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  1. New Zealand
  2. Auckland (Region)
  3. Matamata
  4. Hobbiton Movie Set

Hobbiton Movie Set: Early Bird Express Tour from Auckland

Product ID: 191357
Be the first of the day to step onto Hobbiton Movie Set aboard an early bird tour from Auckland. Leave bright and early to avoid the crowds. Enjoy an official guided tour and drink at the Green Dragon Inn then return to Auckland around 2:30 PM.
About this activity
Duration: 8.5 hours
Skip the ticket line
Printed or mobile voucher accepted
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Live tour guide
Free cancellation up to 24 hours before activity starts

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  • Beat the crowds and be the first onto the Hobbiton Movie Set
  • Leave Auckland bright and early on an express tour and be back by 2:30 PM
  • Discover behind-the-scenes stories on an official 2-hour guided tour
  • Pose for photos in front of Hobbit holes, the Mill, and the Green Dragon Inn
  • Savor a delicious Southfarthing drink to conclude your official tour
Full description
Be the first of the day to step into the lush pastures of the Shire with an early-bird departure at 6:00 AM. Discover the fantastical movie set that framed the Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit trilogies on a fun day tour from Auckland.

Climb aboard a comfortable air-conditioned bus and depart Auckland before the crowds. Sit back and nap en route to Matamata. Enjoy a breakfast stop where you have 20 minutes to grab some food and use the restroom before continuing. Admire the rolling hills of the Waikato region as your experienced bus driver shares their local knowledge with you.

At the Shire’s Rest, step into the only set that remains intact from the famous movie trilogies. As the first people on set for the day, you have the opportunity for uninterrupted photos without crowds of people. Wander through the rambling paths of the 12-acre set with your guide who will explain how the movie magic was made. See the Hobbit holes of Bilbo and Frodo and savor a specially-brewed drink at the Green Dragon Inn. There will be time to browse the souvenir shop before the return journey to Auckland where you will arrive around 2:30 PM.

Sample Itinerary
05:45 AM Arrive at your meeting point
06:00 AM Depart Auckland
08:30 AM Begin Hobbiton Movie Set Tour
10:30 AM End Hobbiton Movie Set Tour
11:15 AM Depart Hobbiton Movie Set
02:30 PM Arrive back in Auckland
  • Pick up and drop-off at central Auckland locations
  • Round-trip bus transport
  • Driver
  • Commentary
  • 2-hour official Hobbiton Movie Set tour
  • Complimentary drink at the Green Dragon Inn
What’s Not Included
  • Food or additional drinks

Prepare for the activity

Meeting point

The tour departs at 6:00 AM at JB HIHI, 280 Queen Street, Auckland, New Zealand. Please arrive 10 minutes prior to tour departure.

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Important information
What to bring
  • Comfortable shoes
  • Winter clothing
  • Snacks
  • Water
Know before you go
• You are welcome to bring your own breakfast and snacks or buy them on the day
• Infants less than 4 years old will need to sit on their parent's lap
• This tour requires a minimum of 4 people to operate
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.9 / 5

based on 16 reviews

Review summary

  • Service
    4.6 / 5
  • Organization
    4.4 / 5
  • Value for money
    4.3 / 5
  • Safety
    4.6 / 5
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It was great day and a magical experience. I would recommend this tour to everyone who visits Auckland and is interested in the hobbit or the lord of the ring films. We had the best driver ever (Mustafa) who made a lot of fun but also told many interesting facts about Auckland/New Zealand, we did not know yet. He was always friendly and did everything to make us feel comfortable and let us have a great day. He shows many places you have to visit if you are in Auckland and we just had a great time. The tour was magical and very funny because of our tour guides (Courtney) humor. I loved her humor because that made everything very funny but also interesting and she told many facts and things nobody knew about the hobbit/lord of the ring films. All in all we had a fantastic day and I would recommend this tour to everyone. Thank you Mustafa and Courtney, you were the best guides we could have imagined.

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January 20, 2019


the guide Yang was very friendly and gave us alot of tips around auckland and even other parts of New Zealand. the drive was pleasant and as it was just a small group it was very efficient and personalized. Would highly recommend!

November 16, 2019


Our driver, Jason is very patient and gave us enough time to visit the shops. Hobbiton Movie set is very beautiful and the guided tour is fun and entertaining.

July 22, 2019

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Headfirst Travel

Product ID: 191357