What is Hobbiton?
Hobbiton is home to the Hobbits in both The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit trilogies. Some of the trilogies biggest movie characters live here including Bilbo and Frodo Baggins and Samwise Gamgee. The Hobbiton movie set was originally built in 1999 for The Lord of The Rings trilogy but was opened to the public in 2002. This allowed fans to visit the Hobbit holes of their favourite characters and explore the Green Dragon pub. This guide will tell you everything you need to know about visiting Hobbiton in New Zealand. So, let’s begin!
Where is Hobbiton located?
Hobbiton is located in beautiful New Zealand, more specifically on the North Island in Matamata at 501 Buckland Rd, Hinuera, 3472. The Hobbiton Movie Set Tour is just a 2-hour drive from Auckland International Airport, 45-minutes from the city of Hamilton and 1-hour from the popular tourist town, Rotorua.
How do I get to Hobbiton?
There are many ways to reach Hobbiton. You can drive yourself as there’s parking available on site for cars, campervans and larger vehicles at the Shire’s Rest. Alternatively, you can take a transfer and there’s a huge amount of buses running from all over the country which you can find here.
Where shall I stay when I’m visiting Hobbiton in New Zealand?
This all depends on what your plans are. The closest big towns are Rotorua and Hamilton which I’d recommend for the short drive/transfer (45 minutes). Otherwise, Auckland’s a popular place to stay to transfer from (2 hours), especially if you don’t have long in New Zealand. We stayed in Waitomo to explore the glowworm caves and stay in this incredible glamping safari tent.
Can you visit Hobbiton without a tour?
When visiting Hobbiton, there is no admittance except by paying for the guided walking Hobbiton Movie Set Tour. But don’t let this put you off, the Hobbiton Movie Set Tour is amazing. You’ll be shown around the 12-acre land, visit all the key spots including the Hobbit Holes, Green Dragon and the Mill. You’ll also get to visit the Hobbiton gift shop, enjoy a complimentary drink and stop for lunch if you have the time.
The tour guides know everything about Hobbiton and will tell you so many interesting facts about the movies. They’re also open to lots of questions so make the most of their expertise. The set is incredibly impressive and beautiful, it’s unbelievable to see how much effort and detail goes into these movie sets. I highly recommend visiting and paying for the tour, you won’t regret it.
How long does it take to go around Hobbiton?
It takes approximately 1 hour to complete the tour from start to finish. It’s enough time to take lots of photos, enjoy the scenery and check out the gift shop. The only way to stay longer is by adding the Green Dragon banquet experience or hiring the entire venue! You can see more information here. Be aware, you cannot stay over at Hobbiton, as much as we all wish we could move in.
How much is the entrance fee to Hobbiton?
The Hobbiton Movie Set Tour costs $89 New Zealand Dollars per adult and $44 for children aged 9-16. With this, you’ll receive a complimentary drink from the Green Dragon.
Other than the entry fee, you don’t need to pay for anything else. However, you can buy food/drinks from a cafe at the Shire’s Rest and the Green Dragon. You can see the menu for the Green Dragon here which is surprisingly cheap. I attempted to eat the largest sandwich of my life here, (the ploughman sandwich) which was great.
Do you need to book Hobbiton in advance?
Absolutely! The number of visitors Hobbiton gets per year is absolutely crazy! I’d highly recommend booking as far in advance as you can to avoid missing out. You can book online here.
Is visiting Hobbiton in New Zealand worth it?
Absolutely, without a doubt, don’t question it, just go. I do, however, have a confession… When I went to Hobbiton, I had only seen the first two LOTR films and that was only in the two previous months! How had I made it to 2020 without watching LOTR or The Hobbit? Anyway, my point is you don’t need to be a huge fan to visit Hobbiton, I think you’ll love it either way. So if you’re trying to convince your partner to go with you, hopefully, this post will convince them. Don’t worry, shortly after we visited Hobbiton, I watched the final LOTR film and the complete Hobbit series (I prefer LOTR).
It’s such an incredible experience to learn in such depth about the movie set and to see it in person. It’s truly an hour of movie magic.