Hobbiton Day Tour

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Overview of Hobbiton
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Tour Details

Discover the real Middle-earth with a guided tour of the Hobbiton movie set, as seen in The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit film trilogies.

Travel to Matamata, a quintessentially rural Kiwi town in the Waikato region of the North Island, well-known for its thoroughbred industry and dairy farming. Nearby, hidden in picturesque private farmland with spectacular views of the Kaimai Ranges, is the famous Hobbiton movie set, where Sir Peter Jackson filmed his award-winning 'The Lord of the Rings' and 'The Hobbit' movies.

The charming countryside of The Shire, as described in JRR Tolkien's books, was painstakingly recreated on a working sheep and beef farm. The home of plucky little hobbits like Bilbo, Frodo, Sam, Merry and Pippin has been preserved since filming wrapped, and now draws visitors from around the world. Visit Hobbiton and see where the movie magic was created with a guided tour. You'll get the chance to see Hobbit holes, the Mill, the Green Dragon Inn and many other structures created for the films, and learn how farmland was transformed into a living, breathing piece of Middle-earth.

InterCity Hobbiton Movie Set Tour

Travel to Hobbiton in style from Auckland to Auckland or Auckland to Rotorua - choose a dedicated coach tour, complete with expert commentary.

Please note that bus travel for tours other than the Small Group - InterCity Hobbiton Movie Set Tour is on board our scheduled InterCity services and does not include commentary.

Transport only option - Auckland-Matamata Return Transfer

If you've already booked your Hobbiton Tour separately, choose us for your travel! Please note your ticket must be booked for departure from The Shire's Rest.

Departures and returns

InterCity Hobbiton day tours are available from Auckland, Rotorua and Hamilton. Choose from the following departure and return options:

  • Auckland to Auckland Tour (ICAAHA)
    Choose a dedicated luxury coach tour with expert commentary.
  • Auckland to Rotorua Small Group Tour (ICAAHR)
    Choose a dedicated luxury coach tour with expert commentary.
  • Auckland to Auckland Standard Tour (ICAHA)
  • Auckland to Rotorua Standard Tour (ICAHR)
  • Rotorua to Rotorua - morning tour (ICRHRA)
  • Rotorua to Rotorua - afternoon tour (ICRHRP)
  • Transport only (AWAXA)

These can be selected from the drop-down box when booking your tour.

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.

Tour includes

  • Bus travel with free onboard WiFi
  • Entrance and guided tour of Hobbiton Movie Set
  • See Hobbit holes, The Green Dragon Inn, the Mill, the Party Tree and more
  • Explore the township of Matamata

InterCity day tours are non-refundable. Children aged 14 or under cannot travel on any InterCity Group tour service without an accompanying adult aged 18 or over.