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Crystal Offers Lord of the Rings' Tour And Dinner Experience

Crystal Cruises will be offering guests on two New Zealand cruises the opportunity to explore the “Hobbiton” set used in the Lord of the Rings trilogy.

In is what is sure to be a popular shore excursion offered by the luxury cruise line, guests sailing on the Crystal Serenity voyages that stop in Tauranga, New Zealand, on the 20th December and 29th January, will enjoy an exclusive guided tour around the iconic set before settling down for food and drink served in the Green Dragon Inn.

The tour will include trips to see the famous Hobbit holes inhabited by Frodo and Bilbo Baggins in Brandywine Bridge, and allow guest to take in the stunning views overlooking the lake and stroll around the leafy surroundings and rolling hills.

Following the tour, guests will take their place at the Green Dragon Inn – a cosy watering hole frequented by the hobbits in the films – where they will enjoy traditional New Zealand beer, wine and a Kiwi BBQ served up by staff dressed in full Lord of the Rings regalia.

The Lord of the Rings trilogy is one of the highest grossing movie productions of all time, making just under 3 billion USD at the box office alone. The prequel film, an adaptation of JRR Tolkien’s The Hobbit is set to be released in December 2012 and looks certain to repeat the success of its predecessors.

Crystal Cruises' Vice-President of Land & Port Operations, John Stoll, believes the excursions come at the perfect time considering the release date of the The Hobbit:

“We are always looking for unique, boutique ways for our guests to immerse themselves in a world different from their own. With The Hobbit opening mid-December, this is an extraordinarily timely opportunity for Crystal guests to be transported to a place that many fantasy-fiction fans, movie buffs, as well as wine and foodies from around the globe can only dream of visiting.

You can view Crystal’s upcoming New Zealand itineraries here:

20th December 2012 - Auckland to Melbourne from £6899pp

29th January 2013 - Auckland to Sydney from £4672pp

For more information on Crystal Cruises, please call one of our Cruise Experts on 0800 008 6677.