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  • Location:Rotorua, New Zealand
  • Duration:4 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

'Lord of the Rings' Hobbiton Movie Set Tour

Lord of the Rings trilogy fans – return to the lands of Middle-earth and the Shire on this fascinating half-day tour of the Hobbiton Movie Set from Rotorua. See the working sheep farm that movie director Peter Jackson turned into the village of Hobbiton for his epic Lord of the Rings film trilogy. Have your photo taken in front of the hobbit holes and hear insider gossip on how the movies were made.


  • 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


Spend some time in Middle-earth as you explore the Hobbiton Movie Set, and delight in tales about hobbits on this half-day Lord of the Rings movie set and farm tour. After a 45-minute drive from Rotorua you will arrive at the Hobbiton Movie Set, constructed on a working New Zealand sheep farm and one of the last remaining structures from the famous Lord of the Rings films.

You’ll explore the Hobbiton Movie Set and village, where Bilbo Baggins lived and the quest for the ring began. Have your photo taken in front of a hobbit hole or the by the pond while your guide entertains you with the stories and insider dish about filming these Hollywood blockbusters in New Zealand.

You don’t have to be a Lord of the Rings movie lover to enjoy this tour with all its wonderful North Island scenery, but if you are, this tour will be all the more special.

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

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

This was a great trip from start to finish. The bus driver was entertaining, the tour guide knowledgeable and patient, doing her best to keep the group together. Hobbiton is an amazingly well maintained environment, you can almost see the Hobbits. The life-like nature of this place is like nothing I have ever seen before. Thanks Viator!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2015

It was a fantastic day. My sons really enjoyed their time wandering through Hobbiton. We only wish they had a tour that arrived just as the place opens. We had a good time sampling the ale at the Green Dragon.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2015

Great trip. Met all of our expectations

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2015

If you are a fan of Hobbits, don't miss it. Got great pics.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2015

Awesome is the only word I can think of for this tour. The driver was extremely knowledgeable. In typical Aussie friendliness, he kept us entertained on the hour drive to the movie set. The movie set is a must see, whether you are a Lord of the Ring fan or not. The landscape the movie set is on is gorgeous. But how delightful to look up a trail and see Bilbos home, and later look down on the Green Dragon. It was just delightful. As with all Viator tours, we find they are first class tours with knowledgeable guides which makes all the difference in the world and sets them apart from other tour companies.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2015

amazing tour! if you are a fan of " the lord of ring", this is the tour you have to book.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2015

I give this a 5 for convenience (we were picked up by the bus in Rotorua) and experience for those who really are into the "Shire" as my teenage daughters are. It was nice to have a break from driving ourselves and by being "with the tour" we were kept as a group and on task. If you want to have more freedom, say at the Green Dragon at the end of the tour or the gift shop, drive yourself. As we were traveling to various locals in NZ, this type of tour kept us from eating up too much time that day and giving a good taste of the Shire. Enjoyed the local and the information by our delightful tour guide.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2015


5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2014

Beautiful tour and really great tour guides. The tour guides are very knowledgeable and willing to answer any questions, they also give you plenty of time to take pictures of Hobbiton and will gladly take pictures for you if you like!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2014

We felt like we were in Middle Earth. It was the highlight of our trip to New Zealand. Our guide, James, was very informative and fun.

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