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

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Up to 24 hours in advance.
  • 2 hours (approx.)
  • Offered in: English


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.
  • Small-group walking tour of the Hobbiton™ Movie Set
  • Join a professional guide for an in-depth tour
  • See where Peter Jackson's movies were shot
  • Includes a drink at the Green Dragon™ Inn
  • Tour is wheelchair accessible
  • Choice of morning or afternoon departure

What's Included

  • Driver/guide
  • Professional guide
  • Shuttle services in the grounds
  • Alcoholic Beverages
  • Food and drinks (available for purchase)
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off

What To Expect

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Vegetarian, Vegan, Halal, Gluten-Free options are available, please advise at time of booking if required
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infant seats available
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 41 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.

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The tours are done in about groups of 40 making it quite crowded and having to wait in others as they take pictures etc.
Highly recommended even for the guy in our group who had never seen the films !
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Beautiful place
Richard_G, Feb 2023
It’s a beautiful place and a well organized tour. Brings back so many memories of the Ring and Hobbit stories.
Loved it!
Bijal_P, Feb 2023
We experienced rain during the tour but it wasn't a big deal. Tour guide was super nice and funny made the experience all the more better.
Don't use Viator
david_g, Jan 2023
Due to sever weather conditions, our trip was cancelled, however, Viator ignored us when we requested a refund
A very precious excursion - not to be missed!
Colleen_B, Jan 2023
Right from the start you realised you were on a special excursion. We took the bus from Shire’s Rest to Hobbiton and our guide made sure we were all excited to see Hobbiton for real! When the music used for Hobbiton in the Lord of the Rings films was played on the coach, I felt really emotional. The landscape we drove through was so obviously the Shire with its up and downs - such beautiful scenery. The brilliant guide pointed out the extreme detail of the place - like someone hanging out the washing in the mornings and taking it down in the afternoons: just to make sure a little path was formed in the grass. Each house you could tell the trade of the occupant- cheese maker, fisherman, gardener (Sam!) and many others. It was all glorious. Finally, as our time was up, we went to the Green Dragon and had a complimentary mug of beer/cider/ginger beer etc. A perfect way to finish an outstanding excursion. Expensive? Yes. But I wouldn’t have missed it for the world.
Heather_G, Jan 2023
The mastery of Tolkein's words brought to life by Jackson's film & recreated for us to experience at Hobbiton - magical.
There is no words
Abby_D, Jan 2023
It was so amazing but you should watch the series before going. Because thing's pop out at you and you feel so much alive
Good experience
LotteHolm_B, Jan 2023
Good exsperience Nice host and tour Many fine fin facts abort the movie set Wonderfyl driving with bus
Excellent tour!
BARBARA_W, Jan 2023
We loved this tour! Level of detail in Hobbiton is amazing! Guide was fantastic. Tour was well paced and we enjoyed the beer & cider at the Dragon Inn at the end. The movie on the bus was a nice touch to bring it all together.
IT was one of my check...
Constancio_F, Jan 2023
IT was one of my check do and have ticked it off with great experience and memorable moments
Super cool
Christina_P, Jan 2023
It was an overall cool tour. You have plenty of time to take pics and enjoy the scenery. As well as the perfect amount of history behind the sets.
You’ll love this experience !!!
robert_l, Dec 2022
If you like the Lord of the Rings series , you’ll love this and want to watch them again after visiting . If you know nothing about it , you will still be amazed by the beauty of it .
Worth the trek to see where the movies were made.
Thomas_J, Dec 2022
I bit of a drive, but it was a great experience after enjoying the books/movies. The set pieces were in great condition and our guide was obviously very passionate and knowledgeable. A great 2-hour visit.
Patsy_L, Dec 2022
We had a great tour guide and driver to begin with. We loved the setting, the scenery was magical, and the relaxed pace at which we were able to explore and experience the movie set was very much appreciated.We had good weather, so it made for lovely photographs and ending the tour at the pub was a pleasant surprise. This is a very worthy tour and one which I would recommend to anybody, even if you have not read all of the books. It is magical.
Cool facts, great views. Trip down memory lane.
Dinesh_R, Dec 2022
Cool facts, great views. Trip down memory lane. I’d not recommend this to families with small kids, it’s a full 2 hours, including walking on small paths. If you as a parent want to experience this, then I get it. If you are only doing this because it’s on a top 10 list of things to do then I’d reconsider :). It might get boring / monotonous if you don’t connect with the movie. My wife and kids were enjoying Hamilton gardens while I was here.
Touristy but It’s What You Expect
Zeena_A, Dec 2022
Hobbiton is a very touristy experience but it delivers on what it promises. The set is very well preserved and has been constructed with painstaking detail. The area is beautiful in general, and the drive down was very pleasant + scenic.
One of the best experiences you can have in New Zealand
Stella_H, Dec 2022
We had a fantastic time on this wonderful tour - just loved it! The organisation was excellent, our guide was absolutely super and the “Shire”….the attention to detail! We very much enjoyed the stop in “The Green Dragon” - the amber ale was excellent, the best my husband had had on our holiday in New Zealand! Thank you!
Very cool tour of hobbiton!
Sydne_C, Dec 2022
This was a great tour! The guide was informative and the tour and walk around was very nice and interesting. honestly, I have not read the books or the movies, but other have so I went. I really enjoyed it and would highly recommend especially for fans.
Debra_L, Dec 2022
It was worth any cent amazing to see so easy to get there well organize recommend it there’s a cafe to eat a gift shop the walk around was good
A day to remember!
Ed_K, Dec 2022
It was worth the time and expense to experience Hobbiton. Our guide was fun and knowledgeable. You won’t be disappointed. We learned some interesting behind the scenes details.
Magical place !
Johan_R, Dec 2022
The set was amazing, the tour guide was so informative. So well organised. Made me proud to be a kiwi on the tour with soooo many tourists! Well done guys!