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

Read what other Viator.com travelers think about the Viator Exclusive: Early Access to The Lord of the Rings Hobbiton Movie Set. What they loved, what they liked and what they think could be improved, it's all here to help you make the most of your next trip.

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5 star rating: Highly Recommended
January 2015

What an excellent tour! Well worth the price! It started very early and was a long drive but it was such an enjoyable visit I didn't care. There were 4 of us in this tour and we were the first ones to take the tour on the day. We got to see a little bit extra that normal tours don't get to see but the best part was avoiding the crowds! The tour probably went for about an hour or a bit more and lots of photo opportunities to be had. The tour guide was very friendly and provided us with lots of information. The final stop at the Green Dragon Inn was excellent too. We got a drink of our choosing (ginger beer was nice) and we had a breakfast included in a reserved area. It was delicious! A wonderful place to visit and very interesting. The tour provider was a nice man (Alexander I think) and I enjoyed his commentary on the way there too. I highly recommend this tour even if it is just to avoid the crowds.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
November 2014

Great tour. Had a great driver and guide at Hobbiton. Highly recommend the early tour.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
November 2014

Unfortunately, they cancelled our "early access" because "not enough people signed up". I think they should have honored it, no matter how many people sign up for it. That's why you pay so much more for it. That was disappointing.That's why I am knocking off one star. The tour we did take was great but about 20 people with us. I wanted to have a small group because I was proposing to my partner. It still happened but we had a large audience, which was not ideal.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
October 2014

Was everything I hoped it would be. Even If you do not get this package get a small tour group. Otherwise there could be upwards to 40 people in your group. Group behind us had about that many and I saw that it was almost impossible to get a good shot. Tour guide was very informed and our driver was fantastic.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
September 2014

Did not do the Early Access due to not many people on tour, had early notification and received part refund. The tour they placed me on was fantastic. Would recommend anyone to do. From the time i got picked up from my hotel till got dropped of was great.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
August 2014

This tour was amazing!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
May 2014

Every part of this tour was fantastic, from the bus driver to the lunch and Hobbiton ofcourse.

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.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
January 2014

It was exactly as promised. We were there before the crowds, and had photos without crowds blocking them. We were allowed in places others were not allowed, such as by/in the hobbit doors. We were not rushed and spent about two hours exploring. Following that we had a delicious private breakfast.

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