You can buytickets at the info centre in matamata, no worries.
You can then catch the free bus from matamata or drive down to the shires rest yourself
My only worry would be, what happens if you arrive and discover that the next few tours are all block booked by tour coaches? Will you be able to wait around until the next open slot?
It may not happen, but the possibility is there.
Hmmmn...thanks for this little reminded...yes, it might just happen. In that case I will book in advance.
As noted above, you can book tickets at the Matamata info centre or at the Shire's Rest. The Shire's Rest has a pretty good cafe there and nice seating out on the deck in front. The service is a bit slow, but the food was pretty good. There also is the gift shop there, so you can pass an hour or two fairly easily. Great tour, BTW. I thought it would be cheesy, but it was very good, especially if you have a dwell-experienced guide. Well worth the price if you are a LOTR fan
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