Lord of the Rings and Hobbit fans will love taking a trip to The Shire!
We drove from Auckland to Matamata to visit Hobbiton. It’s a long drive-so be prepared! It took us about 2 1/2 hours to get there.
The drive takes you through beautiful farm country and then rolling hills and finally you arrive at Alexander’s Farm just outside of Matamata. It really is absolutely stunning…rolling green hills, sheep, beautiful trees…it’s totally The Shire!
We had a tour with about 20 other people. You aren’t allowed to wander around The Shire unattended but you have time to explore and you get some good trivia from your guide.
We stayed and did the buffet lunch and even had a drink at the Green Dragon!
We consider ourselves pretty big fans as we’ve seen all the LOTR movies and read the books but some people were even more into it!
If you are a fan, I highly recommend making a day out of this trip to Hobbiton!