Following an increasing number of potential safety incidents on KiwiRail’s Great Journeys of New Zealand scenic rail services, the outdoor viewing carriages will be closed until further notice while a safety solution is found.
Join this InterCity excursion to a beautiful farm in rural Matamata which was used as the film set for "The Shire" as seen in The Lord of the Rings film trilogy and the upcoming Hobbit movies.
On a two hour guided tour of the film set you will get the chance to view Hobbit holes, the Green Dragon Inn, the Mill and many other structures that were created for the films and learn about how this beautiful piece of Waikato farmland was transformed into The Shire from Middle-earth.
- InterCity bus travel from Auckland
- Time at leisure briefly to explore the rural town of Matamata
- Two hour guided tour of The Shire film set including Hobbit holes, The Green Dragon Inn, the Mill, the Party Tree and much more
- Following the tour, bus travel to Rotorua
free wifi iconFree WiFi available on board.
Please note that coach travel is onboard our scheduled InterCity services and does not include commentary.