Waikato is the home to Matamata, the city where Peter Jackson created the Hobbiton Shire for his movie Lord of the Rings. It is located on a sheep farm just outside of the town, and tours are available to go visit the frame sets that have not been destroyed.
There are still markers up where the sets once stood, and there are also story board pictures to show where the sets were previous to their demolition.
Although it is fairly expensive, I did enjoy the tour guides fun attitude and his thorough knowledge of the movie characters as well as the landscape of "Hobbiton".
Visit the town of Matamata where you can go on the popular Hobbiton Movie Set tour, Lord of the Rings.
Buy your tickets and catch the tour from the Matamata Information Office right in the centre of town.
This is a Must See for all Tolkien fans, and is enroute from Auckland to Rotorua.
9.30, 10.45, 12.00, 1.15, 2.30