HOBBITON Movie Set / Matamata New Zealand
"Step into the Magic of the Hobbit and the Lord of the Rings Trilogies - Right in the Heart of New Zealand you will walk in the rolling green hills of the Shire"
Hobbiton's location is within the North Island New Zealand
Coordinates: 37°51′27″S 175°40′47″E
Country: New Zealand
Territorial Authority: Matamata-Piako District
The Lord of the Rings
When Peter Jackson began to look for suitable locations for The Lord of the Rings series he first saw the Alexander Farm during an aerial fly by in 1998 and concluded that the area was "like a slice of ancient England". Set Decorator Alan Lee commented that the location's hills "looked as though Hobbits had already begun excavations".
After successful negotiations with the owners, work swiftly commenced in transforming part of the Alexander Farm into sets for Hobbiton and other parts of J. R. R. Tolkien's Shire in March 1999. The New Zealand Army brought in heavy machinery to make 1.5 kilometres of road into the site from the nearest highway. Work included building the facades for 37 Hobbit Holes their associated gardens and hedges, a double arch bridge, also erecting a 26-tonne oak above Bag End that had been growing near Matamata and which was cut down and recreated on site complete with artificial leaves. Thatch on the Green Dragon Inn and mill roofs were made from rushes (resembles Grass) growing on the farm. Generators were installed, water and sewerage also had to be considered. Catering was made available for up to 400 cast, crew and visitors per day.
In 2010, the set was rebuilt in a more permanent fashion for The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, filming for which began in 2011. Ian McKellen reprised his role as Gandalf the Grey and was joined on the Hobbiton location by Martin Freeman, who remarked that the site "just looked like a place where people lived and worked".
5 more Hobbit Holes were to be constructed for the Hobbit Trilogies.
Filming of the Hobbit Trilogy began in October 2011 and took only 12 days. At its peak it was common to see Sir Peter Jackson, Sir Ian McKellen (Gandalf), Elijah Wood (Frodo), Sean Astin (Sam), Ian Holm (Bilbo Baggins), and Martin Freeman (young Bilbo Baggins).
Experience the real Middle- Earth at the Hobbiton movie set in the heart of the Waikato region, you will step into the rolling hills of the Shire as seen in the Lord of the Rings and Hobbit Trilogies.
Your Guide will escort you around the set, showing you the detailing that was required by Peter Jackson, pointing out the most famous locations and explaining the magic behind some of the movie.
You will pass Hobbit holes and even stand at the entrance to one for a photo.
The end of your tour will take you to the Green Dragon Inn for a complimentary Local Hobbit Brew, This will conclude your Middle- Earth Adventure
Tours leave daily from the Shires Rest -
Departing: 501 Buckland Road, Hinuera - Matamata
Tour Times: Every 30 minutes from
9:00am to 3:30pm - Additional tours tours operate in the busy summer months
In the busy periods its advised to book ahead, atleast the day before with your local tour operator or the I Site
Driving distances from:
Rotorua: 1 hour
Matamata: 20 minutes
Auckland: 2.5 hours
"WHERE THE HOBBIT HOLES ARE HIDING"
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