HOBBITON BY HELICOPTER
Departs Daily except sundays and Christmas Day
Flexible times - total time from Auckland approximately 4 hours
Unsolicited comment from past passengers:
The trip was awesome, especially the helicopter flight there and back. The pilot had a great sense of humour. (USA)
** Transfer from your inner city accommodation to the helicopter base
** Take off from downtown Auckland and cruise above the city, Bombay Hills, and fertile Waikato farmlands. See Auckland City, Waikato River, and the Hobbiton Movie set from the air.
** Land at the Shires Rest to be met by your personal guide for a private tour of the Movie Set. A short drive in a Hobbiton vehicle through part of the 500 hectare (1,250 acre) sheep and cattle farm will bring you to the Hobbiton Movie Set. Learn from your local guide how the set was created and filming completed and see the Hobbit Holes (exterior only), Gardens, Bag End (Bilbo and Frodo Baggins Home), Party Tree, Lake, The Mill, Green Dragon Inn, and much more. On arrival at the Green Dragon Inn one cold drink awaits - your choicfe of dark or light beer, apple cider, or non alcoholic ginger ale.
** A short drive will bring you back to your waitng helicopter for the return to Auckland.
HOBBITON AND WAITOMO CAVES
Just 20 minutes flying from Hobbiton are the Waitomo Caves. Enjoy a 45 minute tour of the main limestone cave to see the stalactites and stalagmites and enjoy the magic of a short cruise in the glowworm grotto. Flight time back to Auckland is approximately 45 minutes. Waitomo can be visited before or after your Hobbiton tour.