Small-Group Hobbiton Movie Set Tour from Auckland with Lunch

Duration: 8 hours
Destination: New Zealand, Auckland, Auckland
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  • 8 hours
  • Auckland
  • E-Voucher
  • Lowest Price
  • Cancellable

Overview

Enter the magical world of ‘the Shire’ on this small-group movie set tour to Hobbiton from Auckland. See where the The Lord of the Rings trilogy was filmed and pose for pictures in front of hobbit holes. Visit the party tree, Green Dragon Inn and have your picture taken outside the gate to Bilbo Baggins’ house. This tour has smaller groups the public tours allowing your to learn from your guide about the making of the films. Afterward, enjoy a cider, ale or ginger beer in the Green Dragon Inn followed by lunch. This is a must-do tour for any The Lord of the Rings movie lovers!

Itinerary
This is a typical itinerary for this product

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

This small group tour is an easy day trip from Auckland to Hobbiton movie set. The day includes a fully guided tour of the set as seen in ‘The Lord of the Rings’ and ‘The Hobbit’ trilogy and we also include a sumptuous lunchtime feast in the Party Marquee.Our experienced guides look after you all day from pick up to drop off at your Auckland City Accommodation. They include a full commentary on the way with insights into the areas you are travelling through and background to the movie set you are visiting

Duration: 2 hours

Stop At: The Green Dragon Inn, Hobbiton Movie Set, Matamata 3472, New Zealand

At Hobbiton we will take you down to the set itself and have one of the specialist Hobbiton guides take you on a walking tour around the 44 Hobbit holes. You will get the chance to have a photo in the doorway of a Hobbit house, see the Party Tree and stand by the gate to Bilbo’s house ‘Bag End’ overlooking the whole set to the hills in the distance. Before your feast in the Party Marquee (which is included in the price) you cross the bridge by the mill to go into the Green Dragon Inn where you can enjoy a complimentary ale, cider or ginger beer.

Duration: 20 minutes

Inclusions
  • Local Experienced Tour Guide
  • Enjoy lunch (currently at Shires Rest Cafe as Hobbiton is unable to do buffet lunches)
  • Includes a Drink Inside The Famous Green Dragon Inn
  • NZ$10 Shopping Voucher For Use In The Hobbiton Gift Shop
  • Inner City Auckland Hotel Pickup + Drop-Off (selected hotels only)
  • Air-conditioned vehicle
  • Entry/Admission - Hobbiton Movie Set
  • Entry/Admission - The Green Dragon Inn

Exclusions
  • Morning tea and additional food and drinks
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
  • Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Infant seats available
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 30 travelers
  • Face masks provided for travelers
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
Departure Point

SkyCity Auckland, Victoria Street &, Federal Street, Auckland CBD, Auckland 1010, New Zealand

Traveler pickup is offered
The above list does not include all pick up hotel locations - Pick up is included from most inner city Auckland accommodation - please advise where you are staying and we can give you a pick up time or meeting location.


Departure Time

7:00 AM


Return Details

Returns to original departure point

Voucher info

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

Duration

8 hours

For a full refund, cancel at least 3 days in advance of the start date of the experience.

User's Reviews

William W

06 Apr, 2020

Wow -- what a great tour! Hobbiton was all that we had hoped for an even better. The driver-guide Ryan gave us helpful information about Hobbiton and behind-the-scenes stories that would have been difficult to find in brochures. His intimate knowledge of the area made riding in a shuttle on a cloudy day quite enjoyable. He also included information about New Zealand that helped place the whole day in context. Once we got to Hobbiton, we met up with another guide. She radiated love for the place, its connection to the movie, and for us tourists. Both the La Vacanza Travel and Hobbiton personnel were well informed, smart, entertaining -- and made the day memorable.

Kfoldi

12 Dec, 2019

This was such a well organised tour.
I was picked up on time at my hotel and met the bus drivers (Stefan and David) and tour guides.
They were all so friendly and helpful, especially when I got a little car sick.
The walk around was Hobbiton was so good and the cider and lunch was fantastic
This trip was worth every cent.

rbbongcaron

25 Mar, 2019

A wonderful tour a great experience for us especially my husband who is a big fan of both Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit. Our tour started with our very accomodating Wayne who made us awake during the drive going to by giving us the history of auckland and cracking jokes and telling us his experiences driving such tours. Mike our tour guide was excellent too emparting to us how it was made and answering our questions, overall it was an excellent tour and wonderful tour. Thanks to Wayne and Mike.

Dyann C

03 Jul, 2018

This was a wonderful tour. My family and I had high expectations of this tour as we are big fans of the movies. Whoever had the idea to preserve the movie set and sell tours here was a genius. The cost was well worth it.

The tour provider, Beach and Bush has excellent employees working for them. My first experience with one of their staff is a nice woman who I spoke with on the phone regarding the Auckland Central pick up location. The tour info on La Vacanza Travel did not indicate where the pick-up points are so I called and spoke with a nice woman who gave me the info. As they did not pick-up at the location where I was staying, the closest one was right across the street from our Airbnb. She also sent me a confirmation email with the info in it. They picked us up at the time indicated and took us to a location to transfer to another van that took us on the tour. There were a total of 8 people in our group. The gentleman who picked us up and our tour guide were both very pleasant and professional.

As we made our way toward Hobbiton, our tour guide was very engaging and interesting. He gave us interesting facts and history about different things in Auckland, the movies and New Zealand in general. As the drive was going to be more than an hour or so, after his narration, he let us know that he will stop chatting for a while so we could nap during the long drive if we chose to. We made a pit stop at a convenience store and restaurant to use the restroom and get something to eat. I forgot the name of the place, but the food was excellent. Mostly grab and go stuff.

The scenery and countryside were beautiful as we continued on toward Hobbiton. Our tour guide was handy with more facts about the farms, flora and fauna that we passed. It was a nice drive. We arrived at the Shires Rest where we were able to take a look at the gift shop and use the restroom before our guide to Hobbiton met us.

I cannot forget seeing the entrance to Hobbiton for the first time, the road with the two rock walls on each side in the scene where Gandalf is riding his cart into Hobbiton. It was amazing. It looked exactly like it did in the movie and that scene is the first thing that came to mind when I saw it. Our Hobbiton guide kept us moving at a good pace but not rushing us to move along, he was very patient with us when we lagged behind to get that picture perfect shot. I can imagine what he deals with on a day to day basis with us tourists. When we stopped at different points he would bring to our memory different scenes in both the Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit movies and show us the physical location of where it was filmed. He quizzed us to see if we knew what was spoken during a particular scene, gave us the behind the scenes story of the films, he was awesome.

Our Hobbiton guide then left us at the Green Dragon and our Tour Guide met us there. We got our pint of ale the tour guide got a non-alcoholic beverage and went to have lunch in a tent nearby. The buffet lunch was excellent and coincidentally we were the first group to sit down. The big bus tours came in about 20 minutes later, by then we already had gotten our food and sat down. I asked the tour guide if renting out the place was a possibility, he said absolutely. People have parties and weddings here all the time.

I think coming here during winter June was a good decision, because I think it wouldnt have been as enjoyable if it was very hot. It was cold but not unbearably so. I would recommend this tour because its a small group tour, also this particular one did not include the Waitomo Caves and did include lunch, which is what we were more interested in. We had time to purchase items from the gift shop and we headed back to Auckland. Our tour guide was nice enough to let us nap on the ride back and we got dropped off at the same place we were picked up from. A wonderful tour led by wonderful people.

Katomike

30 Jun, 2018

This Tour was the highlight of our trip. Fun and informative thanks to our driver Wayne with Beach and Bush and the guides at the various locations. Worth every penny. Highly recommend!

User's Picture Gallery

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End of tour buffet lunch

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Bag End

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Sign at the beginning

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The Green Dragon

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The mill and bridge just before entering the Green Dragon

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Looking up from the bottom of the hill to Bag End.

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Bag End

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On top of the hill overlooking Hobbiton

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Just outside the entrance to the Hobbiton farm

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On the road into the farm where Hobbiton is located

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Jay and Don, two fellow Lions meet.

Don flies 12,500 miles to meet a fellow Millwall supporter who lives in Perth, Australia while visiting Hobbiton - it must be the magic where is Gandolf?.

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In the Green Dragon Bar

A cup of ale for Marg and Don

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Two Hobbits from the UK

Marg and Don.

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Two Hobbits from the UK

Marg and Don

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Hobbiton

Hobbiton

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Hobbiton

Hobbiton

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Hobbiton

Hobbiton

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Beautiful Hobbiton

Beautiful Hobbiton

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Quaint Little Village

Hobbiton in LOTR

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Looking out of Green Dragon to the water wheel

At Hobbiton in the Green Dragon Inn

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The Green Dragon

Green Dragon in the distance.

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A Hobbit garden

A garden in Hobbiton

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Hobbiton

Picture of Hobbiton in morning from Green Dragon

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