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The Hobbiton Experience, Matamata, North Island

Discover the real Middle-earth on the most picturesque private farmland near Matamata in the North Island of New Zealand, where you can visit the Hobbiton Movie Set from 'The Lord of the Rings' film trilogy and the recently released - 'The Hobbit' trilogy in a fascinating two-hour guided tour.

The set has been completely restored and will remain as it was seen in The Lord of the Rings film trilogy.

There are spectacular views across the lush Kaimai Ranges from the rolling green hills of the movie set, which is still a working sheep and beef farm.

The Hobbiton Movie Set is located on a real New Zealand farm, you can relax and soak up the unique atmosphere with a great cup of coffee or a light meal in The Shires Rest Cafe.

When Peter Jackson spotted the Alexander Farm during an aerial search of the North Island for the best possible locations to film The Lord of The Rings film trilogy, he immediately thought it was a perfect set piece for Hobbiton. Nevertheless, a lot of work was still needed to be completed before it was up to the director’s high standards.

Recent upgrades to the site include the full-scale replica of the Green Dragon Inn and your guided tour includes complimentary Hobbiton Brew inside.