Lord of the Rings fans will undoubtedly be making a beeline for this picturesque farmland near Matamata during their time in New Zealand, but we think its well worth a visit for non-movie buffs too.
Set on a working sheep and beef farm, the 1,250 acres of stunning countryside has been transformed into ‘The Shire’ and now offers a magical day out, allowing visitors to explore the real ‘Middle Earth’ and immerse themselves in everything Hobbiton!
Tours take you around the set, exploring Hobbit Holes, hanging out at the Party Tree and the Mill and taking in the scenery, as your guide keeps you entertained with stories and anecdotes about the set and how Hobbiton came to be, as well as sharing local knowledge about the area and the farm itself.
At the end of the tour, and one of the best bits in our opinion, is the visit to the Green Dragon Pub to enjoy a drink in Bilbo Baggins local. Although the pub was burnt to the ground at the end of the third film, it was rebuilt in 2012 along with the 44 other hobbit holes to recreate The Shire.
A place to drink, to meet and to rest your hairy feet!!
What our travellers enjoyed about their visit to Hobbiton…
- Feeling like you’re really in Middle Earth – it’s a magical experience
- Those visiting in winter months rave about the brewed apple cider and Beef and Ale pie that can be enjoyed in the Green Dragon after the tour
- Enjoying the stunning views out across the Kaimai ranges – it’s not just about Frodo and friends!