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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

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.

Debra S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

This trip was excellent! We were glad we did the early entry as the tour was was very personal! The driver was terrific and our tour guide was really informative!

Sarah H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

Fabulous tour taken and brilliant driver and tour guide. I had an amazing experience taking this tour.

Andy T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2016


Korina Ana Philippines

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2016

My brother and I really enjoyed this tour. It's worth every penny, especially if you're a huge LOTR fan. Our guide going to and from Hobbiton, Alexander, was very friendly and knowledgeable. We learned a lot, not just about Hobbiton about New Zealand in general. He even recommended places for us to visit when he learned we were going to other parts of NZ.

I've forgotten the name of our guide in Hobbiton itself, but she was very accomodating. Some of the tidbits you learn during the tour is mindblowing. You'll learn how much of a mad genius Peter Jackson is. The place itself is beautiful. I particularly liked the small details included in each of the Hobbit houses.

By the way, make room for lunch because it is fantastic.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

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5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

A really great tour! Although expensive, it was worth it! Dawn, our driver from Bush and Beach, was very warm. And our guide at Hobbiton, Leah, was the best! She made sure our family had enough time to take pictures at each hobbit hole - she would tell the group before us to move on to give us time to have each house all to our own. And, the meal served at Green Dragon was sumptuous!!!

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