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Only a 30 minute drive from our hostel, nestled in the lush green hills of Matamata lays Hobbiton Movie Set, well known by all for the famous trilogies of The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit films. Discover the village during a fascinating two-hour guided tour where you can experience what it must be like being a hobbit yourself!

All tour groups will visit the Green Dragon Inn and receive a complimentary refreshment. The inn is awesome and you really feel part of the set when sitting down in a leather chair drinking beer out of a pottery mug next to a roaring fire.

The feast is well worth the money as an added extra to the tour, we went as a staff group and all got dressed up in costume just like the hobbits! Ate off wooden plates, served hocks of meat we had to eat with our hands, lamb was cut with a huge sword and were memorised by the quantity of food that was spread across the table. It truly was a feast fit for a king – or a hobbit or ten!

There are some spectacular views across the Kaimai ranges from the rolling green hills of the movie set, which is still up until today a working sheep and Cattel farm. The farm is nestled amongst some of the finest farms in New Zealand.

Pacific Coast Lodge and Backpackers is more than happy to help you book the Hobbiton tour in the Bay of Plenty – please click here to contact us for more information