rotorua, New Zealand

Hobbiton Movie Set & Te Puia Geothermal Geyser Valley Small Group Tour, Rotorua, New Zealand

Hobbiton Movie Set & Te Puia Geothermal Geyser Valley Small Group Tour, Rotorua, New Zealand

Hobbiton Movie Set & Te Puia Geothermal Geyser Valley Small Group Tour, Rotorua, New Zealand

Hobbiton Movie Set & Te Puia Geothermal Geyser Valley Small Group Tour, Rotorua, New Zealand

Hobbiton Movie Set & Te Puia Geothermal Geyser Valley Small Group Tour, Rotorua, New Zealand

Hobbiton Movie Set & Te Puia Geothermal Geyser Valley Small Group Tour, Rotorua, New Zealand

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