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Frequently Asked Questions

Bag End photo opportunity.

Booking Information

  • Do I need to book in advance?

    Yes, it is advisable to book in advance. You can make a reservation online by clicking here. Alternatively you can make a phone reservation by ringing (07) 888-1505. If you would like to be picked up from Rotorua you need to book at least 12 hours in advance.

Hobbiton™ Movie Tour

  • Do I have to go on a tour or can I go by myself?

    To ensure all our guests have the complete experience the only way to access the Hobbiton™ Movie Set is with a guided tour.

  • What is the difference between the tour from Matamata, TSR (The Shires Rest) & Rotorua?

    It is the same tour however they are different pick up locations. The tour from Rotorua is twice a day and is more expensive than from Matamata or TSR (The Shires Rest) because of the distance.

  • Are they still filming?

    Filming at the Hobbiton Movie Set has finished and tours are running as normal.

Getting Here & Around

  • Do I have to go on a tour or can I go by myself?

    To ensure all our guests have the complete experience the only way to access the Hobbiton™ Movie Set is with a guided tour.

  • What is the difference between the tour from Matamata, TSR (The Shires Rest) & Rotorua?

    It is the same tour however they are different pick up locations. The tour from Rotorua is twice a day and is more expensive than from Matamata or TSR (The Shires Rest) because of the distance.

  • Do I need to book in advance?

    Yes, it is advisable to book in advance. You can make a reservation online by clicking here. Alternatively you can make a phone reservation by ringing (07) 888-1505. If you would like to be picked up from Rotorua you need to book at least 12 hours in advance.

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