“I’m going on an adventure.” It’s the classic line from the young hobbit, Bilbo, when he scuttles down a grassy lane at the Shire and catches up with Gandalf and Thorin Oakenshield on their quest to reclaim Erabor.
While your adventure won’t be quite as exciting as Bilbo’s, you’ll still be able to recreate this magical scene, as well as plenty of others, at the Hobbiton Movie Set!
Despite the cynical view that Hobbiton is a tourist trap, we must confess: it really is worth the visit! This flawlessly preserved movie set is a magical spot for anyone who has a soft spot for The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit films.
With intricate details at every level, you can’t help but feel that you’re walking through a living village even though you’re being guided on a tour. Some of the workers there seem to look a bit like hobbits too! It all adds to the feeling that you’ve been transported into a mystical land.
Taking Pictures of the Famous Hobbit Holes
At the start of the tour, you’ll wander past vegetable gardens, stroll through orchards, and visit over 40 Hobbit Holes. But don’t expect too much detail inside the houses as most of the indoor filming was done in the studios of Wellington.
Although, there is one exception at the top of the village up in Bag End where you can go inside the house of Bilbo Baggins. The door is slightly open suggesting that he might have left in a hurry for some peculiar reason!
One of the best aspects about Hobbiton is the friendly and knowledgeable tour guides. They give you all the time in the world to take photos of the famous Hobbit Holes and tell fascinating stories about the level of detail Peter Jackson and his team went to in order to make Hobbiton a world-renowned site.
Revelling in the Party Field
After seeing a fair few hobbit holes, you’ll stroll down the hill to the centerpiece of the movie set called the Party Field. This is a communal area that featured heavily in the first movie of the Lord of the Rings trilogy.
Here you can do everything from walking on stilts (or trying your hardest not to fall off!), taking pictures of a massive tree that towers over the field, and for the young ones, there’s also a seesaw to play on.
Sinking a drink at the Dragon Inn
The tour eventually guides you past a lake and over stone bridges, passing a watermill and invites you into the Green Dragon Inn.
The attention to detail here is truly stunning. The Dragon Inn has beautiful round windows, a dark rustic interior and a crackling log fire all in a pub-like setting. Have a seat and sink a pitcher of beer like a real Hobbit would.
We highly recommend Hobbiton Movie Set to anyone that likes The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit films, or anyone who wants to experience something a bit different.
There’s no sign of 21st century living when you’re walking around Hobbiton Movie Set. The authenticity is amazing. Tick off another item on your Kiwi bucket-list with this incredible journey into the real Middle-Earth!
Address: 501 Buckland Rd, Matamata
Times: Tours depart daily every 30 minutes from 8.30am until 3:30pm, with extra tours in peak summer months
Price: $79 per person