Matamata Tours

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Matamata
Before there was Frodo and the Eye of Sauron, and before there was Mordor and the city of Edoras, there was the affable Hobbit, Bilbo Baggins, and his utopian home in the Shire. From these rolling green hills which are peppered with hobbit holes, and simple dwellings where Gandalf must crouch, Frodo would set out on his epic adventure which was chronicled in the Lord of the Rings.

Now, with the release of The Hobbit movie series, the area around Hobbiton has skyrocketed in fame as the Shire becomes central to the tale. More than just hobbits and wizards and horsemen, you, too, have the chance to visit the Shire on a trip to the town of Matamata.

Set in the hills to the east of Cambridge about two hours outside of Auckland, Matamata was the filming location for the joyous home of the hobbits. When filming was finished for the Lord of the Rings, the hobbit holes remained in the pasture they were set in since they blended so seamlessly with the landscape. There is even a sign that says “Welcome to Hobbiton!” that sits at the entrance to the hills. You can walk inside of the Green Dragon Inn, see the famous party tree, and learn about how the movies were filmed which took place in this very same spot.

More than just a look at the Shire, a trip to Matamata is also a glimpse of life in rural New Zealand. Farming and ranching are still a way of life in these rolling, grass-covered hills, and it’s a journey to the heart of where it all began for the world’s most captivating films.
Address: Matamata, New Zealand
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Waitomo Caves and 'The Lord of the Rings' Hobbiton Movie Set Day Trip from Auckland

Go on a Hobbiton tour from Auckland and see the Waitomo Glowworm Caves, starting with a scenic drive through New Zealand’s North Island aboard a luxury coach. You’ll be enthralled by the illuminated Glowworm Grotto during an underground boat ride on the Waitomo River. Then pose for photos in front of hobbit holes at the Hobbiton Movie Set, home to Bilbo Baggins from ‘The Hobbit’ and ‘The Lord of the Rings’ trilogies. End your tour in Rotorua or return to Auckland; picnic lunch included.
  • Duration: 11 hours
  • Duration: 11 hours
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2-Day Waitomo Caves, Hobbiton Movie Set and Rotorua Tour from Auckland

Discover the otherworldly beauty of New Zealand’s North Island, from Rotorua’s geothermal pools and the Waitomo Glowworm Caves to the Shire at the Hobbiton Movie Set. On this 2-day coach tour from Auckland, you’ll experience ancient Maori traditions with a ‘hangi’ dinner, the filmmaking history of ‘The Lord of the Rings,’ a duck tour and a visit to the Agrodome. Enjoy standard (3 star hotel) or superior (4 star hotel) overnight accommodation in Rotorua.
  • Duration: 2 days
  • Duration: 2 days
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Early Access to The Lord of the Ring Hobbiton Movie Set from Auckland

Beat the crowds with early access to the Hobbiton Movie Set, where The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit movies were filmed. A guide gives you a behind-the-scenes peek at places normally only visited by the film crews. This small group includes round-trip coach transport from your Auckland hotel and breakfast at the Green Dragon Inn.
  • Duration: 8 hours
  • Duration: 8 hours
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The Lord of the Rings Hobbiton Movie Set Tour from Auckland including Private Transfer

Relax with your very own private luxury transport to Middle-earth where you’ll join a tour of the Hobbiton Movie Set. Visit the working farm in Matamata where director Peter Jackson shot scenes from ‘The Lord of the Rings’ and ‘The Hobbit.’ Knock on the door of Bilbo Baggins’ house and other hobbit holes, then enjoy a beverage at the Green Dragon Inn with lunch at The Shires Rest cafe. You’ll be driven in comfort from your Auckland hotel through New Zealand's scenic countryside to this fairytale farmland.
  • Duration: 7 hours
  • Duration: 7 hours
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5-Day Bay of Islands, Rotorua, Waitomo Caves and Hobbiton Movie Set Tour from Auckland

Soak up all the North Island highlights on this 5-day journey from Auckland by coach, including a Bay of Islands cruise to see the Hole in the Rock. Your itinerary includes a drive along Ninety Mile Beach at Cape Reinga; enjoy an overnight stay near the bubbling hot springs of Rotorua; a visit to Waitomo Caves for a boat ride through Glowworm Grotto; and a Hobbiton Movie Set tour to see filming locations for ‘The Lord of the Rings.’ Listen to informative commentary on board.
  • Duration: 5 days
  • Duration: 5 days
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Waitomo Caves and The Lord of the Rings Hobbiton Movie Set Tour from Auckland with Private Transport

Combine two popular North Island attractions on this day trip with private transport from Auckland: Waitomo Glowworm Caves and the Hobbiton Movie Set. A scenic countryside drive takes you to the Waikato region where you’ll join a tour of Waitomo Caves, including a boat ride to the Glowworm Grotto. Then visit the Shire, featured in ‘The Lord of the Rings’ and ‘The Hobbit,’ and see famous sites from the films. Lunch and round-trip hotel transport by private luxury vehicle included.
  • Duration: 10 hours
  • Duration: 10 hours
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