I’ve never read the book nor watched the movie but I did this tour anyway.
I booked my ticket through Naked Bus company when I booked my bus online from New Plymouth to Matamata where it is $9 cheaper compare to booking it through Hobbiton Tours website. I got the 2pm tour which seemed to be the only option.
I arrived at Matamata i-site at 1:30pm, I had to check in then I was given my ticket.
The Hobbiton Movie Set is located at Alexander Family Farm southwest of Matamata in Waikato, NZ. It took about 30mins. to get there, beautiful view on the way of course. Lucky the weather was beautiful too.
One of the trees is fake.
We got back at the i-site by 4:50pm.
NZD 70.00 maybe a little too much but I think it’s worth it. I’m not a scifi fan but I’m definitely watching the movie after this. 🙂