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Private Tour: Hobbiton Movie Set Tour from Auckland
"Your day will begin with a hotel pickup from your hotel in Auckland before being taken to Matamata. Wander round this country town and enjoy the perfect blend of old fashion shops and Modern Cafes before your 2-hour Hobbiton Move Set guided tour.Discover the real Middle-Earth on the one of the most picturesque farmlands in the North Island! Enjoy your fascinating 2-hour guided tour of the Hobbiton Move Set seen in The Lord of the Rings and you will head toward the Hunua Ranges which is only a little over an hour form Auckland. The Hunua Falls is located in the western part of Hunua Ranges Regional Park. The spectacular 30m (98 feet) waterfall is part of the Wairoa River which carves through an ancient volcano as it win before meeting the Hauraki Gulf.Head back to Auckland where you have the option to be dropped off at any preferred location within the city center."""
From NZD400.00
 
Waitomo Caves and Lord of the Rings Hobbiton Movie Set Tour including Lunch from Hamilton
"After being picked up from your Hamilton hotel at 10am (or another time if you prefer) sit back and relax on the 1 hour drive to the Waitomo Caves. The route passes through very scenic countryside and farmland in the beautiful Waikato region. At Waitomo join a 45-minute tour of the amazing glow-worm caves including a tranquil boat ride on an underground stream to ensure a good view of the glow worms. Then continue the journey in your private vehicle to a farm near the small town of Matamata and the Shire's Rest cafe where you can have some lunch and from where your Hobbiton Movie Set Tour begins. Lasting about 2 hours your tour takes you on a drive through the rural sheep farm that was chosen as the Hobbiton Movie Set for The Lord of the Rings and Hobbit movies. Hear how the location was chosen how the sets were created and which scenes were shot here. Visit famous sites from the films
From NZD526.00
 
"Hobbiton
Waitomo and Hobbiton day tour"Start the day in Auckland with selected inner city hotel pickups. Begin your action packed day at the famous ‘Hobbition’. 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 Mill and double arch bridge the party tree and 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. Be treated to a delicious Hobbiton-style themed buffet lunch
From NZD350.00

Tirau Information Centre. Tips (4)

Tirau's most photographed building (and lamp post)

Visitors to Tirau, armed with a camera, will find themselves photographing the colourful corrugated shop signs that give the town its character. You will see everything here from corrugated flowers, to pigs, to pukekos (a native bird).

The local tourist information centre went one better than just having a corrugated sign, and had the whole building made up as a corrugated dog!

I would just love to meet the person who decided to put a street lamp slap bang outside the front of what must be Tirau's most photographed building!! Although, as has been pointed out to me, of course you need a lamp post near a dog!!!

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allikat
Nov 04, 2005

Tirau Information Centre.

Tirau Information Centre built (1998) to look like a dog. This is no ordinary dog, but the traditional sheep dog that helped develop the area in years gone bye. At night his eyes and nose are lit with small lights.
You can find very nice, clean toilets here at the Information Office, for your convenience, open 9am - 5pm daily.
A great place to stop and collect information on your next destination, they have a very extensive array of brochures from around the country.
Internet EMail and Wifi available here.

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kiwi
Mar 17, 2010

Let the dog guide you

Apart from tourist information this place is full of all those things designed to relieve you of your hard-earned.
Even I have to admit it's different. No Roman ruins here, no Sydney Opera House, no skyscrapers, just lots of ingenuity with currugated iron, one of the staple building materials where I come. I think it's clever that someone found another use for it.
You can find out how that happened in tip 4.

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iandsmith
Sep 30, 2007

Tirau Visitor Information Centre

Tirau Information Centre is inside the big white dog's head!
Inside, as you can see, it's rather different.
The facilities are excellent - brand new toilets, etc.
It's a good first point of call, not because there is anything else to see in the town apart from the quaint shops, but because it stocks an absolutely HUGE range of brochures from just about all over NZ, neatly separated into geographical regions. It also sells books and souvenirs. There's a tv in one corner showing tourist information with couches set up around it.
Extremely well equipped!

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Mar 22, 2004
 
 
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"Stop at Tirau ~ don't just drive through!"
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"Tirau, on the way to Rotorua and Taupo."
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"Tirau - a small town with a lot of antiques shops!"
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"What corrugated iron can do for your town"
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Things to Do Near Tirau

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Lake Rotorua

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