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!
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 one hour
We recommend you meet at Matamata I-Site if you go by bus for the final bus stop is near the Matamata I-Site.
We recommend you meet at The Shire's Rest if you drive a car for 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 location: The Shire's Rest, 501 Buckland Rd, Hinuera, Matamata
Times: Tours depart every 30 minutes between 9 am and 3:30 pm.
Additional tours at 4 pm and 4:30 pm may operate on all or selected dates from 1 September to 30 April.
Additional tours at 5 pm and 5:30 pm may operate on all or selected dates from 27 December to 28 February.
2. Daily Tours from Matamata I-Site (approximately 15 minute drive to Hobbiton Movie Set)):
Departure location: the Matamata i-SITE, 45 Broadway, Matamata
Times: Tours depart daily at 8:45 am, 10:05 am, 11:25 am, 12:45 pm, 2:05 pm, and 3:25 pm (every 45 minutes).
Additional tours departing at 4:45 pm may operate on all or selected dates from 1 December to 28 February.
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.
Please note that the optional lunch can be only available for a tour departing from The Shire's Rest for logistical reason. Duration for tour with lunch is approximately 2.5-3 hours.
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.
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.
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.