Tolkien Tourism

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Hello people! Today I'm uploading another post about tourism. This time is about Tolkien Tourism (a type of Experimental Tourism)

Before you start reading this, I wanna say that if any of you know how to apply for being a tour guide in these places, just leave a comment!!! I really want to be a guide there!

Tolkien tourism can be describe as  a phenomenon of fans of The Lord of the Ring or The Hobbit fictional universe travelling to sites of film- and book-related significance. It is especially notable in New Zealand, where it is credited as having raised the annual tourism numbers.

New Zealand is became a popular destination for tourism. In the official website we can find that a 2004 survey revealed that six percent of visitors to New Zealand (120 - 150,000 people) cited The Lord of the Rings Trilogy as being one of the main reasons for visiting New Zealand. One percent of visitors said that The Lord of the Rings Trilogy was their main or only reason for visiting, which related to around NZ$32.8 million in spend. 

Locations such as Queenstown, Wellington, Auckland, Taranaki and Gisborne, have made appearances in silver screen productions like the Lord of the Rings Trilogy, The Chronicles of Narnia, The Last Samurai, Evil Dead and The Hobbit Trilogy. But New Zealand’s most popular set-jetting trail is inspired by The Lord of the Rings Trilogy and more recently The Hobbit Trilogy. 

Hobbiton Movie Set Tours is top of the itinerary for 'Rings' and 'Hobbit' fans. On private farmland near the Waikato town of Matamata lies Hobbiton. Here visitors can enjoy their own slice of Middle-earth as they explore Hobbit holes, gaze up at the Party Tree and enjoy for a swift pint at the Green Dragon Inn. 

These are the different tours:
- Tours depart daily from:
The Shire's Rest 501 Buckland Road, Hinuera, Matamata:
Including transport to and from the movie set from The Shires Rest please allow approx. 2 hours.
Tour prices from the Shires Rest
Adult                                      $75.00
Youth  (10-14yrs)                   $37.50
Child   (5-9yrs)                        $10.00
Infant (0-4yrs)                        $  0.00

(For more information click HERE). 

Matamata i-SITE, 45 Broadway, Matamata 
Including transport to and from the movie set from the Matamata I-site please allow approx. 3 hours.
Tour prices from the Matamata i-SITE
Adult                                        $75.00
Youth  (10-14yrs)                     $37.50
Child   (5-9yrs)                          $10.00
Infant (0-4yrs)                          $ 0.00

(For more information click HERE). 
IncTour duration from Rotorua approx. 4 1/2 hours

Tour prices from Rotorua

Adult                     $110.00

Youth (10-14yrs)   $72.50

Child (5-9yrs)         $45.00

Infant (0-4yrs)       $35.00

(For more information click HERE).

- New Evening Dinner Tours
Dinner Evening Tours, every Wednesday.

Experience Hobbiton Movie Set at dusk with a guided tour of the Shire.

Your guide escorts you through the twelve acre site recounting fascinating details of how the movie set was created.

The tour concludes at The Green Dragon Inn. The guests will then be moved through into the Green Dragon dining room and treated to a banquet feast fit for a Hobbit. The tables will be full of traditional Hobbit fare and as is the tradition in The Shire, second helpings are encouraged.

To conclude this premium Hobbiton Movie Set experience, after dinner the guests will re-­join their guide to make their way back through the wandering paths of the Shire.

Evening Dinner Tour Prices

Adults                             $175.00

Youth (10-14yrs)             $140.00

Child (5-9yrs)                   $100.00

Infant (0-4)                      $0.00 

Price includes a tour of Hobbiton Movie Set, 1 complimentary beverage of our Hobbit Southfarthing range, a banquet dinner in The Green Dragon Inn and the evening tour back through Hobbiton Movie Set.

(More Information HERE)

You can also check another package about the trilogy:  DOWNLOAD the brochure

They also have two types of accommodation:

- Farm stay

  • Three course dinner featuring fresh NZ produce.
  • Complimentary beer/wine
  • Bed and breakfast (continental or cooked)
  • Farmstay return transfers from The Shires Rest or Matamata I-SITE  additional $55 per vehicle. 
Does not include:
  • Hobbiton Movie Set Tour

Retail rates per person: (all GST inclusive)
Adult Single..................$197.00
Adult Twin share..........$155.00 
Child 4-12.....................$87.00
Infant 0-4 yrs...............$57.00

- Romney Package

A tour of Hobbiton Movie Set, barbecue lunch and farm stay accommodation are highlights on this special package.

Start with a kiwi barbecue lunch at The Shires Rest Cafe. Then enjoy a tour of the Hobbiton Movie Set from The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit trilogies. Complete your kiwi style experience with our farmstay accommodation provided by private families throughout the Waikato region. You will be hosted and enjoy a three course dinner, featuring fresh NZ produce and a complimentary wine or beer. A continental or cooked breakfast is also included.

  • Kiwi barbecue lunch at The Shires Rest
  • Hobbiton Movie Set tour
  • Farm stay

Adult Single..................$296.00
Adult Twin share..........$254.00 
Youth (10-14yrs)..........$256.00
Youth Twin share..........$216.00
Child 5-9 yrs.................$109.00
Infant 0-4 yrs...............$57.00

For more information, just click HERE

And obviously they also have a rest cafe and a gift shop! (more information HERE)
If you wanna check the menu, click HERE.

But if you don't wanna have a "normal experience", you have to know that you can also celebrate your wedding there:
(You can DOWNLOAD the brochure and the PHOTOSHOOT information )

But New Zealand is not the only destination where Tolkien fans travel:

The Tolkien Society organises the Oxonmoot (an annual conference hosted by the Tolkien Society and brings together Tolkien scholars and students of all genres) in one of the Oxford (UK) colleges September each year. 

In Spain about 3 years ago the Spanish Tolkien Society while celebrating the 20th anniversary, they decided to make an international event in Andalucia with all sort of exhibitions, activities, meetings... during the International Tolkien Day (3/25)



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