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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

Tamara W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

Good combination of guided tour and space to explore on your own. Very knowledgable and entertaining guide as well

Jane C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2016

just what you expected!

Mark C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2016

Great trip and well organised.

Helen L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2016

Outstanding! I can't fault it. The Hobbiton village is so beautiful. Much larger than I expected and appears fully functional with vegetable gardens, washing on the clothes lines, flowers everywhere, I think there are 39 little houses, a pub and wheelhouse and lakes. I was gobsmacked. It was perfect because we also had fantastic weather.

Torrey F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2016

favorite tour ever


5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

A great tour, magical location, good guide plus masses of photo opportunities from this beautifully kept and maintained spot. Plus a drink in the Green Dragon at the end. Highly recommended

James K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Very cool tour. I do wish that it was a little slower and that there were less people. We loved it though!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Great tour!

Kerrie Z

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

This is an outstanding 1/2 day tourist adventure. Everything is taken care for you and the movie set is kept in pristine condition. Highly recommended and walking around the set is amazing. Great photo opportunities. Excellent value for money.

Po-Jui H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

awesome tour with a very friendly guide

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