As many people already know I was in New Zealand (North Island) this summer for two weeks, which has been a dream for quite some time now. As a HUGE fan of Tolkien and Peter Jackson’s adaption of “Lord of the Rings” and “the Hobbit” I simply had to visit as many filming locations as possible. Of course the most important one being Hobbiton, in Matamata, which is the only complete set there is. They had to remove the other outdoor sets after the filming was over….
Hobbiton was AMAZING. I think I’ll let the pictures and my smile in them speak for itself!
There is nothing inside the Hobbit holes, but stone and wood. Interior shots were filmed on a different set.
Most gardens in Hobbiton are real, but the potatoes in the picture are not. Just an amazing sculpting and paint job.
The most exciting Hobbit hole we got to see was Bag End, where Frodo and Bildo lived before their journeys.
At the end of the two hour long tour (could have spent a day there) we got a free ale at the Green Dragon inn, were you could also buy soup, cupcakes or scones. The ale is only made in this area, so it’s unique for Hobbiton.
I really recommend every fan of Tolkien/Jackson to go here. They say that 44% of the visitors haven’t even seen the films. I bet they will though.