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Small-Group Hobbiton Movie Set Tour from Auckland with Lunch

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Small-Group Hobbiton Movie Set Tour from Auckland with Lunch

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icon8 hours  (approx.)
Hotel pickup offered
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iconOffered in: English

Overview

Visit the ‘Lord of the Rings’ movie set on this small-group Hobbiton tour from Auckland. At the Hobbiton Movie Set, visit the home of Bilbo Baggins and peer inside other hobbit holes of the Shire—filming site of ‘The Hobbit’ and the ‘The Lord of the Rings’ trilogies. Your knowledgeable guide points out the Party Tree and the Mill. Enjoy cider, ale, or ginger beer at the Green Dragon Inn, and recharge with lunch at Party Marquee—both included.
  • Day trip to the Hobbiton movie set from Auckland
  • See where Bilbo Baggins lived in The Shire
  • Pose for pictures outside the hobbit holes
  • Enjoy a cider, ale or ginger beer inside the Green Dragon Inn
  • Have lunch at the Party Marquee
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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
Morning tea and additional food and drinks
This operator has two meet-up options available. You can either meet at the departure point below or select a location for pick-up.
SkyCity Auckland , Victoria Street &, Federal Street, Auckland CBD, Auckland 1010, New Zealand

If you have not confirmed an inner city hotel pick up with us then our central meeting point is SkyCity Grand Hotel (90 Federal Street). If you are meeting here will need to be confirmed with us. Please call to confirm the night prior - 0800 423 224

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7:00 AM
This activity will end right where it started.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.
Travel south over the Bombay Hills to the fertile farmland of the Waikato region after morning pickup from your Auckland hotel. En route to Hobbiton, disembark the coach for a stretch break and stop for morning tea (own expense) before arrival at the Hobbiton Movie Set, located in Matamata.

Your guide takes you through this working sheep farm, a prime filming location for 'The Hobbit' and 'The Lord of the Rings' movie series with incredible views overlooking the world’s biggest outdoor movie set. Explore the Shire, home to hobbit holes including Bilbo Baggins’s house. Stop for photos in front of the Mill, the Party Tree, and the double-arch bridge as you’re entertained with tales about the making of the films.

Then head to the Green Dragon Inn for a complimentary cider, ale or ginger beer. After your tour of Hobbiton, enjoy an included lunch at the Party Marquee before your day trip ends with drop-off at your hotel in Auckland.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Hobbiton Movie Set
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 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
The Green Dragon™ Inn
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
Admission Ticket Included
  • 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
  • OPERATED BY Bush and Beach
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • 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.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Small-Group Hobbiton Movie Set Tour from Auckland with Lunch?
A:The policy on face masks and attendee health is:

  • Face masks provided for travelers
See all safety measures taken by Small-Group Hobbiton Movie Set Tour from Auckland with Lunch.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Small-Group Hobbiton Movie Set Tour from Auckland with Lunch?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Small-Group Hobbiton Movie Set Tour from Auckland with Lunch.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Small-Group Hobbiton Movie Set Tour from Auckland with Lunch?
A:The policy on staff health & safety is:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
See all safety measures taken by Small-Group Hobbiton Movie Set Tour from Auckland with Lunch.

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  • "Although the coach ride to and from Hobbiton was quite long, I recommend this tour for any LOTR fans." See review

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star-5
Lord of the Rings and New Zealand Stories Presented In a Great Way
William_W
, 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 Viator and Hobbiton personnel were well informed, smart, entertaining -- and made the day memorable.
star-5
Worth the price-you’ll be glad you went on this tour to Hobbiton
Sharon_M
, Feb 2020
Enjoyed this small-group tour. Great to arrive early- none of the crowds mentioned in other reviews. Both B&B driver and Hobbiton guide were very good; funny behind-the-scenes stories. Wear shoes with traction for hilly dirt path going past the hobbit holes. Could have used a handrail on steeper sections, and a few benches. Love the details: bee keeper’s home with honey extractor, miller’s bags of flour, cottage garden flowers everywhere along with small hobbit-sized tables, chairs, and tiny watering cans. Very generous buffet lunch in the air-conditioned marquee behind the Green Dragon Inn. Five stars.
star-5
Visit to the Hobbit Movie Set
Robert_A
, Feb 2020
The driver kept us entertained with many stories. It might have been useful to have him share more about the countryside. Some of the sharing was done and more depth would be enhanced the trive.
star-5
Visit Hobbiton, learn about New Zealand on the way
Caroline_C
, Feb 2020
This tour was so great! The visit to Hobbiton was wonderful and the tour company coordinated with the Hobbiton tour to make everything easy and clear. The most unexpected thing was that I learned so much interesting info about New Zealand from our guide Oly on the ride from Auckland. I loved getting to know more about the country on the bus ride.
star-5
Hobbit town day
Kylie_F
, 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.
star-4
Hobbiton
Brian_U
, Dec 2019
Although the coach ride to and from Hobbiton was quite long, I recommend this tour for any LOTR fans. Our tour guide was very knowledgeable of the movie set and the LOTR stories as well as the area and history of the farm where the set was built. The buffet lunch was much better than expected!
star-4
Must-see scenery for film buffs, but wonderful scenic drive for all
marcella_s
, Apr 2019
Hobbiton is a place of its own. Luckily not as crowded as Disneyland even as the guided tour could be a little less heartless. Organization of the visiting crowds is super well done. Special thanks and compliments to our driver Rob - besides safe traveling the sharing of his knowledge about NZ history and Maori culture was impressive and very welcome! Would recommend this type of Hobbiton-trip.
star-5
Excellent tour
Rose_B
, 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.
star-5
Highly recommended!
Jyunwei_K
, Dec 2018
The best tour guide! Really enjoy the half day trip with Viator! If you don't want to drive yourself and go with a big-group, just order it!
star-5
This Tour was the highlight of our...
MichaelT_K
, 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!
star-5
Just a great tour. Our driver was a...
John_O
, Jun 2018
Just a great tour. Our driver was a wealth of information and made the road trip pass quickly. Hobbiton was fun and now when I watch LOTR. I appreciate all of it.
star-5
I had the good fortune of booking...
Lyndsey K
, May 2018
I had the good fortune of booking this tour, which done through a great tour company called Bush and Beach. On the day I booked, I was the only person that had booked the tour, so I had a private driver to Hobbiton and back, as well as a private guide through the movie set. I was told the day before and after me, they had tour groups of 20 or so people, but I lucked out in being the only one booked on the day I went. Instead of asking me to switch to a different day as some tour companies have done in the past, this tour company wanted to accommodate my choice! It was a wonderful experience. Hobbiton itself is very neat, beautifully maintained, and it was enjoyable to have a private tour guide throughout the set. The Green Dragon was a great way to end the tour of the set. Lunch is nothing spectacular, but it was good with plenty of options buffet style. I would definitely recommend this tour company to anyone.
star-5
This was a fabulous tour! Was a bit...
jerry_F
, Apr 2018
This was a fabulous tour! Was a bit of a drive, but worth it! Felt transported back to Hobbiton!
star-4
Although it is advertised as a...
DeborahLee_B
, Mar 2018
Although it is advertised as a Small-Group Tour, this is only insofar as the transport there and back is concerned. At Hobbiton we basically still joined up with a bigger group for the tour so there wasn't a huge advantage to booking a small group tour. Hobbiton itself was absolutely gorgeous and we really enjoyed the experience. We really would have liked to have had a little bit more time to walk around by ourselves. The lunch which was included was really great but again it was a bit rushed.
star-5
Only 12 people in our group and we...
Linda M
, Feb 2018
Only 12 people in our group and we had our own guide. We also arrived early enough to avoid the crowds. And the lunch was pretty tasty too!
star-5
Driver Wayne fromBeach and Bush and...
Robert A
, Feb 2018
Driver Wayne fromBeach and Bush and tour guides at Hobbiton did a great job.
star-5
This tour was exceptional for...
Daniel_S
, Jan 2018
This tour was exceptional for several reasons. Even if you are not a fan of the movies, the tour of the movie location is an education into the film making process. The tour guide presented excellent examples of the surprises that occurred during filming and the myriad of technical challenges that had to be overcome. A second reason this tour was exceptional was that Viator subcontracted to a Small New Zealand Business - Bush and Beach that won the Small Business Operator of the year for 2016 from the New Zealand Tourism Export Council. It showed in the quality of the whole tour. Lastly, the bus ride from Auckland was very scenic and made informative by the commentary of our driver/guide Wayne. The tour would not have been as entertaining/informative without his input.
star-5
Stephan was an outstanding Tour...
Jeff V
, Jan 2018
Stephan was an outstanding Tour Guide - managed the group and various moving parts exceptionally well Tour was as expected, a good experience and lots of anecdotal information provided by the site Tour leader. Lunch, outstanding, much more than anticipated. Well recommended.
star-5
Superb tour for those like myself...
Kedeisha C
, Jan 2018
Superb tour for those like myself who has knowledge of the Lord of the Rings and Hobbit movies. This set truly makes you feel like you could have been a part of the movie!
star-5
Our driver was great, he was full of...
Meredith N
, Jan 2018
Our driver was great, he was full of just enough information to keep the drive interesting, and a very nice man that has lived a very interesting life. The guide at Hobbiton was also fantastic, she made the tour so fun and brought our small group from around the world to feel as a tight knit group of friends through her conversation with us. Just a suggestion to others considering doing the tour: bring allergy medicine if you suffer from hayfever. There are a lot of various pollens, and while I havent had to take allergy medicine for years, I was very impacted by and was physically miserable while in such a beautiful place with such nice people.

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