Throwback to the trip to New Zealand.
Hobbiton in Matamata New Zealand may very well be one of the most magical places on earth. It was the real set for the Lord of the Ring movies–perfectly perched in the unique farmland hills of the north island. The attention to detail is unreal–you can’t help but be absolutely mesmerised as you wander around.
At the end of the tour is impressive The Green Dragon Inn.
As you make your drive to and from this amazing destination, keep your eyes peeled. It is a beautiful drive to the set.
When Peter Jackson began to look for suitable locations for ‘The Lord of the Rings’ film series, he first saw the Alexander Farm (A family run sheep farm 10 km from Matamata) during an aerial search in 1998 and concluded that the area was “like a slice of ancient England”. It was truly spectacular.
The ‘Hobbiton Movie Set’ was used for ‘The Lord of the Rings’ film trilogy and ‘The Hobbit’ film series.
Jackson wrote in his book: “I knew Hobbiton needed to be warm, comfortable and feel lived in. By letting the weeds grow through the cracks and establishing hedges and little gardens a year before filming, we ended up with an incredibly real place, not just a film set”.
Hobbits were a fictional, diminutive, humanoid race who inhabited the lands of Middle-earth in J. R. R. Tolkien’s fiction. They are also referred to as Halflings. They first appeared in the novel ‘The Hobbit’.
The Shire is a region of J. R. R. Tolkien’s fictional Middle-earth, described in His various works. The Shire refers to an area settled exclusively by Hobbits and largely removed from the goings-on in the rest of Middle-earth. It is described as a small but beautiful, idyllic and fruitful land, beloved by its inhabitants.
The movie set work had 37 hobbit holes and associated gardens and hedges, a water mill and double arch bridge, Green Dragon Inn.
The view from Bag End, the residence of Bilbo Baggins, at the top of hill was phenomenal. Bag End was created in great detail. It felt as if one would open the circular green door of Bag End and find Bilbo Baggins inside. 😊
he windows beautifully created. It's green door just little open inviting you to step into the fantasy world. Every detail taken care off. They had even erected a 26-tonne oak above Bag End. A huge tree near Matamata, was cut down and recreated on site complete with artificial leaves, hand painted (2200 leaves in all) to give the scene a real ancient time feel.