Hobbiton Movie Set Small Group Day Tour from Auckland

Duration: 8 hours
Destination: New Zealand, North Island, Auckland

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  • 8 hours
  • Auckland
  • E-Voucher
  • Lowest Price
  • Cancellable


See the magical Hobbiton Movie Set, famous from The Lord of the Rings and Hobbit movies on a fully guided, fun and informative tour. All our tours are run in small groups, in modern, comfortable mini buses, specially built to enhance your tour experience and day. On board we have amazing guides who are passionate about New Zealand and the attractions/activities you are visiting, who always have a lot of stories, facts and commentary to keep you entertained along the way. Drop down screens in all of our tour vehicles add even more to the experience, bringing the guides stories to life. There are so many little things that make our tours unique and memorable including secret stops, surprise wildlife viewings, complimentary water and snacks, USB charging points for your devices and even Wifi access in the tour vehicle. We are proud that our customer reviews show it's not all about the destination... it's the journey that makes our tours special.


  • Free hotel pickup and drop-off included
  • Free snacks included
  • Informative, friendly and professional guide

This is a typical itinerary for this product

Stop At: Hobbiton Movie Set, 501 Buckland Road Matamata, Hinuera 3472 New Zealand

One day tour from Auckland return, to the world-famous and magical Lord of The Rings Hobbiton Movie Set in the heart of Middle Earth.

On this tour you will be picked up from the hotel in our comfortable 12-seater mini-bus and driven through the stunning Waikato countryside (the most extensive farming area in the world) on a fully guided journey to Hobbiton. During the trip south, encounter stunning scenery, great photo opportunities, beautiful mountains and see several different farm animals along the way.

After the drive you will arrive at the Alexander family sheep farm and Shire's Rest (the entrance to Hobbiton) where you can see thousands of sheep, grab a bite to eat, get your coffee fix or enjoy an ice cream while we collect your tickets to the movie set.

Next, we board one of the big green Hobbiton buses to depart on a two hour fully guided tour of this amazing 12 acre movie set with a professional Hobbiton guide to ensure you get the most out of your visit. (Your entry ticket into Hobbiton is included in our tour unless you select the "Transport Only, No Ticket" option. During your tour step into the lush pastures of the Shire, visit 44 hobbit holes, see amazing gardens, hear the secrets and stories about the making of the movies and enjoy a cold beverage at the famous Hobbiton pub The Green Dragon Inn.

After the tour you will be guided back through the Alexander Family Sheep Farm for another stop at Shire's Rest for a spot of souvenir shopping and maybe a bite to eat before we begin our journey back to Auckland.

Duration: 3 hours

  • Bottled water
  • Snacks
  • Driver/guide
  • Live commentary on board
  • GST (Goods and Services Tax)
  • Local taxes
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off (selected hotels only)
  • Air-conditioned vehicle
  • WiFi on board
  • Entry ticket and fully guided tour - Hobbiton Movie Set (If option with ticket included selected)
  • Fully guided tour in a modern, comfortable minibus
  • Entry/Admission - Hobbiton Movie Set

  • Gratuities
  • Souvenir photos (available to purchase)
  • Food and drinks, unless specified
  • Hobbiton Entry & Tour Ticket (if transport only option selected)
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult.
  • Minimum drinking age is 18 years.
  • Minimum numbers apply. There is a possibility of cancellation after confirmation if there are not enough passengers to meet requirements. In the event of this occurring, you will be offered an alternative or full refund.
  • A moderate amount of walking is involved.
  • Due to uneven surfaces, this tour is not recommended for those with walking disabilities or using a wheelchair.
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately.
  • Children below 5 years old are required to travel in a child safety car seat. If you don't have a car seat one can be rented from us for $50 per child (with 24 hours notice). Children between 5-7 years old are also recommended to be in a booster seat for their safety.
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infant seats available
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 16 travelers
Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered
Hotel pick-ups are from the below hotels only, starting up to 20 mins before your tour time. Please see below what group your hotel is in and what your pick-up time is. Please be waiting in your accommodation's lobby or outside no later than this time to avoid missing your pick up. Guides have multiple pick-ups so can on occasion run up to 10 minutes late. Guides cannot wait for late passengers as it will mean the entire group is at risk of missing out, so please be waiting and ready (5-10 minutes before your listed time is highly recommended)

Group 1: 20 minutes before tour start time.

Grand Mercure Auckland

Group 2: 15 minutes before tour start time.

Pullman Auckland

Group 3: 10 minutes before tour start time

SkyCity hotel Auckland

Group 4: 5 minutes before tour start time.

Four Points by Sheraton

Group 5: At tour start time or up to 10 minutes after.

Cordis hotel Auckland

Passengers that miss their pick up will be required to meet the tour at the tour's first stop at their own expense to continue on the tour. No refunds will be given to late or no show passengers.
Auckland Airport (Butterfly Creek) pick up must be requested and approved by our team in writing to receive your pick up time. Pick up time will normally be 20 - 30 minutes after the tour start time.

Auckland Airport (pick up from Butterfly Creek, 10 Tom Pearce Drive), Ports of Auckland (pick up from Grand Mercure hotel)

Return Details

Same as pick up location unless agreed.

Voucher info

You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.


8 hours

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

User's Reviews

Jennifer C

15 Jan, 2020

Had a great time at Hobbiton movie set. Our guide, Sonnet, was very knowledgeable and helpful. We were in a small group tour in a mini bus and our driver, Louise, told us a lot about our surroundings as we drove the approx 2 hrs to the set. Highly recommended.

Sue M

06 Jan, 2020

Louise was a wonderful tour guide. She looked after us and made sure we could appreciate all facets of the tour. It was a very informative day and we thoroughly enjoyed visiting the Hobbiton Movie Set. They have done an amazing job of preservation. For lovers of ‘Lord of the Rings’ and ‘The Hobbit’ this is a must see, to find out where it all began as well as being able to appreciate the beautiful New Zealand countryside.

Ulrich R

06 Jan, 2020

SIMON was an eccellent driver and EDD was an extraordinary entuthiastic Guide. Many many thanks to both of you.

Deliaty H

03 Jan, 2020

Although it was a long day trip Michael, guide and driver, tried his best to make it as pleasant as possible. Water bottle were provided. Plus a pack of chips in the afternoon. He kept checking if everyone is ok. He shared information about places and/or sceneries throughout our trip. On arrival he made sure everyone joined the correct tour bus - and met us all at the end of the tour. The site tour itself very entertaining and great. I am not a fan of the movie. But came there made me want to see the movie and really watch them. On the way back, half way (forgot where exactly haha), we were stop at an ice cream shop. Super busy. But cheap and yummy. Heading back to Auckland, we were also given kiwi shaped key ring souvenir. Nice touch. Good job Cheeky Kiwi Tour!

Nicole D

02 Dec, 2019

The whole team at hobbiton went out of their way to make our experience extremely enjoyable. Travelling with our wheelchair bound daughter, we face some challenges but their attention to details turned this experience into a magical one. Thank to the Hobbiton tour guides and the whole team, especially, Theresa!

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