Exclusive Access Behind-the-Scenes Lord of the Rings Hobbiton Movie Set Tour
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Stop At: Hobbiton Movie Set, 501 Buckland Road Matamata, Hinuera 3472 New Zealand
This exclusive access small group tour is for the ultimate Hobbit and Lord of the Rings fans. This tour includes access to areas off limits to the standard tours and an exclusive second breakfast in the Green Dragon only available on this Bush and Beach tour. The early start also means this is one of the first tours on set so you miss the crowds as well.
Depart from your Auckland hotel at approximately 6:00am for your drive south over the Bombay Hills to the lush farmland of the Waikato region. Your Bush and Beach guide will talk about the areas you drive through and its history and give you some background to the movies. Upon arrival at the Hobbiton Movie Set, you and your fellow Hobbiton fans have an early tour with a private guide. Take plenty of pictures as you pass Bilbo Baggins’ house, the mill, and the party tree, among other recognizable landmarks. You also get exclusive access to 5 extra Hobbit holes ’The Smials’ not visited on the scheduled tours!
Duration: 2 hours
Stop At: The Green Dragon™ Inn, Hobbiton Movie, Set, Matamata 3472, New Zealand
After your guided tour of the movie set you head to an epic second breakfast at the Green Dragon Inn. The meal which is exclusive to this tour includes morning staples such as scrambled eggs, bacon, sausages and fruit, in addition to creamy mushrooms and grilled tomatoes.
After your tour of the Hobbiton Movie Set you visit the gift shop and then head back towards Auckland. Along the way, you will stop for a scoop of New Zealand’s signature Hokey Pokey ice cream. This world-famous vanilla ice cream is packed with clumps of honeycomb toffee – a sweet way to end your day.
- Local Guide Hobbiton Movie Set Small Group Exclusive Tour
- Enjoy a Scoop of NZ Tastiest Ice Cream
- Hotel pickup and drop-off (selected hotels only)
- Transport via Air-Conditioned Mini Coach
- Entry/Admission - Hobbiton Movie Set
- Confirmation will be received at time of booking
- Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
- Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking
- Not wheelchair accessible
- Stroller accessible
- Near public transportation
- Infant seats available
- Most travelers can participate
- Small-group tour limited to 12 people
- This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
- This tour/activity will have a maximum of 12 travelers
We booked this tour because of the 'beat the crowds' we were hoping for and we were not disappointed! As fans, this was a must trip for us and we felt the cost was well worth it. We had 6 of us in a comfortable minivan to the farm, our friendly and knowlegable driver was Sean Shawn The size of our group allowed us to be first on set with unobstructed views of the shire no crowds, our private guide was friendly and knowledgable Anthony. We had a private room at the Green Dragon Inn for breakfast. And the ice-cream was quality and quantity. Be sure to verify your booking a couple days before because we were traveling and called the day before the tour and they almost cancelled our reservation, with a couple calls, Yuki straightened everything out.
Just a glitch along the way but the tour and meal afterward was so good!
We took this tour in late September 2017. It was absolutely awesome! We loved our driver David. It was like driving through the country with our New Zealand friend! There were five of us on the tour and we were the first people to enter Hobbiton that day, before the crowds arrived. We also were taken to an area that other tours do not get to enter. The breakfast at the Green Dragon was a buffet feast, lots more than we could eat. Then David drove us back to the souvenir shop and gave us plenty of time to shop. We stopped for ice cream halfway back and then arrived back in Auckland around 3pm. This tour is more expensive than the others, but I am soooooo glad we did it. Also a note: We first booked this tour for a different date, but I let the company know that we were flexible and could go the next day if our tour didn't have enough people. Sure enough, that is what happened. Otherwise, we would have been put on the regular tour. So thanks Bush and Beach for the great communication!
Our tour was first on set which made the experience worth the added cost. Highly recommend this for any LOTR fans!
This was the best of my NZ tours. Outstanding in every way. I'm so glad I paid extra for this tour. Our group was small, eight people I think. And we were the first group through, which meant that we didn't have 30-40 people like the groups following us getting in the way of our photos. Dawn was our driver, and I really liked her. The fact that she laughed at all of my jokes was a big plus! The included breakfast was large and memorable...mugs of ale, stout, or cider included! It was enough for first and second breakfasts, and elevenses as well. One of the gents on our tour was celebrating his birthday, and the Green Dragon staff brought out a birthday cake for us all to enjoy. Don't go all the way to Middle Earth, then skimp on this tour. Lay out the extra bucks for this early tour. You'll be so happy you did!