A Tour of the Shire Movie Set in Hobbiton New Zealand

One of the most photogenic places in New Zealand is actually the filming of the movie “Hobbiton” from the popular series “The Lord of the Rings”!

Hobbiton Village was filmed on green farms on the North Island of New Zealand, and Fans will be delighted to know that they have kept the entire county intact so that people can go on tour.

My wife was in love with this place. If you are a Fan of the LOTR series or Science Fiction movies in general (or even if you are Just an amateur photographer), don’t miss this! The county was one of the highlights of our trip to New Zealand!

What is a hobby?

If you haven’t lived underground (no pun intended), you’ve probably heard that the award-winning Lord of the Rings and Hobbit trilogies were filmed in New Zealand.

In the books (and movies), The shire is a peaceful green landscape that is home to the main characters of the Hobbit. Synonymous with peace and tranquility, Hobbiton is a rustic paradise with dozens of small lawn-covered houses that look like something from medieval England (with a touch of imagination).

The Hobbiton movie set was first created in 1999 for the Lord of the Rings with the help of the New Zealand army in the construction of roads, then in 2010 the Hobbit movie set was completely rebuilt and expanded.

The current set of the movie “Shire” that you are watching today has 44 Hobbith houses, farms and gardens and occupies 5 acres (12 acres)!

Where is the County/Hobbiton?

The filming of the film “Hobbiton” is located near Matamata, a small town on the North Island of New Zealand.

From the city of Auckland to it, it takes 2 hours by car through small towns and mainly rural roads.

How to get there

You can drive yourself (affordable and recommended), or there are bus tours from Auckland that will do everything for you.

In any matter, a walking tour is necessary to visit the plateau and you must make an online reservation at least a few days in advance because tickets are sold out, especially if you want to get a specific time slot.

Klook offers Hobbiton (self-drive) tours in New Zealand, as well as more expensive one-day private tours from Auckland that include hotel pick-up and everything you need.

What to expect

Visiting the filming of the movie “Hobbiton in New Zealand” requires a walking tour, which takes place every day with dozens of time intervals from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm.

If you have not booked a private tour (very expensive!), it also means that you are on a joint tour with other LOTR Fans who want to relive their favorite movie memories.

There were about 25 visitors in our group, and in combination with other groups visiting the plateau at the same time, I must admit that the narrow paths that meandered through the village were quite crowded.

Despite the crowds, our Guide was able to photograph each of us at the Hobbit Holes and also gave us enough time to take a few photos on our own. And take the pictures we took! I think I took more than 200 photos here.

This film set is incredibly cool and there are so many special little things in every corner of the village. In the end, we have already sorrowed not being able to live here in the county.

It is a peril thing, Frodo, to go out of your door. They go out into the street, and if they don’t stay up, we don’t know where they could be taken.

You can’t help but be amazed at how much work and care has gone into this set! You can even open “hobbit holes” and enter, even if there is nothing inside, because these parts were shot in a Wellington Studio.

There are a total of 44 Hobbith houses in this set, as well as a few other buildings in the series, such as the mill and the Green Dragon Inn, where everyone receives a free drink at the end of the tour.

The tour lasted about 2 hours in total and included a short 10-15 minute bus ride from our meeting point to the plateau itself and then back.

We are HDR Fans, but not exactly those who you can call fanatics. We really liked this place!

The best time to visit

To be honest, this is the only place where I think there is no “best” time to visit.

The North Island of New Zealand has a mild and pleasant climate all year round, and the filming of the film “Hobbiton” is photogenic at any time of the day. Even if you are a photographer, you don’t have to worry about the lighting of the county.

We did our tour in the afternoon and I was afraid it would be too after, but it turned out that everything looked awesome. I am sure that the morning and evening are also very pleasant.

Where are we staying

We spent most of our time in New Zealand in a motorhome, but for our last night on The North Island we stayed in this BNB-style Villa/homestay in Auckland.

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