Hobbiton Movie Set Tour
Experience a glimpse of Middle-earth with a visit to the Hobbiton Movie Set, located in beautiful farmland in rural Matamata.
- Full Day Tour
- Departs from Auckland | Rotorua
Grab a great value Hobbiton Movie Set day tour, the award-winning attraction made famous by the popular Lord of the Rings and Hobbit movies. Hidden away on private farmland just outside the small town of Matamata, the charming countryside of The Shire was recreated in exquisite detail, right down to the last leaf. Join us for a trip to the Hobbiton Movie Set from Auckland or Rotorua and see why it continues to draw visitors from around the world.
On your guided tour you'll see all the Hobbiton highlights including charming Hobbit holes, the Mill and the Party tree. You’ll hear behind-the-scenes filming secrets and learn how teams of builders, set designers and even the New Zealand army helped create the stunning scenes around you. After your tour, quench your thirst in the Party Marquee at the Green Dragon Inn with a complimentary Southfarthing drink, brewed exclusively in Hobbiton.
Return bus travel to Hobbiton is on board our scheduled InterCity services and does not include commentary. This tour does not include lunch.
Departures and returns
InterCity Hobbiton day tours are available from Auckland or Rotorua. Select your preferred tour from the grid below.
We also offer return transfers between Auckland and Matamata that don't include a Hobbiton tour - this is perfect if you've already booked your tour and just want transport to or from Hobbiton.
More Hobbiton Movie Set Tours
You can also choose an InterCity Hobbiton Movie Set Waitomo Caves day trip and add a guided tour of the stunning Waitomo Glowworm Caves to your day.
GreatSights New Zealand operates a range of daily sightseeing tours to the Hobbiton Movie Set. Tours include hotel pick-ups and driver commentary and depart from Auckland and Rotorua, offering one-way and return options. Commentary in Japanese, Spanish and Mandarin is also available.
Can I be picked up and dropped off at my accommodation?
Can I eat and drink on board the bus?
Yes, you can eat cold food and cold drinks on board the bus. We don’t allow hot drinks or food for safety reasons.
Can I bring my bags with me?
You can bring one carry-on item with a maximum weight of 5kg and store check-in luggage under the bus. Take a look at our full luggage policy here.
Can I get a refund if I cancel my tour?
No, our day tours are non-refundable.
How do I book a tour with my pass?
Booking a day tour using your FlexiPass or TravelPass bus pass is a slightly different process. First, you need to make sure you’re logged in to your pass. On your pass dashboard, click on the ‘Tours’ button and follow the instructions to book your tour.
What happens if my day tour is cancelled due to bad weather?
If your day tour is cancelled for any reason, we’ll contact you to discuss your options. These will include a transfer to the next available service, or a refund of your fare.
What should I bring?
We recommend you wear comfortable walking shoes and sunscreen. Bring a jacket, sunglasses, a sunhat and your camera. Share your experience with us online by tagging #nzallover!
Are meals included in this tour?
No, meals are not included in this tour.
Can I move to the Shire and live in a hobbit hole?
Sadly the crew at Hobbiton won’t let you stay overnight, there aren’t enough beds!