Scoring an average traveller rating of 5
out of 5
based on the last 24 recent reviews
A wonderful tour a great experience for us especially my husband who is a big fan of both Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit. Our tour started with our very accomodating Wayne who made us awake during the drive going to by giving us the history of auckland and cracking jokes and telling us his experiences driving such tours. Mike our tour guide was excellent too emparting to us how it was made and answering our questions, overall it was an excellent tour and wonderful tour. Thanks to Wayne and Mike.”
rbbongcaron • Submitted 25 Mar 2019
This was a wonderful tour. My family and I had high expectations of this tour as we are big fans of the movies. Whoever had the idea to preserve the movie set and sell tours here was a genius. The cost was well worth it.
The tour provider, Beach and Bush has excellent employees working for them. My first experience with one of their staff is a nice woman who I spoke with on the phone regarding the Auckland Central pick up location. The tour info on Viator did not indicate where the pick-up points are so I called and spoke with a nice woman who gave me the info. As they did not pick-up at the location where I was staying, the closest one was right across the street from our Airbnb. She also sent me a confirmation email with the info in it. They picked us up at the time indicated and took us to a location to transfer to another van that took us on the tour. There were a total of 8 people in our group. The gentleman who picked us up and our tour guide were both very pleasant and professional.
As we made our way toward Hobbiton, our tour guide was very engaging and interesting. He gave us interesting facts and history about different things in Auckland, the movies and New Zealand in general. As the drive was going to be more than an hour or so, after his narration, he let us know that he will stop chatting for a while so we could nap during the long drive if we chose to. We made a pit stop at a convenience store and restaurant to use the restroom and get something to eat. I forgot the name of the place, but the food was excellent. Mostly grab and go stuff.
The scenery and countryside were beautiful as we continued on toward Hobbiton. Our tour guide was handy with more facts about the farms, flora and fauna that we passed. It was a nice drive. We arrived at the Shires Rest where we were able to take a look at the gift shop and use the restroom before our guide to Hobbiton met us.
I cannot forget seeing the entrance to Hobbiton for the first time, the road with the two rock walls on each side in the scene where Gandalf is riding his cart into Hobbiton. It was amazing. It looked exactly like it did in the movie and that scene is the first thing that came to mind when I saw it. Our Hobbiton guide kept us moving at a good pace but not rushing us to move along, he was very patient with us when we lagged behind to get that picture perfect shot. I can imagine what he deals with on a day to day basis with us tourists. When we stopped at different points he would bring to our memory different scenes in both the Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit movies and show us the physical location of where it was filmed. He quizzed us to see if we knew what was spoken during a particular scene, gave us the behind the scenes story of the films, he was awesome.
Our Hobbiton guide then left us at the Green Dragon and our Tour Guide met us there. We got our pint of ale the tour guide got a non-alcoholic beverage and went to have lunch in a tent nearby. The buffet lunch was excellent and coincidentally we were the first group to sit down. The big bus tours came in about 20 minutes later, by then we already had gotten our food and sat down. I asked the tour guide if renting out the place was a possibility, he said absolutely. People have parties and weddings here all the time.
I think coming here during winter June was a good decision, because I think it wouldnt have been as enjoyable if it was very hot. It was cold but not unbearably so. I would recommend this tour because its a small group tour, also this particular one did not include the Waitomo Caves and did include lunch, which is what we were more interested in. We had time to purchase items from the gift shop and we headed back to Auckland. Our tour guide was nice enough to let us nap on the ride back and we got dropped off at the same place we were picked up from. A wonderful tour led by wonderful people.”
Dyann C • Submitted 03 Jul 2018
This Tour was the highlight of our trip. Fun and informative thanks to our driver Wayne with Beach and Bush and the guides at the various locations. Worth every penny. Highly recommend!”
Katomike • Submitted 30 Jun 2018
Just a great tour. Our driver was a wealth of information and made the road trip pass quickly.
Hobbiton was fun and now when I watch LOTR. I appreciate all of it.”
Gail O • Submitted 10 Jun 2018
I had the good fortune of booking this tour, which done through a great tour company called Bush and Beach. On the day I booked, I was the only person that had booked the tour, so I had a private driver to Hobbiton and back, as well as a private guide through the movie set. I was told the day before and after me, they had tour groups of 20 or so people, but I lucked out in being the only one booked on the day I went. Instead of asking me to switch to a different day as some tour companies have done in the past, this tour company wanted to accommodate my choice! It was a wonderful experience.
Hobbiton itself is very neat, beautifully maintained, and it was enjoyable to have a private tour guide throughout the set. The Green Dragon was a great way to end the tour of the set. Lunch is nothing spectacular, but it was good with plenty of options buffet style. I would definitely recommend this tour company to anyone.”
Lyndsey K • Submitted 31 May 2018
This was a fabulous tour! Was a bit of a drive, but worth it! Felt transported back to Hobbiton!”
J and J Travellers • Submitted 18 Apr 2018
Marie Pascale S • Submitted 13 Apr 2018
jain.ram.b • Submitted 17 Mar 2018
Charming place, great tour guide!”
Nancy B • Submitted 09 Mar 2018
segunajose • Submitted 22 Feb 2018
Only 12 people in our group and we had our own guide. We also arrived early enough to avoid the crowds. And the lunch was pretty tasty too!”
Linda M • Submitted 10 Feb 2018
Driver Wayne fromBeach and Bush and tour guides at Hobbiton did a great job.”
Robert A • Submitted 09 Feb 2018
Alex S • Submitted 09 Feb 2018
This tour was exceptional for several reasons. Even if you are not a fan of the movies, the tour of the movie location is an education into the film making process. The tour guide presented excellent examples of the surprises that occurred during filming and the myriad of technical challenges that had to be overcome. A second reason this tour was exceptional was that Viator subcontracted to a Small New Zealand Business - Bush and Beach that won the Small Business Operator of the year for 2016 from the New Zealand Tourism Export Council. It showed in the quality of the whole tour. Lastly, the bus ride from Auckland was very scenic and made informative by the commentary of our driver/guide Wayne. The tour would not have been as entertaining/informative without his input.”
the2simeks • Submitted 29 Jan 2018
Stephan was an outstanding Tour Guide - managed the group and various moving parts exceptionally well Tour was as expected, a good experience and lots of anecdotal information provided by the site Tour leader. Lunch, outstanding, much more than anticipated. Well recommended.”
Jeff V • Submitted 24 Jan 2018
Superb tour for those like myself who has knowledge of the Lord of the Rings and Hobbit movies. This set truly makes you feel like you could have been a part of the movie!”
Kedeisha C • Submitted 08 Jan 2018
Our driver was great, he was full of just enough information to keep the drive interesting, and a very nice man that has lived a very interesting life. The guide at Hobbiton was also fantastic, she made the tour so fun and brought our small group from around the world to feel as a tight knit group of friends through her conversation with us. Just a suggestion to others considering doing the tour: bring allergy medicine if you suffer from hayfever. There are a lot of various pollens, and while I havent had to take allergy medicine for years, I was very impacted by and was physically miserable while in such a beautiful place with such nice people.”
Meredith N • Submitted 03 Jan 2018
Keith our driver-guide made the drive very enjoyable with all his knowledge of the country we traveled through very beautiful and the Hobbiton area. Highly recommend this Bush and Beach tour group and this small group tour in particular.”
Valerie A • Submitted 31 Dec 2017
Fantastic driver. Had a good conversation with him.
About the tour itself, drive to the location was beautiful and it was amazing to see how much effort was put in to build the set. Must see if you are movie buff.”
Siva • Submitted 16 Nov 2017
They did an awesome job! Lots of information was shared with everyone on the tour. I would highly recommend it”
Kristine H • Submitted 07 Nov 2017
We were able to take more and better photos since there was a small group of us. We were given a good and healthy lunch and ginger beer to have. Best ginger beer in my entire life!
Views were spectacular!”
nscomp1088 • Submitted 20 Oct 2017
Both the tour and the food was great!”
Edwin J • Submitted 16 Oct 2017
If you are in Auckland and is a fan of J.R.R Tolkien, then you should really try to get out to where the Hobbit was filmed. We enjoyed having drinks at the Green Dragon Inn and seeing the hobbit house and trees. Our guide was delightful in giving us his opinions on what was going on in New Zealand during the drive there.”
Ngai S. Sandy Y • Submitted 11 Oct 2017
This tour was amazing!”
Mylyn B • Submitted 20 Sep 2017