After pickup from select locations in Auckland, get comfortable on your bus or minivan and receive a warm welcome from your driver.
Travel for two hours along a scenic road to reach Matamata, stopping en route at a cafe and a lookout point with great photo ops. Have time to purchase lunch in Matamata, which has an excellent bakery and other options.
In the afternoon, join your guided tour of Hobbiton, created at a farm that was transformed into sets for major scenes in the popular movies The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit.
Your Hobbiton tour lasts approximately two hours. Take photos in front of Bilbo Baggins’ hobbit hole home, and hear tales of the quest for the ring and Middle-earth that make the stories from JRR Tolkien's classic books come alive. Your tour includes a 15-minute stop in the Green Dragon Inn where you can enjoy a complimentary alcoholic or non-alcoholic drink.
After the tour, you can browse the souvenir shop at the information center before returning to Auckland on a different road, offering another perspective on New Zealand's gorgeous countryside.
Your tour ends in the early evening with drop off at your starting point in Auckland.