Hobbiton Tour From Auckland: Hobbiton Movie Set Tour

Experience the film set of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings fame!

Day Tour from Auckland to The Hobbiton Movie Set

The Hobbiton Movie Set Tour is where Peter Jackson filmed his famous Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit film trilogies.

The Hobbiton Movie Set is one of the most visited destinations in New Zealand for the past 10 years.

This Hobbiton tour from Auckland starts by picking you up from Auckland CBD, then you’ll enjoy a two-hour scenic drive South of Auckland into Waikato, with a scenic stop for amazing photos and any other stops if needed.

Once we arrive, you spend 30-45 mins shopping in the official Hobbiton Gift Shop and grabbing a drink or a bite in the famous Shire’s Rest Cafe.

Then your middle earth Journey starts by hopping on The Hobbiton Bus that takes you to The Hobbit Village where your guide will do a two and half hour guided tour through The Hobbit Holes, The Mill, The Double Arched Bridge and have a complimentary drink at The Green Dragon Inn.

Walk inside a Hobbit Hole for the new indoor experience located on
Bagshot Row and experience a glimpse into the charming dwellings of Hobbits going about their daily lives in the Shire.

Be prepared to take lots of photos and videos in this unique place.

After you finish your amazing Hobbit tour we make our way through the scenic roads of Waikato back to Auckland CBD.

Tour Highlights

  • Pick up from Auckland CBD
  • Snacks & water
  • Stops for scenic Photo taking
  • Admission & guided tour at the Hobbiton Movie set
  • Free Beer, Ginger Beer or Cider in Green Dragon Inn
  • Drop Off to Auckland CBD

Frequently Asked Questions

The drive is about 2 to 2.5 hrs one way from Auckland to the Hobbiton Movie Set and its depending on the traffic.

We offer complimentary pick ups and drop offs from any Auckland Central Accommodation.

It is about 2.5hrs fully guide tour.

No. All tours must be fully guided with a professional Hobbiton Movie Set Guide.

At the Hobbiton, the tours can have up to 40 People.

Yes, all tours starting from 1 December 2023 include a new adventure inside a hobbit hole at the Bagshot Row.

This addition will fulfil a long-held dream for all visitors, just remember to mind your head as you wander through the rooms & hallways.

Yes, Hobbiton is a location like no other, creating a truly unique and memorable experience for your special day.

Say your ‘I dos’ in amongst the natural beauty of the Hobbiton gardens. For your reception, choose from the masterfully recreated Green Dragon Inn as seen in The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit Trilogies, the Millhouse for an intimate gathering, or step into The Party Marquee – a fully themed, spacious venue which will provide your guests with a breath-taking atmosphere to remember. 

Contact Auckland & Beyond Tours today to start planning your wedding!

In 1998, Sir Peter Jackson’s team of location scouts were searching for the iconic rolling hills and lush green pastures of Hobbiton™. An aerial search led them to the Alexander farm, a stunning 1,250 acre sheep farm in the heart of the Waikato.
They noted the area’s striking similarity to The Shire™, as described by JRR Tolkien, and quickly realised that the Hobbits had found a home.

In March 1999 the crew began the nine month quest to bring the ideas for Hobbiton to fruition; help was provided by the New Zealand Army, and soon 39 temporary Hobbit Holes™ were scattered across the 12 acre plot used for the set.

Filming commenced in December 1999, and it took around three months to get a wrap on The Shire.

In 2009, Sir Peter Jackson returned to film The Hobbit Trilogy, and he left behind the beautiful movie set you’ll see today; 44 permanently reconstructed Hobbit Holes, in the same fantastic detail seen in the movies. There’s an abundance of movie magic nestled inside the fully operational farm.

Tours and activities operate in all weather conditions, umbrellas are provided in the event of rain.
In the event of extreme weather conditions we reserve the right to make alternative tour arrangements.