Experience the real Middle-earth with a visit to the Hobbiton Movie Set, offering an interesting and entertaining experience incorporating the famous film set of the Hobbit Movies that featured in The Lord of the Rings and The trilogy, directed by New Zealander Sir Peter Jackson
The most famous was that of ‘The Shire’ home to the plucky hobbits, drawing visitors from around the world to see the famous Hobbit holes, along with the Mill and The Green Dragon Pub and other sights you’ll recognise from the films.
Your guided tour starts with a drive through our picturesque 1,250 acre working sheep farm with spectacular views across to the Kaimai Ranges.
Take a look at Bag End, where Frodo and Bilbo’s adventures began. Get lost among the hobbit holes and visit the Green Dragon Inn, the mill and the Party Tree. You will see how this beautiful piece of Waikato farmland was transformed into The Shire from Middle-earth
Daily tours depart from the Shires Rest Cafe and operate every half hour from 9.30am through to 3.30pm (extended hours in summer). with tours being approximately 2 hours in Duration. with specially brewed beverages available at the Green Dragon Inn as you complete your tour before returning to enjoy time in The Shire Store.
The Shires Rest Cafe offers a tranquil setting for you to relax with a great cup of coffee with an extensive black board menu of kiwi cuisine. We are a fully licenced facility with a great selection of New Zealand beers and cider.
Soak up the environment of the converted woolshed where you can relax on the balcony, enjoying the most stunning views of rural New Zealand.