HOBBITON!!! OMG OMG OMG
I LOVE the Lord of the Rings trilogy. I’ve lost count of how many times I’ve watched them. And here I was, in Middle Earth about to go to Hobbiton.
You can only visit Hobbiton by booking a tour through HobbitonTours. Sadly, you can’t go in and roam about on your own. Otherwise I’d still be there. You have 3 starting point options: Shire’s Rest Cafe, the Matamata i-SITE, and Rotorua. A tour bus will pick you up from any of these 3 sites and drive you to Hobbiton.
Tours depart about every 15 minutes. After a quick meet and greet with your tour guide and fellow tourists, you walk right into Hobbiton. It’s EXACTLY as you see it in the movies. Hobbit holes surround you. Everything is green and lush. The details are endless. The gardens are real. A whimsical feeling washes over you and you start to wish you could pack up your bags and move right under one of these hills. There are even butterflies flying around everywhere!
The tour guide makes frequent stops to provide trivia about the movie and its cast. We fell behind quite a few times trying to take as many pictures as we could. You make your way up to Bag End, back down to the Party Tree, Sam’s house, and end up at the Green Dragon. The tour includes one complimentary drink from the Green Dragon. I took my ginger beer and drank it outside while looking out over The Water.
After the tour, you’re given some time to scope out the gift shop. I purchased a nifty map of Middle Earth for myself.
The tour is about 2 hours total. Far too short in my opinion. But I would have stayed the entire day if I could.
Matamata i-SITE: 45 Broadway, Matamata 3400, New Zealand
Shire’s Rest Cafe: 501 Buckland Rd Hinuera Matamata 3472 New Zealand
Matamata i-SITE: -37.809228, 175.772192
Shire’s Rest Cafe: -37.871734, 175.682926
Contact: +64 (7) 888 1505; 0508 4 HOBBITON
Cost: $79 NZD per person
Duration: 2 hour tour