Hobbiton, New Zealand

I’ve traveled to many places, seen many sights, and taken a lot of photos.  That being said, I have never taken so many photos of one place as I have of Hobbiton in Matamata, New Zealand.

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A couple things worth noting, they do a special dinner at night where you eat in their replica Hobbit pub, The Green Dragon, and then take a nighttime, extended tour of The Shire.  I recommend doing this if you are at all a fan of the series but book it well in advance, it sells out.

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The Green Dragon

Additionally, they sell local brews that I also suggest and be sure not to make the same mistake I did where I did not have adequate bag space for all the booze, fair warning.

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The atmosphere of this place is just so upbeat.  I mean who doesn’t like walking into a whimsical world of adventure?  If you mention going to Hobbiton to someone and they don’t immediate light up or express uncontrollable jealousy then it is a good indicator to cut them out of your life.

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One of the more intersting facts I learned is that each of these Hobbit holes was built with a specific personality in mind.  Meaning one of these holes belongs to the town drunk, another to the carpenter, and to a fisherman, etc etc.  You can try and identify which ones belong to whom.

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Sadly, besides The Green Dragon pub there are no insides built out on these.  Apparently the inside shots were filmed on a set.  A little part of me did die when I heard that.

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Bag End

Still, the temptation to run through The Shire shouting “I’m going on an adventure!” is pretty high, but it’s probably something they get every other day here…Maybe if I try to do it naked…

The food comes in Hobbit sized portions which is actually adorable.  It also could be as an American I am just used to larger, orc sized portions to begin with.

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Inside The Green Dragon

Also tied to this attraction, I wanted to mention a tour of The Weta Cave in Wellington. Weta studios is the company that did the costumes and effects for all the Lord of the Rings movies and a ridiculous amount of other personal favorite movies like Krampus and District 9.  The tour is incredibly fascinating and I feel if I had enough bribe money I could have walked away with a David Bowie Labyrinth replica.  Go see for yourself and ask them what their favorite and least favorite projects have been, you get some interesting responses.

2 thoughts on “Hobbiton, New Zealand

  1. When I (eventually) get round to visiting New Zealand, I’d love to visit Hobbiton. I took a ridiculous number of photos when I went to the Harry Potter Studio Tour near Watford, so can imagine I’d be pretty snap-happy in Hobbiton too! I wonder if the hobbit-sized portions are intentional or just a cultural difference…

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