Located just 1hrs drive away, The Hobbiton Movie Set Tour offers an interesting and entertaining experience incorporating the famous film set and a special insight into rural life. The tour starts with a drive through a picturesque 1,250 acre working sheep farm (there are 13,000 sheep and 300 beef cattle on the property) with spectacular views across to the Kaimai Ranges. Your tour guide will escort you through the ten acre site recounting fascinating details on how the Hobbiton movie set was created. After your tour of the film set your host will then take you to The Shires Rest with time to bottle feed the pet lambs and visit The Shire Store.
Glow Worm Kayak:
While you can see glow-worms elsewhere in New Zealand, and you can paddle a sea kayak in many places around the world, this is the only place when the two combine for a magical & truly unique experience. The tour is great fun with beautiful scenery, fantastic birdlife, and awesome glow-worms. Enjoy wine and cheese on the edge of Lake McLaren while your guides brief you on how to kayak effectively before launching you onto picturesque Lake McLaren at twilight to paddle to the mysterious glow worm canyon. The glow-worms are situated in a narrow, high-sided canyon at the top of the lake, not in a cave, so the tour departs before sunset so when we get to the glow-worm canyon it’s completely dark, as required to see glow worms to the best effect. Paddling a kayak may be something you have tried before, but you probably haven’t kayaked at night (we provide head-torches) and certainly not have kayaked in the dark to see constellations of glow-worms. Tour Duration: Approximately 1-1½ hour kayaking. Total tour duration: 3-3½ hour tour. Min ages: 8 years.
Hauraki Rail Trai:
Enjoy an easy self-guided ride on the Hauraki Rail Trail through the Karangahake Gorge to Paeroa return (approx. 8 miles each way). This is considered one of the most picturesque parts of trail offering spectacular gorge scenery – the bush, cliffs and the dynamic river below. Carved through solid rock, the 1.1Km Karangahake Rail tunnels are a labyrinth of glow worm lit historic mining tunnels. The Karangahake Gorge, one of the “fourteen wonders of New Zealand” and packed with gold mining history. Ride through the tunnels, stop for short walks and enjoy a picnic lunch along the way. The Hauraki Rail Trail is all Grade 1 (easiest) making it suitable for riders of all ages and abilities. The trail is wide and smooth with gentle gradients. Note: this can be an 8 mile ride with return transport back to starting point.
Located just 1hrs drive away, Tauranga is a great base with easy access to the Southern Coromandel and Rotorua