Auckland Small Group Hobbiton Tour | Hobbiton Express Tour

Auckland Small Group Hobbiton Tour | Hobbiton Express Tour

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 Info

Tour Type: Scenic Coach Day Tours
From: Auckland to Auckland
Price: From (NZD) $315 per person
Duration: 1 Day
Tour Code: BBHT


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.

Tourism Affiliations

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There are 34 reviews of this tour from past clients of Relaxing Journeys, averaging 4.8 out of 5.

Tour Reviews

Our bus driver Ollie was amazing. His depth of knowledge of New Zealand covering a broad range of topics is to be commended. He was friendly informative and respectful. Despite the weather I enjoyed every minute of my day and have recommended you to friends.
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Really well run and informative.
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The Hobbiton tour was amazing. The crew was friendly and helpful. Too bad it was raining all day long at Hobbiton and I couldn't take a picture as much as I want, but the beer and the food was worth it :)
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If you're thinking about going to New Zealand, travelling with Relaxing Journeys is a good choice. Very friendly and easy going driver guide as well as the tour guide in my Hobbiton Express.
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Hobbiton is amazing! It's definitely a must see for any Tolkien fan. A small bus picks you up are your hotel and then it's a 2 1/2 hour drive to the site. While that's a bit of a long drive, our guide provided a lot of local information as well as Lord of the Rings information on our drive. You also get to see the landscape slowly becoming similar to the rolling hills of the Shire. Since this tour leaves out of Auckland it's a great opportunity for those who may not be traveling closer to Matamata where Hobbiton is located. You leave super early for this tour (we were picked up at 6:35am), but it's so you can arrive at Hobbiton before the large crowds. When our tour left to come back to Auckland at 1:00pm the area was WAY more crowded than when we arrived. We went in winter and I thought it was a bit crowded, so I can't even imagine the crowds in summer. Because the tour utilizes a small bus, at Hobbiton you pick up your movie site tour guide and then drive down to the location (larger buses or individuals must take the Hobbiton buses down) and then are given a walking tour through Hobbiton (with plenty of time for pictures throughout the movie site) with a buffet lunch included just behind the Green Dragon. Con: Because of the timing of the tour and the need to depart at a very specific time in order to return to Auckland with minimal traffic, you get only about 10 minutes in the gift shop. But, you don't know this until you arrive at the location. What our driver failed to tell us was that there is another gift shop actually at the Hobbiton site (just past the bathrooms) that we could have visited if we just left lunch a little earlier or skipped our free drink at the Green Dragon.
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Great 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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Our 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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We 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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I 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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The tour guide was wonderful, Hobbiton did make me smile like he promised, it was relaxed all the way.
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Auckland Small Group Hobbiton Tour | Hobbiton Express Tour
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Tour Code: BBHT
From (NZD) $315 per person
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