• Half A Day Duration
  • English
  • Free Cancellation 7 Days Before Use
  • Mobile Voucher Accepted
  • No Transfer
  • Add-ons Optional

Hobbiton Movie Set Guided Tour

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Experience the magic of Middle-earth with an entertaining guided tour of Hobbiton!

Step into the lush pastures of the Shire, as seen in the Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit trilogies. Experience first-hand the unequivocal beauty of this former sheep farm, with the mighty Kaimai Ranges towering in the distance. Your guide will show you the intricate details and point out the most famous locations including the Hobbit Holes, The Mill and the world-famous Green Dragon Inn. 

Once at the Green Dragon Inn, it is time to drink up! You'll be presented with a complimentary, exclusive Hobbit Southfarthing beverage to conclude your own Middle-earth adventure. 

Discover how Hobbiton movie magic was made on this excellent-value Hobbiton Movie Set guided tour!

Assembling arrangement:

For self-drive customers:

Departing from Auckland:

  • Distance: 176 km

  • Time: approximately 2 hours and 15 minutes

Departing from Rotorua:

  • Distance: 74.4 km

  • Time: approximately 1 hour

Please note:

  • We recommend you meet at Matamata I-Site if you go by bus since the final bus stop is near the Matamata I-Site.

  • We recommend you meet at The Shire's Rest if you drive a car since free parking is available and is closer to the Hobbiton Movie Set.

1. Daily Tours from The Shire's Rest (approximately 2 minute drive to Hobbiton Movie Set):

  • Departure point: The Shire's Rest, 501 Buckland Rd, Hinuera, Matamata

  • There are approximately 3-4 shifts per hour, we will confirm the shift between your selected time period (such as 10:00 am - 10:50 am), no longer confirm with you for the second time.

2. Daily Tours from Matamata I-Site (approximately 15 minute drive to Hobbiton Movie Set):

  • Departure point: the Matamata i-SITE, 45 Broadway, Matamata

  • Tours depart daily at 9:30 am, 11:00 am, 12:30 am, 2:00 pm, and 3:30 pm (additional time at 5:00 pm from 1 December to 28 February)

Dining arrangement:

Please note that the optional lunch is only available for tours departing from The Shire's Rest for logistical reason. Duration for a tour with lunch is approximately 2.5 - 3 hours.

  • Child ticket: Ages 9 - 16 years

  • Children under the age of 9 can take part in this tour for free but must be included when booking.

  • Tours operate in all weather conditions; umbrellas are provided in the event of rain. 

  • We recommended you wear comfortable, enclosed footwear and dress appropriately for the weather.

  • There is uneven terrain on the set but it is still wheelchair accessible.

  • To avoid disappointment, we recommend you book this tour well in advance (especially during the peak season of December - February).

  • Due to a large number of bookings and the changing departure times throughout the year, our booking system will automatically choose an available time within half an hour of your selected booking time, in the event that your original booking time is not available.

  • Please bring your children's passport or ID so the operator can confirm their age.

  • Please note this is a fully guided walking tour, which is the only way to access the Hobbiton Movie Set. If you prefer an Evening Banquet Tour, please click here for details.

How to Use
Booking information:
  • Upon booking this product, you will receive confirmation in the form of a tour voucher.

  • Please present the voucher on your mobile device on the day of the tour.

  • Your tour operator's contact details are included on the tour voucher.

Cancellation rules:
  • Full refunds will be issued for cancellation or revision made at least 5 days before use.
  • No cancellation or revision within 4 days before use.
  • If you do not show up at the required time, you will be considered to have forfeited your booking and will not be entitled to a refund.
  • Q:Hi, I see that the booking only allowed us to select the date, may i know if we need to specify the time of visit ? Thanks
    A:Hi there, thank you for your question. Of course, you can choose the specific time or time period after you choose the date and package at the checkout page. If you have any other questions, please feel free to send an email to service@kootrip.com. Kind regards, Hilary
  • Q:Hi, I wanted to book the tour from Shire''s Rest along with the lunch buffet combo. What time will the tour start and what time is lunch? Thanks.
    A:Hi there, thank you for booking with Kootrip! The Marquee Festive Feast Lunch Buffet for tours departing up until 30 September 2019: the 9.50am departure begins with tour followed by lunch at 11.20am and; the 1.20pm departure begins with lunch followed by tour at 2.20pm. For tours departing after 1 October 2019: the 10.05am departure begins with tour followed by lunch at 11.35am; 12.05pm departure begins with tour followed by lunch at 1.35pm; and the 1.25pm departure begins with lunch followed by tour at 2.25pm. We will send you the e-voucher including the departure details as soon as possible once your booking is confirmed. If you have any other questions, please send us an email at service@kootrip.com. Kind regards, June.

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