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The region’s main city provided accommodation and entertainment for cast and crew during peak filming times and has since become home to the microbrewery, Good George, which supplies Hobbiton Movie Set’s exclusive brews – served straight from the barrel, only at The Green Dragon.

Good George Brewery

Good George Brewery, Hamilton

While the brews served at the Green Dragon at Hobbiton Movie Set are only available on site, the micro-brewery that produces the brews fit for hobbits is situation in the Frankton suburb of Hamilton City. Good George brewery is well worth a visit in its own right, with a variety of beers, ciders, ales and cuisine on offer, the brewery also runs tours by arrangement.

While Hamilton City has its own connection to Hobbiton Movie Set, there are plenty of other things to see and do. With a variety of accommodation on offer ranging from top hotels and apartments to holiday parks and backpackers it is easy to base yourself in the city and explore.

Hamilton Gardens is a popular free attraction with over 18 beautifully landscape gardens including the Te Parapara garden, New Zealand’s first and only traditional Maori gardens providing a rich insight into pre-European history.

For a unique way to explore the city, take a relaxing cruise on the Waikato River as your take in the surrounds and hear about the interesting history of the river and city.

New Zealand’s fourth largest city, Hamilton has no shortage of entertainment options. From a thriving nightlife scene to entertainment complexes providing bowling, laser tag and a casino for the adults. Top restaurants line the southern CBD, while large shopping complexes and boutique lanes offer an assortment of shopping options.

An easy city to travel around, family fun in Hamilton is easy with a variety of wide open spaces and parks for the kids to run around and play. Take a stroll along the river walks, or the Hamilton Lake and let the kid’s burn off their energy. For a truly unique experience face to face encounters with animals at the Hamilton Zoo are sure to please.