Unusual Hotels – Hobbit Motel NZ

Hobbit Hotel Waitomo - New Zealand

Who knows how J.R.R. Tolkien would have designed a motel but the Hobbit Motel in New Zealand seems to have real fantasy appeal. The strange little building with porthole-style windows is built into the side of a hill in Waitomo, a region on the North Island known for its caves and waterfalls.

Entrance to a Hobbit Hole

Woodlyn Park, the site of the Hobbit Motel, started out as a working farm that turned into a restaurant-bar and was then fashioned into a string of unusual dwellings.

Hobbit Hotel - Living Area

Each Hobbit unit accommodates up to six people, with a double bed in the main living area and an additional room with two sets of bunk beds.

Hobbit Hotel - Bedroom

The units, built into the hillside like the hobbit-holes from “The Lord of the Rings,” were built from polystyrene, which naturally cools during the summer and warms in the winter.

— Kelsey Ramos Los Angeles Times


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