Visiting Middle Earth
A must do for all Lord of the Ring fans is a visit to Hobbiton in central North Island.
You’re in New Zealand on tour and you are on your way to Rotorua but somewhere in the rural farmlands of beautiful Waikato, you know the land of Hobbiton can be found. We have an optional activity to visit Hobbiton. We will drop you in Matamata where you will be collected by a Hobbiton bus. The commentary as you drive into Waikato farmland is the start of your experience.
Enjoy a guided tour through the film set with a finish at the Green Dragon and Shires Rest. You will then travel by shuttle to Rotorua joining up with your Flying Kiwi group again at 6pm. Please note, visiting Hobbiton will use up your afternoon in Rotorua (allow 4 hours including transport times). You can still do Tamaki Tours in the evening if you choose.
Be enchanted by the magical atmosphere that the film set provides – As you tour through Hobbiton, you literally feel like you are a member of the Shire. Clean green grass, humble vegetable gardens butterflies - A truly idyllic and romantic setting.
The Hobbiton™ Movie Set tour is a visitor experience based at the original location where Hobbiton was created for the filming of The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit Trilogies. It offers an interesting and entertaining experience incorporating the famous film set and a special insight into rural life. 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 12 acre site recounting fascinating details of how the Hobbiton Movie Set was created. See how this beautiful piece of Waikato farmland was transformed into The Shire™ from Middle-earth™. Specially brewed beverages are available at the Green Dragon™ Inn as you complete your tour. After your tour of the film set your host will then return you to Shire’s Rest™ Cafe with the opportunity to visit The Shire Store.