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Hobbiton Movie Set Tours

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Fans of The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit films won’t want to miss a visit to the Hobbiton Movie Set—the real-life recreation of The Shire, one of the primary settings in those films. Set amid the lush hills of Matamata on New Zealand’s North Island, the purpose-built set features the original hobbit holes, sets, and props from the movies.

The Basics
Guided walking tours take you around the set, and guides share behind-the-scenes stories while you admire props and costumes seen on-screen. Highlights include Bilbo Baggins’ home, Bag End; Bagshot Row, and the Party Tree. Allow time to enjoy a drink at the Green Dragon Inn, which serves exclusive Hobbit™ Southfarthing™ beers and ginger beer, or have lunch at The Shire’s Rest café.

Many travelers visit Hobbiton on a day trip from Auckland or a shore excursion from Tauranga. Day tours often combine Hobbiton with nearby attractions such as the Wai-O-Tapu Geothermal Wonderland, Waitomo Glowworm Caves, or city of Rotorua.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • Access is by guided tour only, departing from The Shire’s Rest café, and last about two hours.
  • Prebooking admission for this popular attraction is recommended; children under 8 are admitted free.
  • The movie set is outdoors, so dress accordingly and wear comfortable clothing and footwear suitable for walking along cobblestones and dirt paths.
  • The set is not easily accessible for wheelchairs and strollers, but wheelchair users can be accommodated by advance booking. 

How to Get There
Hobbiton is located in Matamata, 43 miles (70 kilometers) northwest of Rotorua and 109 miles (175 kilometers) south of Auckland. Tours run from Tauranga, Auckland, and Rotorua. Independent travelers can park outside The Shire’s Rest. Shuttle buses leave from the Matamata Visitor Center and are included with the ticket price.

When to Get There
Tours run daily from 9am–3:30pm. The most popular time to visit is over summer (December–February), when it can get extremely crowded. Watch for special events such as the annual Christmas feast, Summer Solstice party, and October Beer Festival. Advance booking is essential at peak times and events.
 
Film sites in New Zealand
New Zealand’s valleys, mountains, and geothermal wonders provide a spectacular setting for The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit films, and more than 150 different filming locations dot the countryside. Beyond Hobbiton, tour the Weta Workshop in Wellington, where props, costumes, and special effects were created; hike to Mordor through the Tongariro National Park; and visit memorable sites such as Mt. Sunday (Edoras), the Putangirua Pinnacles (the Dimholt Road), and Tawhai Falls (Gollum’s Pool).
Address: 501 Buckland Road, Hinuera, New Zealand
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Hobbiton™ Movie Set 2-Hour Walking Tour from Shires Rest

Hobbiton™ Movie Set 2-Hour Walking Tour from Shires Rest

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Walk into the real-world landscape of Middle Earth on a walking tour of the Hobbiton™ Movie Set, where you get a behind-the-scenes look at ‘The Lord of the Rings’ and ‘The Hobbit.’ Pause at the Green Dragon™ Inn to for a draft of Hobbit™ Southfarthing™, see the remarkable detailing that brought Hobbiton™ to life on screen, and visit the places where key scenes were created.
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  • 2 hours
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$63.60
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Hobbiton Movie Set and Waitomo Glowworm Caves Day Trip from Auckland

Hobbiton Movie Set and Waitomo Glowworm Caves Day Trip from Auckland

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Visit a pair of New Zealand's must-see attractions with this combo tour from Auckland to the Hobbiton Movie Set and Waitomo Glowworm Caves. Peek into Hobbit Holes, frolic in the Shire, and get a drink at the Green Dragon Inn on a guided tour of Middle-earth, followed by a Kiwi-style lunch. In the afternoon, explore Maori myths and history on a boat ride through mesmerizing caves lit by thousands of glowworms, and finish with a drive through some of the North Island’s most majestic scenery.
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  • 11 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$182.23
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Hobbiton Movie Set Small Group Tour from Auckland

Hobbiton Movie Set Small Group Tour from Auckland

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Visit the Hobbiton Movie Set on a full-day tour from Auckland that explores New Zealand's 'Middle-earth,' where 'Lord of the Rings' and 'The Hobbit' came to life on film. Travel through a landscape of lush farms, then take a guided tour of the 12-acre (4.8-ha.) Hobbiton Movie Set, from hobbit holes to gardens and the Green Dragon Inn. With free time to shop and explore, this tour includes transport from selected locations in Auckland, and it's limited to 11 travelers to ensure personalized service.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$116.54
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$116.54
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Small-Group Hobbiton Movie Set Tour from Auckland with Lunch

Small-Group Hobbiton Movie Set Tour from Auckland with Lunch

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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.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$207.24
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The Hobbiton Movie Set Small-Group Guided Tour from Auckland

The Hobbiton Movie Set Small-Group Guided Tour from Auckland

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For fans of the Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit films, visiting the official Hobbiton Movie Set is a truly unforgettable experience. On this tour, enjoy comfortable round-trip transport from Auckland and extra attention from your guide thanks to the small group size. On arrival, explore the famous film set on a guided tour, hear behind-the-scenes stories about the making of the movies, and see the Hobbit Holes, The Mill, and the Double Arched bridge. There will also be free time to shop for souvenirs or purchase lunch at the Shire’s Rest Café.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$113.61
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Tauranga Shore Excursion: Lord of the Rings Hobbiton Movie Set Tour Including Rotorua Sightseeing

Tauranga Shore Excursion: Lord of the Rings Hobbiton Movie Set Tour Including Rotorua Sightseeing

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Take a shore excursion to the Hobbiton Movie Set and sightsee Rotorua with a guide when your cruise ship pulls into port at Tauranga. Journey to Middle-earth and The Shire of ‘The Lord of the Rings’ fame, featured in the popular LOTR trilogy and ‘The Hobbit.’ Then learn traditional customs at the Maori village of Whakarewarewa before strolling past the spouting geysers and steaming hot springs of thermal Rotorua. Numbers are limited to 19 participants in this small-group tour to the land of hobbits and hot pools.
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  • 7 hours 30 minutes
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$185.09
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2 Day Waitomo Caves, Hobbiton Movie Set and Rotorua Tour from Auckland

2 Day Waitomo Caves, Hobbiton Movie Set and Rotorua Tour from Auckland

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Discover the otherworldly beauty of New Zealand’s North Island, from Rotorua’s geothermal pools and the Waitomo Glowworm Caves to the Shire at the Hobbiton Movie Set. On this 2-day coach tour from Auckland, you’ll experience ancient Maori traditions with a ‘hangi’ dinner, the filmmaking history of ‘The Lord of the Rings,’ a duck tour and a visit to the Agrodome. Enjoy standard (3 star hotel) or superior (4 star hotel) overnight accommodation in Rotorua.
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  • 2 days
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$828.25
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Hobbiton, Rotorua and Waitomo Caves Day Trip in Luxury Minibus from Auckland

Hobbiton, Rotorua and Waitomo Caves Day Trip in Luxury Minibus from Auckland

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Cover plenty of ground in one day by combining several North Island highlights: Waitomo Caves, Hobbiton, and Rotorua. Ride a boat through the Waitomo Glowworm Caves to see these radiant lights. Take a guided tour of the Hobbiton Movie Set, where you find the Green Dragon Inn, the Mill and the home of Bilbo Baggins from ‘The Hobbit’ and ‘The Lord of the Rings.’ Enjoy lunch at Te Puia, home to Pohutu Geyser. You can start and finish your tour in either Auckland or Rotorua, traveling one-way or round-trip.
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  • 13 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$329.83
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Exclusive Access Lord of the Rings Hobbiton Movie Set Tour

Exclusive Access Lord of the Rings Hobbiton Movie Set Tour

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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.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$353.74
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$353.74
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Tauranga Shore Excursion: Hobbiton Lord Of The Rings Movie Set and Rotorua Geothermal Geyser Combo Tour

Tauranga Shore Excursion: Hobbiton Lord Of The Rings Movie Set and Rotorua Geothermal Geyser Combo Tour

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Spend a day off your cruise ship and get out of the city on this day trip to two popular North Island attractions, Whakarewarewa and Hobbiton. Save time hiring a car and getting used to New Zealand roads; your guide meets you at the port and heads straight into the heartland. Visit Whakarewarewa, a bubbling geothermal landscape and home to the local Māori iwi (tribe), then head across the Kaimai Ranges to Hobbiton, an authentic movie set from the Lord of the Rings.
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  • 7 hours 30 minutes
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$178.66
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Full-Day Hobbiton Movie Set Small-Group Tour from Tauranga

Full-Day Hobbiton Movie Set Small-Group Tour from Tauranga

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Experience the mythical world of Middle Earth on a half-day tour of the Hobbiton Movie Set from Tauranga. Explore the magnificent film set and admire original props from the Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit movies on a guided tour; see iconic sites such as Gandalf's cutting, Bag End, and the Green Dragon Inn; and enjoy a Hobbit-themed lunch (own expense) at the Shires Rest Café.
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  • 5 hours 18 minutes
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Hobbiton & Waitomo Caves Small Group Tour from Auckland

Hobbiton & Waitomo Caves Small Group Tour from Auckland

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The fictional, yet globally famous, village of Hobbiton and the Waitomo Caves rank among the most popular sites of interest in New Zealand. On this tour, visit both sites in one day—see the home of Bilbo Baggins and explore Waitomo’s subterranean caverns—and enjoy personal attention from your guide on this small-group tour—limited to 12 people.
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  • 12 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$219.15
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Hobbiton Movie Set and Waitomo Glowworm Caves Small-Group Day Tour From Rotorua

Hobbiton Movie Set and Waitomo Glowworm Caves Small-Group Day Tour From Rotorua

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Experience two of New Zealand's top attractions in one day. Travel on a small-group tour from Rotorua to Waitomo Glowworm Caves where an official guide explains the natural features. Then explore the Shire at the Hobbiton Movie Set, and hear behind-the-scenes stories from “The Lord of the Rings” and “The Hobbit” trilogies. Visit Bilbo’s hobbit hole and enjoy a drink at the Green Dragon Inn.
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  • 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$196.52
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Hobbiton Movie Set Small Group Tour from Auckland

Hobbiton Movie Set Small Group Tour from Auckland

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Step into the world of hobbits and wizards on a full-day tour from Auckland to the Hobbiton Movie Set with lunch at The Shire’s Rest Café. You’ll see gorgeous rural scenery on the trip to Hobbiton, learn the inside stories behind the The Lord of the Rings trilogy, and sip a Middle Earth-themed drink at the Green Dragon Inn. This full-day Hobbiton Tour includes hotel pickup and drop-off, entrance fees, complimentary drink at The Green Dragon, and it’s limited to 11 people for a fun, personal experience.
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  • 7 hours 30 minutes
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$106.48
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Hobbiton Movie Set Tour from Auckland

Hobbiton Movie Set Tour from Auckland

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Enjoy flexibility and personalized attention from your guide on this private tour. You’ll join a group while touring the Hobbiton Movie Set, located in Matamata, and learn about the filming process for “The Lord of the Rings” and “The Hobbit” trilogies. Then head for Hunua Falls in Hunua Ranges Regional Park, a spectacular cascade formed as the Wairoa River courses through an ancient volcano. Round-trip transport from Auckland is included.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$384.80
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$384.80

Small group tour from Auckland to Hobbiton Movie Set in a Luxury Van

Small group tour from Auckland to Hobbiton Movie Set in a Luxury Van

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Luxury transportation with complimentary onboard amenities with professional and experienced guides
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  • 6 to 7 hours
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$172.25
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Private Group Tour of Hobbiton Movie Set, Rotorua & Waitimo Glowworms Caves

Private Group Tour of Hobbiton Movie Set, Rotorua & Waitimo Glowworms Caves

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Travellers with limited time will enjoy this action packed day of visiting three attractions in a private day tour from Auckland. You will enjoy your visit to the sets of ‘Lord of The Rings’ and Hobbit movies, discover how a 12 acre sheep farm was turned into a movie set, getting a glimpse of behind the scenes secrets of how the movies were made, then enjoy the countryside of scenic hills and valleys to the wonderland of Rotorua. The sight, sound and colours of the volcanic areas are amazing. The Pohutu geyser is stunning when it erupts. Waitimo Glowworm Caves is mesmerising with its thousands of Glowworms unique only to New Zealand. Your journey through the countryside of New Zealand takes in the lush greenery of rolling hillsides and scenic mountains and valleys with its different animals following New Zealand’s longest river ‘Waikato River’ to Auckland City and your Hotels.
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  • 13 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$1,642.20
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$1,642.20
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Tauranga Port Shore Excursion: Hobbiton Movie Set Tour

Tauranga Port Shore Excursion: Hobbiton Movie Set Tour

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Take a trip through Middle Earth on a small-group shore excursion to the Hobbiton Movie Set from Tauranga. You’ll duck into hobbit holes, learn the secrets behind the Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit trilogies, then belly up to the bar at the Green Dragon Inn. With round-trip, climate-controlled transport from the Port of Tauranga, this is a convenient way to experience one of New Zealand’s top sites, and group size is limited to 15 people for personal service from the guide.
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  • 6 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$144.76
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Waitomo Glowworm Caves & Hobbiton Movie Set - Rotorua Day Tour

Waitomo Glowworm Caves & Hobbiton Movie Set - Rotorua Day Tour

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Deluxe small group tour Combo from Rotorua Experience two of New Zealand's most popular & unique visitor attractions Hobbiton Movie Set & The Waitomo Glowworm Caves. Meander underground along the Waitomo River and gaze in silence at the myriad of glow worm lights that make up the Glowworm Grotto. You'll gently glide through the impressive underground caverns in silent darkness amid the beauty of twinkling glowworms overhead. From here we head to The Hobbiton Movie Set where you will enjoy an official fully guided tour of the Hobbiton movie set, which was created in impressive detail for the filming of the hobbit films! And where Bilbo Baggins and Frodo live! ‘The Lord of the Rings’ trilogies. Enjoy a complimentary drink in the Green Dragon at the end of your tour. This is a small group tour with your personal driver guide for the day! This allows for a more intimate and personal experience!
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  • 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$270.61
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$270.61

Hobbiton Movie Set Tour from Auckland (return)

Hobbiton Movie Set Tour from Auckland (return)

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Film fans won’t want to miss out on this full-day Hobbiton adventure from Auckland. Experience life at the Shire and receive an in-depth guided tour of this renowned 12-acre set. Get up close to hobbit holes, stunning green pastures and drink like a local at The Green Dragon Inn. The journey doesn’t end there: you can select an additional stop on return at either the Auckland Botanic Gardens or the dormant volcano of Mt Eden Summit.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$200.91
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$200.91
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Hobbiton Movie Set,Waitomo Glowworm cave & Rotorua in a Small Group Tour.

Hobbiton Movie Set,Waitomo Glowworm cave & Rotorua in a Small Group Tour.

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Travellers with limited time will enjoy this action packed day of visiting three attractions in a private day tour from Auckland. You will enjoy your visit to the sets of ‘Lord of The Rings’ and Hobbit movies, discover how a 12 acre sheep farm was turned into a movie set, getting a glimpse of behind the scenes secrets of how the movies were made, then enjoy the countryside of scenic hills and valleys to the wonderland of Rotorua. The sight, sound and colours of the volcanic areas are amazing. The Pohutu geyser is stunning when it erupts. Waitimo Glowworm Caves is mesmerising with its thousands of Glowworms unique only to New Zealand. Your journey through the countryside of New Zealand takes in the lush greenery of rolling hillsides and scenic mountains and valleys with its different animals following New Zealand’s longest river ‘Waikato River’ to Auckland City and your Hotels.
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  • 13 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$384.80
Price varies by group size
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$384.80
Price varies by group size

From Tauranga. Private Day Tour. Rotorua Geysers and Hobbiton Movie Set.

From Tauranga. Private Day Tour. Rotorua Geysers and Hobbiton Movie Set.

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See two world-famous attractions in one day. Small-Group, Max 8 People. Te Puia Geysers ... Heartland of Rotorua's geothermal activity & Maori culture. See and experience 'Pohutu' geyser the largest active geyser in the Southern Hemisphere in action rumbling away as it erupts boiling water and steam up to 100 feet. An awesome sight. See & smell boiling mud pools, hot water pools, steam vents, a steaming volcanic landscape. HOBBITON ... A Visit to Middle Earth - Escape into the enchanting world of JRR Tolkien’s famous stories. A world of enduring fantasy where the amazing films were brought to life. Set across the 12 acres Hobbit Village. See Bilbo’s house, The Water Mill, Green Dragon Inn, the Arched Bridge, 44 Hobbit houses, gardens, wandering pathways, The Party Tree, lakes. If you haven’t read the books or seen the movies you will still love it.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$732.22
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$732.22
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Hobbiton Movie Set & Glow-Worm Cave Tour from Auckland (Return Trip)

Hobbiton Movie Set & Glow-Worm Cave Tour from Auckland (Return Trip)

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Combine two popular North Island attractions in one day: Hobbiton Movie Set and Waitomo Glowworm Caves. Skip the hassle of organizing your own transport and itinerary, and leave the crowds behind as you travel with a small group limited to nine passengers. Hotel transport is provided, round-trip from downtown Auckland.
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  • 12 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$203.67
Price varies by group size
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$203.67
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Small group tour from Auckland to Hobbiton Movie Set & Rotorua in a luxury Van

Small group tour from Auckland to Hobbiton Movie Set & Rotorua in a luxury Van

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This Tour combination will take visitors with limited time in New Zealand to visit North island’s two most famous attractions. You will love the tour with a glimpse into the making of ‘The Lord of The Rings’ and ‘The Hobbit’ movies and marvel at how the sets were made. Your journey then continues to Rotorua the wonderland of geysers, boiling mud and water pools, the smell, colours and sights of the volcanic areas are amazing and will be memorable for every traveler long after this experience.
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  • 13 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$277.99
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$277.99

Hobbiton & Rotorua including Wai-O-Tapu - Small Group Tour from Auckland

Hobbiton & Rotorua including Wai-O-Tapu - Small Group Tour from Auckland

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Visit two of the North Island’s most popular attractions in one day on this small-group tour from Auckland. First, hear behind-the-scenes stories from the making of the 'Lord of the Rings' and 'The Hobbit' films on a guided tour of the Hobbiton Movie Set. In the afternoon, continue to Rotorua to explore the city and visit the Wai-O-Tapu Geothermal Wonderland, where highlights include geysers, volcanic mud pools, sulphur springs, and geothermal craters.
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  • 13 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$241.14
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Should I book Hobbiton Movie Set tickets in advance?
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We recommend booking e-tickets ahead of time to secure your spot since Hobbiton Movie Set can get crowded. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund. See all 127 Hobbiton Movie Set tickets and tours on Viator.
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How much does it cost to visit Hobbiton Movie Set 2020?
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Currently, an entrance ticket to Hobbiton Movie Set costs USD 63.60. Guided Hobbiton Movie Set tours start around USD 63.60 per person. See all 127 Hobbiton Movie Set tickets and tours on Viator.
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