First things first: Hobbiton in Matamata is not only for Lord of the Rings fans. The movie set is a fantastic day out that will keep you smiling every step you take. It’s not only the cute Hobbit holes, though also all the nature that’s arround the village. It’s truly magical and seems like Hobbits actually live there!
What we loved most, is that the set is now built sustainably, allowing visitors from all over the world to experience it – real trees, real plants and flowers, the attention to detail is incredible.
Here’s the answers to questions you may have when planning your visit to Hobbiton:
Where is the Hobbiton Movie Set?
Hobbiton is located in Alexander farm in the Waikato area, just 16km from the town of Matamata, in the north island. Peter Jackson and his location team were flying over New Zealand, looking for filming locations when they found these never ending rolling hills with a massive oak tree. It was the perfect spot for Hobbiton.
How to get to Hobbiton from Auckland?
Hobbiton is about 2 and a half hours drive from Auckland (223km), with a very easy drive through the State Highway 27.
If you don’t drive, the Intercity buses will take you to the Matamata’s i-Site (visitor information centre), where free shuttles for the Hobbiton movie set run every 30 minutes. Make sure to contact the i-Site to book your seat in the shuttle when you book your Hobbiton tickets.
Shuttle from Auckland
This is for the those who don’t want the hassle of booking shuttles & tickets / or if you can only travel from Auckland. These shuttles will take you to Hobbiton and back, with different options:
- Guided tour and transport from Auckland
- Guided tour, festive feast and transport from Auckland
- ‘Avoid the crowds’ Guided tour and transport from Auckland
How long do I need to visit Hobbiton?
The guided tour lasts 2 hours including the visit to the Green Dragon Inn, Hobbiton’s amazing pub. If you come by shuttle from the i-site, the ride is only 15 minutes from there to the Shire’s Rest, where the tour starts. Allow yourslef 3hrs in total, you may want to spend time browsing in the Hobbit shop!
Can I stay in Hobbiton?
We also dreamt of staying in Hobbiton, though at the moment it’s not possible. Why?! We asked the same question… In short it’s an external set, meaningg the actual hobbit holes (or houses) each just have a small space inside to open the door. Hopefully one day they will build a Hobbit hole airbnb… imagine the queues!
How to book tickets for Hobbiton?
Hobbiton movie set offers different options catering to your budget and the type of experience you want. All the tours are guided, here are the options:
- Hobbiton guided tour
- Hobbiton guided tour and Festive buffet lunch at the Green Dragon
- Hobbiton guided tour and Evening banquet
We hope this guide helps you to plan your visit to this amazing, magical place. For the die-hard fans, be prepared to let the tears run!
Shay & Iban 👬 🧙