Visiting Hobbiton in the Spring, New Zealand

Hobbiton New Zealand

In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit.  Not a nasty, dirty, wet hole, filled with the ends of worms and an oozy smell, nor yet a dry, bare, sandy hole with nothing in it to sit down on or to eat: it was a hobbit-hole, and that means comfort.

Hobbiton New Zealand

Visiting Hobbiton in the Spring is one of the best time to visit.  Spring flowers are in bloom, which will die off in summertime with the higher temperatures.  Flowers and vegetables plants are based on a traditional cottage garden. The grass is cut in a certain way so it looks natural.  There are about seven gardeners working full-time to upkeep the grounds.

After the two-hour tour of the  Hobbit holes the last stop is the Green Dragon Inn, which is a pub, serving complimentary beer or cider which is brewed only for the Green Dragon Inn.

Don’t forget spare storage/batteries for your photos as you will be taking a lot of pictures

You get to visit Sam’s home, Bag End – Bilbo and Frodo’s house

The Hobbit homes are just facades – there is nothing inside them

Take plenty of water and sunscreen if visiting in summer

Tours are available from Rotorua and Matamata.  For more information on tours visit:

Hobbiton New Zealand

Hobbiton New Zealand

Hobbiton New Zealand

Hobbiton New Zealand

Hobbiton New Zealand

Hobbiton New Zealand

Surrounding the 44 Hobbit holes, there are a variety of props such as clothes drying on clothes lines, smoke coming out of chimneys, mail boxes and outdoor furniture.


Hob 1

hob 2

Hobbiton New Zealand



hob 6


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25 thoughts on “Visiting Hobbiton in the Spring, New Zealand

  1. Priya

    How cute are these, would love to visit when we travel to New Zealand. Will make a note to travel during Spring, Your pictures are so gorgeous! Thanks for linking up to #outsidesuburbia

  2. Ting at My Travel Monkey

    I cannot tell you how jealous I am! Not only do I love Lord of the Rings and Tolkien but I have always wanted to visit Hobbiton! I lived in Oz for a while and then never made it to NZ – so it’s high on my list. Just waiting for my son to get a little older! Great photos too. Thanks for linking up with #MondayEscpes

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  4. Mary - The Boondocks Blog

    I have been a Tolkien fan since I was a child and my lifelong dream was realized when they made the LOTR books into movies. Everything else would be icing on the cake. Now this would definitely belong on my bucket list. Thank you for sharing with us and I am hosting new link party and would love to have you add this. It is called Sweet Inspiration and it runs till Tuesday.

  5. Keri

    Wow!! This looks like an amazing experience to visit the shire! I would love to take my family to New Zealand one day and see where Lord of the Rings was filmed. It’s so beautiful! Thanks for sharing at Sweet Inspiration!

  6. diy180

    I heard about this place and it’s so beautiful. what a great trip and a fun place to visit. It’s amazing how they didn’t tear it down after the movies series was done. Great post and love that you shared at Dishing it and Digging It link party. Enjoy your weekend.

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