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Admit it – you want to visit New Zealand to see Middle-earth in real life! Well, prepare for a treat, because the reality is even better than you ever imagined.
Our Lord of the Rings guided tours will show you the best of Middle-earth, from Hobbiton to Isengard, Mount Doom to Edoras.
Choose the length of tour you would prefer, or ask us for a different length. Our Lord of the Rings guided tours are fully customisable, so if you want to add or change any details, we will make it happen!
From majestic fiords to glowworm grottos, there is no better way to experience the magic of Middle-earth than with a personalised New Zealand LOTR itinerary. This will be the holiday of a lifetime and the best LOTR experience!
Experience the real Middle-earth™ at the Hobbiton™ Movie Set, where, in the heart of the Waikato region, you can step into the lush pastures of the Shire™, as seen in The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit trilogies.
Fall in love with the Alexander family sheep farm, just as acclaimed director Sir Peter Jackson did, as you journey through the unequivocal beauty of the land, with the mighty Kaimai Ranges towering in the distance. Your guide will then escort you around the set, showing the intricate detailing, pointing out the most famous locations and explaining how the movie magic was made.
You will be fully guided around the 12 acre set; past Hobbit Holes™, the Mill and into the world-famous Green Dragon™ Inn, where you will be presented with a complimentary, exclusive Hobbit™ Southfarthing™ beverage to conclude your own Middle-earth™ adventure.
Ask as about special Evening Banquet Tours, Private Hobbiton Tours™ and Farm Stay experiences!
Explore the magical side of NZ and understand why this beautiful country was chosen to portray Middle-earth. The Queenstown area featured prominently in the filming of the incredibly popular Lord of the Rings trilogy. As part of your New Zealand itinerary you can experience two different Lord of the Rings tours in Queenstown. The Queenstown Lord of The Ring tour – (Wakatipu Basin) combines a true 4WD tour with film locations from the LOTR trilogy. The Glenorchy Lord Of the Rings tour is the perfect sightseeing trip through the valleys beyond Glenorchy, encompassing pivotal Lord of the Rings scenes. Both tours can be combined for a truly exciting day out.
Wellington will definitely be on your list of places to visit, where you can experience truly amazing Lord of the Rings tours. With your expert Lord of the Rings tour guide, you will visit recognisable film locations and scenes such as “Shortcut to Mushrooms,” “Race to the Buckleberry Ferry,” and the iconic “Get off the Road” scene, where the Hobbits hid from the Black Riders.
Weta Workshop, here you come! Here you have a chance to pose for photos with various characters and marvel at the craftsmanship of the sculptures, armour and weapons on display and pick up those essential souvenirs and gifts. Watch a behind the scenes documentary and enjoy a guided tour by an actual Weta technician, this tour delves into the creativity and ingenuity needed to create the physical effects for some of the biggest and best movies ever, not just Middle-earth. Plus you will also enjoy a Lord of the Rings inspired Orc Sized Lunch!
Your tour guide will ensure you really do discover Middle-earth! Offering a wealth of information and taking you to hidden gems throughout your tour.
Your guide is an NZ specialist and expert. In addition to revealing the hidden wonders throughout the North Island and South Island, your guide will enrich your experience with stories of New Zealand’s Maori and European history, descriptions of the powerful natural forces that shaped our dramatic landscape, and a good dose of old-fashioned Kiwi charm.
Finally, your guide will customise your NZ tour to suit your group in every way. If you are travelling as a family, your guide will offer diversions to keep everyone happy, young and old.
Accommodation is such an important part of any holiday. That is why we have hand selected all properties that we work with to ensure a top quality experience is offered. Plus as part of your Lord of the Rings Tour New Zealand we offer the opportunity to stay in Lord of the Rings and Hobbit themed rooms and also farm stays giving your tour that extra special touch!
The most valuable thing we can offer you is in depth knowledge of New Zealand and all that it offers. You will be designated a Lord of the Rings Consultant that will carefully help you select the destinations you wish to visit and also the special themed tours included within your tour package. They will offer you insider local knowledge to ensure your holiday is extremely well planned-all boxes will be ticked and no details will be missed.
Of course you will want to see everything else that New Zealand has to offer. So as well as special LOTR experiences, we will include many other highlights as well. These may include famous fiords, such as Milford Sound or Doubtful Sound, New Zealand’s volcanic plateau and geothermal regions. Amazing wildlife viewing – swimming with Dolphins, Whale Watching, spotting the native Kiwi Bird, Maori Cultural experiences, Wine and Cuisine – your tour guide will recommend top restaurants and wineries if of interest. Any special interests will be included for you and carefully designed and selected.
Your happiness is our priority – so let us know what we can do to make your Lord of the Rings vacation tour the best it can possibly be!
Where is the Lord of the Rings Tour in New Zealand?
A Lord of the Rings Tour is a popular option for visitors to New Zealand. There are many Lord of the Rings Tours to explore. Must visit tour locations include the Hobbiton Movie Set located in Matamata on the North Island. Wellington is home to Weta Workshop, the design studio for all Lord of the Rings and Hobbiton movies; you can experience fascinating tours of Weta Workshop with LOTR and Hobbiton highlights. The South Island of New Zealand is home to many famous Lord of the Rings filming locations, destinations to put on your list include Queenstown, Glenorchy, Fiordland and Twizel.
Where in NZ is Hobbiton?
Hobbiton is located on a large sheep farm in Matamata, New Zealand. Matamata is located on the North Island of New Zealand, approximately 2 hours drive south of Auckland, 45 minutes drive from both Rotorua and Hamilton and 1.5 hours north of Taupo. The roads to locate Hobbiton offer easy and scenic driving.
How long is the Hobbiton Tour?
The Hobbiton Movie Set Tour is 2 hours in duration. Tours depart daily from 9.00 am until 3.30 pm.
How far is Hobbiton from Queenstown?
Hobbiton is located a fair distance from Queenstown, Hobbiton is located in Matamata on the North Island and Queenstown is located in the lower South Island. The distance between Queenstown and Hobbiton is 1398 kilometres and if driving this distance, the driving time is approximately 20 hours. The best way to access Hobbiton from Queenstown is to either do a self drive tour of New Zealand from Auckland through to Queenstown or take a flight from Queenstown to Auckland or Queenstown to Rotorua. Transport is provided from Rotorua to Hobbiton.
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