Best Areas to Stay Near Hobbiton, New Zealand

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Where to Stay Near Hobbiton™ – A Guide to New Zealand’s Most Famous Fictional City

The Hobbiton™ Movie Set is located in the heart of the North Island of New Zealand, very close to Matamata.

This tourist attraction, half film studio, half recreation of the region where the hobbits lived in the “Lord of the Rings” franchise, is one of the most iconic and visited places in the country.

The Hobbiton™ Movie Set offers guided tours of the sets that served as the backdrop for the acclaimed “Lord of the Rings” movies and its prequel “The Hobbit”.

Visiting this unique New Zealand farmhouse turned into a Hollywood studio is a unique experience for all “Lord of the Rings” fans and moviegoers, in general.

Being located in a relatively remote area of the North Island, it is recommended to choose accommodation in one of the cities near the attraction in order to enjoy its magical environment without inconveniences.

In that sense, the best area to stay near Hobbiton™ is the town of Matamata since it is close to the studios, which makes moving to this tourist attraction easier. (See accommodation in Matamata).

Here’s a guide with the best areas to stay near Hobbiton™, New Zealand

The Best Areas to Stay to Visit Hobbiton™, New Zealand

1. Our Favourite Area: Matamata

Matamata is a must-see destination for any fan of The Lord of the Rings or The Hobbit.

Matamata is a town located next to the Kaimai mountain range.

It is a small town that lived with its back turned to tourism until, in recent years, the mass arrival of the ringers (the name given to fans of the Tolkien saga) transformed it into a popular destination.

In addition to a compact shopping area with charming cafes, Matamata is home to Wairere Falls, overlooking the Waikato plains.

The Firth Tower Museum tells the story of the settlers in the region and is located in this area.

Matamata is the best area to stay near Hobbiton for being very close to the studios, and for its quiet atmosphere.

The Hobbiton™ Movie Set is a 20-30 minute drive from Matamata.

Best area to stay to visit the Hobbiton studios - Matamata

Best area to stay to visit the Hobbiton studios – Matamata

Accommodation in Matamata - Click on the map to see all accommodation in this area

Accommodation in Matamata – Click on the map to see all accommodation in this area

Why We Love This Area for a Stay Near Hobbiton:

  • Hobbiton Movie Set
  • Transport to set
  • Peaceful area

Accommodation in this area

Top Choice

Matamata Central Motel

Matamata Central Motel is a 20-minute drive from the Hobbiton Movie Set & Farm Tours, where part of the Lord of the Rings trilogy was filmed. The property offers free parking and free WiFi.

from NZ$178
Budget

Matamata Backpackers

Located in Matamata, 15 km from Hobbiton Movie Set, Matamata Backpackers offers accommodation with a shared lounge, free private parking, a garden and barbecue facilities. The accommodation features a shared kitchen, a ticket service and luggage storage.

from NZ$51
Luxury

Villa Walton Bed & Breakfast

Villa Walton Bed & Breakfast offers accommodation in a historic estate, established in 1904. It is located in picturesque Matamata, overlooking the local dairy farms and the Kaimai mountain range. It is centrally located near Hobbiton, Cambridge, Te Aroha and Waitomo.

from NZ$179
 

 

 

2. Tauranga

Tauranga is a port city, the largest in the Bay of Plenty region, and the fifth most populous city in New Zealand.

This city houses historical buildings such as Elms Mission Station, a Georgian house from 1847.

A bridge over the port connects Tauranga with Mount Maunganui, a coastal city with saltwater pools and an extinct volcano with winding walking trails.

Tauranga is located 60 kilometres northeast of the Hobbiton Studios.

Tauranga is an excellent option when deciding where to stay to visit the Hobbiton Movie Set since it is possible to book tours that leave the city in advance. You can book a tour to Hobbiton here.

In addition to the tours with transportation to Hobbiton, one of the main advantages of Tauranga is that it has a city infrastructure, accommodation of all kinds, as well as cultural and natural attractions.

Where to stay near Hobbiton - Tauranga

Where to stay near Hobbiton – Tauranga

Alojamiento en Tauranga - Click on the map to see all accommodation in this area

Alojamiento en Tauranga – Click on the map to see all accommodation in this area

Why We Love This Area for a Stay Near Hobbiton:

  • Beaches and natural attractions
  • 60 km from Hobbiton
  • Possible to book in advance

Accommodation in this area

Top Choice

Hotel on Devonport

Located just a 10-minute drive from Ocean Beach, Hotel on Devonport offers modern rooms with a balcony and microwave. All guests receive a welcome drink and a free daily newspaper.

from NZ$188
Budget

ArtHouse Accommodation Boutique Backpackers

ArtHouse Accommodation Boutique Backpackers offers accommodation in Tauranga. It houses a shared kitchen and gift shop and is a 2-minute walk from the intercity bus stop and 5.2 km from Tauranga Airport. Hamilton International Airport is 76 km away.

from NZ$81
Luxury

Trinity Wharf Tauranga

Trinity Wharf Tauranga is a 4-star hotel well-located in the Bay of Plenty and overlooking the Tauranga Harbour. It offers a pool, fitness centre and free parking. Free unlimited WiFi is provided.

from NZ$279
 

 

 

3. Hamilton

Hamilton is the closest large city to Hobbiton, and a natural stopping point if you want to visit the Lord of the Rings set from Auckland.

This city stands out for the Hamilton Gardens, a beautiful park with gardens designed in different styles.

At its centre, the city has a lively dining and entertainment scene around Victoria Street.

The advantage of Hamilton when deciding where to stay to visit Hobbiton is that, due to its size and attractions, staying in this city is more enjoyable than in the more rural options on this list.

Hamilton is located approximately 60 kilometres from the Hobbiton Movie Set, which is a 45-minute drive.

Another advantage of Hamilton is its wide variety of hotels, motels and apartments to stay.

Where to stay to visit the Hobbiton Movie Set, New Zealand - Hamilton

Where to stay to visit the Hobbiton Movie Set, New Zealand – Hamilton

Accommodation in Hamilton - Click on the map to see all accommodation in this area

Accommodation in Hamilton – Click on the map to see all accommodation in this area

Why We Love This Area for a Stay Near Hobbiton:

  • Big city with attractions
  • 60 km from Hobbiton
  • Hamilton Gardens

Accommodation in this area

Top Choice

Quest Hamilton Serviced Apartments

Located just a 5-minute walk from the Waikato River and Skycity Casino, Quest Hamilton Apartments offers apartments with flat-screen satellite TV and DVD player. There is free luggage storage. 500 MB of free WiFi is offered per stay.

from NZ$178
Budget

Ascot Lodge Motel

Located just a 5-minute drive from Waikato Stadium, Ascot Lodge Motel offers an outdoor pool, free Wi-Fi, and a barbecue. It offers self-catering accommodation with a private balcony and garden views.

from NZ$81
Luxury

Novotel Tainui Hamilton

The Novotel Tainui Hamilton is ideally located in the city centre, on the banks of the Waikato River. It includes an award-winning restaurant, gym and sauna, and offers massage services. All accommodation features a flat-screen TV and an iPod dock.

from NZ$219
 

 

 

4. Cambridge

Cambridge is a small city in the Waipa district, within the Waikato region.

It is located 24 kilometres southeast of the city of Hamilton, on the banks of the Waikato River.

This small New Zealand town offers rural charm mixed with various natural attractions such as Lake Karapiro, Maungakawa Scenic Reserve or Lake Te Koutu.

Cambridge is located approximately 40 kilometres from the Hobbiton Movie Set (about 30 minutes by road) and offers a variety of accommodation, from motels to hotels and bed & breakfasts.

In general, Cambridge has a more relaxed and less touristy atmosphere than Matamata.

It is important to note that Cambridge is especially recommended for travellers who have a car since the options of public transport or tours with transfers from the town to Hobbiton are very limited.

Where to stay near Hobbiton - Cambridge

Where to stay near Hobbiton – Cambridge

Accommodation in Cambridge - Click on the map to see all accommodation in this area

Accommodation in Cambridge – Click on the map to see all accommodation in this area

Why We Love This Area for a Stay Near Hobbiton:

  • 30 minutes from Hobbiton
  • Recommended area to stay with a car
  • Charming hotels

Accommodation in this area

  • Top Choice
    Angus Road Barn

    Angus Road Barn is located in Cambridge in the Waikato Region and offers a patio and garden views. This air-conditioned accommodation is 17 km from Hamilton. Free WiFi and private parking are available.

    from NZ$147
 

 

 

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