The Best Areas to Stay near Hobbiton Studios, New Zealand
The Best Areas to Stay near Hobbiton Studios, New Zealand

Best Areas to Stay Near Hobbiton, New Zealand

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

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.


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.

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”.

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 thanks to it being very close to the studios, and its quiet atmosphere.

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 is this a recommended area to stay near Hobbiton:

  • Hobbiton Movie Set
  • Transport to set
  • Peaceful area

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 is this a recommended area to stay near Hobbiton:

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

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 is this a recommended area to stay near Hobbiton:

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

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 is this a recommended area to stay near Hobbiton:

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

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