LocationDurationPrice Starts From ($NZD)
Matamata3-4 hours79
Rotorua5 hrs114
The Shire2 hrs 79


In 1998, Peter Jackson’s team of location scouts were searching for the iconic rolling hills and lush green pastures of Hobbiton. An aerial search led them to the Alexander farm, a stunning 1,250 acre sheep farm in the heart of the Waikato and quickly realised that the Hobbits had found a home.

In one particular part of the farm, a magnificent pine tree towered over a nearby lake, adjacent to a rising hill. Bag End now sits atop that hill, overlooking the Party Tree, as that pine would later be known. The surrounding areas were untouched; no power lines, no buildings and no roads in sight. This meant that Peter Jackson could leave the 20th century behind, and fully submerge himself in the fantasy world of Middle-earth. In 2009, Peter Jackson left behind the beautiful movie set you’ll see today; 44 permanently reconstructed Hobbit Holes, in the same fantastic detail seen in the movies. Guests now finish their Hobbiton Movie Set experience with a refreshing beverage from the Hobbit Southfarthing Range. There’s an abundance of movie magic nestled inside the fully operational farm.


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Tour Details


Group Size : 1 -25 people

Duration  :

Hobbiton Movie Set Tour (From Rotorua)5 hours
Hobbiton Movie Set Tour (The Shire's)2 hours
Hobbiton Movie Set Tour (Matamata)3 hours
Evening Banquet Tour4 hours

Departure Location :  

Hobbiton Movie Set Tours (The Shire's)The Shire's Rest - 501 Buckland Road - Hinuera Matamata.
Evening banquet The Shire's Rest, 501 Buckland Road, Hinuera Matamata.
Hobbiton Movie Set Tour (Rotorua)Hobbiton Movie Set Shop - 1235 Fenton Street - Rotorua.
Hobbiton Movie Set tours (Matamata)The Matamata i-SITE - 45 Broadway - Matamata. 

Departure Time :

Hobbiton Movie Set Tours (Rotorua)8:00am - 8:20am - 1:00pm and 1:20pm.
Hobbiton Movie Set Tour (The Shire)Every 30 minutes from 8:30am until 3:30pm.

(Additional tours at 4pm & 4.30pm operate 01 Sep to 30 April. Additional tours at 5pm & 5.30pm operate 27 Dec to 28 Feb.)

Hobbiton Movie Set Tour (Matamata)  9.30am until 2.45pm.

(Additional tours departing at 3.30pm and 4.15pm operate 01 Sep to 30 April. Additional tours departing at 5pm operates 27 Dec to 28 Feb) 

Evening Banquet Tours 1 Dec-31 Mar : 6.15pm ; 1-30 Apr : 5:15pm; 1 May to 31 Aug : 4pm and 01 Sep to 30 Nov : 5.15 pm.

Departure dates : Daily, except The Evening Banquet Tour (twice weekly)

Transportation :

Hobbiton Movie Set TourGreatsights coach from Rotorua at 8 :20 am and 1 :00 pm.

Category : Sightseeing


  • Evening Banquet Tour

    Experience Hobbiton Movie Set as you have never seen it before with a guided tour through The Shire at dusk. Your guide escorts you through the 12 acre site, recounting fascinating stories and anecdotes about the trilogies. Then you will go into The Green Dragon dining room and treated to a banquet feast fit for a Hobbit. The tables will be heaving with traditional Hobbit fayre and, as is the tradition in the Shire, second helpings are encouraged. After dinner you will re-join their guide to make their way back through the wandering paths of The Shire. The trails will be illuminated by path lighting and handheld lanterns will be provided among the guests to help light the way. This stunning journey under moonlight will travel through the village breathtakingly lit up, with Hobbit Hole chimneys smoking and lanterns glowing in the darkness.

  • Hobbiton Movie Set Tour

    Experience the real Middle-earth™ at the Hobbiton™ Movie Set, where, in the heart of the Waikato region, you can step into the lush pastures of the Shire™, as seen in The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit trilogies. Fall in love with the Alexander family sheep farm, just as acclaimed director Sir Peter Jackson did, as you journey through the unequivocal beauty of the land, with the mighty Kaimai Ranges towering in the distance. Your guide will then escort you around the set, showing the intricate detailing, pointing out the most famous locations and explaining how the movie magic was made. You will be fully guided around the 12 acre set; past Hobbit Holes™, the Mill and into the world-famous Green Dragon™ Inn, where you will be presented with a complimentary, exclusive Hobbit™ Southfarthing™ beverage to conclude your own Middle-earth™ adventure.




Evening Banquet Tours : Evening Banquet Tours take place twice a week on a Wednesday & Sunday evening all year round. Monday, Tuesdays and Thursday Evening Banquet tours may begin for a limited time period over summer.

Hobbiton Movie (The Shire's) : Please report to The Shire's Rest ticketing centre no later than 15 minutes before your tour is due to depart.

Hobbiton Movie (Matamata) : Please report to the Matamata i-SITE no later than 15 minutes before your tour is due to depart.





Comfortable clothes and shoes.





Full tour guided  both tours) and the banquet feast (Evening Banquet tours).




Evening Banquet Tour

All prices in $NZDLow Season (*)High Season (**)
Adult 190195

Hobbiton Movie Set Tour (ex Rotorua)

All prices in $NZDLow Season (*)High Season (**)
Adult 114119

Hobbiton Movie Set Tour (ex Matamata)

All prices in $NZDLow Season (*)High Season (**)
Adult 7984


       * ( 01/04/17 to 31/03/18 )

       ** ( 01/04/18 to 31/03/19)

       Adult : 17 yrs +

       Youth : 9-16 yrs.

       Child : 0- 8 yrs.



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