New Zealand

Hobbiton Movie Set Tours

Location:Hamilton & Waikato

Experience the real Middle-Earth with a visit to the Hobbiton Movie Set, the bucolic setting for The Shire that featured in the Peter Jackson directed films, The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit Trilogies.
Your tour starts with a drive through the picturesque 1,250 acre sheep farm with spectacular views across to the Kaimai Ranges. Your guide will escort you through the twelve acre site recounting fascinating details of how the Hobbiton Movie set was created.
The Hobbit holes, Green Dragon Inn, Mill and other structures created for The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit films can be viewed and you will see how this beautiful piece of Waikato farmland was transformed into The Shire from Middle-Earth. 
Upon completion of your tour you will return to The Shire's Rest.
Tours depart daily from:
  • The Shire's Rest 501 Buckland Road, Hinuera, Matamata.
  • Matamata i-SITE, 45 Broadway, Matamata

Including transport to and from the movie set from The Shires Rest please allow approx. 2 hours.


Hobbiton Movie Set Evening Banquet Tour

Evening Banquet Tours depart four times per week on Sunday, Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday evenings all year round.


  • Guided tour of Hobbiton Movie Set plus guided evening tour
  • One complimentary beverage in the Green Dragon Inn
  • Evening dinner banquet meal

Duration:  4 hours approximately including transport to and from The Shire's Rest.


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