• Location: Auckland, New Zealand
  • Duration: 8 hours (approx.)
From USD $ 328.79 View price calendar

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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.

Highlights

  • 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

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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

Eric C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2017

We booked this tour because of the 'beat the crowds' we were hoping for and we were not disappointed! As fans, this was a must trip for us and we felt the cost was well worth it. We had 6 of us in a comfortable minivan to the farm, our friendly and knowlegable driver was Sean Shawn The size of our group allowed us to be first on set with unobstructed views of the shire no crowds, our private guide was friendly and knowledgable Anthony. We had a private room at the Green Dragon Inn for breakfast. And the ice-cream was quality and quantity. Be sure to verify your booking a couple days before because we were traveling and called the day before the tour and they almost cancelled our reservation, with a couple calls, Yuki straightened everything out.

highsmithbj

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2017

We took this tour in late September 2017. It was absolutely awesome! We loved our driver David. It was like driving through the country with our New Zealand friend! There were five of us on the tour and we were the first people to enter Hobbiton that day, before the crowds arrived. We also were taken to an area that other tours do not get to enter. The breakfast at the Green Dragon was a buffet feast, lots more than we could eat. Then David drove us back to the souvenir shop and gave us plenty of time to shop. We stopped for ice cream halfway back and then arrived back in Auckland around 3pm. This tour is more expensive than the others, but I am soooooo glad we did it. Also a note: We first booked this tour for a different date, but I let the company know that we were flexible and could go the next day if our tour didn't have enough people. Sure enough, that is what happened. Otherwise, we would have been put on the regular tour. So thanks Bush and Beach for the great communication!

Bill C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2017

The early morning small group was brilliant. Our driver made sure that we had time for breakfast on the way, yet still got us the first entry to Hobbiton. Our guide there was great, and she made sure that we had the best look into all the sights and Hobbit holes. Brunch at the Green Dragon was excellent, and plenty of it. Hobbiton is a pleasure to visit and presented a really natural setting that you can just imagine populated by hobbits when we are not looking. Giant ice creams on the way home concluded a lovely day out.

Gaye H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2017

The staff were fantastic and very professional, the tour was very comprehensive and full of interesting information and breakfast brunch was wonderful. Well worth the extra.

Melanie M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2017

This tour, and our guides, far exceeded our expectations! Our guides were warm, friendly, accommodating, and knowledgeable! The scenery could not have been more spectacular! From pick-up to drop-off, we found the whole day to be seamless and magical! Thank you!!

Lance M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2017

Our tour was first on set which made the experience worth the added cost. Highly recommend this for any LOTR fans!

markjwoodward

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2017

This was the best of my NZ tours. Outstanding in every way. I'm so glad I paid extra for this tour. Our group was small, eight people I think. And we were the first group through, which meant that we didn't have 30-40 people like the groups following us getting in the way of our photos. Dawn was our driver, and I really liked her. The fact that she laughed at all of my jokes was a big plus! The included breakfast was large and memorable...mugs of ale, stout, or cider included! It was enough for first and second breakfasts, and elevenses as well. One of the gents on our tour was celebrating his birthday, and the Green Dragon staff brought out a birthday cake for us all to enjoy. Don't go all the way to Middle Earth, then skimp on this tour. Lay out the extra bucks for this early tour. You'll be so happy you did!

Jason H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2017

Our guide Wayne was absolutely fantastic! I highly recommend him as a guide. He is very knowledgeable about New Zealand and has some awesome stories to keep everyone entertained.
As for the tour, highly recommend this one as well. The early access was a game changer and definitely worth it. The Hobbiton movie set is a very busy place, getting access before the crowds started coming in was worth every penny.

d.johnston.uk United Kingdom

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

A magical experience on a perfect day. All the organisation was perfect, our driver and Hobbiton guide were friendly and informative. The site itself is amazing, and worth getting there early. The second breakfast at the Green Dragon was spot on, with plenty for vegetarians.

Anthony T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

Great experience and tour. I could hear the music from the films playing in my head as I toured Hobbiton, amazed that at the detail and scale of the place. A must for any fan, and probably interesting even if you are not a fan.

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