We all know by now that New Zealand is top-notch when we talk about landscapes and adventures. That is normally good enough when deciding where to go for your vacation. But some countries, and in this case New Zealand, have very special attractions that go way beyond the standards.
We are not talking about the highest peak, the deepest cave, or the most amazing beach; We are talking about attractions that will draw visitors from all over the world regardless of the other beautiful scenery or action-packed adventures in the country.
We are talking about really special locations that mean A WHOLE LOT to film fans and, in this case, to The Lord of The Rings and The Hobbit trilogies (based on the novel by J. R. R. Tolkien). From fans to true freaks of the Shire come to New Zealand in thousands every year to smell, breathe, and feel the locations where these feature films where shot.
Scattered around the North and South islands we can find the different locations where the epic adventures of Frodo and Bilbo Baggins took place.
In the North Island we can see the actual Shire In a town that is called Matamata but most people from out of town will probably know it as Hobbiton. This is the top attraction anywhere for fans.
Ever wanted to follow the steps of Gandalf the Grey? Sit down under the shadow of the same trees? Well, if you want to have your own experience of the Middle-Earth, Hobbiton is your place. Right on the former movie set with guides that will take you to the different spots where many scenes came to life. Cool, huh?
They have even recreated The Green Dragon Inn as seen on the Trilogies if you want to stay. The charming bar inside lets your imagination fly far back in time.
A few tours are on offer so that you get the most of it as well as evening dinner packages. On top of those, you can also visit nearby attractions such as Maori performances and ceremonies, glowworm caves, and some others.
Hobbiton is definitely a special site if you are a fan and, if you are not, maybe a good time to catch up on these truly amazing films to fully enjoy a day visit to the set.
To end your visit, you can drop by the store and find souvenirs that might be hard to find elsewhere.
Welcome to Hobbiton!
From Auckland: About two hours drive south; take State Highway 27 to Matamata. The turnoff is just south of the Bombay Hills.