“May the wind under your wings bear you where the sun sails and the moon walks.” ― J.R.R. Tolkien
We have watched the Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit movies several times. So seeing it in person is surreal. Handel and his friends rented a car and drove from Auckland. Here’s what you can expect from the tour. You also get a free drink at the end of the tour.
The Garden Dragon™ Inn
Tours operate daily from Matamata
Departing: Matamata i-Site, 45 Broadway, Matamata
Times: tours depart every 45 minutes from 9:30am to 2:45pm
Additional departures: 3:30pm*, 4:15pm*, 5:00pm**
Duration: three hours approximately
Tours operate daily from Shire’s Rest
Departing: Shire’s Rest, 501 Buckland Road, Hinuera, Matamata
Times: tours depart every 30 minutes from 9:30am to 3:30pm
Additional tours: 4:00pm*, 4:30pm*, 5:00pm**, 5:30pm**
Duration: two hours approximately
Excludes Christmas Day
*Operates 01 Sept to 30 April **Operates 27 Dec to 28 Feb
Tours operate daily from Rotorua
Departing: Hobbiton Movie Set Shop, 1235 Fenton Street, Rotorua
Times: 8:15am, 1:15pm
Duration: five hours approximately
Evening Banquet Tour
Days: every Wednesday and Sunday evening
Note: Bookings essential
Location: 501 Buckland Road, Hinuera, Matamata 3472, New Zealand
Telephone: (64) 7 888 1505 | (64) 7 3480711
Freephone: 0508 4 HOBBITON
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Booking Accommodation. We prefer staying in hotels. Booking.com is our favorite when it comes to finding the cheapest rate. Again, it won’t hurt to check the hotel’s main website. They usually offer discounts for booking directly with them. For last-minute booking, check out HotelTonight. There are also other types of accommodation like Airbnb, hostel (Hostelworld has the largest inventory), and Couchsurfing.
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