“We are plain quiet folk, and I have no use for adventures. Nasty, disturbing, and uncomfortable things. Make you late for dinner!”
I wish that the title of this blog was true and that I could move to Hobbiton! Unfortunately, you can't move into the Shire but you can visit it. When Peter Jackson began to look for suitable locations for The Lord of the Rings he found Alexander Farm. With the locations hills, lake and beautiful trees - it was the perfect place. Recognising that something special had taken place at their farm, the Alexander family worked with the film crew to preserve the film set after The Hobbit was filmed. Now you can step into your own piece of Middle Earth.
Five tours depart daily from:
The Shire’s Rest, 501 Buckland Road, Hinuera, Matamata. For more details or to book click here.
Matamata i-SITE, 45 Broadway, Matamata. For more details or to book click here.
Prices would range from $75-$195 NZD (~$48-125 US Dollars) depending on which tour you book with and when you book it (low or high season). The ticket fee includes the bus trip, entrance into Hobbiton, a two hour guided tour through the shire, and a free pint at the Green Dragon.
Throughout the tour, you’ll have to stay with the group. It should take around 45 minutes, then you can wander around on your own after your pint of beer at Green Dragon.