Hobbiton Movie Set Small Group Tour from Auckland

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From US$98.57

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Free cancellation
Up to 24 hours in advance.
  • 8 hours (approx.)
  • Pickup offered
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English


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 16 travelers to ensure personalized service.
  • Full-day tour of the Hobbiton Movie Set
  • See New Zealand's lush farming landscape
  • Guided tour of the movie set
  • Includes a Hobbit-themed drink at the Green Dragon Inn
  • Small-group tour limited to 11 people
  • Pickup and drop-off at selected locations in Auckland

What's Included

  • Small Group & Fully Guided Tour
  • Entry ticket & fully guided tour - Hobbiton Movie Set (unless you booked the Transport Only option)
  • Bottled water
  • Snacks
  • Gratuities
  • Souvenir photos (available to purchase)
  • Food and drinks, unless specified
  • Optional extras and activities - please select the tour option you want at time of booking

Meeting And Pickup

Pickup points

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Pickup details

Hotel pick-ups are from the below hotels only, starting up to 20 mins before your tour time. Please see below what group your hotel is in and what your pick-up time is. Please be waiting in your accommodation's lobby or outside no later than this time to avoid missing your pick up. Guides have multiple pick-ups so can on occasion run up to 10 minutes late. Guides cannot wait for late passengers as it will mean the entire group is at risk of missing out, so please be waiting and ready (5-10 minutes before your listed time is highly recommended) Group 1: 20 minutes before tour start time. Grand Mercure Auckland (no longer exist there is Movenpick hotel instead) please be waiting at Movenpick if you selected Ports of Auckland as your pick up location Group 2: 15 minutes before tour start time. Pullman Auckland Group 3: 10 minutes before tour start time SkyCity Hotel Auckland Group 4: 5 minutes before tour start time. Four Points by Sheraton Group 5: At tour start time or up to 10 minutes after. Cordis Hotel Auckland Passengers that miss their pick up will be required to meet the tour at the tour's first stop at their own expense to continue on the tour. No refunds will be given to late or no show passengers. Auckland Airport (Butterfly Creek) pick up must be requested and approved by our team in writing to receive your pick up time. Pick up time will normally be 20 - 30 minutes after the tour start time.

What To Expect

Auckland Central (Pass By)

Waikato Region (Pass By)

Hobbiton Movie Set

2 hours Admission Ticket Included


5 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult.
  • Minimum drinking age is 18 years.
  • Minimum numbers apply. There is a possibility of cancellation after confirmation if there are not enough passengers to meet requirements. In the event of this occurring, you will be offered an alternative or full refund.
  • A moderate amount of walking is involved.
  • Due to uneven surfaces, this tour is not recommended for those with walking disabilities or using a wheelchair.
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately.
  • Children 7 years old and under are required to travel in a child safety car seat. If you don't have a car seat one can be provided, please contact us at least 24 hours in advance to arrange this.
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infant seats available
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 16 travelers

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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Traveler Tips

Considering it is 2 , almost 3 hours driving each way from Auckland, plus the waiting around at the entrance / car park for your turn to enter , is it all worth the time and effort?
It is must for any LOTR fan, capped off by a pint at the Green Dragon.


310 reviews
Total review count and overall rating based on Viator and Tripadvisor reviews
Reviews by Viator travelers.
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Wonderful experience
Stanley_Y, May 2023
It was a wonderful experience for my very first time, I even bought myself an expensive Lord of the rings replica.
A Magical Day
Heather_L, May 2023
Magical day, perfect weather, and our guide Paul in Hobbiton told great stories and helped take pics. Our driver from the Cheeky Kiwi, Simon was also wonderful.
All things! All the...
YURI_O, May 2023
All things! All the places were so cute. I didn't go after seeing the movie, but I really enjoyed it.
5 star rating
Lei_T, May 2023
That is a fantastic place. Will recommend to my friends. BTW, thanks John. He is a nice person. 5 stars service.
Had a great time
Nabilah_Z, May 2023
We had a great time during this tour! There are a few options of pick up points and we chose the one closest to our airbnb.
Loved the set and the...
Pat_M, May 2023
Loved the set and the gardens. Idyllic spot. Such impressive vision to bring Tolkien’s books to life!
John_R, Apr 2023
What an AMAZING DAY!! John our tour guide was amazing. The small group was perfect and he made sure everyone was having a good time. It’s about a 2 hour drive but he made it go by fast with conversation, jokes and music. The actual tour (you have a separate tour guide from Hobbiton) was great and John met us toward the end to make sure we got some great pics!! It really is a magical place, even if you’re not the biggest fan of LOTR. A MUST SEE!
Must see place in NZ.
Ganesh_K, Apr 2023
It was interesting to see and hear the details as I hv never seen the movie or read the related books.
Drive is longer than you think…
Ron_N, Apr 2023
Takes nearly 2 hours from Auckland, and your driver needs to talk 40% less. Info on land, animals and history ok, personal history 4 generations isn’t really needed. Tour at Hobbitown was fine, lovely day and nice walk about.
Going on an Adventure to Hobbiton!
Joel_S, Apr 2023
The visit to Hobbiton was great! The driver was very friendly and informative. He explained that he had prepared a larger vehicle for this trip but the company switched vehicles on him overnight which unfortunately did not have a working microphone so hearing some of the information he gave was very difficult and the vehicle was a little cramped. In no way is this the fault of the driver though. At Hobbiton, it was pretty amazing to see the set just like in the movies. The guide there did a great job as well telling us about the site and process of filming the scenes. We got to enjoy a complimentary beverage which was tasty too! Overall it was a great experience
The Hobbiton trip was great!
Linda_W, Apr 2023
Grant was an excellent tour guide on the bus going to Hobbiton. He was very pleasant, knowledgeable and funny and made the whole trip most enjoyable. I would highly recommend the experience.
Great experience
Lena_T, Apr 2023
From pick up to drop off, it was a great experience with Cheeky Kiwi. Our driver Simon gave us a lot of information about Auckland and the area on the way and was overall very helpful and friendly. You will team up with other groups at the movie set though. So the small group is bigger in the end. But to me it was not less fun. We were lucky to have a super cool guide at Hobbiton, too ☺️
Transportation to Hobbiton
Russ_F, Mar 2023
Understand that the tour of Hobbiton itself is the same for everyone regardless of which tour company you use to get there! When you read reviews, if the review is talking about how great Hobbiton was, that has little to nothing to do with the tour they are reviewing. Some tours include food (not this one), some include the ticket to get in to Hobbiton (a pass-through cost, basically), but the real point of all of them is the transportation to get you there. Make sure you understand what you are getting before you book. (This is a clarification for those reading reviews, not a criticism of any particular tour.) In this case, the price of the tour included transportation to Hobbiton, the ticket to tour Hobbiton, and one bottle of water which was given out when we first arrived at Hobbiton. We were picked up at the appointed time at the designated spot, which was a half block from our hotel. There were roughly six different pick-up points on this particular day and I believe we were the third stop. As a result we ended up sitting a couple rows back in the van, which contained seating for maybe 12 people in a 1 x 2 configuration (one seat on one side and two on the other with an aisle between, plus a seat in front with the driver). By the time all pick-ups were done, every seat was full. We drove to Hobbiton and were given around 25 minutes to buy our own lunch at the café by the entrance. Then we were given a Hobbiton ticket, we queued up for the Hobbiton tour, and took the tour (which was fun). Afterward we had about a half hour at the gift shop, which was plenty (the shop is not large). Then we loaded back up into the van and drove back to Auckland. There were more drop-offs than pick-ups as some of the people wanted to be dropped off at other locations, which was fine. We were dropped off at the same spot we were picked up. During the drive to and from Hobbiton, the driver provided a small amount of commentary about the area, but most of the time American oldies music was playing. The driver seemed very personable and willing to help. He did a good job of keep track of the people in “his” group, as there were many tour groups at Hobbiton that day. He also explained that he tried to take routes that were picturesque and would avoid traffic as much as possible. The van ride itself was uncomfortable. The van had a great deal of body roll, so every corner and curve of the very winding roads caused us to feel like we were being tossed around in the seats. The seats were small and difficult to sit in for anyone tall or with long legs or who weighs more than average. In addition, the van was uncomfortably warm. The driver tried to adjust the temperature but it didn’t help much. This tour is most suitable for people who are young (don’t mind the rough ride), small (no long legs, tall height, or greater than average weight), and do not have any issue with motion sickness. Anyone else may want to look elsewhere for a more comfortable ride. If I were to take a tour like this again, I would disregard the number of people included in the group as that made no difference at all, and concentrate instead on the type of vehicle used.
Trampling The Shire
Corrine_B, Mar 2023
Simon, our driver/guide was so cheerful at 6am! Hotel pickup on time and he was a very safe driver. Enjoyed history lessons of NZ and Hobbiton. Tour of Hobbiton was great and the weather accommodated us greatly! A must see, even if you’re not a Hobbit/LOTR’s fan!!💕
Great trip, Cameron was a...
Lori_L, Mar 2023
Great trip, Cameron was a good driver and very knowledgeable about New Zealand. Hobbiton is very interesting.
Sensational day. Fabulous insight to Hobbiton
Robyn_c, Mar 2023
Well worth the drive to Hobbiton. Approximately 2 hours. Small group tour, very comfortable in a smaller coach. Lunch available on arrival. 2 hour tour of the movie site. Excellent. Now to watch the movie.
Great day trip
patricia_n, Mar 2023
I loved the country side , flowers and butterflies. The setting was so special. Our driver Stewart was excellent. He had vast knowledge of the area to and from the tour. His stories were interesting . The hobbit houses were special and the tours were spaced apart so you did not feel crowded. I would highly recommend this tour.
Response from Host, Mar 2023
Sounds like such a lovely day. Thanks for joining us and we hope to see you again in the future.
Great experience
Rose_Z, Feb 2023
It was a great experience. Beautiful Hobbiton valley with amazing view. Highly recommend to all age people.
Never seen or read LOTR
Victoria_D, Feb 2023
I have never seen, nor read, Lord of the Rings or The Hobbit. I was looking for an interesting tour out of Auckland. Hobbiton was spectacular, larger and more beautiful than I could have asked for or imagined. The food at The Shire was tasty and reasonably priced. The tour ended with free cider, beer or grog enjoyed by a roaring fire. Large umbrellas were available for free, and what rain we had did not affect the photos. Two hours south of Auckland, a tour is the best way to go. Highly recommend this Hobbiton tour.
A wonderful experience
Robert_B, Feb 2023
Simon was an enthusiastic, knowledgeable, and fun driver and guide. Actual tour was well organized and well worth the drive to see Hobbiton.

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