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Careers at Hobbiton™


In 1998, Sir Peter Jackson’s team of location scouts were searching for the iconic rolling hills and lush green pastures of Hobbiton™. An aerial search led them to the Alexander farm, a stunning 1250 acre sheep farm located just outside of Matamata. A short while after, once negotiations were complete, the crew began the nine month quest to bring Hobbiton to life, ready for the filming of The Lord of the Rings Trilogy and later The Hobbit Trilogy.  

20 years later, Hobbiton™ Movie Set has experienced tremendous growth and now welcomes over six hundred thousand visitors from across the globe each year, having established ourselves as a ‘must do’ activity for travellers to New Zealand. Our experience offers a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for fans and non-fans alike to step into an iconic movie set in its full glory and learn about how a slice of rural New Zealand was transformed into a film-set for one of the most popular film franchises of all time.

At Hobbiton Movie Set, we are proud to now employ over 250 people who work across various aspects of the business – From Reservations and Tour Operations, to Props and Art Department, Sales and Marketing, Administration, Food and Beverage and Maintenance just to name a few.

Our hard-working team blends together a mix of kiwi hospitality, passion and authenticity into everything we do. We work hard to maintain a supportive and fun working environment, with industry perks and training opportunities, plus the option to enjoy a supplied lunch each day and attend multiple staff social events throughout the year.

Current Vacancies

We are always on the hunt for new faces to join our team across various roles in the Business. At the link below, you can view current vacancies, set job alerts and submit a general application to join our team.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • How can I apply?

    You can view a list of current vacancies at Hobbiton Movie Set by clicking here. On this site, you can search through current vacancies, apply online, set job alerts, and submit a general application. 

    For your application we will require the following:

    • A copy of your current CV
    • A free form cover letter in the space provided
    • Completion of the online form
    • Current contact details 
  • What happens after submitting my application?

    Your online application is sent directly to our in-house HR department. From here, each application is reviewed, and shortly after the recruitment period is closed, our team will contact a shortlist of applicants. Due to the high volume of applications we receive we are not always able to contact unsuccessful applicants. Shortlisted applicants will be invited to attend an interview with our team. 

  • What kind of roles are typically available at Hobbiton Movie Set?

    • Guides and Bus Drivers
    • Food and Beverage service staff
    • Chefs and Kitchen Hands
    • Retail Assistants
    • Reservations and Ticketing staff
    • Administrative roles 
    • Sales and Marketing roles
    • Gardeners and Landscapers
    • Prop makers and Artists
    • Maintenance and Grounds Assistants
  • Overseas Applicants

    To work at Hobbiton Movie Set, you must be legally entitled to work in New Zealand, and be able to supply proof of your eligibility or a valid work visa. Hobbiton Movie Set do not apply for work permits for employees. 

    To find out if you are eligible to apply for a working holiday visa go to Immigration New Zealand

  • What are some of the perks of working at Hobbiton Movie Set?

    • A unique workplace in a stunning farmland location
    • Work with a crew of likeminded people
    • Catered lunches every day served in the staff room
    • A staff discount in the gift shop and Shire's Rest Cafe
    • Discounted tour experiences for staff and immediate family
    • Invites to staff social functions
    • Industry rates for a selection of other NZ tourism attractions and experiences
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