Exploring the Hobbit Feast Experience at Hobbiton

Welcome to the enchanting world of Hobbiton, a place where fantasy becomes reality and you’re transported into the magical land of hobbits and adventure! If you’re seeking unique things to do in Matamata, New Zealand, look no further. The Hobbit Feast experience at Hobbiton promises a delightful journey filled with mouthwatering food, breathtaking landscapes, and the warm ambiance of the Shire. Let’s dive into this extraordinary adventure that the whole family will cherish.

Unveiling the History of Hobbiton

As you approach the Green Dragon Inn, a sense of wonder washes over you. You’re about to step into a realm where hobbits roam and epic tales unfold. Did you know that the original Green Dragon Inn was burned down for the making of the movies? It’s amazing to think that this charming establishment was recreated solely for a few seconds of film magic. But fear not, when the prequels were crafted, the Inn was restored to its former glory, ensuring that visitors like you get to experience the real Hobbiton.

green dragon inn wood carving
An intracranial carved green dragon sits watch over the dining hall

Immerse Yourself in the Hobbit Homely Feel

Venturing inside the tavern, you’re instantly greeted by the cozy atmosphere that feels more like stepping into a hobbit’s cozy abode than a movie set. After a quick introduction to the scenes shot within the Inn, get ready to tantalize your taste buds with locally brewed specialty drinks. Sip on refreshing ginger beer, ales, and ciders while basking in the warmth of the intricately carved, grand fireplace. It’s astonishing to think that such beauty was once sacrificed for the sake of cinematic wonder.

green dragon in brews
Frogmorton Ginger Beer, Girdley Fine Grain, and Amber AleCider served at the Green Dragon In

A Feast Fit for a Hobbit

Once you’ve enjoyed your drinks and the ambiance of the Inn, it’s time for the main event – the Hobbit Feast. Presented just like in the movies, the dining experience is a feast for both your eyes and your stomach. The locally grown produce, some of which comes from the on-set gardens, adds an authentic touch to the meal. From stuffed mushrooms to succulent pork roast, every bite is a journey into the heart of the Shire’s culinary delights.

Hobbit Feast dinning room
The dinning room was set for an epic Hobbit Feast
hobbiton feast stuffing
Hobbiton feast stuffing

A Nighttime Adventure

After a scrumptious meal that leaves you content and fulfilled, the adventure continues. Take a leisurely stroll across the charming bridge, and you’ll be greeted by the Party Tree adorned with lanterns, just like in the movies. As you walk along the illuminated paths, let the fixtures guide you to the next chapter of your journey. The night sky above unveils a mesmerizing display of southern constellations and the Milky Way, connecting you to the same awe-inspiring sky that early inhabitants of New Zealand marveled at.

hobbiton night tour party tree
The party tree and bag end illuminated on the evening banquet tour
laterns hung near the party tree
Lanterns hung near the party tree

Lifelong Family Memories

Choosing the full Hobbit Feast package might come with its considerations, like specific available nights and costs, but rest assured, the experience is priceless. The memories created during this extraordinary adventure will be cherished by your family for a lifetime. The mix of delightful cuisine, awe-inspiring landscapes, and the whimsical charm of Hobbiton is truly an experience like no other.

So, if you’re looking for unique things to do in Matamata, don’t miss the chance to immerse yourself in the Hobbit Feast experience at Hobbiton. Step into a world of hobbits, enjoy a feast fit for Middle-earth, and create memories that will last a lifetime. Your journey to the Shire awaits!