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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.


  • Gain early access to the Hobbiton Movie Set
  • Arrive at the Hobbiton Movie Set before the crowds to be one of the first groups on set
  • Enjoy a hearty breakfast at the Green Dragon Inn
  • On your way back to your hotel, stop for Hokey Pokey ice cream at Pokeno
  • Private round-trip transport in an air-conditioned mini-coach
  • Small group limited to 18 people to ensure a more personalized experience

Why Our Insiders Chose This Tour

A visit to the Hobbiton Movie Set is a must, whether you're a LOTR fan or not. On this tour you'll arrive on set early to avoid the crowds, walk around the set as part of a small group, and access areas that are normally off-limits to other tour groups.

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What You Can Expect

Viator Exclusive: Early Access to The Lord of the Rings Hobbiton Movie Set

Hobbiton Movie Set

Arrive early at the Hobbiton Movie Set and gain entry to The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit filming locations before the crowds arrive at this popular New Zealand attraction. Start with an early morning pickup from your hotel in Auckland, and board a comfortable coach for the approximate 2.5-hour drive to Matamata, located in the lush farmland of the Waikato region.
At the Hobbiton movie set, you and other fans of Gandalf and the gang will be greeted by a personal guide for your tour of the Shire. Snap photos of recognizable landmarks such as Bilbo Baggins’ house, the Mill and the party tree. Crouch in front of the five hobbit holes and even step inside some, visit the special hobbit holes built just for the Hobbit trilogy that are normally off-limits to other tour groups.

You’ll learn of filming details about each series before stepping into the Green Dragon Inn for a sizable breakfast of morning staples such as scrambled eggs, bacon, fruit, creamy mushrooms, grilled tomatoes and a specially made breakfast mince.

After your tour, hop into the provided vehicle for the return trip to your Auckland hotel, stopping along the way at Pokeno for a complimentary scoop of New Zealand’s signature Hokey Pokey vanilla ice cream — packed with clumps of honeycomb toffee.

Customer Reviews


5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016


Susan G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Going on the early trip it was every thing we expected, well worth the extra. The breakfast in the Green Dragon was awesome.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Fabulous tour. By arriving before the regular tours began, our small group had private access to the entire Hobbiton which provided us with unobstructed views and excellent photos. We also had a delicious private breakfast in the Green Dragon. Though I initially thought that this tour was expensive, it turned out to be worth every dollar. Our coach driver David who drove us from our Auckland hotel was extremely pleasant and our Hobbiton tour guide Hugh was very accomendating in taking whatever photos we requested. My wife and I highly recommend this tour!!

faten a

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

The best thing we did is that we went early morning before the crowd. We had to wake up really early but it was worth it. The place is amazing we took all our time with a small group you can take all the pictures you want. After we had the most delicious breakfast and drinks. This was the highlight of our trip to NZ.

Sheldon United States of ... 

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

This is the only way to see the Hobbiton movie set. Our guide Tony was very informative, friendly, and helpful. Being able to access the movie set before it is flooded with tourists taking in the beauty being untouched for the day not to mention having people in your pictures. Access to Hobbit holes not on the normal tour and breakfast in the Green Dragon Inn was an added bonus. Highly recommend this tour to anyone serious about a quality experience.

Philip K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

This is worth every penny. Our small group was the first to enter the Hobbiton movie set and remained in front of the pack of tourists behind us. Plenty of time was allowed for pictures and the tour guide was informative and happy to help with pictures. Very good quality breakfast at the Green Dragon and bonus facts about New Zealand from our driver. Would've liked a little more time at the Green Dragon instead of a stop on the way back to Auckland for ice cream.

Juan S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

The tour was super ! Every thing exceeded expectations.....

Janet C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

I really enjoyed it. Our guide, Wayne, was a character, but very informed not just about the set, but about the countryside and farming practices we saw along the way. The set itself is charming and more extensive than I expected. Standing there looking at the beautiful surrounding countryside, with not a phone wire or highway in sight, you really feel like you could be in the Shire.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

This is the only way to see Hobbiton! Our driver was friendly and personable. Once we arrived at the movie set our tour guide there was excellent. Early Access means plenty of time to stop and take photos. We didn and #39;t feel rushed and the breakfast was excellent.

Nancy S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

This tour was evenmore enjoyable than I thought it would be.Our driver Alexander was extremely knowledgeable about New Zealand as well as the Tour itself. Jordan was our guide and she was excellent. I was blessed in that we had only 6 people total on our tour and all of them were friendly and well versed in the movies. This made the tour so enjoyable. The weather held off the rain until we were all finished the tour and at the green dragon having our elevenzees meal. The food was great and we had plently to each plus a drink: choice of one of two beers, or cider or soft drink. I don't know what the tour is like in the summer but the day I went was so enjoyable. I would recommend this tour for anyone who loves the Hobbit movies or Lord of the rings. money well spent.

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