Full Description / Highlights of the tour:
This deluxe tour includes a private guide (for your small group) and reserved front row seating for the cultural show,
Two Course Lunch with Tea & Coffee
Complementary alcoholic and non alcoholic drink at Hobbiton.
Transport in 2016/17 Luxury Mercedes Vehicle!
A fully guided tour of Whakarewarewa – The Living M?ori village . (with The prince of wales Feather's and Pohutu geysers, steam vents and mud pools) where you are invited to share in the everyday life of The Tohourangi - Ngati Wahiao people. Experience the sights, smells and observe first-hand a unique cultural way of living in one of the few untapped natural geothermal fields in New Zealand. Steeped in history, traditions and cultures that spans hundreds of years, the people of this village have lived surrounded by geothermal activity (geysers, steam vents and mud pools) which they utilise in their everyday life for cooking, bathing and heating. Indulge in their foods cooked with the bubbling hot pools and steaming vents with a geothermal hangi for lunch.
Experience one of Rotorua's leading maori cultural performance groups as they serenade you with a song and dance including the world famous haka as performed by our New Zealand's sports team. For centuries Whakarewarewa village has been home to the Tuhourangi Ngati Wahiao people. As New Zealand's original tourist attraction, They have hosted visitors from around the world since the mid 1800’s
In August 2015 The Living Maori Village received recognition as one of the Lonely Planets ultimate travel destinations ranking #276 in the world.
Steeped in M?ori culture, history and tradition the Living M?ori Village showcases a way of life that has not changed in hundreds of years, despite the modern appliances and amenities. The Village is currently home to over 20 families (4th to 5th generation), with daily life for the Villagers including cooking in the geothermal pools and steam vents, heating their homes from the geothermal waters as well as bathing in the geothermal waters which is said to be both therapeutic and relaxing.
After which we have a small journey to you restuarant for a two course lunch including Tea and Coffee
Then we travel through lush green countryside and on to the Hobbiton Movie set.
Once we arrive at the Hobbiton Movie set you will have an official guide to show you around the Hobbit holes including bilbo's and frodo's home.
Wonder around the vegetable patches were Hobbits grow their food! with giant pumpkins lying around! and learn about the movie secrets and the attention to detail that is truly mind-boggling.
Your guide tells us how in Tolkien's books, there is a reference to hobbits sitting under plum trees, and how in New Zealand, plum trees grow too big to be the right scale for a hobbit so Peter Jackson had apple and pear trees, stripped of their fruit and replaced them with fake plums.
As for the oak tree on the hill? Also fake, with 376,000 artificial leaves imported from Taiwan and wired onto the tree. When the leaves faded in the sun, someone was employed to repaint them, one by one!
Walk past the Mill and the famous Party Tree that were created for "The Lord of the Rings" and "The Hobbit" films. At the end of the tour of the Hobbiton Movie Set, There will be a complementary drink waiting for you to enjoy in the Green Dragon Inn (Alcohol and non alcohol available).