Lord of the Rings fan or not, this place is a must-visit. Hobbiton Movie Set is hidden in Matamata which is about 3-hour drive from Auckland. We arrived at drop off point —The Shire’s Rest Cafe around lunch time so we decided to eat first before boarding the Hobbiton bus. When we got to the Hobbiton Village, dark clouds started to cover and it started to drizzle as we enter the village, good thing the management has a basketful of umbrellas ready for everyone! So we took one for us throughout the tour, though it didnt pour the whole time. It was amazing to see this eye-popping sight. Quite hesitant that this video would not give justice to what real beauty this place holds. Blame it to the gloomy weather, lol.