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

'Lord of the Rings' Hobbiton Movie Set Tour

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

Michaelle S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

Definitely one of the highlights of our trip to New Zealand. The small group was a good way to spend the day. Our guide was knowledgeable and entertaining and an excellent driver. The seats in the vehicle need new padding as our butts were sore from the bouncy splish, splashing thru the waterholes, and thru the river...the scenery was spectacular and beautiful. The opportunity to do the reenactment with Hobbit capes and hold swords on location added to the fantasy. Definitely appreciated the skill of our driver, Jenn- especially up the crazy road to Skippers Canyon. Lunch restaurant was ok. We were extra lucky because three of our group only took half day

Craig M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

One of the highlights of our holiday.

Teresa S Australia

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Had been in 2013, was great and exciting then, this time back with 2 of my adult Children, same wonderful atmosphere, thoroughly enjoyed experience as family big LOR fans.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Amazing movie set. We loved this tour and the beer inside a Hobbit pub at the end of the tour. Tons of information about the filming and building of the set. Don't miss this tour on your visit to New Zealand.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

If you are a fan of the films then this is an absolute must. It provided a transfer to and from central Rotorua. A walk through of the village and a free drink at the end.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Best tour highly recommended.

Bruna C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Great experience!

craig b

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

this was a very enjoyable tour, we cannot fault this tour our guides were fantastic both on the bus to Hobbiton and at Hobbiton itself
We had a very good day there we would recommend this tour

Shelly L

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!

Glen K

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.

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