Hobbiton, Matamata, New Zealand. One of the most successful movie sagas Lord Of The Rings was mainly filmed in New Zealand, whose rich nature offers a variety of differing sites. Hobbiton was a set, built for the movie. However, after the filming was finished somebody got the idea to leave this Hobbit village as the tourist attraction. And it definitely was a great idea.
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The movie highly increased tourism to New Zealand and Hobbiton is the favorite attraction among the sagas’ fans. The visitors feel like they are walking around a real Hobbit village. Even the sheep pasture in the fields of Hobbiton! The site adds up extra excitement on the trip to New Zealand.
Having been to the land of Middle Earth twice before, I had set out a third time, and this time with an absolute must-do that I had missed out on twice before: the Hobbiton movie set near Matamata. It's easy to integrate into anyone's North Island itinerary as it is only a short and lovely drive away from rural Matamata, that prides itself with an iSite (tourist visitor centre) that looks like a Hobbit hole!
The tour leaves from Matamata or Rotorua, and can be booked via the iSites or directly through the tour company. The bus ride is just 20 mins from Matamata and leads through lots of rolling green hills of farmland, until visitors arrive at the farm where the set is left just as it looked like in the LOTR films and more recently the Hobbit films. Cute little furry sheep greet on arrival, and a small path leads through the trees and past funnily-shaped hedges onto the first Hobbit hole.
On the most picturesque private farmland you can visit the Hobbiton Movie Set from The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit film trilogies in a fascinating two-hour guided tour. The set has been completely rebuilt for The Hobbit and will remain as it was seen in these films and The Lord of the Rings film trilogy. During your tour you will see Hobbit Holes, The Green Dragon Inn, The Mill, double arched bridge and other structures and gardens built for the films.