Hobbiton - Matamata New Zealand

Updated: Sep 16, 2020

If you ever find yourself in New Zealand this is an absolute must do! We travelled here before we had Roman but we are currently in the middle of planning our next big trip and New Zealand is the destination so we will be going back to Hobbiton without a doubt it is so child friendly and a toddlers dream!

When Peter Jackson spotted the Alexander Farm during an aerial search of the North Island for the best possible locations to film The Lord of The Rings film trilogy, he immediately thought it was perfect for Hobbiton.

Hobbiton was originally built in 1999 for the first LOTR and after filming it was mostly destroyed. The set was rebuilt in 2009 for the Hobbit Series of films, the set you can see today is mainly the rebuilding it is now a permanent attraction complete with hobbit holes, gardens, bridge, Mill and The Green Dragon Inn.

To go to the film set you need to book on to a tour (there is no access to the set for public not on a tour) We just turned up on the day we wanted to visit and bought our tickets on the door for the next session I believe you can also book online though. There was ample parking onsite, a little cafe and gift shop attached at the main entrance.

The tour starts with a coach trip into the farm where you then meet your guide - all the guides are so knowledgeable and we actually had a Brit! The groups are relatively small and there are so many photo opportunities. The highlight for us was at the end you get to visit the Green Dragon Inn for a drink and a wander on your own.

Whether you are a JJR Tolkien book/film fan or not this is a must its like transporting into another land of joy!

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