Tour code: 5328HOBBIT
See where major scenes from ‘The Lord of the Rings’ and ‘The Hobbit’ were filmed during this round-trip Hobbiton Movie Set tour from Rotorua. You’ll visit the North Island sheep farm chosen by director Peter Jackson to depict the Shire, scattered with charming hobbit holes such as the earthen home of Bilbo Baggins. Hear fascinating stories from your guide on each epic series as you snap photos of favorites sights in Middle-earth.


  • Lord of the Rings tour of the Hobbiton Movie Set from Rotorua
  • Get the insider gossip on how Lord of the Rings was made
  • Have your photo taken in front of one of the hobbit holes

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What You Can Expect

'Lord of the Rings' Hobbiton Movie Set Tour


Step foot into The Lord of the Rings movie set on a half-day Hobbiton tour, starting with hotel pickup in Rotorua. After a 45-minute drive through spectacular North Island scenery, you’ll arrive with your knowledgeable guide at the Hobbiton Movie Set, located in Matamata. Then follow in the imagined footsteps of your favorite hobbit friends as you explore this working New Zealand sheep farm.

See where it all began as you snap photos in front of hobbit holes such as Bilbo Baggins’ home, used in the film trilogy and The Hobbit series, and delight in tales of Middle-earth and the quest for the ring. You don’t have to be a Hobbit fan or Lord of the Rings movie-lover to enjoy this tour, but it won’t hurt.

Your guide points out LOTR favorites such as the party tree, the pond, the Mill and the Green Dragon Inn before your return to Rotorua.

Please note: The Hobbiton Movie Set is still in use for an upcoming movie that is in the process of being filmed; because of this, you may be required to sign a confidentiality agreement to not publish any images that you take during your tour.

Customer Reviews

Paula M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Beautiful experience, special grateful to the guide and our super bus driver with big mustache!

Fernanda A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Awesome experience

Kristin G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

The tour was just the right amount of time to get the inside scoop on Hobbiton filming and see all the hobbit holes and spend time in the green dragon. Really enjoyed the tour, the bus driver Danny was great and our tour guide was fantastic as well.

Rosa D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

Hubby and I went on this trip not expecting anything as we hadn't seen any of the movies. What a pleasant surprise it was the highlight of our trip.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

Excellent tour, prompt pickup and transfer by well informed, humorous and courteous driver.
Tour guide was very knowledgeable, helpful with photographs and patient with stragglers while moving the group through the set.
The Hobbiton Movie Set was an excellent venue, much better than we expected, very good value for money and we would highly recommend it.

Susan P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2016

I loved this tour! I think I could have lived on this set it was so cute!
Our guide, Sonny was brilliant. He was only young but knew everything there was to know and even quoted some lines from the LOTR films.
At the end of the tour we were all treated to a beer in the famous Green Dragon pub!

Ray W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2016

Whether you are a huge fan of LOTR or not, the Hobbiton Movie Set Tour is well worth the time and money. The staff was energetic and entertaining and the set itself is maintained as though hobbits were really living there. Definitely should not be missed.

Aparjeet N

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2016

Watch the movie, do this trip then watch the movie again. The director and #39;s eye for detail is appreciated when the guide briefs you how they went about it.

Natalie M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2016

I had an awesome time!! The day I went it was meant to rain and so it turned people off going as it was quiet there... but it was a glorious sunny day!! I did the first trip of the day option and it was perfect and the free included pint of beer/ale/alternative non-alcoholic at the end in the green dragon was a perfect finish. Thank you :

Alan L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2016

This was a great trip, Hobbit fan or not. Guide Hannah? was very knowledgable and added to the event.
You need to book in advance to ensure you get there, especially if you want to do the evening one where a meal in the Green Draggon is also part of the trip.
Highly worthwhile

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