Feel like stepping into the set of The Hobbit? You are in luck! Hobbiton sits in Matamata, New Zealand. Here are some things to know when visiting!

Hobbiton Movie Set is tucked in rolling hills.
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Hobbiton Movie Set is tucked in rolling hills.
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The history of Hobbiton boils down to this: Now, full of tourists, it began as a family sheep farm.

In 1998, aerial scouting began for a location to film The Hobbit. Peter Jackson approached the owners, the Alexanders, in 1998. They granted permission for its use and in March 1999, construction began.

The original set was in temporary materials, dismantled after the original filming. But, lucky for us, tours began in 2002. At that point, it was just dismantled memories. But, as filming continued, a permanent set was made. Thankfully.

That is what we can visit today.

The iconic hobbit holes of Hobbiton.
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The iconic hobbit holes of Hobbiton.
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What to remember When Visiting Hobbiton

1) Book a Tour in Advance!

You can’t just walk around Hobbiton. You must have a tour guide. It is a rule.

Besides, what fun is it to walk around without an insider? The tour guide may even throw out some movie quotes!

Book a tour ahead: Hobbiton is busy. Guarantee your spot!

Hobbiton has 3 tour options:

  1. Hobbiton Movie Set Tour. This tour of Hobbiton will take you across the set, into the mill, and the Green Dragon Inn. ($89 for adults; ages 17+ and $44 for youth; ages 9-16)
  2. Evening Banquet Tour: Beginning in Dec 2020, Hobbiton will begin offering an evening tour. Experience Hobbiton at dusk and have a full banquet in the Green Dragon Inn. Experience both worlds of the Shire. ($199 for adults, $162 for youth, and $104 for children, ages 5-8)
  3. Private Tour: For a private tour of Hobbiton, contact to make a reservation.

2. Wear Comfortable Shoes

Experience all Hobbiton Movie Set has to offer.
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Experience all Hobbiton Movie Set has to offer.
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You will be walking. A lot. Hobbiton Movie Set sits on 14 acres. When I went, my tennis shoes were my lifeline.

3. Visit the Green Dragon Inn

The Green Dragon Inn, Hobbiton.
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The Green Dragon Inn, Hobbiton.
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Seriously. Do it.

In the movies, The Green Dragon Inn was a gathering place. Shaped into another attraction at Hobbiton, The Green Dragon Inn offers the same for its visitors.

It provides a complimentary beverage upon completion of the tour. In fact, the drinks offered are part of the Southfarthing Range, only available at Hobbiton.

With 2 ales, an apple cider, and a nonalcoholic ginger beer, there is a drink for everyone. Even the kids.

Just make sure you bring an acceptable form of ID to enjoy in the alcoholic drinks.

Seriously. How gorgeous is Hobbiton?
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Seriously. How gorgeous is Hobbiton?
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If you are planning a trip to Hobbiton, be prepared to be swept away in the magic of The Lord of the Rings. Recreate the iconic movie scenes. Step into a hobbit hole. Enjoy custom brews at the Green Mountain Inn. More than anything, enjoy being in a place with so much legacy.