Tour 201A TRAVEL BY TOUR COACH
Hobbits, lunch at the Green Dragon inn Party Marquee, Glowworms, Geysers,, culture, Agrodome sheep show, kiwis, Skyline Gondola,
2 days/1 night. Departs Auckland daily except Christmas Day. Minimum one passenger.
Day 1. AUCKLAND - HOBBITON - WAITOMO - ROTORUA. (L)
7.45am. Check in with Great Sights hostess at the Skycity coach terminal, 102 Hobson Street, behind Skytower. (Inner city hotel pickups if required).
8.00am Depart aboard your Great Sights tour coach. Drive south over the Bombay Hills to the Shires Rest, gateway to the Hobbiton Movie Set. Join your local specialist guide for a short drive through part of the picturesque 500 hectare (1,250 acre) sheep and cattle farm and your guide will escort you through the 10 acre Movie Set. See the Hobbit Holes, Bag End (Bilbo and Frodo Baggins home), Party Tree, Lake, The Mill, and the Green Dragon Inn and learn how the Waikato farmland was transformed into the Shire from Middle Earth. Enjoy a cold drink at the Green Dragon Inn and a buffet lunch fit for Hobbits in the Green Dragon Inn Party Marquee. Continue on to Waitomo Caves for a tour of the main limestone cave to see the stalactites and stalagmites and cruise through the glowworm grotto (45 minute tour). Continue to Rotorua arriving about 6.00pm. You will be taken to your accommodation for 1 night at a 4 star hotel with buffet breakfast.
Dinner is not included and the evening is free to visit 'Eat Street' or other restaurant or relax In the thermal pool.
Day 2. ROTORUA (BD)
7.15-7.30am. You will be picked from the hotel by Great Sights.
Enjoy a guided tour of the Te Puia thermal area to see bubbling mud pools, famed Pohutu geyser, and visit the carving and weaving school. Continue to the Agrodome farm show to see a sheep being shorn, cow being milked, and sheep dog working. Walk through the native forest at Rainbow Springs Nature Park and you will almost certainly be able to see our endangered native kiwi bird, and other New Zealand wildlife. Take a ride on the gondola to the Skyline cafe high on the mountain for a panoramic view over Lake Rotorua and the opportunity to ride the luge if you wish (luge extra expense). Return to the hotel mid afternoon and you have free time to relax in the thermal pool or explore the town.
5.00pm. Depart Rotorua aboard Great Sights coach
8.10pm Arrive Auckland Skycity coach depot. (Inner city hotel drop offs provided)
AUCKLAND – HOBBITON - WAITOMO CAVES – ROTORUA
2 days/1 night. Departs Auckland DAILY by big bus - minimum 1 person Extend your stay in Rotorua as long as you wish.
Day 1. AUCKLAND - HOBBITON - WAITOMO - ROTORUA. (L) Depart Auckland 8am. Drive south to the “Shires Rest'' to meet your specialist local Hobbiton guide. Drive through part of the picturesque 500 hectare sheep and cattle farm to the Movie Set and you will be walking for the next hour or slightly more. See the Hobbit Holes, Bag End (Bilbo and Frodo Baggins home). Party Tree, Lake, The Mill, and the Green Dragon Inn and learn how this Waikato Farmland was transformed into the Shire from Middle Earth. On arrival at the Green Dragon Inn enjoy a cold drink with your choice of a dark or light beer, Apple Cider, or non alcoholic Ginger Ale and relax before the fire before enjoying a buffet lunch fit for Hobbits where seconds are encouraged. This is usually served in the Party Marquee adjacent to the Green Dragon Inn. After lunch drive to the Waitomo Caves for a 45 minute guided tour through the main limestone cave and cruise in the glowworm grotto. Continue to Rotorua arriving about 6pm and you will be taken to your accommodation.
Day 2. ROTORUA - AUCKLAND (B)
You will be picked up by Great Sights about 7.15am and visit the Te Puia thermal area which encompasses the Whakarewarewa thermal valley, and the Maori Arts and Crafts Institute. See the hot springs, bubbling mud pools, famous Pohutu Geyser. Also see the Marae meeting house and the Maori carving and weaving schools. On to the Agrodome farm show to see a sheep being shorn, cow being milked, sheep dogs working in a fun introduction to our farming industry. Visit the Rainbow Springs Nature Park to encounter New Zealand wildlife including our famous kiwi bird before riding the Skyline gondola for a panoramic view over Lake Rotorua and the city centre. Lunch is available to purchase in the cafe overlooking the lake. Why not try the luge ride – extra expense?. The tour finishes about 1pm and you have free time to relax in the soothing waters of the Polynesian spa or many other activities – extra expense. (Please note that return from Skyline gondola to the city may need to be by local bus – 10 minutes).
Free time for your own activities before departing Rotorua at 5pm arriving Auckland at 8.10pm.
Tour cost per person in New Zealand dollars:
2 per room $790.
3 per room $770,
Single room $880
Tour cost includes:
** All travel by coach from Auckland to Hobbiton, Waitomo Caves, Rotorua and Auckland
** 1 night accommodation and breakfast at grade chosen
** Admission fees to Hobbiton tour, Waitomo caves tour, Te Puia thermal area, Agrodome farm show, Rainbow Springs kiwi house, Skyline gondola