Take a trip to see The Hobbiton Movie Set in Matamata


Thrifty-Car-Rentals-hobbit-movie-set-tourThe Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, the much-awaited prequel to The Lord of the Rings film series, begins screening in New Zealand on November 28, 2012. Demand for tours of the location sets used for filming ‘The Hobbit’ is fast increasing.

Thrifty Car Rentals in Tauranga offers you the opportunity to take a trip to the area and see the location sets used to film ‘The Hobbit’.

You will get the opportunity to see and experience the Hobbit holes, The Shire, the Green Dragon Inn and the Mill, to name a few.

What The HobbitonTour Involves


Your tour starts with a drive through the picturesque 1,250 acre sheep farm with spectacular views across to the Kaimai Ranges. Your guide will escort you through the ten acre location site recounting fascinating details of how the Hobbiton set was created.

For loyal enthusiasts of both the books and the film series, nothing can be more exciting and memorable than walking through the fabled lands of Hobbiton.

Experience the real Middle-earth with a visit to the Hobbiton Movie Set, the famous setting for The Shire that has featured in film director Peter Jackson’s films, The Lord of the Rings, and now also in the prequel, The Hobbit.

Your guide will take you through the ten acre site giving you fascinating insights into how the Hobbiton set was formed.
Image boards are placed at key locations so you can see how this beautiful piece of Waikato farmland was transformed into The Shire from Middle-earth.

At the end of your tour to the set you will return to The Shires Rest where you can enjoy the Sheep Farm Experience.

How to get to the Hobbiton Movie Set

hobbiton-movie-set-toursThe Hobbiton Movie Set is located on a farm in Matamata, only a 50 minute drive from Tauranga airport. We will give you all the information you need, including a map or GPS unit so you can easily arrive at The Hobbit Set Tour.

We can also book your tour for you so that Hobbiton Tours will be waiting for you when you arrive at the Matamata destination.

If you are arriving at Tauranga Airport:

tour-from-matamata-hobbiton-movie-set-tours_4We can meet you at the airport as soon as you arrive and hand you the keys to your car. We will provide you with a map (or a GPS unit if you wish) so you can take the scenic 50 minute drive over the Kaimai ranges to Matamata, where you can experience a Hobbiton movie set tour.

See google map below showing you the travel route from Tauranga airport to Matamata.


If you are arriving via a cruise ship at the Port of Tauranga:

We can meet you where the ship docks and passengers disembark. We can have your vehicle ready and waiting for you, including a map or GPS unit so you can drive the scenic 50 minute trip to The Hobbiton Movie Set Tour in Matamata.

See google map below showing you the travel route from Tauranga Port to Matamata.

For more information on Pricing and Tour Schedules click here

If you would like more information, or are ready to book your vehicle,

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Tauranga to Matamata Map

Map showing directions to Matamata from either Tauranga airport or the Tauranga cruise ship dock.

Travel time: 53 minutes

Travel distance: 56 kilometres

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If you are wanting to travel to The Hobbit Set from Rotorua, see details below.

Rotorua to Matamata Map

Map showing directions to Matamata from Rotorua airport.

Travel time: 1hr 15min

Travel distance: 88 kilometres

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