Auckland to Rotorua via Hobbiton Small Group Tour (One Way)

8 hours
Pick-up offered
Free cancellation
1 - 15
Mobile ticket


On this small group, fully guided day trip visit the world-famous Lord of The Rings Hobbiton Movie Set and other stops and secret locations on the way from Auckland to Rotorua.

• Hobbiton & Alexander Family Sheep Farm
• Green Dragon Inn
• Rotorua City Highlights
• Waikato Farming Region
• Surprise Stops

Led by our famously passionate tour guides, notorious for bringing your journey to life by sharing their stories and rich background knowledge, and run in a modern, comfortable minibuses packed with extras ensuring your comfort and safety.

While the destinations you will be visiting are truly spectacular, we at Cheeky Kiwi Travel believe it is our small groups, our guides, the journey and the little details that set our tours well apart. Secret stops, wildlife viewings, specially designed vehicles, complementary refreshments and many other pleasant surprises ensure our tours are an experience to remember.


  • Small Group & Fully Guided Tour
  • Entry ticket and fully guided tour - Hobbiton Movie Set
  • Bottled water
  • Snacks
  • Entry/Admission - Hobbiton Movie Set

What to expect

This is a typical itinerary for this product

Pass By: Auckland Central, Auckland Central, North Island

Your tour starts in New Zealand’s largest city. As we drive out of the city your guide will not only set the scene for your adventure today but also point out and guide you past some of the city’s top highlights.

Pass By: Waikato Region, Waikato Region, North Island

Exiting Auckland we travel south through the stunning Waikato countryside, the most extensive farming area in the world, encountering beautiful scenery, mighty rivers, great photo opportunities, impressive mountains and a variety of farm animals along the way.

Stop At: Hobbiton Movie Set, 501 Buckland Road Matamata, Hinuera 3472 New Zealand

– Arriving at the first feature attraction ‘Hobbiton’ you will board one of the big green Hobbiton buses and depart on a two hour fully guided tour of this amazing 12 acre movie set, with a professional Hobbiton guide to ensure you get the most out of your visit. During your tour step into the lush pastures of the Shire, visit 44 hobbit holes, see amazing gardens, hear the secrets and stories about the making of the movies and enjoy a cold complimentary beverage at the famous Hobbiton pub ‘The Green Dragon Inn’.

Duration: 2 hours

Pass By: Tirau, Tirau, Waikato Region, North Island

Departing for Rotorua we pass through Tirau on our adventure. Dubbed the 'Corrugated Iron Capital of the World' because of the many unique corrugated iron sculptures and buildings, this town never fails to get a look and a laugh and our guides will point out all the main highlights on the way through.

Stop At: Lake Rotorua, Rotorua New Zealand

Once in Rotorua your guide will drop you at your accommodation in Rotorua (central hotels only) or at a main Rotorua central location. drop you to a central location. Or you are welcome to continue with us to another Rotorua attraction (at extra cost).

Duration: 5 minutes

Additional information

  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Minimum numbers apply. There is a possibility of cancellation after confirmation if there are not enough passengers to meet requirements. In the event of this occurring, you will be offered an alternative or full refund.
  • A moderate amount of walking is involved.
  • Stroller accessible
  • Due to uneven surfaces, this tour is not recommended for those with walking disabilities or using a wheelchair.
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately.
  • Near public transportation
  • Children below 7 years old are required to travel in a child safety car seat. If you don't have a car seat one can be provided (with 24 hours notice).
  • Infant seats available
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 16 travelers
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking

Ticket delivery

You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.


For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start time of the experience.
November 2019

My friend and I toured hobbiton and rotorua with Cheeky Kiwi travel in November. It was a long, busy day, but what made the biggest impression was our amazing tour guide Lance! He was knowledgeable, thoughtful, friendly and a great resource for information! He had a ton of energy and you can tel...

January 2020

Viagem tranquila com muitas dicas e bom humor do motorista e guia Mike e Keena. Excelentes e atenciosos, foram impecáveis do começo ao fim do passeio. Ótimas recordações deste dia incrível.

July 2023

This small group tour was perfect way to get from Auckland to Rotorua with great experiences on the way. Hobbiton was awesome, Te Pui was inspiring and educational- the geyser was incredible. Our tour guide Grant was amazing, funny and informative.

May 2023

The Hobbiton & Te Puia tours were amazing. Thank you Grant for these splendid experiences. Also, the snacks.

October 2022

I was planning to go from Auckland to Rotorua, so instead of taking a plain Intercity bus, I took this tour to add a stop at Hobbiton and Te Puia to kill 2 birds with 1 stone (well, 3 birds, in fact). On the way, our guide Simon gave various explanations about the area, and also a bit about the L...

March 2020

Lance was a wonderful tour guide! He made the whole day a blast, with plenty of interesting stories and keeping us on track all day from site to site. Highly recommended!

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