News Alert for Hobbiton Lovers – Apply for an Overnight Stay at the Hobbiton Movie Set in New Zealand!

The outside of a Hobbit hole in Hobbiton - a yellow gate to the circular house with a garden and balcony of sorts

Here’s some very exciting news for those who are a fan of J. R. R. Tolkien and The Lord of the Rings. Now, chances are that you have already visited or put on the top of your dream list, a trip to the Hobbiton movie set.

Millions of passionate fans have thronged the Hobbiton movie set over the years but none of them have had the opportunity to spend a night in ‘Middle-earth’. Until now. When everything changes and an opportunity of a lifetime is made available!

For the first time ever, fans from around the world can explore the faraway lands of their favourite holiday films with an exclusive overnight stay at the original Hobbiton™ Movie Set. Host Russell Alexander is inviting guests to his family’s property to live like Bilbo Baggins and retreat to The Shire™ for an overnight stay at Hobbiton, as featured in the famed The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit film trilogies.

Nestled in the picturesque pastures of New Zealand’s Waikato region on a 2,500-acre working farm, the property’s rolling, green hills – bear a striking similarity to The Shire™ as described by J. R. R. Tolkien in The Lord of the Rings. It was this likeness that captivated Sir Peter Jackson’s movie scouts more than two decades ago. The team quickly realised the Hobbits had found their home – and this holiday season, it could be yours. 

Hobbiton Movie Set Stay in New Zealand
Photograph sourced from Airbnb News/Airbnb.com

Alexander will host three individual two-night stays for up to four guests at NZD $10 per night* as a homage to the 10th anniversary of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, courtesy of Airbnb. 

With access to 44 Hobbit Holes, The Millhouse, The Green Dragon Inn, and other beloved locations from the work of J.R.R. Tolkien, guests will take an unexpected journey into Middle-earth for an experience unlike any other. 

What is on offer whilst they are there, and what can they expect to enjoy?

  • Cozy overnight accommodation curated by the trilogies’ Creative Director Brian Massey, including a writing nook fit for Bilbo Baggins at The Millhouse.
  • Private access to a personal Hobbit Hole, set up for relaxing moments of Preciousss™ downtime and afternoon tea. 
  • An evening banquet in The Green Dragon Inn with a feast featuring beef and ale stew, whole roast chickens, freshly baked breads and plenty of ale, plus Second Breakfast™ and Elevenses™ served daily. 
  • A behind-the-scenes private tour of Hobbiton Movie Set.

Excited? How can you apply?

You may request to book at one of three overnight stays on Tuesday, December 13 at 9 PM GMT at airbnb.com/hobbiton. Stays will take place March 2-4, March 9-11, and March 16-18, 2023. 

To request to book, guests must have a verified Airbnb profile, a history of positive reviews and be aged 18+. Maximum occupancy is four persons. Two bedrooms are configured, featuring one queen bed, and the other two king-singles.

Guests are responsible for their own transportation to and from Auckland, New Zealand. Round-trip car transportation will be provided for the two-hour journey between the airport and the property. 

For those who haven’t as yet made their foray into the world and work of J. R. R. Tolkien and are intrigued by all the terms we’ve used (what’s Middle-earth, what’s a Hobbit Hole and Hobbiton, you ask?), here are two helpful links. Find out about J. R. R. Tolkien here and about the movies and more based on his work here.

Now, set for your calendars for December 13, and request a booking!

A circular green door opens to gorgeous views and a stone and grass pathway in Hobbiton


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