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Exclusive Access Lord of the Rings Hobbiton Movie Set Tour

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Exclusive Access Lord of the Rings Hobbiton Movie Set Tour

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

Overview

Beat the crowds with early access to the Hobbiton Movie Set, where The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit movies were filmed. Your guide gives you a behind-the-scenes peek at places normally only visited by the film crews. This small group includes round-trip coach transport from your Auckland hotel and breakfast at the Green Dragon Inn.
  • Arrive at the Hobbiton Movie Set before the crowds to be one of the first groups on set
  • See extra Hobbit holes not seen on public Hobbiton tours
  • Enjoy an exclusive second breakfast at the Green Dragon Inn's 'Snug'
  • Round-trip transport in an air-conditioned vehicle

Why Travelers Choose This Tour

Arrive on set early to avoid the crowds and access areas that are normally off-limits to other groups and enjoy a second breakfast inside the Green Dragon Inn.
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Local Guide Hobbiton Movie Set Small Group Exclusive Tour
Breakfast/Brunch in The Mill
Enjoy a Scoop of New Zealand's tastiest Ice Cream
Hotel pickup and drop-off (selected hotels only)
Transport via Air-Conditioned Mini Coach
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Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered
Departure Point: Tour departs from selected Auckland hotels if your hotel is not in the list above please advise of Hotel name upon booking.
Return point: Returns to original departure point from inner city Auckland hotels is included

Arrive early at the Hobbiton Movie Set and gain entry to 'The Lord of the Rings' and 'The Hobbit' filming locations before the crowds arrive at this popular New Zealand attraction. Start with an early morning pickup from your hotel in Auckland, and board a comfortable coach for the approximate drive to Matamata, located in the lush farmland of the Waikato region.

At the Hobbiton movie set, be greeted by a personal guide who will show you and your fellow LOTR fans around the Shire. Snap photos of recognizable landmarks such as Bilbo Baggins’ house, the Mill, and the Party Tree. Get your picture taken inside a Hobbit hole and visit extra Hobbit holes, built just for the 'Hobbit' trilogy, that are normally off-limits to other tour groups.

You’ll learn of filming details about both trilogies before stepping into the Green Dragon Inn for a sizable 'second' breakfast of morning staples such as scrambled eggs, bacon, fruit, creamy mushrooms, grilled tomatoes, and sausages.

After your tour, hop into the provided vehicle for the return trip to your Auckland hotel, stopping along the way for a complimentary scoop of New Zealand’s signature Hokey Pokey vanilla ice cream packed with clumps of honeycomb toffee.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Hobbiton Movie Set
This exclusive access small group tour is for the ultimate Hobbit and Lord of the Rings fans. This tour includes an exclusive second breakfast in The Mill. The early start also means this is one of the first tours on set so you miss the crowds as well. Depart from your Auckland hotel at approximately 6:00am for your drive south over the Bombay Hills to the lush farmland of the Waikato region. Your Bush and Beach guide will talk about the areas you drive through and its history and give you some background to the movies. Upon arrival at the Hobbiton Movie Set, you and your fellow Hobbiton fans have an early tour with a private guide. Take plenty of pictures as you pass Bilbo Baggins’ house, The Mill, and the party tree, among other recognizable landmarks.
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
The Green Dragon™ Inn
After your guided tour of the movie set you head to an epic second breakfast at the Green Dragon Inn. The meal which is exclusive to this tour includes morning staples such as scrambled eggs, bacon, sausages and fruit, in addition to creamy mushrooms and grilled tomatoes. After your tour of the Hobbiton Movie Set you visit the gift shop and then head back towards Auckland. Along the way, you will stop for a scoop of New Zealand’s signature Hokey Pokey ice cream. This world-famous vanilla ice cream is packed with clumps of honeycomb toffee – a sweet way to end your day.
Admission Ticket Free
  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
  • Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infant seats available
  • Most travelers can participate
  • Small-group tour limited to 12 people
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 12 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Bush and Beach

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

  • 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.

Learn more about cancellations.

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 Exclusive Access Lord of the Rings Hobbiton Movie Set Tour ?
A:The policy on face masks and attendee health is:

  • Face masks provided for travelers
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What is the policy on sanitization during Exclusive Access Lord of the Rings Hobbiton Movie Set Tour ?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Exclusive Access Lord of the Rings Hobbiton Movie Set Tour ?
A:The policy on staff health & safety is:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
See all safety measures taken by Exclusive Access Lord of the Rings Hobbiton Movie Set Tour .
Q:
What is the maximum group size during Exclusive Access Lord of the Rings Hobbiton Movie Set Tour ?
A:This activity will have a maximum of 12 travelers.

See all safety measures taken by Exclusive Access Lord of the Rings Hobbiton Movie Set Tour .

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We spent the extra money to get on...
Derek C
, Jul 2018
We spent the extra money to get on the early access tour through Bush and Beach. It was totally worth it! My family of 4 and one other person made up our entire group. We were the first group into Hobbiton. We took all of the pictures we wanted without anyone else in the shots. Our driver Geoff got us there first and he kept us informed about Hobbiton and New Zealand on our way there. Our Hobbiton guide Jan met us at the park and guided us through all of the sites. We even got to see part of Hobbiton that most people do not get to see. Some people from another group were coming in after us and when some of their party began to catch us up she made sure that they went back to their group. I really appreciated that. She gave us all kinds of interesting information and even took some photos and even suggested some shots for us. We had breakfast we called it second-breakfast in the Green Dragon Inn in our own private room. Our family looked online to see what we would buy at the souvenir shop so that we knew ahead of time what we would purchase. I really recommend this because you don't have a lot of time there. Don't miss this.
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It was totally worth getting up...
Stephen F
, Mar 2018
It was totally worth getting up early! The tour is amazing, we arrived before the crowds, and the photo ops were premium! Thank you for a wonderful time and making memories to last a lifetime!
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We booked this tour because of the...
Eric C
, Dec 2017
We booked this tour because of the 'beat the crowds' we were hoping for and we were not disappointed! As fans, this was a must trip for us and we felt the cost was well worth it. We had 6 of us in a comfortable minivan to the farm, our friendly and knowlegable driver was Sean Shawn The size of our group allowed us to be first on set with unobstructed views of the shire no crowds, our private guide was friendly and knowledgable Anthony. We had a private room at the Green Dragon Inn for breakfast. And the ice-cream was quality and quantity. Be sure to verify your booking a couple days before because we were traveling and called the day before the tour and they almost cancelled our reservation, with a couple calls, Yuki straightened everything out.
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Just a glitch along the way but the...
Emily K
, Oct 2017
Just a glitch along the way but the tour and meal afterward was so good!
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We took this tour in late September...
highsmithbj
, Oct 2017
We took this tour in late September 2017. It was absolutely awesome! We loved our driver David. It was like driving through the country with our New Zealand friend! There were five of us on the tour and we were the first people to enter Hobbiton that day, before the crowds arrived. We also were taken to an area that other tours do not get to enter. The breakfast at the Green Dragon was a buffet feast, lots more than we could eat. Then David drove us back to the souvenir shop and gave us plenty of time to shop. We stopped for ice cream halfway back and then arrived back in Auckland around 3pm. This tour is more expensive than the others, but I am soooooo glad we did it. Also a note: We first booked this tour for a different date, but I let the company know that we were flexible and could go the next day if our tour didn't have enough people. Sure enough, that is what happened. Otherwise, we would have been put on the regular tour. So thanks Bush and Beach for the great communication!
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The early morning small group was...
Bill C
, Sep 2017
The early morning small group was brilliant. Our driver made sure that we had time for breakfast on the way, yet still got us the first entry to Hobbiton. Our guide there was great, and she made sure that we had the best look into all the sights and Hobbit holes. Brunch at the Green Dragon was excellent, and plenty of it. Hobbiton is a pleasure to visit and presented a really natural setting that you can just imagine populated by hobbits when we are not looking. Giant ice creams on the way home concluded a lovely day out.
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The staff were fantastic and very...
Gaye H
, Sep 2017
The staff were fantastic and very professional, the tour was very comprehensive and full of interesting information and breakfast brunch was wonderful. Well worth the extra.
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This tour, and our guides, far...
Melanie M
, Sep 2017
This tour, and our guides, far exceeded our expectations! Our guides were warm, friendly, accommodating, and knowledgeable! The scenery could not have been more spectacular! From pick-up to drop-off, we found the whole day to be seamless and magical! Thank you!!
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Our tour was first on set which made...
Lance M
, Jul 2017
Our tour was first on set which made the experience worth the added cost. Highly recommend this for any LOTR fans!
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This was the best of my NZ tours...
markjwoodward
, Mar 2017
This was the best of my NZ tours. Outstanding in every way. I'm so glad I paid extra for this tour. Our group was small, eight people I think. And we were the first group through, which meant that we didn't have 30-40 people like the groups following us getting in the way of our photos. Dawn was our driver, and I really liked her. The fact that she laughed at all of my jokes was a big plus! The included breakfast was large and memorable...mugs of ale, stout, or cider included! It was enough for first and second breakfasts, and elevenses as well. One of the gents on our tour was celebrating his birthday, and the Green Dragon staff brought out a birthday cake for us all to enjoy. Don't go all the way to Middle Earth, then skimp on this tour. Lay out the extra bucks for this early tour. You'll be so happy you did!

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