Some call it “Middle-arth,” others, “the Shire,” but the magical Hobbiton is famously known as the home to Hobbits like Frodo and Bilbo Baggins, and Samwise Gamgee. Located in the heart of the Waikato region, and only a two-hour drive from Auckland, this sheep farm in Matamata was director Peter Jackson’s pick for bringing the setting of the Shire to life. Since being used in the productions of both the Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit trilogies, the Hobbiton movie set has become one of the biggest tourist attractions in New Zealand.
A must-see while in New Zealand, a visit to the Hobbiton Movie Set is guaranteed to be an amazing experience, sure to charm travellers from all across the globe whether they’re fans of the movies or not.
The only way to access the Hobbiton Movie Set is by taking an official guided tour. It’s recommended to book in advance with HobbitonTours to avoid missing out on the magic of Hobbiton.
Immerse yourself in the sights, smells, sounds, and tastes of The Shire as portrayed in The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings.
Fall in love with the Alexander family sheep farm, and see the submerged Hobbit Holes that decorate the rolling hillsides.
Wander the twelve-acre set, and hear fascinating stories and anecdotes about the movies from your tour guide.
The tour ends at the famous Green Dragon Inn, where you can sample their exclusive, specially brewed drinks.
Once you've been to Hobbiton, you’ll understand why the Hobbits in the movies always return to the Shire in the end. Consisting of 44 unique hobbit holes, plus the double arched bridge and the renowned Green Dragon Inn, we won’t be surprised if you, too, end up returning to Hobbiton someday.
Watch the video below to see the highlights of Hobbiton, courtesy of our friends at the Hobbiton™ Movie Set.
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