Small group tour to Hobbiton and Te Puia
We were very pleased that we found Cjays tour group. Our cruise ship was visiting Tauranga, but wasn't offering an excursion to both Hobbiton and Te Puia. So we needed to find a local operator. This had been proving quite difficult, until we found Cjays, as everyone else had advised they were not offering tours that day, our ship being too small to give them minimum numbers.
But Cjays saved the day, as they actually specialise in small group tours, so they had no problem at all accepting a booking for just the 2 of us.
We were met at the port by Clem, at the time and place promised, and taken to Te Puia first where we saw the Pohuto Geyser in full spurt, pools of bubbling mud, a coloured pool and a Maori workshop at the Arts and Craft Centre there. We were also lucky enough to spot a Kiwi in the nocturnal enclosure.
Our next stop at Hobbiton was truly magical. Clem organised the timing of lunch and the guided tour start-time really well and was very helpful instructing us on best ways to optimise our time at both Te Puia and Hobbiton.
It is quite a distance from the port to the locations visited, but the vehicle was comfortable and the commentary on the local area was very informative. And, after what had been an enjoyable day touring, we were safely delivered back to our ship in good time
Judy picked my wife and I at the port at 7:30 am. After a brief itinerary discussion, she tailored an unforgettable 7 hour tour of the highlights of the area. Judy’s local knowledge lead us to sights we would never have seen on a large tour. I am disabled and require the use of a mobility scooter. Judy insured that I was accompanied and comfortable. Our tour with CJays Tour Group was professional and personal. We had lots of fun and learned so much about the area! Thanks, Judy!.
Judy of Cjay tours was the best tour director we have ever had the privilege of meeting. She introduced us to the very best in one of the most magical places on our cruise. Judy made sure we had the full experience of Hobbiton, Rotorua and Tauranga. We experienced our first Hobbit Hole, our first Maori celebration, geysers, mudpools and even a Kiwi fruit grove. It was a beautiful day with a beautiful person. Thank you Judy for sharing your hat to protect me from the extreme sun and so appreciate your expertise, energy and enthusiasm.
Our family of 4 had a 2 day cruise excursion, one day with Judy and one day with Clem, and we thoroughly enjoyed both.
On day 1 Judy met us at the port and took us to the Hobbiton, Waitomo Glow Worm Caves, and then dropped us off at the base of Mt. Mauganui (per our request), so that we could hike to the top for fantastic views.
On day 2 Clem took us to Rotorua for the Redwood Forest Tree Walk and Te Puia, with a stop at a Kiwi fruit farm on the way.
We highly recommend Clem and Judy for a cruise port tour.