Hobbiton Movie Set & Farm Tours, Matamata - NZ Travel

Hobbiton Movie Set & Farm Tours, Matamata

Hobbiton Movie Set & Farm Tours

If the Shire is at the heart of The Lord of the Rings, then the Hamilton and Waikato region is at the heart of the Shire. When scouting around for settings for his epic three movie adaptation of The Lord of the Rings, Kiwi director Peter Jackson found just what he was looking for in the green paddocks of the Waikato just outside Matamata. The bucolic setting for the Shire, home of the hobbits, including Bag End, was right there and just waiting for his magical director’s touch. Whilst the cast and crew have gone, the visitor today can easily imagine hobbits going about their business, as well as being a tribute to the Kiwi film-makers and artists who created it. Visiting Matamata and the Hobbiton Movie Set is not just all about hobbits though. Hobbiton Movie Set & Farm Tours present here a number of tours and options that not only allow the visitor to “walk in the footsteps of hobbits” but to also discover the true rural diversity of the area.

Help Notes:

  • Tours run in all weather conditions and umbrellas are provided.
  • Please report 20 minutes prior to departure
  • Toilet and catering facilities are only available at The Shires Rest and not at the movie set.
  • Sensible walking footwear is required.
  • 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.
  • Please note that no tours are able to access the set without being accompanied by a tour guide. The set is located on private property and is still operated as a working sheep farm.

Main Office:501 Buckland Rd, Hinuera, Matamata


Distance from Town: 15.8km


Hotel transfers:Available from Rotorua or Matamata


Operating hours: 9:00am-6:00pm


Closed: Christmas Day


Food: Available for purchase

Available Activities:
Tour of Hobbiton Movie Set


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The Hobbiton Movie Set and Farm Tour is an essential stop on the itinerary for all visitors travelling through New Zealand, offering an interesting and entertaining experience incorporating the famous film set and a special insight into rural life. Your tour starts with a drive through a picturesque 1,250 acre working sheep farm (there are 13,000 sheep and 300 beef cattle on the property) with spectacular views across to the Kaimai Ranges. Your tour guide will escort you through the ten acre site recounting fascinating details on how the Hobbiton movie set was created. After your tour of the film set your host will then take you to The Woolshed, provide a sheep shearing demonstration and then allow you the opportunity to bottle feed the pet lambs.

Times: 9:50am, 11:05am, 12:20pm, 1:35pm, 2:50pm, 4:05pm*, 5:20pm   Duration: 2 hours approximately.

Includes: Transfers from Matamata I-Site. Guided Tour of Hobbiton Movie Set. Sheep Shearing Demonstration. Bottle feed pet lambs.

Transfers from Rotorua can be arranged at a cost.

Minimum Child age: 10 years.  Maximum child age: 14 years.

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