Hobbiton Express Tour from Auckland

This small group tour is an easy day trip from Auckland to Hobbiton Movie Set. The day includes a fully guided tour of the set as seen in The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit trilogies. We also have a great lunch at the Shire’s Rest Café and from 2022 we will be reintroducing the sumptuous lunchtime feast in the Party Marquee.

From 195 per person

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  • Admissions and guided tour of Hobbiton Movie Set
  • Great lunch at the Shire's Rest Café (2021)
  • Sumptuous buffet lunch in the Party Marquee (from 2022)
  • Ale, cider or ginger beer at the Green Dragon Inn
  • Our guide will be with you for the whole day (no transport changes for your return to Auckland)
  • 10 NZD souvenir voucher

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Our experienced guides look after you all day from pick-up to drop-off at your Auckland city centre accommodation. They include a full commentary on the way with insights into the areas you are travelling through and background to the movie set you are visiting. On the way down to Hobbiton there is a brief stop at a local café in case you want to buy some local baking or a coffee (or as we like to call it a ‘second breakfast’).

Hillside Hobbit Homes at the Hobbiton Movie Set
The Hobbiton Movie Set is one of the country’s most-loved Middle-earth attractions.

At Hobbiton we will take you down to the set itself and have one of the specialist Hobbiton guides take you on a walking tour around the 44 Hobbit holes. You will get the chance to have a photo in the doorway of a Hobbit house, see the Party Tree and stand by the gate to Bilbo’s house Bag End overlooking the whole set to the hills in the distance.

Before your feast in the Party Marquee (from 2021) you cross the bridge by the mill to go into the Green Dragon Inn where you can enjoy a complimentary ale, cider or ginger beer.

After lunch, we’ll give you a 10 NZD souvenir voucher to spend at the Hobbiton gift shop before we head back to your accommodation in Auckland, arriving back mid-afternoon before the traffic builds up.

Hobbiton Express Tour: Green Dragon Inn Bar
Hobbiton Express Tour: Green Dragon Inn Bar

We have been running tours from Auckland to Hobbiton movie set for over 5 years and work closely with Hobbiton to make sure you get the most out of your time at Hobbiton. There is no need to change vehicles when you are travelling with us – our guides are with you all day and will drive you down to the movie set and pick you up from there after lunch.


The tour at Hobbiton is a walk and is not wheelchair accessible. However, there is a golf cart we can order there (additional costs) based on availability for clients. Clients who are in wheelchairs will need to be able to make their own way onto our vehicles (2 or 3 steps up) and bring a collapsible wheelchair for the boot of the vehicle.

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2. Hobbiton Movie Set

Hillside Hobbit Homes at the Hobbiton Movie Set
The Hobbiton Movie Set in the lush countryside setting of Matamata in the Hamilton - Waikato region of New Zealand is one of the country's most-loved Middle-earth attractions.

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