If you like green during your holidays and vacations, Waikato is the destination you need to head out. All the different forms and colors of green can be spotted in this region. it is blessed with mother nature displaying her beauty in every possible form. Besides the beautiful green, the calm, cool and gorgeous blue waters are always inviting. Waikato has a perfect combination of blue and green, the type that’s always inviting on a vacation.
Here in Waikato, there is nothing more fun to do then to give a hand at all the adventurous sports. Right from rafting, to sailing, to swimming, to jet skiing, to tandem diving, to bungee jumping, to hiking, everything can be done here. It is a lot of fun. There is no dearth of fun and enjoyment here. Vacationing in this part of the world is fun at any time. Its climate is good and welcomes you all year long.
So the next time you are planning a holiday and you like the outdoors, you may want to consider the land of Waikato in New Zealand. Its beckoning you to come and soak in its beauty. Lose yourself in the rich colors of green and blue. Don’t worry about travel, stay or food. Here in Waikato there are plenty of hotels you can shack into. And traveling here isn’t difficult. Just book your tickets, hop on to the flight and come here to this city and enjoy yourself. It will be better than any other vacation you have ever had.
Travel south from Auckland over the Bombay Hills to the rich farmland of the Waikato region. You travel through the heritage town of Cambridge where tree-lined streets add to the English-style atmosphere. From here your journey takes you through undulating green hills reminding you that you are approaching Hobbiton Shire.
On arrival at Shire’s Rest you embark on your Hobbiton movie set tour. This location is the largest “green set” in the world and the only place where you get an emotional response with a movie set in a natural setting. You see 37 hobbit holes, the Mill and double arch bridge, the party tree and visit the Green Dragon Inn. At this stunning location you can take a photo at the door of Bilbo’s house, “Bag End”, looking out over the whole set to the hills in the distance.
After the tour your lunch is included at Shire’s Rest Café before heading back to Auckland.
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Your tour starts from Rotorua with a scenic drive across the Kaimai Ranges to The Shires Rest Cafe. It then continues through the picturesque 1,250 acre sheep farm with spectacular views across to the Kaimai Ranges. Your guide will escort you through the ten acre site recounting fascinating details of how the Hobbiton set was created.
The Hobbit holes, Green Dragon Inn, Mill and other structures created for The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit films can be viewed and you will see how this beautiful piece of Waikato farmland was transformed into The Shire from Middle-earth.
Upon completion of your tour of the set you will return to The Shires Rest to enjoy the Sheep Farm Experience followed by a complimentary snack. You are then returned to Rotorua.
Tour duration from Rotorua: 4 1/2 hours (approx).
Departure times from Tourism Rotorua (1167 Fenton St) are 8-30am and 1-30pm. Free transfer available from ....
Experience the real Middle-earth with a visit to the Hobbiton Movie Set, the bucolic setting for The Shire that featured in the Peter Jackson directed films, The Lord of the Rings. Your tour starts with a drive through the picturesque 1,250 acre sheep farm with spectacular views across to the Kaimai Ranges. Your guide will escort you through the ten acre site recounting fascinating details of how the Hobbiton set was created. The Hobbit holes, Green Dragon Inn, Mill and other structures created for The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit films can be viewed and you will see how this beautiful piece of Waikato farmland was transformed into The Shire from Middle-earth. Upon completion of your tour of the set you will return to The Shires Rest to enjoy the Sheep Farm Experience. Tours depart from the Shire's Rest (501 Buckland Road, Hinuera, Matamata). Free courtesy transport departs frequently from the Matamata Information Centre....
More than 30 million years ago, the legend of Waitomo began with the creation of limestone at the bottom of the ocean. Now these limestone formations stand as one of New Zealand's most inspiring natural wonders and a must-see destination. Your guided tour will take you through over 250 metres of stunning underground scenery commencing with the impressive Cathedral. Your tour begins at the upper entrance of the cave and proceeds along a low narrow passage to the Tomo, a deep limestone shaft. Other magnificent cave formations include the Banquet Chamber, the Pipe Organ and the Catacombs. The highlight of your tour is an unrivalled boat trip through the spectacular Glowworm Grotto. As your eyes adjust to the dark, the walls and roof sparkle with the lights of glowworm larvae. Glide silently through the starry wonderland of the glowworm grotto, your way lit by a myriad of tiny glowworm lights glittering, and reflecting off the wat....