Hobbiton Movie Set Tickets

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Opening hours

You can only visit on a guided tour under the supervision of a guide. The tours operate daily from 9am until 3.30pm. Additional tours may operate until 5.30 pm on selected dates during the New Zealand summer. You are requested to arrive at the ticketing centre no later than 15 minutes before the scheduled departure time of your tour.

How to get there

Car- from Auckland it will take around 2 hours to drive to Hobbiton, 90 minutes from Waitomo or Taupo and about 45 minutes from Tauranga, Hamilton or Rotorua.

Private Transfer- there are several companies that offer transfers in luxury vehicles from Tauranga, Auckland, Rotorua and Hamilton. They will pick you up and bring you back to your accommodation.

Helicopter- for the ultimate luxury you can fly into the area after having a scenic flight over the Hobbiton movie set.


Do I need to book my place in advance?
Yes, you are strongly recommended to do so as several tours sell out.
Can I amend or cancel my booking?
If your travel plans change you can contact the reservations team who will try to amend your booking with regard to the changes you have requested and the availability of tours on the alternative dates. If you are trying to cancel a booking the reservations team will need your details from the confirmation email that was sent to you.
What can I do if I am going to arrive late for my tour?
You are recommended to contact us as soon as you can to discuss an alternative tour time. It may be that you can join a later tour the same day, depending upon there being any spaces available.
What is the difference between the tour from Matamata, TSR (The Shires Rest) & Rotorua Hobbiton Shop?
There is no difference to each of the tours. If you are driving then The Shires Rest is possibly your best option with ample free parking available during the time of the tour with space for vehicles of any size including campervans. The tours from Matamata i-site and Rotorua are designed for those people that require transport to and from The Shire’s Rest.
What do I need to bring with me and will my tour still operate in wet weather?
Yes the tour continues in almost all weather conditions. In the event of rain umbrellas will be provided although you are advised to dress appropriately for the weather and wear suitable footwear as the tour is a walking tour. If we encounter extreme weather conditions on the day of your tour we will try to make alternative arrangements that best suit you.
Is the Movie Set wheelchair accessible?
The movie set is not particularly suitable for wheelchair use. If you contact the reservations team they can then discuss with you your requirements.
Do I have to go on a tour or can I go by myself?
The guided tour of the movie set is the only option available. The guides on the tour all aim to give each guest the complete experience on offer.

Must know

Daily tours from The Shire’s Rest
The tours continue throughout each day beginning at 9am and continue until 3.30pm. From the 1st of September through to the 30th of April there are additional tours at 4pm and 4.30pm on selected dates. There will be further additional tours at 5pm and 5.30pm from the 27th of December until the 28th of February.
The length of each tour
Each tour lasts for approximately 2 hours. If you have chosen the tour and meal combo (lunch) then your tour will last for up to an additional hour.
The cost of a tour
An adult ticket (17 years and older) costs $89. A child’s ticket (9-16) costs $44, any child aged 14 or younger must be accompanied by a full paying adult. Children aged younger than 6 have free entry but they must have an entry ticket.
The Matamata i-SITE
Tours operate daily at 8.45am, 10.05am, 11.25am, 12.45pm, 2.05pm and 3.25pm. There is an additional tour on selected dates that departs at 4.45pm from the 1st of December until the 28th of February. Each tour lasts approximately 3 hours including transfers. The cost of this tour is the same as above.
The Hobbiton Movie Set Store, Rotorua.
There are two tours each day from this location departing at 8am and 1.20pm. This tour lasts for 4.5 hours which includes the transportation time to the site of the movie set.
The cost of a tour from Rotorua
This tour, including transportation to the site of the movie set is $124 for adults and $79 for children aged from 9-16. While entry to the site is free for children aged 8 and younger, there is a transport fee payable of $35.
Luggage storage facilities
There are no luggage storage facilities available at the Hobbiton movie set site. If you need to store your luggage, the only facilities available are at the Rotorua site.
Farm stay
If you wish to stay in the area around Waikato, there are a number of farm stay options available including a three course dinner and a cooked breakfast.

Nearby attractions

Waitomo Glowworm Caves
The Waitomo Glowworm Caves is located on the North Island of New Zealand and is an attraction known for its population of Arachnocampa luminosa. This species of glowworm is found exclusively in New Zealand. The cave is part of a system of caves that includes Ruakuri Cave and Aranui Cave. The cave entrance has a modern visitor centre, with organised tours into the cave by boat that takes visitors underneath the glowworms.
The Lady Knox Geyser
This geyser is located in the Waiotapu area of the Taupo Volcanic Zone and was named after the second daughter of New Zealand’s 15th Governor, Uchter Knox. The geyser is induced to erupt at 10.15am every day and sends a jet of water 20m into the air. The geyser is quite unique in that it was only discovered in the early part of the 20th century so it has no Maori name.
St Peter's Cathedral, Hamilton
The Anglican cathedral is located on a small hill in the city just off Victoria Street. There is also a Roman Catholic Cathedral on the opposite side of the Waikato River. The first church was built on the site in 1867, but was burnt to the ground during that same year. A second church was completed in 1871, but considered to be unsatisfactory. A third church was consecrated in 1887. The present church, St. Peter’s Cathedral is the fourth to have stood on the site after its completion in 1916. The building was modelled on a 15th century church in the English county of Norfolk.