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5 star rating: Highly Recommended 3 Reviews

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  • Location: Auckland, New Zealand
  • Duration:  8 hours (approx.)
Visit the Hobbiton Movie Set for the ultimate behind-the-scenes look at where ‘The Lord of the Rings’ and the 'Hobbit' trilogies were filmed. You and your small group beat the crowds to this popular attraction near Matamata, a small agricultural town approximately 2.5 hours' drive from Auckland, arriving before the site opens to the general public. During the private tour, your guide will take you places that were usually only accessed by the film crews. This Viator exclusive tour can’t be booked anywhere else, making it the perfect day for fans of Gandalf and the gang!


  • Gain exclusive, early access to the Hobbiton Movie Set with this Viator exclusive, not available anywhere else!
  • Arrive at the Hobbiton Movie Set before the crowds to be one of the first groups on set
  • Pose for pictures outside Bag End
  • Enjoy a hearty breakfast at the Green Dragon Inn
  • On your way back to your hotel, stop for Hokey Pokey ice cream at Pokeno
  • Private round-trip transport in an air-conditioned mini-coach
  • Small group limited to 18 people to ensure a more personalized experience

Why Our Insiders Chose This Tour

A visit to the Hobbiton Movie Set is a must, whether you're a 'The Lord of the Rings' fan or not. On this Viator exclusive you'll arrive on set early to avoid the crowds, tour the set as part of a small group, and access areas that are normally off-limits to other tour groups.

What You Can Expect

Viator Exclusive: Early Access to The Lord of the Rings Hobbiton Movie Set

Hobbiton Movie Set

Depart from your Auckland hotel at approximately 6:30am for a roughly 2.5-hour drive south over the Bombay Hills to the lush farmland of the Waikato region. Upon arrival at the Hobbiton Movie Set, you and your fellow The Lord of the Rings fans have an early tour with a private guide. Ask away about Mordor, filming details, and whatever else comes to mind as you pass Bilbo Baggins’ house, the mill, and the party tree, among other recognizable landmarks.

One thing you won’t get out your guide? Whether or not the five hobbit holes you visit will appear in two upcoming films for the current The Hobbit series. Ogle the round doors and windows of the Smials that are not open to visit during the regular tours. This Viator exclusive is the only way to see the latest in hobbit architecture!

Smile big for a photo outside Bag End, and then head to an epic breakfast at the Green Dragon Inn. The meal includes morning staples such as scrambled eggs, bacon and fruit, in addition to creamy mushrooms, grilled tomatoes and a specially made breakfast mince.

After your tour of Hobbiton Movie Set, hop in your provided transport to head back to your Auckland hotel. Along the way, you will stop for an ice-cream break at Pokeno for a scoop of New Zealand’s signature Hokey Pokey. The world-famous vanilla ice cream is packed with clumps of honeycomb toffee. It’s a sweet way to end your Viator exclusive tour that can’t be booked anywhere else!

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2014

absolutely loved hobbiton, it was exceptionally excellent to get there early before any of the tour busses arrived, hobbiton , the happiest place in NZ

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2014

Hobbiton lived up to my expectations. It's a wonderful place. Unfortunately, no-one else booked the Early Access tour so it was cancelled. Make sure you ring the local supplier to confirm your booking, as Viator tell you to.
I was disappointed not to have breakfast in The Green Dragon (even though I was picked up at the same time as I would have been for the Early Access tour). We had lunch instead, in a marquee behind the pub.
We arrived at the same time as two cruise ship tour groups and wasted half an hour or more just standing around while people used the two toilets. The bus driver could have suggested using the facilities available at our 'coffee stop' on the way to The Shire.
Even with a lot of people there the tour guides manage to avoid congestion by taking different routes. However, our group was 28 people so every time we stopped anywhere we couldn't linger. We only had time for a few quick photos and then had to move on for the people behind to do the same. Instead of lunch I would have preferred to wander around by myself and really look at everything. I understand why this can't happen but next time I'll book a different small group tour, which hopefully won't feel so rushed (and won't be cancelled).
Viator were very prompt at refunding the difference between the two tours. Thank you.

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