Exploring Hobbiton

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.

Exploring Hobbiton

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.

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  1. Tracey
    July 16, 2016 / 4:00 am

    New Zealand is so high on our bucket list. Ever corner of the island looks so beautiful!!

    • July 16, 2016 / 2:32 pm

      Aw hope you get the chance to cross it off soon Tracey! The variety in beautiful landscapes is pretty special.

  2. Amanda Kendle
    March 6, 2015 / 7:06 pm

    Looks amazing! I’m not a fan of the movies either (or the books I must admit) but I can see how it’s still a great place to visit anyway – adding it to my list!

  3. Nicole - Champagne and Chips
    March 5, 2015 / 3:09 pm

    How magical. I haven’t jumped on board the Hobbit train but was a big fan of the Lord of the Rings trilogy.

    • March 5, 2015 / 9:09 pm

      The nine hours of movies which was the Lord of the Rings trilogy was about enough for me too! It’s great the way the guides remind you of the scenes, who appeared in each Hobbit house etc.

  4. Malinda
    March 4, 2015 / 8:45 pm

    This is so serendipitous that I found this post today bcause I only just included Hobbiton on my Wanderlust list for Z today! Drop by and take a look, you might like to link up with my weekly #wednesdaywanderlust link party

  5. March 4, 2015 / 8:34 pm

    I want to go there soooo badly! #wanderlustlinkup

  6. March 4, 2015 / 2:37 pm

    I would have loved to see Hobbiton on our last trip to NZ but I must admit I was a bit put off by the price, especially since my other half wouldn’t know a hobbit from a hangover.

  7. LydiaCLee
    March 4, 2015 / 1:33 pm

    Too cute….see any hobbits?

  8. Laura | Laura Laura Blog
    March 1, 2015 / 6:24 pm

    I really would love to go down and see Hobbiton! I loved your photos – you guys look like you’re having a great time! <3

    • March 1, 2015 / 8:13 pm

      So fun! It’s such an easy drive from Auckland to something really different 🙂