Tours start from the Shire’s Rest Cafe, 501 Buckland Rd, Hinuera, Matamata.
Spend a day in the Shire with our Hobbiton Movie Set Tour. Experience the life of a hobbit in New Zealand’s scenic Waikato region, home to the Hobbiton Movie Set, as seen in the Lord of the Rings and Hobbit trilogies.
Situated on the Alexander family sheep farm, the location originally chosen by LOTR director Sir Peter Jackson, the Hobbiton Movie Set truly recreates the magical paradise described by author JRR Tolkien in his books. Gazing across its emerald green pastures, and the Kaimai Ranges towering in the distance, you will feel like you’re being transported into another world.
Led by your guide, you will explore the 12-acre site.
You will visit numerous Hobbit Holes, each with a distinctive round door. Then, feast your eyes upon the Mill, Bag End, and the Party Tree. But of course, no trip to Hobbiton is complete without a visit to the world-famous Green Dragon Inn. Fully reconstructed, outside and in, this pub offers the perfect setting for a bit of relaxation and enjoying the scenery.
You can choose to rest your weary hobbit feet in a comfortable armchair by the fire. Or why not overlook the whole enchanting village from the perfectly perched Beer Garden. All the while enjoying a complimentary, and locally brewed Hobbit Southfarthing beverage.
During your visit, you will also visit the Shire’s Rest, surrounded by breathtaking views of Waikato region landscapes, Mount Te Aroha and the Kaimai Ranges. In this converted barn you will find our café, stocked full of home-cooked meals, snacks and drinks, that you can enjoy while gazing upon the magical New Zealand countryside. This is also home to the Shire Store, the perfect place to pick up a souvenir to bring home.
Our Hobbiton Movie Set Tour lets you truly immerse yourself in the world of Middle-earth, and experience first-hand the rolling green pastures of the Shire. These tours are extremely popular, and pre-booking is essential!
And for those who missed their first, or even second breakfast, an optional Marquee Festive Feast Lunch/Brunch is also available (extra fee).
Get the feeling of a real Shire feast, with a buffet style meal enjoyed on shared table seating. Lunches are served after tours booked in the morning, and before tours booked in the afternoon. Please note that all meals must be booked at the same time that you are booking your tour.