Experience the real Middle-earth™ with a spectacular event at Hobbiton Movie Set.


Situated on a 1,250 acre working sheep & beef farm is The Hobbiton Movie Set.

When scouting around for settings for his epic movie adaptation of The Lord of the Rings Trilogy, Kiwi Director Sir Peter Jackson found just what he was looking for in the green paddocks of the Waikato just outside of Matamata.

The Hobbiton Movie Set Tour

The Hobbiton tour acts as a perfect incentive activity. Your guide will escort you through the twelve-acre site, recounting fascinating details of how the Hobbiton Movie Set was created. Hobbit holes, The Green Dragon Inn, the Mill and other structures can be viewed and you will see how this beautiful piece of Waikato farmland was transformed into The Shire from Middle-earth.

To conclude your evening in Hobbiton, why not experience a tour of the Shire under moonlight. Each guest will receive an authentic handheld lantern to light the way through the wandering paths of Hobbiton. This stunning journey under the stars will travel through the village breathtakingly lit up with Hobbit hole chimneys smoking and lanterns glowing against the darkness.

The Green Dragon™ Inn

The Green Dragon Inn was the meeting place for all residents of Hobbiton, who would gather in the warm surroundings of the bar to chatter about the day’s events.

An exact replica of The Green Dragon Inn, as seen in The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit trilogies, has been masterfully recreated in the heart of The Shire. The barrels of The Green Dragon Inn are filled with our exclusive Southfarthing™ ale, stout, cider and gingerbeer, a perfect match to any feast in the Shire.

The Green Dragon Inn is fully themed with indoor and outdoor fireplaces and provides professional catering services with fully licensed bars.

The Party Marquee

The Party Marquee is our fully themed marquee created from authentic canvas. The marquee has beautiful hardwood floors and has been placed adjacent to The Green Dragon Inn.

Festively decorated throughout with glowing lanterns and coloured bunting, the Party Marquee creates a party atmosphere to remember. The raised garden bar looks out over Hobbiton Movie Set lake for the perfect backdrop to any event.

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Facilities and Services


  • Parking
  • On-site Catering

Layout description

Conference and Function Venues
The Green Dragon Inn
Cocktail: 180 Banquet: 100

The Party Marquee at the Green Dragon
Theatre: 300 Banquet: 250
Classroom: 200 Cocktail: 300

Yard Flat Marquee Area
Cocktail: 1200 Banquet: 800

Movie Set
Cocktail: 1000  

The Shire Rest
Theatre: 160 Banquet: 120
Cocktail: 160




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