You can find the famous Hobbiton from the Lord of the Rings and Hobbit films in Matamata, less than 2 and a half hours drive from Auckland in New Zealand. Hobbiton is on private property so you can’t just wander in and take a look. You also won’t see much from the main road, but if you’re interested in exploring Hobbiton, for $89 per adult you can take a tour.
The history of Hobbiton
Alexander farm was discovered in an aerial search of farmland by Peter Jackson and his crew when they went looking for a site for Hobbiton for scenes in the Lord of the Rings Trilogy. The property’s man-made lake, landscape and round tree (a perfect representation of the Party Tree) confirmed it as the setting.
The original set was constructed out of temporary materials and taken away when filming was completed. It was rebuilt in 2009 out of permanent materials for the filming of The Hobbit Trilogy and has been maintained as a tourist attraction since.
Most of the hobbit holes are not deep enough to go inside but one is open to stand in and take photos. I loved how the occupation of each Hobbit is reflected in what’s outside their door – for example cheese, fish, woodwork or flowers.
We were exploring Hobbton in summer and the tour bus out to the site was packed. In winter it’s likely to be quieter.
I’m not a huge fan of the films but it was still a very cool place to visit. The guided tour concludes with a complementary drink at The Green Dragon Inn which is certainly one of the highlights.