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Hobbiton Express Tour

Small Group Hobbiton Tour starting in Auckland and finishing in Auckland

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A magical journey through Middle-earth to the Hobbiton Movie Set from the Lord of the Rings Film trilogy for a fascinating guided tour.

Travel south from Auckland over the Bombay Hills to the rich farmland of the Waikato region. You travel through the heritage town of Cambridge where tree-lined streets add to the English-style atmosphere. From here your journey takes you through undulating green hills reminding you that you are approaching Hobbiton Shire.

On arrival at Shire’s Rest you embark on your Hobbiton movie set tour. This location is the largest “green set” in the world and the only place where you get an emotional response with a movie set in a natural setting. You see 44 hobbit holes, the Mill and double arch bridge, the party tree and visit the Green Dragon Inn. At this stunning location you can take a photo at the door of Bilbo’s house, “Bag End”, looking out over the whole set to the hills in the distance.

After the tour, a sumptuous buffet lunch fit for a Hobbit is included before heading back to Auckland.

Tour Inclusions
  • Return transport with full commentary from Auckland
  • Admissions and guided tour of Hobbiton Movie Set
  • Buffet lunch
  • Free Hobbiton Souvenir Voucher
  • Ale, cider or ginger beer at the Green Dragon Inn
  • Guide stays with you all day
  • Operates 364 days a year
Tour Departures
  • Frequency: Daily. All year round
  • Departure Point: Auckland Inner City free pick up included.
  • Departure Time: 7:00am
  • Duration: 8 hours (approximate)
  • Return Details: Approximately 3:00 pm, Auckland Inner City free drop off included
  • Closed: Christmas Day
Important Information
  • This tour must be booked at least 72 hours in advance of travel.
  • Confirmation for this product will be received within 24 hours of booking, subject to availability. Minimum 2 passengers to operate.
  • Tour is operated in English unless otherwise stated.
  • Complete operator information, including opening times and local contact telephone numbers are included on your e-voucher.
General Information
  • Experienced driver-guides providing full commentary.
  • Daily departing city sightseeing tours.
  • A modern fleet of luxury coaches specifically designed for sightseeing and touring around New Zealand.
  • Complimentary hotel pick-up and drop-off service from inner city hotels. Pick-up and drop-off details must be advised at the time of booking.
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Hobbiton Express Tour Reviews

Reviews from past clients of Relaxing Journeys. 29 Reviews. Average Rating 4.8 of 5.

  • 5Great trip. It was good being a small tour. David, our driver, was excellent and made us all feel welcome. Hobbiton itself was wonderful and our guide did a great job. Lunch was also very good. Would definitely recommend this trip.

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    - 08/02/2017
  • 5Our tour guide/driver (Mike) was very friendly, informative and professional. It was a very fun tour and we'll definitely recommend this tour to anyone who is planning a trip to NZ/Hobbiton!

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    - 01/02/2017
  • 5We had a wonderful time on our Hobbiton Express Day Tour with Bush & Beaches. Everything was well organised and travelling just with a small group of people was a very pleasant experience. Our Bush & Beaches tour guide was knowledgeable and accommodating, entertaining, friendly, genuine and had a lovely sense of humour.
    The actual film set tour on site was exciting and lovely as promised. However, it would have been great if we could have had just a little bit more time on the actual set...things sometimes felt a little too rushed which is understandable looking at the amount of groups that are shipped through Hobbition every singe day. Also, our there and then on set guide (who was one of the local staff people and not from Bush & Beaches) was, although very friendly and knowledgeable was a bit too much like a computer recalling an automated story about Hobbiton. I guess every day is different for these guides and they can't conjure up a fresh and enthused approach every single time for every single group. It did not diminish the experience and we would recommend this tour wholeheartedly.

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    - 13/01/2017
  • 5I just loved this tour and the guide was too good. Wayne the guide is doing an amazing job. The best part was his jokes and the commentary! Hobbiton was good too.

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    - 27/12/2016
  • 4The tour guide was wonderful, Hobbiton did make me smile like he promised, it was relaxed all the way.

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    - 22/12/2016
  • 5Thank you Dawn! Was a nice day with a lots of city facts and tour information you passed out. We enjoyed the day with you very much! Would love to join your other tours if the time promoted!

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    - 21/12/2016
  • 5Fantastic day despite the early start. Rob, our small bus driver, was an excellent host offering a great commentary on the journey. Very knowledgeable about the area and it's history. Hobbiton was amazing. Being English I can confirm it was an authentic English feel with the details exquisite throughout. The lunch was brilliant...didn't expect a sit down hot meal and catered well for my gluten-free diet. All-in-all a marvelous day and great value.

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    - 30/09/2016
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  • 5The driver picked us punctually at our hotel and along the way he briefed us about the countryside we passing through. At Hobbiton we drove in our own van not using the "Hobbiton mini vans". We had a young tour guide and he was excellent in his briefing. All of us really enjoyed his presentation and the walk about was really a memorable one. The lunch was good and as we are vegetarians there were enough selections, including rice and fish.

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    - 01/04/2016
  • 5My daughter and I greatly enjoyed our Hobbiton tour with Bush and Beach tour company. Our driver, Wayne Thomas, was very knowledgable and entertaining during the two hour ride. The tour guide, Carly, was excellent. The lunch buffet was very tasty as well. Wayne made a stop for souvenirs on the way there and an ice cream stop on the way back to Auckland. All in all a wonderful day.

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    - 27/03/2016
  • 5An early start, but well worth it. We were ahead of the crowds and saw Hobbiton in its glory before the masses arrived. This was followed by a complimentary drink at the Green Dragon Inn and a buffet lunch. We were both delighted by this day tour and thouroughly recommend it, even if you only have a passing interest in the films.

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    - 10/03/2016
  • 5Our driver Geoff was excellent. He picked us up very early at 6:15 AM and there were only 3 other passengers in a comfortable van. He was respectful of the time and allowed us to rest quietly until he stopped for an optional takeout breakfast which was very good. He provided us with the background on how the Hobbiton location was originally chosen, as well as, information about the farming area. The time spent at Hobbiton was sufficient and our guide Harry was also excellent. Overall, this was a great tour that I would recommend to others. It was nice to have such a small group of passengers, much more personal than a bus.

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    - 14/02/2016
  • 5Kevin was a fantastic bus driver, super informative, great sense of humour... Really enjoyed the tour!

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    - 03/01/2016
  • 5We were very impressed with everything about this tour from the bus that picked us up, the commentary that was given by the driver and were ver glad we'd booked this trip. Our guide through Hobbiton was very good and obviously enjoyed Hobbiton and her job. The meal that was provided was fantastic. Also, make sure you buy the beer at the Hobbiton store (it's very good).

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    - 29/11/2015
  • 5We had a wonderful time on this tour. The drivers were very kind, personable, knowledgable, and professional. The hotels were very nice. We had no complaints.

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    - 05/11/2015
  • 5Amazing journey, the scenic is beautiful. The driver was good and experienced. It's good tour and its worth it.

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    - 01/11/2015
  • 5We had a really wonderful time on our tour to Hobbiton. Enjoyed the small van and the fact there were not too many customers like the other giant tour buses. Alex was our driver and was very nice and informative. We had a nice break on the way, great to stretch our legs and get some snacks. We went during June which is winter for New Zealand and it was so nice because it wasn't that crowded. Our guide at Hobbiton was also very good. He was funny and shared all there was to share about Hobbiton. After our tour we had a drink and then a very delicious lunch. My husband who is a vegetarian loved his food. We had thought we would get a sandwich and instead got a meal. The trip back was quiet and fast. Had a great time and would recommend this tour to all.

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    - 03/06/2015
  • 4Our coach-driver and tour guy Kevin is a very nice and humorous person! He made our trip a fun and enjoyable one!

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    - 29/05/2015
  • 5The Hobbiton tour was absolutely amazing. Our tour guide at Hobbiton, Simon, was incredible he bought the whole set to life.

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    - 28/02/2015
  • 4The driver/tour guide was knowledgeable, efficient and nice. The Hobbiton tour itself was awesome. Lunch was okay. The voucher was a cool addition. Only glitch for me was the backrest of my bus seat wasn't reclining properly; it kept popping back up.

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    - 12/01/2015
  • 5This was an excellent tour. We were picked up at our hotel promptly and driven to the big bus. Our driver Tony was outstanding. Gave us all kinds of information and also did a great job driving. He stayed with us on the tour and was kind enough to snap pictures of all who wanted him to do so. Our food was delicious. The Hobbiton is truly a magical place, and we are so happy we booked this tour. Thank you so much for a most enjoyable time.

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    - 08/01/2015
  • 5We were picked up in SMAUG and driven by a very capable and informative lady (Dawn we think). The trip both to and from Hobbiton was excellent. Our trip into the land of Hobbits was absolutely wonderful. The grounds were just as we expected and the tour guide was marvelous. We loved every bit of the tour and the luncheon and drink at the Dragon Inn. The day was fabulous and the Hobbit holes and all the details that are obviously attended to daily made the authenticity of this beautiful fantasy land a reality which will live in our hearts and minds forever. Thank you it was money well spent and we will spend it again if we ever return to NZ. Highly recommended.

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    - 03/01/2015
  • 5Our tour guide/driver who picked us up was excellent! Very friendly and informative along the drive, pointing out scenic points and giving interesting facts/points about the areas and towns we passed through. The actual Hobbiton tour was also great. Our tour guide for that was also informative and friendly. The only thing is that I wished we would have had a little more time at each tour stop to take photos. It felt a little bit rushed, but I don't blame the tour guide for that since she probably had to stick to a certain 'schedule' since other tours guides were behind her. But overall it was better than I had expected. :)

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    - 31/12/2014
  • 4Overall the tour was really good. Even though the coach broke down about a mile from Hobbiton, the guide reacted quickly and efficiently so it was hardly noticed. Hobbiton itself was a little smaller than I imagined and there were a lot more people than I had imagined as well. But that is no fault of the tour. It was still really cool to see and the overall landscape is beautiful. I wish there was a sheep farm tour option as well! The food was good but I'm not sure if was quite enough. I feel we all had to hold back to make sure there was enough food for everyone. A sweet treat would have been nice. Nothing mentioned above is a make or break by any means. We all still had a great time and would recommend the tour.

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    - 20/11/2014
  • 5Awesome day.. our bus driver Wayne was fantastic and made the 2hour bus ride fun and enjoyable. Our tour guide Tim at Hobbiton was great, and Hobbiton its self is just a magical place its a must for LOTR/Hobbit fans. Lunch was really tasty and the voucher was a nice surprise to spend in the gift shop. Being a massif LOTR fan this tour exceeded my expectations and would highly recommend this tour.

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    - 04/07/2014
  • 5Thank you for a wonderful tour, and a great day. The weather was superb, and the tour guide fantastic - he was so friendly and knowledgeable. We ended up with a bigger group than was normal for an Express tour, but that was fine, as we had a big comfy coach, and did a few detours on the way to make the journey interesting. Having mobility problems, I was worried that I would have difficulties getting around Hobbiton, but this was fine, as I just did what I could, and was able to wait for the group as they did a bit more. The drinks and food at the Green Dragon Inn was great, and the gift voucher to use at the Souvenir Shop at The Shire's Rest was a pleasant surprise. Thank you so much - I had a great time. I would definitely recommend it.

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    - 02/02/2014
  • 5I have never enjoyed a day tour more than this one. Lunch at the Green Dragon was an added bonus. It was a magical place to visit and I highly recommend this tour to everybody, most especially fans of Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit. I would do this again in a flash. Thank you for a wonderful day.

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    - 20/11/2013
  • 3Hobbiton was great. Only complaint is the bus. So noisy, it was hard to hear the driver. Plus he must have had a big date as he seemed to race home. Also it would be a good idea to let people now that there are no luggage racks. I would not have bought a carry on bag.

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    - 19/09/2013
  • 5Great guide on the drive down to Hobbiton, he gave us the history of the area and Auckland, and organized lunch for after our tour, which was terrific. Hobbiton itself was incredible, a true example of what vision and attention to detail can create, worth a visit. Relaxing journeys just make the process easier, you can sit back and enjoy the trip, they take care of everything.

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    - 20/02/2013
  • 5What a great day and would do it again. Plenty of time at Hobbiton for photos and an apple cider. Lunch at Shire's Rest a real treat. Transport comfortable and our tour guide, both on the bus and at Hobbiton, were excellent. Ten points!

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    - 24/03/2012