INSIDE: The Ultimate Hobbiton Gift Shop. Hobbiton in New Zealand brews it own range of ales, cider and ginger beer! Taste test one of them on your Hobbiton Movie Set Tour for FREE! The best news is that you can now take them home. Stock your fridge with the full range for your next Lord […]
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Destination: Rotorua New Zealand
The ultimate holiday destination on the North Island of New Zealand is definitely Rotorua. Plus, it's only an hour or so to Hobbiton in Matamata by car, so double points.
While it's the best fun for kids and families (and anyone for that matter), it's NOT cheap. Stuff your wallet and then double it. Rotorua attractions are expensive, and you'll want to do lots of them.
But back to Hobbiton. Visiting the former movie set of The Lord of the Rings and the Hobbit, just outside the town of Matamata, is a consistent contender in the top 5 things to do in New Zealand.
Seeing that dramatic unforgettable scenery in person, and wandering through the fields of Hobbit holes in real life, just can't be beat.
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Visit Hobbiton in Matamata
- The Inside Scoop on Visiting Hobbiton Movie Set in Matamata
- A SNEAK PEEK into the Hobbiton Souvenir Shop
Where to stay in Rotorua
Getting around Rotorua
- The funniest way to tour the sights of Rotorua
- The coolest form of transport in Rotorua is a once-in-a-lifetime rail cruiser ride!
SUPER DOOPER FUN things to do in Rotorua
- Do yourself a favour and book the Tamaki Maori Village Hangi Dinner and Show - we LOVED it!
- Ride the Skyline Gondola up a dormant volcano!
- Buy a Family Pass to ride the Skyline Luge - don't miss this!
- Try authentic Maori carving at this attraction in Rotorua
- Cover yourself in therapeutic mud and LAUGH yourself silly at this awesome Geothermal Mud Spa in Rotorua!
- Walk next to bubbling hot Geothermal Pools on a free guided tour at this natural wonder (entry fees apply)
- See the Big Sheep and Big Dog in Tirau
Eating in Rotorua with Kids
- Try all the flavours at Jelly Belly NZ
- The BEST Italian Restaurant in Rotorua
- Rotorua Night Markets are a feast of food choices!
More Cities to explore in New Zealand
- Things to do in Auckland with kids
- Things to do in Napier with kids
- Things to do in Taupo and Waitomo
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INSIDE: The Ultimate Guide to Hobbiton Movie Set 2018 It’s True. Want some more facts about the 12 acre set of Hobbiton? Hobbiton Movie Set Fact #1: 95% of what you see is real. 5% is fake, mostly the stuff on tables and in wagons. (See if you can spot the fakes!) Hobbiton Movie Set […]
INSIDE: The Ultimate Guide to Tamaki Maori Village Cultural Experience in Rotorua. The aroma of the Tamaki Maori Village hangi stayed in my clothes for days. Months later, the fragrance of meat and vegetables cooked underground in a hot fire pit teases my nostrils from time to time, a flashback out of nowhere. It’s so […]
INSIDE: Skyline Gondola Rotorua- all you need to know. The Skyline Gondola sits on one side of the dormant volcano, Mount Ngongotaha in Rotorua. This mountain is chockablock full of super fun things to do in Rotorua, and the only way to reach them is via the Rotorua Gondola. Take a ride up today and […]
INSIDE: Discounts for Families at Skyline with these Rotorua Luge Deals! Whatever you do, do not miss riding the Luge at Skyline Rotorua. A world-first activity, a race on a Skyline Luge down the hillside twists and turns tops our list of the best things to do in Rotorua with kids of all ages. 5 […]
INSIDE: Hells Gate Maori Carving Experience. Updated 2018. Try your hand at Maori carving on wood at Hells Gate Geothermal Park in Rotorua. This Maori carving experience is included as part of the entry fee! As if you needed another reason to visit Hells Gate Mud Spa and Thermal Geysers in Rotorua. Enter through the […]
INSIDE: Hells Gate Mud Spa Rotorua. Updated 2018. Hells Gate Mud Spa Rotorua is the BEST mud spa in town to soothe all your muscles and iron out the kinks. But expect new laughter lines around the eyes and fresh wrinkle-crinkles across the forehead. It’s not possible to keep a poker straight face when friends […]
INSIDE: The Ultimate Guide to Hells Gate Rotorua in Photos. This is the Ultimate Guide to Hells Gate Rotorua Thermal Pools This place is magnificent, captivating, and full of Maori culture and stories. Half way through the guided tour of the Geothermal Park, Ned said he didn’t need to go back to school, as he […]