This is a day trip from Auckland and Tauranga to Hobbiton Movie Set. See the Hobbit holes and the fully reconstructed hobbit village; tour the sheep farm; taste NZ made cheeses; finish with a hot swim.


• Two hour guided tour of the Hobbiton Movie Set
• Complimentary drink at the Green Dragon pub


The rolling pasture covered hills of the Waikato region you’ll travel through on your way to Hobbiton, owe their fertility to the volcanic soil erupted from Lake Taupo only 2000 years ago. Now the setting for New Zealand’s richest dairy farmland, this area used to be forested with giant kahikatea trees, still visible in isolated groups among the rich green fields.

A Hobbiton Movie Set Tour is a real must-do for every Lord of the Rings fan travelling through New Zealand. Your tour starts with a drive through the picturesque working sheep farm with spectacular views across the Kaimai Ranges. Your guide will explain how the Hobbiton set was created and tell stories about what went on during filming. The Hobbiton movie set was recently fully restored for filming of the Hobbit. There’s no better time to visit.

Your last stop today, before heading home will be at the Te Aroha Hot Pools, in the shadow of the highest mountain in the Kaimai Ranges, Mt. Te Aroha (952 m). Te Aroha township was developed during the 1880s as a spa town and there are 22 springs in the area, 15 of which are hot. The domain at Te Aroha still retains the look of Edwardian times.

Wear: trainers, comfortable clothes (not DENIM JEANS) sunscreen.
Bring: swimsuit, towel, lunch, drink, snacks, camera, sunscreen, warm, waterproof jacket and change of shoes.

• Pick up and drop off in Tauranga and Auckland at one or two locations pre-arranged to best suit students involved
• All activities described in itinerary unless marked optional.
• Comfortable, air-conditioned coach.
• Friendly, professional guides.
• Access to our national parks
• Pre-trip information

Trip fees exclude

• Optional extra activities like bungy jumping.
• Personal expenses (phone, wifi, lunches, etc.

Question 1: Why do students choose to tour with Learning Journeys?

  • We, have been awarded a Qualmark accreditation, unlike many of our competitors in this market. This is the result of a rigorous independent assessment of the quality of our product, processes and risk management.
  • We are also full members of New Zealand’s Tourism Export Council.
  • We are a well-known company with many 15 years’ experience with students.
  • Our groups on long tours are small and friendly (around 20 rather than 40) so we can easily make sure everyone is having a great time.
  • We stay in quality hostels, with bedding provided in private rooms, rather than camping and braving the elements.
  • On long tours, all breakfasts and all dinners are included but one. 90% of dinners are in restaurants.
  • All activities are INCLUDED in prices, except things like bungy, so what you see is what you get. Your programme will be full even if you have no extra money to spend on activities.
  • Our tour managers are experienced professionals.
  • We hold a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence for our cruise ship tours. Our cruise ship clients unanimously rate their tours 5/5 (see www.cruisetauranga.com). (We can’t put Learning Journeys on Trip Advisor because companies offering multi-day tours are excluded)

Question 2: Can Learning Journeys help arrange airfares?

  • For individual bookings, call our office between 9 am and 2 pm on week days for help booking internal flights. You will need to provide a credit card number. For group bookings on internal flights, please email your requirements and we will get back to you with some choices.

Question 3: What happens when we arrive at the airport at the start of a tour?

  • You will be met at a prearranged meeting point by your Learning Journeys guide(s) who will look after you and your new friends for the whole of your tour.

Question 4: What is your safety record like?

  • Our safety record is outstanding. Safety is absolutely our number one concern at all times. We do everything in our power to make sure each trip is as safe as it can possibly be.
  • We do risk assessments for every excursion we run.
  • We only use adventure activity accredited operators for specialist activities
  • We carry a first aid kit in our vehicles, as well as on the guide's person when in remote areas.
  • All guides are certified in first aid and CPR.
  • We give every student a card with emergency numbers and safety information on it to carry, and we review safety measures as part of our orientation and as appropriate throughout the trip.
  • Our guides are all police-vetted.
  • Our transport safety is rated 5 star by Land Transport New Zealand
  • We evaluate and re-evaluate the safety of each of our destinations and activities, and we always reserve the right to modify or cancel an itinerary if the guide feels that conditions are unsafe.
  • We will gladly provide a risk management assessment specific to your trip on request.
  • Learning Journeys' staff also adhere to a comprehensive Risk Management Strategy.

Question 6: What does it mean that Learning Journeys displays the Qualmark symbol

  • Qualmark is New Zealand tourism’s official quality assurance organisation, providing a trusted guide to quality travel experiences. Qualmark makes it easy for travellers to select high quality places to stay, things to do, and ways to get around. When you see a business displaying the Qualmark symbol you can be assured that the business has met stringent quality standards and environmental criteria - earning New Zealand tourism’s official quality mark.
    1. You will have a great tourism experience
    2. You can book with confidence
    3. The business operates in an ethical, professional and environmentally sustainable way
    4. The business has the required systems and policies for a safe and happy holiday in New Zealand

Question 7: Why should we purchase travel insurance?

  • We strongly recommend the purchase of travel insurance for your protection. Should a participant need to cancel their trip for any reason, our cancellation policy applies. However, travel insurance protects any loss they may experience should s/he or an immediate family member become ill or sustain an injury that prevents them from going on the trip.

Question 8: What is the educational value of these trips?

  • Travel broadens your horizons, encourages you to try new experiences, challenges your view of the world and increases your tolerance and understanding of other cultures.
  • Your social skills and capacity for empathy grow as you travel in a group, share accommodation, meals and new experiences and learn that not everyone perceives the world and reacts the same way.
  • Your guides are not only there to look after you, to support you through a programme that may be challenging as well as highly enjoyable, but also to provide information to enrich your experience of each new place and activity.
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Tour Length
1 day
Tour dates
By arrangement
Minimum group size
From Tauranga, Waihi, Hamilton $155 From Auckland $198
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