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Hobbiton film set, New Zealand
Photograph: Larnie Nicolson

You can stay on the actual film set of ‘The Hobbit’ and ‘Lord of the Rings’

The Hobbiton film set in New Zealand is offering the chance for overnight stays for the first time

Ed Cunningham
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Ed Cunningham
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As anyone who’s seen Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings or The Hobbit films will no doubt already know, the hobbits’ hometown of Hobbiton looks like a freakin’ charming place. With its lush green hills, cute underground homes and all-round blissful vibes, it seems like a pretty ideal place to visit. Well, more ideal than Mordor, anyway.

If you’ve ever wanted to spend the night in the actual Hobbiton, here’s your chance. As part of the tenth anniversary celebrations of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, you’ll be able to stay at the real-life Hobbiton movie set in New Zealand on Airbnb. We know, we know – very cool indeed.

And what’s on offer isn’t just an overnight stay. As well as access to their own personal Hobbit Hole, guests will get a private behind-the-scenes tour of the set, as well as an evening feast, ‘second breakfast’ and ‘elevenses’ at Hobbiton’s The Green Dragon Inn. It’ll be the first time that anyone has had the chance to stay overnight in Hobbiton.

Three two-night stays at Hobbiton will be available (on March 2-4, 9-11 and 16-18, 2023) and they’ll be dished out on a first-come, first-served basis. With space for up to four guests, the hobbit holes will all also cost just NZD$10 (£5.20, $6.30) per night. Here are a few more pics of the place. 

Hobbiton film set, New Zealand
Photograph: Larnie Nicolson
Hobbiton film set, New Zealand
Photograph: Larnie Nicolson
Hobbiton film set, New Zealand
Photograph: Larnie Nicolson

Of course, even if you can’t always stay in Hobbiton, you can always visit. The movie set has been open as an attraction in in Waikato, northern New Zealand, since 2002. As well as set tours, it also offers stuff like banquets, private functions and even its own half-marathon. Find out more about that here.

If you fancy booking yourself a stay in actual Middle Earth (and if you’re a Hobbit-head, you’d be mad not to), the rentals go live on December 14 at 10am New Zealand time (9pm GMT). You can book through this link – good luck!

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