The Hobbiton Movie Set & Farm Tour

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Matamata, New Zealand

The Hobbiton Movie Set & Farm Tour Matamata Reviews

reg1406 reg1406
10 reviews
Fat Hobbit, always so polite Dec 11, 2015
The only reason I found this tour expensive is because I'm a Student, but even if it cost 100 NZ dollars, I would still have paid it, no doubt. I am a HUGE Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit fan. I have read ALL of the books, and I have watched ALL of the films...and yes, I have re-read/re-watched...and will continue to do so. For the price that I paid, I think we should have got a little more, a free mug perhaps, a complementary pen...even pictures taken in front of Bilbo's house which you can purchase for a ridiculous price, but will still buy because why the hell not.

But apart from that. I loved every minute of it.
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christl3 christl3
171 reviews
Great! Sep 27, 2013
The Hobbiton set is located a 45 minute drive from Hamilton and a ten minute drive from Matamata. It is located amongst rolling green hills with sheep and their newborn lambs prancing alongside. It is easy to see how Peter Jackson envisaged this tranquil location for the setting of Hobbiton and Bag End.

The tour runs every half hour and costs $75, a hefty sum. This includes the five minute bus journey to the set, guided tour and free drink in the Green Dragon Hobbit pub at the termination of the tour. The entire duration is about two hours.

You begin your journey to Middle Earth's Hobbiton at the Shire's Rest Cafe, just over the souvenier shop and ticket office, one of their notable meals is aptly named 'Second Breakfast'! The souvenier shop contains such movie memorobelia such as shot glasses, fridge magnets, t-shirts, Hobbit beer etc.

The Hobbit set itself is quite big. I never imagined it to be as big as it was. The guide takes you around the set explaining about the filming of the Lord of the Rings and the Hobbit movies. He explains that by making some of the Hobbit holes smaller this made Gandalf appear bigger than the Hobbits. He also shares some other tricks of perspective they employed to accentuate Gandalf's size difference. He tells you interesting things about the filming and the making of the set. He explains that by using a mixture of glue, paint and lichen/funghi and by distributing this across the set they produced the weathered effect of an age-old village instead of the newly-built set that it actually was.

The guide provides you with plenty of time to take photographs of the Hobbit holes.

It ends with a 20-minute stop at the Green Dragon pub. I think this was a scene in one of the movies and the pub itself was specially built exactly like the movie. It was a wonderful atmosphere and the complimentary drink you recieve is delicious. It is apparently brewed in Wellington especially for them and is exclusively sold there. Another very special thing about Hobbiton.
sabi777 sabi777
4 reviews
Hobbiton Movie Set, Matamata, New Zealand May 31, 2011
The Hobbiton Movie Set & Farm Tour is an essential stop on the itinerary for all visitors traveling through New Zealand, offering an interesting and entertaining experience incorporating the famous film set and a special insight into rural life.

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 drive through the picturesque 1,250 acre sheep farm with spectacular views across to the Kaimai Ranges. Your guide will escort you through the 10 acre site recounting fascinating details of how the Hobbiton set was created.

Image boards are strategically placed at key locations which allow you to 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 to enjoy the Sheep Farm Experience.
kiwiasli kiwiasli
6 reviews
Nov 03, 2007
I wasn't a big ,,Lord of the rings´´ fan before I came to New Zealand but when you see all those awesome settings from the film you've got to watch the movie again.

Actualy I wasn't that much impressed of this Hobbiton movie set in Matamata.

The movie set was build on private farmland which I must say is a nice piece of land with never ending green hills and a lot of sheep running around. Lucky farmer who takes profit of this tourist attraction and got rich now.

They chosed his farmland because of the beauty and untouched nature and of course the nice oak tree impressed them.

But in the meantime the hobbit houses look a little shabby and you can just look at them from the outside because they are just dummys(not possible to enter.)

Maybe a must for every ,,Lord of the rings´´fan but don't expect to much!
christl3 says:
It is far better now since you were there because of the Hobbit movie all the Hobbit holes have been re-vamped.
Posted on: Sep 27, 2013
kiwiasli says:
you are welcome! I'm going to post new pictures of another film set of LORD OF THE RINGS which really impressed me because we discovered the beautiful scenery on the back of the film horses!
Posted on: Nov 04, 2007
mellemel8 says:
i love LOTR. thanks for this :)
Posted on: Nov 04, 2007

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