Lord of the Rings Locations | Hobbiton | Matamata

The Hobbiton location for Lord of the Rings and Hobbit movies is found on a private farm near Matamata. Nestled in beautiful rolling green hill country this site also had the perfect “party tree” and was transformed into Hobbiton in 1999.

Peter Jackson and scouting crew were actually turned away by the owners of the farm, the Alexander family, as they were involved in a very important event – watching a rugby game! The crew were very keen to have a proper look around and so came back after the game was finished and the rest is now cinema history.

Hobbiton as a location tour came about entirely by accident, wet ground conditions meant the film crew could not remove all of the remaining set and so Hobbit holes were left in place for some months waiting for conditions to improve. Over this time period, the owners soon had friends and other locals interested in having a look at what was left of the film set and the idea was born to start location tours. When I went on this tour in 2007, there were just some of the hobbit hole frames in place and of course that fabulous party tree.

Peter Jackson and the Alexander family have formed a joint venture which means the rebuilt movie set is now made of permanent materials so visitors can experience Hobbiton exactly as it was in the movies. If you plan to visit do check in advance if tours are operating as with a lot of filming to be done there will most likely be periods when the location is shut to visitors.

In case you are wondering why there are no photos of the Hobbiton Lord of the Rings location with the rebuilt set, there are currently embargoes on any photos taken during tours.

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