New Zealand is the main shooting destination of the Lord of the Rings Trilogy and The Hobbit. Here are some tips and information on how to get to the famous shire.
VIA BUS: Naked Bus is one of the main buses that cater off city departures click here.
Address Auckland Central: 172 Quay Street, Opposite Ferry Building 50 meters west of Britomart Station, Just Beside Nando’s.
Book your ticket: There are promos where in you can get a cheap ticket for only from 1-10 dollars if you are lucky. Book from: Eg. Auckland, Wellington etc. Book to: Matamata
Estimated Travel Hours:
From Auckland to Matamata: 3 hours, 40 minutes
Details: Stop over at Hamilton and change to shuttle bus.
From Wellington to Matamata: 13 hours, 20 minutes
Details: Change bus at Palms North wait 85 minutes, Rest stop at Whanganui 5 mins, Rest stop at New Plymouth 35 mins, change bus at Hamilton Central 20 mins wait. Note: All Bus stops to any destination stops on the ISite.
Adult: 75 NZD Youth (10-14 yrs): 37.50 NZD Child (5-9 yrs): 10 NZD Infant (0-4yrs): O NZD Naked Bus has a promo discount if you book online the Hobbiton Tours which is only 70 NZD. Schedules are daily from 9:30 am-3:30 pm. The ISite is where the official Bus tour fetch you at the scheduled time you were scheduled. Going There: The tour starts at the Isite Matamata going to The Shires Rest. If you are hungry, don’t worry the Shires Rest is a Cafe and shop where you can buy gifts and souvenirs. The bus will then pass through a 1,250 acre of sheep farm. Here you can see a lot of sheep and fantastic view of the farmland. Here are some of the pictures I took when we had our Hobbiton tour.
Here are some of the pictures of the famous Bilbo’s humble abode.
The Last Pitstop after departing the hobbit holes is the Green Dragon Inn where you can avail your free drink.
The tour is approximately 3 hours in length including transportation. The Bus will send you back to the Shires rest and back to Matamata ISite.