5 star rating: Highly Recommended 117 Reviews

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  • Location:Auckland, New Zealand
  • Duration:8 hours (approx.)

Small-Group Tour: The Lord of the Rings Hobbiton Movie Set Tour from Auckland

Visit the ‘Lord of the Rings’ movie set on this small-group Hobbiton tour from Auckland, limited to 25 people. At the Hobbiton Movie Set, you’ll visit the home of Bilbo Baggins and peer inside other hobbit holes of the Shire — filming site of ‘The Hobbit’ and the ‘The Lord of the Rings’ trilogy. Your knowledgeable guide points out the party tree and the Mill. Enjoy cider, ale or ginger beer at the Green Dragon Inn, and recharge with lunch at The Shires Rest — both included.


  • Day trip to the Hobbiton movie set from Auckland
  • Enjoy a stop for morning tea en-route to Hobbiton
  • See where Bilbo Baggins lived
  • Pose for pictures outside the hobbit holes
  • Enjoy a cider, ale or ginger beer inside the Green Dragon Inn (included)
  • Have lunch at The Shire's Rest Cafe (included)
  • Small-group limited to 25 people ensures a more personalized experience

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Small-Group Tour: The Lord of the Rings Hobbiton Movie Set Tour from Auckland

Hobbiton Movie Set

Travel south over the Bombay Hills to the fertile farmland of the Waikato region after morning pickup from your Auckland hotel. En route to Hobbiton, disembark the coach for a stretch break and stop for morning tea (own expense) before arrival at the Hobbiton Movie Set, located in Matamata.

Your guide takes you through this working sheep farm, a prime filming location for The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings movie series with incredible views overlooking the world’s biggest outdoor movie set. Fans will love exploring the Shire, home to hobbit holes including Bilbo Baggins’s house. Stop for photos in front of the Mill, the party tree and the double-arch bridge as you’re entertained with tales about the making of the films.

Then head to the Green Dragon Inn for a complimentary cider, ale or ginger beer. After your tour of Hobbiton, enjoy an included lunch at The Shire’s Rest before your day trip ends with drop-off at your hotel in Auckland.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Pick-up in the morning was on-time and easy, our tour driver gave us lots of laughs on the way to Hobbiton. When we reached Hobbiton, we had Shaun who was fantastic. He really knew his stuff. Being able to see how much detail went into the making of these films, really does have to be seen to be believed. The lunch was amazing. Because we were one of the very first groups on site, meant we had first dibs on the delicious food. Make sure you save room for dessert. The trip home was picturesque and we stopped for ice-cream. I'd eaten my fair share at lunch, but was told by others that it was delicious.
If you're a Lord of the Rings fan or even if you're not, I can highly recommend this tour.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

the guides are filled with knowledge about the movie set which helps bring it to life! The scenery is beautiful and had lots of fun!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

OMG! Amazing! Kept pinching myself to make sure it was real. Hardly slept at all the night before because I was so excited. the tour lived up to all my expectations! Great included lunch even with my dietary restrictions.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Amazing Tour.
Second group to arrive to the set, so we had amazing pictures wihout the crowd.

Tour guide was friendly and we have a wonderful time

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Very informative and had a great time!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

My first visit to New Zealand and one of my must do thing is see Hobbiton. I did lots of research online and I really want to spend longer time and get there early to take lots of picture in Hobbiton. I came across on tripadvisor which direct me to Viator for booking. I was glad I pick this tour because the tour group size was small and I was very lucky with just me and other person in the tour. I was pick up from my hotel at SkyCity 6:40am in the morning and another pick up in Auckland our journey to Hobbiton begin. Before we reach Hobbiton we stop over at a cafe for some to go breakfast and coffee. During the ride our Tour guide Alexander give us lots of history about New Zealand and gave us lots of detail about different spot when we pass by some location. Once we get to Hobbiton Alexander help us pick up our tickets and let us know where to wait for our bus and where he will be waiting for us when we come back from Hobbiton tour. He also ask if any of us are vegetarian because our tour include lunch at Hobbiton. Also we received a NZ10 Shopping voucher to be used in the Hobbiton Gift Shop.
The best part of this tour we got there before 9:30am and we was on the first tour!!! I was able to take lots of pictures with people in the background and I even had a Ale at the Dragon Inn!! I was glad I am not with the coach bus I notice they arrive a lot later and your pictures will probably have lots of people in the background!!!
On the way back to Auckland Alexander let us know he will make it a quite ride and let us take a nap or rest. I also request if he can drop us off at Mt Eden and he even gave us detail how to get back to SkyCity area.
I highly recommend with this tour group and my next trip visiting New Zealand for sure I will sign up their tour again.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Very professional tour. Well worth the money. Lovely scenery, good information, delicious lunch, small group with plenty of personal attention. Loved it!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Interesting road trip from Auckland, guide Kevin Oats was very knowledgeable and made the long ride interesting. Short stops for each direction for a toilet break and coffee. Its an early start and back by 4pm onto Auckland. Visit to the film site was enjoyable and a beer before a light lunch. Enjoyable trip.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Great tour with a tasty lunch. It was lovely to see the scenery and hobbit holes. Fantastic experience if you're a fan of the books/films and even if you're not. On the way back our driver stopped for ice cream which was a nice treat.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

So cool to see all of the hobbit holes. The Alexander farm is breathtaking and the tour guide was absolutely incredible!

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