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See where major scenes from ‘The Lord of the Rings’ and ‘The Hobbit’ were filmed during this round-trip Hobbiton Movie Set tour from Rotorua. You’ll visit the North Island sheep farm chosen by director Peter Jackson to depict the Shire, scattered with charming hobbit holes such as the earthen home of Bilbo Baggins. Hear fascinating stories from your guide on each epic series as you snap photos of favorites sights in Middle-earth.


  • Lord of the Rings tour of the Hobbiton Movie Set from Rotorua
  • Get the insider gossip on how Lord of the Rings was made
  • Have your photo taken in front of one of the hobbit holes

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What You Can Expect

'Lord of the Rings' Hobbiton Movie Set Tour


Step foot into The Lord of the Rings movie set on a half-day Hobbiton tour, starting with hotel pickup in Rotorua. After a 45-minute drive through spectacular North Island scenery, you’ll arrive with your knowledgeable guide at the Hobbiton Movie Set, located in Matamata. Then follow in the imagined footsteps of your favorite hobbit friends as you explore this working New Zealand sheep farm.
See where it all began as you snap photos in front of hobbit holes such as Bilbo Baggins’ home, used in the film trilogy and The Hobbit series, and delight in tales of Middle-earth and the quest for the ring. You don’t have to be a Hobbit fan or Lord of the Rings movie-lover to enjoy this tour, but it won’t hurt.
Your guide points out LOTR favorites such as the party tree, the pond, the Mill and the Green Dragon Inn before your return to Rotorua.
Please note: The Hobbiton Movie Set is still in use for an upcoming movie that is in the process of being filmed; because of this, you may be required to sign a confidentiality agreement to not publish any images that you take during your tour.

Customer Reviews


5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Incredible, cannot recommend enough!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Great experience, friendly guides full of knowledge and stories about the movies and cast members

Tanya S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016


Antonius H. N

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Really nice tour. We really satisfied.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

We really enjoyed our visit to Hobbiton. Our bus driver was fun to talk with, our guide was awesome, the scenery was breathtaking, and the village a lot of fun. Our time in the Green Dragon Tavern was the cherry on top... lots of fun.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016


Paula M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Beautiful experience, special grateful to the guide and our super bus driver with big mustache!

Fernanda A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Awesome experience

Kristin G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

The tour was just the right amount of time to get the inside scoop on Hobbiton filming and see all the hobbit holes and spend time in the green dragon. Really enjoyed the tour, the bus driver Danny was great and our tour guide was fantastic as well.

Rosa D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

Hubby and I went on this trip not expecting anything as we hadn't seen any of the movies. What a pleasant surprise it was the highlight of our trip.

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