New Zealand

Everything you need to know about Hobbiton

 

New Zealand’s epic scenery was picked as the backdrop for many scenes in the Lord of the Rings and Hobbit trilogies, but it was a working sheep farm that caught Peter Jackson’s eye as they were flying over the country scouting locations for mythical Middle Earth. Now you can take a guided tour which reveals some of the secrets behind the transformation of this working farm to a movie set.

 

New Zealand North Island

Book your tickets early
Hobbiton is one of the main tourist attractions in the North Island, so it gets booked out very quickly especially in peak season. Book your tickets as soon as you’ve mapped out your itinerary to avoid disappointment.
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Hobbiton, New Zealand

Cost
Tickets run a little pricey at $84 for an adult, but I mean you can’t come to New Zealand and not visit Hobbiton, but I suppose that’s what they play on. It’s not a terrible price when you consider that you get transport, a guided tour and a complimentary pint at the end.
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Hobbiton, New Zealand

Tours only
You can only visit Hobbiton on a guided tour as it’s on private land that cannot be accessed any other way. The good news is that the tour is extremely well-organised so you can just sit back and relax. You’ll get taken on a bus across the rolling farm land to the Shire and learn all about the set from an informative guide.
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Hobbiton, New Zealand

Bilbo Baggins’ home
Overlooked by an old oak tree with a teal-green door, make sure not to miss this famous little hobbit home where Bilbo Baggins lived.
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Hobbiton, New Zealand

The Green Dragon Inn
Don’t forget to pick up your complimentary pint at the hobbits’ favourite drinking hole, the Green Dragon Inn. You’ll get a choice of house-brewed ale, cider or non-alcoholic ginger beer. Warm your toes on the open fire and enjoy the view over the lake.
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What else is in the area?
Why not make a day of it and explore the other sights in the area? The magical blue springs are only a 30 minute drive away, as is the cascading Wairere Falls. The emerald plunge pool Omanawa Falls is just 45 minutes away by car so there are plenty of outdoor activities to do in the area.
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Cristina – Memories of the Pacific says:

May 13, 2018 at 3:31 pm

This place is on my bucket list. Going there would be a dream come true!