To keep us all safe, we ask that each person in your group has a mask or face covering, as we will be spending a short amount of time driving to the site in our van where we will be within 2m of each other.
Before entering our Tour Office, we will require each visitor to scan our Covid-19 QR code or lodge their details on our Contact Tracing Register & sanitise their hands.
PLEASE DO NOT COME IF YOU FEEL UNWELL.
Do I need to book?
Yes please! Booking in ADVANCE is ESSENTIAL at this time. (We will require sufficient bookings before a tour goes ahead.) Check our booking schedule for available days or email us at: : firstname.lastname@example.org
Do I need to be a Hobbit fan to like this tour?
You will enjoy this tour whether you like the movies or not.
What sort of road will I be driving on once I leave Piopio Village?
The Mangaotaki Road is a typical rural country road. It is 2-laned and sealed, with a central white line and has no pedestrian pavement. It is narrow and winding in places and although may seem quiet, farm vehicles and stock trucks frequently use it. The scenery is stunning but please keep your eyes on the road!
(Please remember that we drive on the left-hand side of the road in New Zealand).
What sort of parking do you have?
We have ample parking for cars, campervans & buses. The parking area is a short drive off the Mangaotaki Road and very near our Tour Office/Shop.
Do you have a shop & toilets?
Yes! We have a well appointed merchandise store with extremely clean toilets. We also have a small array of snacks & refreshments for sale.
Is there public transport, shuttles or taxis to your tour?
At this stage all visitors must drive themselves to our tours, as there is no public transport, shuttles or taxis.
Will I need special footwear or clothing?
Walking tracks are gravel and on slightly uneven ground. Please wear suitable, comfortable footwear. Tours operate in all weather, so wear appropriate clothing (e.g. raincoat, sunhat). To keep us all safe, we ask that each person in your group has a mask or face covering, as we will be spending a short amount of time driving to the site in our van where we will be within 2m of each other.
How long is the tour?
Approximately 1½ hours (90 minutes)
What does the tour require of me physically?
The 5 minute drive to the site requires you to be able to step up into one of our mini vans. Once at the site, we walk on tracks, over undulating ground, with the surface being compacted gravel. There are a dozen steps in one area. The total length is around 200 metres and takes about 1 hour as there are plenty of stops as the tour unfolds.
What times are the tours?
If we have sufficient bookings, tours will be at 10:00 am and 1:00 pm. Please arrive 15 minutes before departure times. Remember, at this time PRE BOOKING is ESSENTIAL Check our booking schedule for available days or email us at: email@example.com
Do you have any other tour times?
We will try to accommodate special requests, if given at least 48 hours notice to allow us to arrange for extra staff.
Can I bring my dog?
Sorry, but no. As this is a working farm we cannot allow dogs onto the property - we must ensure the safety and wellbeing of the farm animals.
How long will it take to drive to your tour office?
15 minutes from Piopio; 35 minutes from Te Kuiti; 45 minutes from Waitomo Village; 50 minutes from Otorohanga; 1 hour 50 minutes from the 'Hobbiton' film set near Matamata, 3 hours from Auckland Airport and 2 hours 15 minutes from New Plymouth.
What are your driving directions?
PLEASE USE THESE DIRECTIONS AS SOME GPS UNITS MAY TAKE A LONGER ROUTE VIA GRAVEL ROADS.
Travel on SH3 (State Highway 3) to Piopio
Turn onto Kaka Street at the southend of Piopio Village.
Turn left off Kaka Street onto Mangaotaki Road.
Continue to travel on Mangaotaki Road for 14.11kms to 1411 Mangaotaki Road and the "Hairy Feet Waitomo Scenic Film Location Tour." Approximately 15 minutes drive from Piopio.