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From Rotorua: Hobbiton Movie Set Tour with Festive Lunch

4.7 / 5

48 reviews

Activity provider: GreatSights New Zealand

From Rotorua: Hobbiton Movie Set Tour with Festive Lunch

Activity provider: GreatSights New Zealand

From US$ 151.22 per person

Explore the Hobbit movie set from the Lord of the Rings film trilogy on this half-day tour from Rotorua. See how New Zealand's landscape was transformed into the famous Hobbit holes of the Shire. Hear inside stories on the making of the blockbuster films.

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Duration 8 hours
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Estonian, English


  • Learn how beautiful New Zealand farmland was transformed into Hobbiton village
  • Visit the Mill, the world-famous Green Dragon™ Inn, and the double arched bridge
  • Tour the 12 acre original movie set location and stand in front of a Hobbit hole
  • Hear inside stories and details on how the Lord of the Rings films were made
  • Enjoy a coach ride across the Kaimai mountain range and marvel at the scenery
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Venture to the lands of Middle Earth on this half-day Hobbit movie set tour from Rotorua. Visit the working sheep farm that director Peter Jackson transformed into the Shire. See where Bilbo Baggins lived and the quest for the ring began, and enjoy a festive lunch. After departing the Lake Rotorua area your coach will take you across the scenic Mamaku Ranges and through the native Fitzgerald Glade, before arriving in the Waikato Region and the rolling hills of the Shire. While exploring the Hobbit film set, your guide will recount fascinating details on how the set was created as well as provide inside stories on the making of the films. During your tour, you'll see such famous movie locations as the Green Dragon Pub, the mill, the double arched bridge, and the famous Party Tree.

  • Transportation
  • Guided tour of Hobbiton movie set
  • Buffet lunch at Hobbiton
  • Morning tea and afternoon tea
  • Refreshments
  • Gratuities
Not suitable for
  • People with mobility impairments

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Meet at Rotorua NZ Tourism Center.

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  • Comfortable shoes
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Overall rating

4.7 /5

based on 48 reviews

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This was such an amazing day which our whole party enjoyed (family with two teenagers). I had read reviews that the tour moves too quickly, but we found that it moved at a good pace. We had plenty of time in the gift-shop and plenty of time to take photos of all the hobbit holes. Yes, you have to keep moving but we didn't feel rushed. The lunch was amazing - there was so much food! Our guides were great - both the bus driver from Rotorua who gave us commentary on the area during the trip, and the Hobbiton guide who was entertaining and made sure we had time for photos.

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January 18, 2023

We got the option with transportation from Rotorua and also buffet lunch included. It’s a great activity even if you’re not necessary a Lord of the Rings/Hobbit fan like me. Hannah was our driver and tour guide, she shared a lot about the region and history and would definitely recommend this to anybody.

December 25, 2022

Met at our meeting Point at Rotorua Tourism Centre welcome by our lovely Driver/Tour Guide Hannah to take us to Matamata. Hannah was an amazing Tour guide on our way to Matamata. We then had Karin as our Tour Guide to Hobbiton and she was very patient and so lovely. Overall our experience at Hobbiton along with our Lunch Feast was amazing. Thank you to Great Sights. :)

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December 29, 2022

Product ID: 25697