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Visit the ‘Lord of the Rings’ movie set on this small-group Hobbiton tour from Auckland, limited to 25 people. At the Hobbiton Movie Set, you’ll visit the home of Bilbo Baggins and peer inside other hobbit holes of the Shire — filming site of ‘The Hobbit’ and the ‘The Lord of the Rings’ trilogy. Your knowledgeable guide points out the party tree and the Mill. Enjoy cider, ale or ginger beer at the Green Dragon Inn, and recharge with lunch at The Shires Rest — both included.


  • Day trip to the Hobbiton movie set from Auckland
  • Enjoy a stop for morning tea en-route to Hobbiton
  • See where Bilbo Baggins lived
  • Pose for pictures outside the hobbit holes
  • Enjoy a cider, ale or ginger beer inside the Green Dragon Inn (included)
  • Have lunch at The Shire's Rest Cafe (included)
  • Small-group limited to 25 people ensures a more personalized experience

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What You Can Expect

Small-Group Tour: The Lord of the Rings Hobbiton Movie Set Tour from Auckland

Hobbiton Movie Set

Travel south over the Bombay Hills to the fertile farmland of the Waikato region after morning pickup from your Auckland hotel. En route to Hobbiton, disembark the coach for a stretch break and stop for morning tea (own expense) before arrival at the Hobbiton Movie Set, located in Matamata.

Your guide takes you through this working sheep farm, a prime filming location for The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings movie series with incredible views overlooking the world’s biggest outdoor movie set. Fans will love exploring the Shire, home to hobbit holes including Bilbo Baggins’s house. Stop for photos in front of the Mill, the party tree and the double-arch bridge as you’re entertained with tales about the making of the films.

Then head to the Green Dragon Inn for a complimentary cider, ale or ginger beer. After your tour of Hobbiton, enjoy an included lunch at The Shire’s Rest before your day trip ends with drop-off at your hotel in Auckland.

Customer Reviews

Kenneth L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

What a wonderful experience and the fulfillment of a dream for us. Our driver Mike was first class, friendly and knowledgeable. The tour of Hobbiton was conducted by a different guide but Mike stayed with us. The provided lunch was way better than we expected. It was a very nice buffet. The only issue was that one couple brought an infant with them who yelled and screamed for much of the day. I would suggest that this be discouraged since the child was way too young for this type of tour. However, all in all, this tour was the highlight of our brief visit to Auckland.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

Amazing tour and place to visit! A little pricey, but worth it! Wish we had more time to explore the village area and the Dragon Inn.

Kathleen N

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

Delightful trip to Hobbiton and our driver, Mike was a great source of information about NZ esp. Sites along the route to Matamata. Nice rest stop between and enough time to stretch the legs, have a bite to eat. Once at Hobbiton, Mike also filled us in on little side stories about the farmer, the land, movie tidbits etc.which rounded out the tour. Being in a small group was a plus. We got to know our fellow travelers. The early morning pick up time was well,worth it and we enjoyed it very much as Hobbiton is a magical place.

Kapila K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2016

Had a great half day tour. GREAT place to visit. A must see place for kids or adults who love Hobbits and Lord of the Rings movies.

Ferdinand F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2016

It was amazing. The small group makes the tour better because we appear like we are just a group of friends travelling although we came from different countries. Short of knowing each others name. Mike the driver gave lots of interesting stories and trivia about places along the trip.

Rose H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2016

This is a fabulous tour. Small group - even with a couple of vans there were only about 15 people. The driver was friendly and extremely knowledgable about New Zealand. You get great commentary on the way to and from. Once on-site, again you stay with your small group. The tour guides at Hobbiton are again very knowledgable about Tolkien, Jackson, the set itself and the property on which it's built. For those of you who don't like tacky, you are in luck. This is done very nicely. You are on the outdoor set for the Hobbit movies no indoor sets but seeing the setting, the details of the set, etc is amazing. You'll be pleased at how uncommercial this is.

Susan F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2016

Fabulous! We enjoyed both our tour bus driver and the Hobbiton tour guide. Very articulate and gave us some inside information on the making of the movie there. We only had 17 in the group, and that was perfect. Other tour groups had 30 or 40. We were able to stop for photos. What a beautiful and magical place. Peter Jackson was a genius! We ended the day at the replica of the Green Dragon and had a beer before going to our delicious lunch. I would do this again. So worth it!

Charlotte D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

This tour needs to be a 10 . We had beautiful weather, a great guide, plus they went the extra mile and had a golf cart for us because we have mobility issues. The flowers are like a well groomed garden, the food was excellent, I have nothing but praise for this tour

Benjamin D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

This trip was AMAZING!!! My husband and I went on this tour on the 4th October 2016. The guide for the trip down from Auckland was great and provided us with many interesting facts about the Auckland area and the Maroi culture. You also get picked up from your hotel which was very convenient. We only had 13 people on our tour at Hobbiton while most other tours running at the same time had 45 people so we definitely felt like we got a more in depth experience. Would highly recommend to any Lord of the Rings fans.

Denise C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

An absolutely fabulous tour. A very long day but worth it. You won't be disappointed

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