Hobbiton, New Zealand

melissa carne and sam gill in hobbit house door in hobbiton

Hobbiton Movie Set Tour, New Zealand

Hello everyone and welcome back to my blog, today’s post is all about Hobbiton, the movie set tour used for the famous film series Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring.

Now I’m going to hold my hands up here, I am not a Lord of the Rings nerd, in fact I have only seen the Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit once however, Sam is a complete an utter nerd… haha sorry. That being said I find it fascinating to learn what goes into making a movie, especially set and costume design, I would one day love to explore that area a little bit more in my career.

The tour itself was on the pricey side costing is $84 New Zealand Dollars each, which is roughly £42.70 and by the looks of it on the website that is to increase on the 1st of April to $89. It is also unlike the Harry Potter studio tour, by that it is a set tour which you are taken on with a guide which has its advantages and disadvantages. 

The advantages are that you get a guide to tell you all the fascinating facts about the movies and the set and you can ask them any questions too! Being in a guided group also means that there isn’t too many people (apart from those in your group) getting in the way so better for photo opportunities and also it stops over crowding as the set isn’t that big! 

However, the disadvantages are; you have to stay with your group and

hobbit house and garden in hobbiton in new zealand
hobbiton garden landscape in new zealand
hobbit set design in hobbiton in new zealand

you have a certain amount of time you can be on the set for as you take a bus down into The Shire and back out again.

On the tour we got to look around all the little Hobbit holes, did you know that they are all different in size! This is so it makes the actors look shorter or taller, so for a Hobbit you would have them walk past a really large door to make them look smaller and for a character like Gandalf you would have Ian McKellen walk past a vey small door to make him look taller. We also got to go inside the Green Dragon Inn where we got a complimentary pint of ginger beer or ale. They also sell a bit of food in the there however, you only have about 20 minutes inside.

I would also mention that the gift shop wasn’t particularly great, I think the shop at Weta Workshop in Wellington was a lot better of you want your Lord of the Rings merchandise!

Overall I would say it is worth visiting Hobbiton, I mean did you even go to New Zealand if you don’t have a pic next to a Hobbit hole?

Also don’t forget to check out my other posts on: Piha, Coromandel, Waitomo Caves, AucklandThe Great Ocean RoadMelbournePort Douglas and Sydney.

Lots of love, Melissa x

Videography – Sam Gill

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