One of the most visited attractions in New Zealand. New Zealand is known for its green hills, mountain scenery and picturesque views. It has been the set of a number of movies but the most well-known and possibly the most-loved is J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit & The Lord of the Rings Trilogy. When Peter Jackson flew over New Zealand scouting film locations for his next big project, he was impressed by the green hills and peaceful pastures surrounding the little farming town of Matamata. More than a decade on, the Hobbiton Movie Set has become a must-see tourist activity for The Lord of the Rings Trilogy and The Hobbit Trilogy fans travelling through New Zealand.
The Shires Rest & Hobbiton Movie set located on Alexander Farm has quickly risen in the ranks and now hosts more than 350,000 visitors each year. The Hobbiton Movie Set is only available by tour but that doesn’t limit you to what you’ll see. The best part about a guided tour is that you are able to learn and are told all the information about Peter Jackson, movie making techniques — like how some Hobbit Holes are larger than others depending on the size of the actor — and interesting facts around the set. Did you know The Party Tree in the movie is artificial? The leaves were imported from Taiwan and wired onto the branches!