Visiting Hobbiton? If The Shire is at the heart of Lord of the Rings, then the Hamilton & the Waikato region is at the heart of the Shire. When scouting around for settings for his epic three movie adaptation of The Lord of the Rings, Kiwi director Peter Jackson found just the Hobbiton he was looking for in the green paddocks of the Waikato just outside Matamata.
Hobbiton, home to our favourite hobbits including Bilbo, Frodo and Sam, was opened to the public upon completion of filming, and now attracts visitors from around the world.
Get lost among over 40 hobbit holes and enjoy a refreshment at the Green Dragon Inn on your self-guided tour. Then be sure to take a look at Bag End, where Frodo and Bilbo's adventures began.
Watch this Hobbiton video for a sneak peak.
The magical town of Hobbiton can be found in Matamata, just 45 minutes drive from Hamilton or one hour from Rotorua.
You can join regular tours from Rotorua priced from $NZD75 per person. Due to popularity, deals for Hobbiton are rare, however you could sign up to GrabOne to get notified of any deals.
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