You can now book a two-night stay in Hobbiton from ‘Lord of the Rings’ – Robb Report
If you’ve ever wanted to live like Bilbo Baggins, here’s your chance to stay in the Shire IRL.
While the the Lord of the Rings trilogy may have taken place in a fictional, faraway land known as Middle-earth, many of the film’s most famous locations are actually across New Zealand. Now, a 2,500-acre working farm in Waikato, better known as Hobbiton, will soon be available on Airbnb and offer you a chance to spend the night on the original film set. And yes, you can hang out in your own hobbit hole.
“For over two decades we’ve welcomed millions of passionate fans to Hobbiton Movie Set, but never before has anyone had the opportunity to spend a night in Middle-earth,” host Russell Alexander said in a statement. Press release. “I am thrilled to share the beauty of my family’s farm and thrilled to host this iconic place on Airbnb for fans around the world.”
The one-of-a-kind occasion is being offered for the first time to commemorate the 10th anniversary of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. Not only do visitors get a private behind-the-scenes tour of the 12-acre set, but they’ll sleep in accommodations curated by the trilogies’ creative director, Brian Massey. The Millhouse has two bedrooms, a cozy writing nook and Hobbit-inspired decor.
Of course, no tribute to Tolkien would be complete without a feast. In fact, you’ll be treated to an evening banquet at the Green Dragon Inn, filled with comforting culinary delights. Think beef and beer stew, whole roast chickens and freshly baked bread – it’s unclear if the lot is made by elves. While you won’t follow the halfling’s seven different meals, the retreat will include a bit more than humans are typically used to. A “second breakfast” and Elevenses (a mid-morning tea break) are scheduled daily.
If you’re ready for an unexpected trip, note that only three individual nights will be available for up to four guests at a time. Dates include March 2-3, March 9-11, and March 16-18, 2023, and the cost is NZ$10 (or around $6) per night. Visitors are responsible for their own Trip to and from Auckland, New Zealand, and round-trip ground transportation will be provided for the two-hour transfer from the airport to Hobbiton. Reservations will begin on Wednesday, December 14 via Airbnb website at 10 a.m. New Zealand Standard Time.
So, are you ready to take a trip to Middle-earth?