Middle Earth Experience
Travel in style from Auckland to Hobbiton Movie Set - set on rolling farmland, this is the world famous movie set where you'll see the intricately created 'Hobbit holes' the Green Dragon Inn, the Party Tree and so much more cinematic magic!
Chance to step into a real The Lord of the Rings film set
Remarkable 360-degree views of the rolling Kaimai Range
Opportunity to have a drink at the cosy Green Dragon Inn
Amazing photo opportunities at the colourful Hobbiton village
Learn how the film magic was made from a local guide
Options to enhance and extend your tour experience to magial glow worm caves or Geo thermal valley or floating café the Hamilton Gardens
Fully guided return transfers from Auckland
Complimentary pick up and drop off from Auckland CBD
Complimentary refreshments and water on board
Access to Wi-Fi on board for a small surcharge
A local English-speaking tour escort throughout the tour
Luxurious temperature controlled transportation in a minibus
Entry to fully guided experience at Hobbiton and Glow Worm Cave / Te Puia Geothermal Valley / Hamilton garden with river cruise
Experience the real Middle-earth with a visit to the Hobbiton Movie Set, featured in The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit films. Travel in style from Auckland to Hobbiton Movie Set - set on rolling farmland, this is the world famous movie set where you'll see the intricately created 'Hobbit holes' the Green Dragon Inn, the Party Tree and so much more cinematic magic!
Leaving Auckland through the rolling hills of the Waikato region and beautiful farming towns along the way, you'll experience beautiful countryside in luxurious coach comfort. Located 10 minutes away from the bustling Matamata Township the Shires Rest sits among the hills on a private working farm awaiting our arrival. Explore the on-site gift shop and café for breakfast or lunch before the movie set tour commences.When your booking time arrives, you will board a bus with many other Hobbit fans and head down into the valley where the Hobbiton movie set has been beautifully re-created in amazing detail. Your guided tour starts with a drive through our picturesque 1,250 acre sheep farm with spectacular views across to the Kaimai Ranges.
Walk into the real-world landscape of Middle Earth on a walking tour of the Hobbiton™ Movie Set, where you get a behind-the-scenes look at ‘The Lord of the Rings’ and ‘The Hobbit.’ Pause at the Green Dragon™ Inn to for a draft of Hobbit™ Southfarthing™, see the remarkable detailing that brought Hobbiton™ to life on screen, and visit the places where key scenes were created.
Take a look at Bag End, where Frodo and Bilbo’s adventures began. Get lost among the hobbit holes and visit the Green Dragon Inn, the mill and the Party Tree. Listen to spell-binding tales of how Hobbiton came to be. 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 escort you around the set, showing the intricate detailing, pointing out the most famous locations and explaining how the movie magic was made. Get lost among the hobbit holes and visit the Green Dragon Inn, the mill and the Party Tree. Listen to spell-binding tales of how Hobbiton came to be.
After returning to Matamata, rejoin the luxury coach and return to Auckland or get ready for your next adventure. If you wish to continue your tours in New Zealand, we have several recommended add-ons to extend and enhance your holiday experience.
Option 1: Upgrade your Hobbiton experience along with visiting world famous magical glow worm cave.
Be amazed by thousands of magical glowworms above as you glide silently by boat in the world famous Waitomo Glowworm Caves The enchanting Waitomo Caves have been attracting visitors for more than 120 years, thanks to their incredible limestone formations and luminescent glowworms. The subterranean cave system is located beneath the rolling green countryside of the Waikato, one of New Zealand’s prime farming regions. Your guided Waitomo Caves tour will be an unforgettable sightseeing experience as you walk through majestic caverns, explore limestone shafts, marvel at the stalactites and stalagmites and enjoy a boat ride through a grotto lit by thousands of tiny native glowworms. Glowworm caves in New Zealand offer visitors the chance to explore dark caves that are lit up by thousands of tiny glowworms (scientifically known as Arachnocampa Luminosa) who shine bright as a way to attract their prey. This natural phenomenon is special, and besides one location in Australia, New Zealand is the only place in the world where glowworm caves exist!
Option 2 : Enhance your Hobbiton experience along by visiting a land of geo thermal activity at Te puia.
Te Puia is a must-do activity in Rotorua, and a day tour of Te Puia is the best way to experience this top visitor attraction in New Zealand. There are few places in the world where geothermal phenomena such as geysers and mud pools are as extensive and accessible as in Rotorua. Situated five minutes from central Rotorua, Te Puia is an iconic destination for visitors featuring the world famous Pohutu Geyser, Māori cultural performances, live Kiwi, boiling mud pools, native bush and the National Schools of Wood Carving and Weaving. Explore Te Puia’s unique Whakarewarewa geothermal valley home to the world famous Pohutu Geyser, which erupts up to twenty times a day, and up to thirty metres high into the air. Explore the boiling mud pools and the boiling waters which are still used to cook in.Te Puia is an iconic New Zealand destination for visitors. Our tradition of guiding in the Whakarewarewa geothermal valley extends for generations.
Option 3: Extend a little further to enjoy the man made beauty in the midst of themed garden.
Within a short drive from hobbiton movie set, this Hamilton Gardens is located alongside an attractive stretch of the Waikato River, merging old landscape features with creative development and design. An award-winning public garden and the Waikato’s most popular visitor attraction. Hamilton Gardens is the most visited tourist attraction in Waikato. It tells the Story of Gardens through themed gardens. The Paradise Garden Collection includes gardens that represent China, England, Japan, America, Italy and India. Each garden is highly individual with a totally different design philosophy. Highlights include the Indian Char Bagh Garden, Italian Renaissance Garden, Chinese Scholars’ Garden and more. Experience the beauty and tranquil water of the Waikato River on the floating Cafe runs from Hamilton Gardens with the best views in the Waikato and enjoy a relaxing cruise on New Zealand's longest waterway flowing through Hamilton, New Zealand's largest inland city.
A minimum of 3 people are required for this tour to depart.
Appropriate clothing and comfortable Walking shoes.