Middle Earth exists only on-screen but Hobbiton is still there for all to see. When Peter Jackson spotted the Alexander Farm during an aerial search of the North Island for the best possible locations to film the Lord of the Rings Trilogy, he immediately thought it was perfect for Hobbiton. Site construction started in March 1999 but a lot of work had to be done to meet the director’s high standards. The country’s army was contracted to build 1.5km of road into the site, 37 Hobbit holes were created, artificial leaves were imported from Taiwan to be wired individually onto the oak tree overlooking Bag End !
Have your camera at the ready when you tour this iconic film-set with Hobbiton Tours. Choose from several options that include this charming fictional village, nestled in the heart of the Waikato.
Experience Hobbiton™ Movie Set as you have never seen it before with a guided tour through The Shire™ at dusk. Your guide escorts you through the 12 acre site, recounting fascinating stories and anecdotes about the trilogies. The tour concludes at The Green Dragon™ Inn with a complimentary beverage from our exclusive Hobbit ” Southfarthing” range. The guests will then be moved through into The Green Dragon dining room and treated to a banquet feast fit for a Hobbit. The tables will be heaving with traditional Hobbit fayre and, as is the tradition in the Shire, second helpings are encouraged.
To conclude this premium Hobbiton Movie Set experience, after dinner the guests will re-join their guide to make their way back through the wandering paths of The Shire. The trails will be illuminated by path lighting and handheld lanterns will be provided amongst the guests to help light the way. This stunning journey under moonlight will travel through the village breathtakingly lit up, with Hobbit Hole™ chimneys smoking and lanterns glowing in the darkness.
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Our most popular Tour – designed for those who want to see a lot and only have a little time.
Your tour starts in Auckland or Rotorua and travels to Hobbiton for your 2 hour guided tour of the movie set with “Hobbiton Tours”. Including a a complimentary drink at the Green Dragon. After this tour you will travel to Rotorua ( about 55 minutes) for lunch at Te Puia.
The stop in Rotorua is approximately 75minutes. You will have the opportunity to eat your lunch and have a quick look around Te Puia to see thermal activity, including geysers ,boiling mud, a visit the Kiwi House and to have a look at the Maori Arts and Crafts Institute.
From Rotorua we travel to Waitomo Caves to join a guided tour. You will walk into the cave and the tour includes a short boat ride through the main cavern which is illuminated only by the phosphorescent lights of the glow-worms.
There is no time to add a Maori Concert or any other activities but if you have the time and want to see more, check our Rotorua overnight tours for options which include spending a night in Rotorua
Tour price includes all transport , hotel pickup and drop-off in central city locations, entry to Hobbiton, Te Puia, lunch and the Waitomo Caves.
Depart 7am Return 8pm approximately – Hotel pick ups from 6:30am
Travel from Auckland to Matamata then to Hobbiton for your tour of the movie set with “HobbitonTours”. Your your concludes with a complimnetary drink at the Green Dragon. After this tour you will travel to Rotorua ( pproximately 55 minutes) for lunch at Te Puia. You will have time to explore the thermal valley and the Maori Arts and Crafts Institute and take a walk inside the kiwi house. We also explore Rotorua visiting the lake front and other attractions before returning North to Auckland.
You have a whole afternoon in Rotorua so you can add a Maori Concert including the Haka for an extra $14 or refer to options in Rotorua 1 day tours – you have time to add one extra option such as a soak in the Hot Pools at the Polynesian Spa or visit Rainbow Springs Nature Park.
Tour price includes entry to Hobbiton, Te Puia, the Maori Arts and Crafts Institute and lunch.