Auckland to Rotorua via Hobbiton

  • Duration: 6 Hours (approx.)
  • Product code: BB7AR

This trip from Auckland to Rotorua includes the Hobbiton movie set tour. Departing from Auckland city at 7am, this is a wonderful way to get to Rotorua and include a magical journey through Middle-earth to the Hobbiton movie set from “The Lord of the Rings” and “The Hobbit” films.

Travel south from Auckland over the Bombay Hills to the rich farmland of the Waikato region. Your journey takes you through undulating green hills reminding you that you are approaching the Shire. Your Bush and Beach guide will give you commentary on the way down with insights about the areas you are traveling through and insights to the backgrounds to the movies.

On arrival at Shire’s Rest you embark on your Hobbiton movie set tour. This location is the largest “green set” in the world and the only part of the set remaining in New Zealand. You see 44 hobbit holes, the Mill and double arch bridge and the party tree. At this stunning location you can take a photo at the gate to Bilbo’s house, “Bag End”, looking out over the whole set to the hills in the distance. The tour ends with a visit to the Green Dragon Inn where you can enjoy a complimentary ale, cider or ginger beer.

At the end of your Hobbiton movie set tour you will travel on to Rotorua, arriving at approximately 1.15pm (drop off at selected inner city Rotorua accommodation included).*please note this tour does not include lunch for travel before 1 Dec 23.

From April to November there is some construction work happening on the Hobbiton movie set to get an exciting new feature ready for tours from December onwards. You can read more about it here. From 1st Dec. 2023 there will be an increase in our tour price to include this new feature. The buffet lunch at the Hobbiton Party Marquee will also be included on this tour from 1 Dec 2023 – please note that the tour will arrive in Rotorua at about 2.30pm from this date to allow for the new inclusions.

This tour requires a minimum of 2 adults to run - if you are a single traveller and want to check availability before you book please email us at