From Auckland: Hobbiton & Hamilton Gardens Small Group Tour

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Embark on a day trip from Auckland to delve into the enchanting realms of the world-famous Lord of The Rings Hobbiton movie set and the whimsical themed Hamilton Gardens.

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  • Explore the stunning Hobbiton movie set alongside a knowledgeable guide.
  • Discover the secrets and captivating stories behind the iconic Hobbiton film.
  • Explore the Hamilton Gardens' for a unique cultural and botanical experience.
  • Indulge in a complimentary beverage at the iconic Green Dragon Inn.
  • Enjoy scenic views along the route with insightful commentary from your guide


Your journey begins bright and early as you depart Auckland and head towards the lush landscapes of the Waikato region. Upon arrival at Hamilton Gardens, you'll step into a world of botanical wonder, where themed gardens from different cultures and historical periods await your exploration. Wander through the Italian Renaissance Garden, stroll along the tranquil Japanese Garden, and marvel at the intricately designed Indian Char Bagh Garden. After immersing yourself in the beauty of Hamilton Gardens, it's time to continue your adventure to the iconic Hobbiton movie set. As you approach the rolling hills of the countryside, you'll feel like you've stepped into the magical realm of Middle earth. Upon arrival at Hobbiton, you will start with a visit to the official Hobbiton Gift Shop. Here, you can savor the opportunity to sample local delights or enjoy a refreshing beverage at the renowned Shire's Rest Café. Embark on a captivating 2.5 hour guided tour of the sprawling 1,250-acre sheep farm, offering breathtaking views of the majestic Kaimai Ranges Follow your knowledgeable guide as they lead you through the charming hobbit holes, lush gardens, and iconic landmarks featured in the beloved Lord of the Rings and Hobbit films. Don't forget to pose for photos in front of Bilbo's Bag End home and raise a toast at the Green Dragon Inn with a refreshing beverage straight from the Shire. Throughout the day, your guide will share fascinating insights into the making of the movies, behind-the-scenes stories, and intriguing facts about the stunning landscapes that served as the backdrop for these cinematic masterpieces. With memories made and hearts full, you'll return to Auckland, cherishing the enchanting experiences and unforgettable sights you encountered on this magical day trip to Hobbiton and Hamilton Gardens.


Hotel pick-up and drop off (downtown Auckland hotels only) Fully guided small group return tour from Auckland Entry to Hobbiton Movie set Guided tour of Hobbiton Movie Set Complimentary beverage at the famous Green Dragon Inn Alexander Family Sheep Farm and Shire's Rest Entry to Hamilton Gardens (Self-Guided Tour) Refreshments and snacks whilst driving Wi-Fi and charging ports available in vehicle.

Important Information

  • Hotel pick-ups are available exclusively from Downtown Auckland CBD. Guests near the airport or in South Auckland can utilize our designated pick-up point. Children must be accompanied by an adult for the duration of the tour. Expect a moderate amount of easy walking during the activity. Children under 5 years old must travel in a child safety car seat. If you do not have one, you can rent a car seat from our local partner for $35 per child with 24 hours' notice.

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