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  

 

Tour 201       SMALL GROUP TOUR    

WAITOMO, HOBBITON, ROTORUA.  2 days/1 night

Depart Auckland 7.30am every Tuesday and Thursday for  minimum of 2 passengers
Other days for minimum of 4.   (except Christmas Day) 

Unsolicited comment from past passengers

 We had a very interesting and enjoyable two days to round off a wonderful tour. It all went to plan and exceded in many aspects our wildest expectations. Thanks again. (T.W. USA).        

Includes; 

**   Pickup and return from any inner city accommodation     

**   All travel by mini bus  - driver escorted. 

**   1 night accommodation and  breakfast at 4 star hotel in Rotorua. 

**   Sightseeing admissions to, 

*    Otorohanga Kiwi house 

*    Waitomo Glowworm Cave 

*    Hobbiton Movie Set Tour 

*    Wai-o-tapu thermal area 

*    Te Puia thermal area                                  

*    Skyline gondola 

*    Agrodome farm show and tour

Day 1. AUCKLAND - WAITOMO CAVES - OTOROHANGA KIWI HOUSE - HOBBITON - ROTORUA           (L)                                                    

Depart Auckland 7.45am and drive south over the Bombay Hills and along the banks of the Waikato River to Visit Otorohanga Kiwi House to see our unique endangered native kiwi birds at feeding time, the ancient Tuatara reptile, and walk through the largest dome aviary in New Zealand to see our native Kereru (Wood Pigeon) Kakariki (Parrot), and other native birds
Continue to Waitomo Caves for a guided tour through the main limestone cave and cruise through the glowworm grotto. (45 minute tour) 

Enjoy a barbecue buffet lunch at Roselands farm restaurant - beef, chicken, fish, salads, cake and coffee plus a taste of kumara chips.  

Visit Lake Karapiro, home of New Zealand rowing, and the Karapiro hydro dam on the Waikato River, at 425 km this is New Zealand's longest river.  

Continue to Hobbiton and the Shires Rest to join your special guided tour of the Hobbiton Movie set, made famous by "Lord of the Rings, and "Hobbit" films. 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 Hobbiton site. 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. Enjoy a cold drink from the Green Dragon Inn and continue to Rotorua for 1 night accommodation and buffet breakfast.

Optional fabulous evening with the Mitai Maori village for a cultural presentation and hangi steam cooked dinner - extra cost $120.  

Day 2.   ROTORUA - WAIOTAPU -  AUCKLAND    (B)
Drive south to the Waiotapu thermal area - most colourful in New Zealand. Explore the coloured terraces and see Lady Knox geyser play. Return to Rotorua for a guided tour of the Te Puia thermal area to see bubbling mud pools, famed Pohutu geyser, and to visit the carving and weaving school. Take a ride on the Skyline gondola for a panoramic view over Lake Rotorua, and luge if you wish - luge extra expense. Visit the lake front and Government Gardens and Kuirau Park thermal area before enjoying the Agrodome farm show to see sheep being shorn, a cow being milked, and sheep dogs working as well as taking a farm tour to meet the animals and visit the Kiwifruit orchard. 

Return to Auckland mid evening. Return may be with another operator or by scheduled coach.

Tour cost per person 

2 per room                 $890 

3 per room                 $870 

Single room               $980

 

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