Hobbiton Movie Set Tour From Matamata

Hobbiton Movie Set Tour From Matamata

Experience the real Middle-earth with a visit to the Hobbiton Movie Set, the bucolic setting for The Shire that featured in the Peter Jackson directed films, The Lord of the Rings.

Your tour starts with a transfer from Matamata before 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 ten acre site recounting fascinating details of how the Hobbiton set was created.

The Hobbit holes, Green Dragon Inn, Mill and other structures created for The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit films can be viewed and you will see how this beautiful piece of Waikato farmland was transformed into The Shire from Middle-earth.

Upon completion of your tour of the set you will return to The Shires Rest and then transferred back to the Matamata i-SITE.

Tour Info

Tour Type: Cultural & Themed Day Tours
From: Matamata to Matamata
Price: From (NZD) $84 per person
Duration: 2 1/2 Hour
Tour Code: HMSFT


Travel by coach from Matamata to the farm
Tour starts with a drive through the 1,250 acre sheep farm
Guided escort through the 10 acre Hobbiton Movie Set
Return transfer to Matamata

Tour Departures

  • Frequency: Departs daily
  • Departure Point: Matamata Information Centre,
    45 Broadway, Matamata or Shire’s Rest, 501 Buckland Road, Hinuera, Matamata
  • Departure Times: Multiple departures from 9:30am to 5:00pm
  • Extended Summer Departure times:
    • 3.30pm (20 August to 20 May)
    • 4.15pm (27 Dec to 28 Feb)
    • 5:00pm (27 Dec to 28 Feb)
  • Duration:From the Matamata Information Centre & return is 2 hours 30 minutes.
  • Return Details: Tour returns 2-3 hours after departure time (2 hours from Shire’s Rest).
  • Closed: Christmas Day

Important Information

  • Children 0-8 years tour free. Youth (9-16 years) rates apply only if accompanied by an adult.
  • 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.
  • 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.

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There are 15 reviews of this tour from past clients of Relaxing Journeys, averaging 4.3 out of 5.

Tour Reviews

Although I was a bit anxious after booking online because I didn't get confirmation until after 24hrs, the whole experience was really amazing. Getting the tour at a discounted price and getting the same quality when you pay on site is such a bonus! Will definitely recommend this to friends!
Overall Tour Rating

We would like to thank the tour operator for arranging a golf cart for our aging parents. I think they have had a great private tour without having to rush with the crowd. Overall the tour would have been more relaxing if the group size was smaller & we could take our time to take photos of the beautiful scenery.
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A really enjoyable two hour tour, We all wished it could have been longer in order to relax at the Green Dragon Inn, to sit outside in the sunshine and absorb the peaceful and picturesque setting of the Movie Set. If I wasn't a LOTR and Hobbit fan I would have been now! A fantastic and memorable experience.
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It was fantastic experience, even if we didn't see the movie Hobbiton movie set was beautiful and very interesting, it was much more then we expected.
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Marie was so helpful during the booking process. She also helped me confirming the tour, since I was on the long haul flight. The tour was magnificent. Once again thanks, Marie. You sure helped a lot.
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Absolutely amazing! The attention to detail was astonishing! Tolkien fans will not be disappointed.
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Hassle-free booking, great value for money
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Loved every moment of the Hobbiton tour. Well organized and punctual!
Overall Tour Rating

Excellent bus ride, good commentaries. On site, guide Anna was excellent, good knowledge of site, films etc, good sense of humour. Very worth while for anybody who had seen any of the movies. Site well preserved and presented.
Overall Tour Rating

I really enjoyed the Hobbiton movie set tour. It was like you became a part of the shire itself. I also liked the free drink at the green dragon (ginger beer was really good!). But 70$ for this tour is a bit too expensive for what you get and the guide was always looking on the time schedule, so that you haven't had enough time to take pictures at some places. All in all it was a good tour, which was easy to book due to Relaxing Journeys.
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Hobbiton Movie Set Tour From Matamata
Sightseeing Tours
Tour Code: HMSFT
From (NZD) $84 per person
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15 reviews (4.3/5)

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