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If you have come to New Zealand to see Middle-earth in real life, prepare to be wowed. And to make your Lord of the Rings experience even more special, you can stay in a hobbit hole.
You can stay in a hobbit hole in two places not far from the Hobbiton Movie Set:
J.R.R. Tolkien’s Hobbits are famous for their underground dwellings, with round doors and tidy gardens and cozy furnishings. Peter Jackson and his team recreated the Shire to film The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit trilogies. Although filming has long since ended, the hobbit holes still stand. In other words, you can explore the real film set used for the charming village of Hobbiton on the Hobbiton Movie Set Tour.
However, most of these hobbit holes are facades only, and the few doors that open have just a small space inside. The interior of Bag End was filmed at a studio, not at the Hobbiton Movie Set.
If you want the real hobbit experience, the best way is to rent a hobbit hole in New Zealand. Read on for more details about these two hobbit hole motels.
Woodlyn Park Hotel, not far from the Hobbiton Movie Set, has recreated its own version of Hobbiton with two charming hobbit hole units. With round doors and windows and grass growing over the top, these hobbit hole houses are as close as you can get to a stay in the Shire.
Perfect for families, these units include a queen bed and four bunk beds.
Woodlyn Park is situated very close to the Waitomo Glowworm Caves. Many Lord of the Rings tours include both a visit to Hobbiton and to the Waitomo Caves, so this hobbit hotel is the perfect place to stay a night between the two destinations.
Underhill offer hobbit-style accommodation hand crafted with rustic native timbers and ironwork and caters for couples. Huge timber doors open wide to overlook a picturesque pond and farmland beyond.
You’ll enjoy the warmth and ambience of an old coal range and the soft glow of candlelight. Underhill is a truly special and unique place to unwind, switch off and reconnect. So… treat yourself. Immerse yourself in the stillness and peace of Underhill Valley and take some time to fully enjoy life’s simple pleasures.
This unique hobbit hole accommodation experience can be added to all of our Lord of the Rings and Hobbit holiday packages.
To start planning your Lord of the Rings tour, take a look at the below itineraries to see which one checks your boxes. A stay at the Woodlyn Park Hobbit Motel or the Underhill Hobbit Hole, will round these off perfectly.
This is our most popular Lord of the Rings holiday package, and a fantastic itinerary all around. Live out your Middle-earth fantasies with a tour of the Hobbiton Movie Set and Weta Workshop, and explore filming locations around Wellington and Queenstown with a knowledgeable guide.
Other highlights include a Doubtful Sound day cruise and a thrilling scenic journey through Paradise Valley (aka the Valley of Isengard) on the Dart River Jet.
This whirlwind Middle-earth itinerary includes all the filming highlights from the 14-day holiday package, with a compressed schedule. Travel from Auckland to Queenstown, visiting Hobbiton, Weta Workshop, and countless filming locations along the way.
Perfectly paced for families of all ages, this 7-day holiday package focuses on the Lord of the Rings highlights of the North Island: Hobbiton, Weta Workshop, and the filming locations around Wellington.
Not just for Lord of the Rings fans, this three-week New Zealand self-drive holiday encompasses both the top filming locations and the scenic highlights of New Zealand.
In addition to Hobbiton, Weta Workshop, and filming locations around Queenstown and Wellington, this tour visits idyllic beaches, glaciers, glowworm caves, and fiords.
If you prefer to explore New Zealand in the company of an experienced guide, you can choose from several privately guided tours that visit the main Lord of the Rings destinations.
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