North Island New Zealand Matamata
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A Peter Jackson film.
Location: Matamata, Rotorua New Zealand
Here on the most picturesque private farmland near Matamata in the North Island of New Zealand, you can visit the remnants of the original Hobbiton village set from The Lord of the Rings movie trilogy in a fascinating two-hour guided tour.
The Hobbiton movie set has been returned to its natural state. However, 17 of the original 37 hobbit holes and some structures from the film set are still present. There are spectacular views across to the Kaimai Ranges from the rolling green hills of the movie set, which is still a working sheep and beef farm.
As the Hobbiton Movie Set is located on a real New Zealand farm, we are now also proud to offer you an authentic and unforgettable Sheep Farm Experience. See how the shearer cleverly handles the sheep, plus take the opportunity to cuddle and bottle feed the pet lambs.
You can relax and soak up the unique atmosphere with a great cup of coffee or a light meal in The Shire’s Rest, our new café that can also be made available for functions, conferences or other occasions.
Departure from Matamata (to Rotorua), or Rotorua (return).
The Party Tree The vivid descriptions of Hobbits in JRR Tolkien's books have been brought to life through the magic of New Line Cinema's The Lord of the Rings films, directed by New Zealander Peter Jackson.
Hobbits are described by Tolkien as an uncomplicated and ancient little people, shy of Big Folk and preferring well-ordered and well-farmed countryside.
Hobbiton is one of the places in The Shire where the Hobbits live in both The Lord of the Rings trilogy and The Hobbit. As seen in the films, Hobbits are a merry folk who love nothing better than a good party, preferably with many helpings of food. They have been known to eat at least six meals a day and always have room for more.
They are no more than four feet tall and seldom wear shoes because their feet have tough leathery soles clad in thick, curling hair. Being shy of Big Folk, it is unlikely you will see any Hobbits on your visit to the Hobbiton Movie Set, but you'll be able to see their favorite haunts.