HOBBITON TOUR – ONE DAY TOUR FROM AUCKLAND
“Re-live the magic of the Lord of the Rings and Hobbit movies…”
This one day Hobbiton Tour our from Auckland takes us to the Hobbiton Movie Set, the movie set for The Shire from Middle Earth that featured in both the Lord of the Rings and the Hobbit movies.
Hobbiton Tour from Auckland
We collect you from your Auckland hotel and then our small group tour takes us south from Auckland. Along the way we stop for coffee beside the Waikato River, New Zealand’s longest river. We continue through farmland to Hobbiton, the movie set for The Shire.
Hobbiton Movie Set Guided Tour
The set itself covers 10 acres and includes Hobbit Holes, The Green Dragon Inn, The Mill and other features of The Shire – all set amidst beautiful farmland and beside a picturesque lake. The set is now maintained as a tourist attraction and so the hobbit holes, gardens and buildings are much as you would have seen them in the movies – they still have the washing on the line as if filming has only just finished.
Enjoy a fascinating two hour guided walking tour of the movie set. Your Hobbiton guide explains interesting details about the movie making and points out all the features of The Shire and which hobbit lived in which hobbit hole including the carpenter, the baker the beekeeper. Your walking tour passes the Mill and crosses the stone bridge you will have seen in the movies.
This tour is also interesting for those who have never seen the movie. The design and detailing is interesting of itself as are the guides stories about the production challenges. Keen gardeners will appreciate the pretty flower and vegetable gardens recreated for the movies and now lovingly maintained.
The set is very realistic, you can imagine the hobbits living there, tending their gardens and popping into the Green Dragon Inn which is the next stop on the tour.
Green Dragon Inn
Following the guided tour, relax and enjoy a free drink at the Green Dragon Inn – choose from English Ale, Apple Cider or non-alcoholic Ginger Beer. The Green Dragon Inn is now a permanent building with a truly authentic atmosphere and a crackling fire in winter making a surprisingly authentic experience out of a fictional story! Your guided tour is followed by lunch (included) at the Shires Rest Café and shopping in The Shire Souvenir Store.
This tour always leaves visitors wanting to watch the movies again (or for the first time for those who have never seen them before). Director Peter Jackson’s interpretation of this fictional place from J. R. R. Tolkien’s famous books fits so well into the New Zealand countryside we can only marvel at the vision and talent of the people who created Hobbiton. We are very happy to have it as a now permanent part of our landscape and to see so many visitors leave the tour with a smile on their face after a rich and authentic experience of this special place.
We make our way back to Auckland, passing the tranquil Lake Karapiro and the historic town of Cambridge and return you to your Auckland hotel.
Hobbiton Tour – Highlights
- Picturesque drive through rolling farmland
- Two hour guided tour of the Hobbiton Movie Set
- Ale or Cider at the Green Dragon Inn
- Lunch at the Shires Rest Café
- Hobbiton Souvenir Store
- Waikato River and Lake Karapiro
- Historic Cambridge Town
Operates: On Request – Please Enquire
Price: $295 per person
(Children 3-12 years: $160)
All prices in New Zealand dollars
Price includes free pick-up from central Auckland hotels, admission, guided tour and lunch
Times: Central Auckland 7am – 3pm
Notes: Bring sun protection. Make sure your camera battery is fully charged and your memory card has lots of space for all the wonderful photos