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Fact file: The Hobbiton Movie Set

The Hobbiton Movie Set – created by film director Sir Peter Jackson to depict the home of the hobbits – has become a must-see tourist attraction for film fans and tourists


The Shire – otherwise known as Hobbiton – is a village of 44 hobbit holes dug into the hillside, surrounded by hobbit gardens and orchards, and the fertile pastures of a sheep and cattle farm owned and operated by the Alexander family.


The newest addition to Hobbiton is the Green Dragon Inn, opened in December 2012.


The 12-acre movie set in gentle rolling hills and on a quiet country road near the farming town of Matamata, is a two-hour drive from Auckland and within easy access of other tourist destinations including Rotorua, Waitomo, Tauranga and the city of Hamilton.

Location of Hobbiton

  • Distance from Matamata = 20km; Hamilton = 43km; Rotorua = 74km; Auckland = 180km
  • Matamata population:13,000; 6000 (town), 7,000 (rural)

Hobbiton Farm

  • Farm area: 1250 acres or 500 hectares
  • Farm stock: 13,500 sheep, 350 – 400 beef cattle
  • Farm production: lamb, beef, wool
  • Visitor numbers: 240,000 in 2013 / more than 800,000 since opening 12 years ago

Hobbiton Movie Set

  • Film set area: covers approximately 12 acres
  • Hobbit houses: 44 hobbit holes
  • Roads: 8km created
  • Party tree: 70 – 80 metres tall
  • Construction: 70 set builders
  • Catering: During production, three meals were served daily to cast and crew, plus snacks on demand for 600+ people
  • Gardens: 2.3km (and growing) hedges; 30 – 200 plants around each hobbit house
  • Ground staff: 7 – 8 gardeners during height of season, 5 in winter
  • Traditional ales, cider and non alcoholic ginger beer, all brewed exclusively for Hobbiton, are served from barrels behind the bar at the Green Dragon Inn

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