I am one of those few people in the world who has never understood or read the series of Lord of the Rings and Hobbiton but still have managed to visit the Lord of the Rings and Hobbiton movie sets in New Zealand. The day trip to Hobbiton is extended with the visit to Waitomo Caves. And both, Hobbiton movie set and Waitomo Caves, are definitely must visit places in New Zealand.
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Where is Hobbiton movie set?
Hobbiton movie set is in Waikato region in North Island of New Zealand (NZ). The movie set was a significant location used for the Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit movies. And the movie set is at a family run farm, a part of the 500 hectare property.
The Hobbit is a movie series directed by Peter Jackson. Series contain three movies that are based on 1937 novel with the same name The Hobbit by J.R.R Tolkien.
There are guided tours that are run everyday and are very popular among the tourists. The set has 44 hobbit holes and one can enter only a few of them. There is also a café, The Shires Rest Café, an inn, The Green Dragon, and a souvenir shop within the complex. One needs at least 3 to 4 hours (including the 2 hours guided tour) to see everything. The best time to visit the movie set is in the morning as it is less crowded and the set is open every day between 9 AM and 5 PM.
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How to get to Hobbiton?
Hobbiton movie set is a day trip from Auckland. The distance between Auckland and Hobbiton movie set is around 170 kilometres and takes 2 hours to reach by road.
There are tour agencies that run one day trips from Auckland. The tour includes the pick up and drop at Auckland Central Business District (CBD), entry tickets and the guide charges. It costs NZD 300 per person approximately.
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Hobbiton movie set is around 2 hours 30 minutes bus ride from Auckland. Intercity NZ is a bus provider that run frequent buses between cities and towns in NZ.
Waitomo Glowworm Caves
While visiting Hobbiton movie set, one can also visit the Waitomo Glowworm Caves. Waitomo is a village on the North Island and is known for its glowworm underground caves. The caves is a natural attraction that has thousands of glowworms that light up the caves. Visitors are taken on a boat inside the caves that is filled with water to see the glowworms. The experience is absolutely magical and amazing. It is best to book the experience well in advance as the caves do get very busy especially during summer season (December to February). The caves are open for visitors between 9 AM and 5 PM and it costs NZD 55 per person for the tour.
Photography and videography is not allowed inside the caves.
The distance between Hobbiton movie set and Waitomo Glowworm caves is around 100 kilometres and the journey by road takes an hour and 20 minutes.
Safety for solo female travelers
New Zealand is one of the safest countries I have ever traveled. It is very tourist friendly and hence absolutely safe for solo female travelers. I have done many trips to New Zealand and most of them were solo. I have never had any issues whatsoever. However, like any other place, be careful and know your surroundings, especially at night.
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If you are a Lord of the Rings or Hobbiton fan, then visiting the Hobbiton movie set must definitely be on your list. Even though I am not a fan or have watched any of the movies, I still loved visiting the Hobbiton movie set. I highly recommend visiting this place.
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