In April 2017, we visited the Hobbiton Movie Set. After spending a week in Auckland in 2000, I returned home, only to learn Peter Jackson's The Lord of the Rings was being filmed throughout New Zealand. Slightly heartbroken, New Zealand remained on the bucket list, but this time, it was to see more of the country and visit filming locations from LOTR.
Little did I know what the future held for me. After Peter Jackson filmed The Hobbit trilogy, The Hobbiton movie set turned into a working farm and tourist attraction. My seventeen year was not in vain and when we had the chance to return, we planned an extra long trip to see everything.
We opted for a private tour of Hobbiton. It's more expensive, but also more exclusive. We had a guide for the four of us and we didn't have to worry about any other families or large groups intruding on our time there. We also made sure to visit on a Sunday, when they held the Evening Banquet Dinner. The dinner is a massive feast, and limited to only 50 guests. There's an evening tour of Hobbiton, ending at the Green Dragon Inn with dinner and your choice of Hobbiton made ales and ciders.
The Reality of Fantasy
Visiting Hobbiton was a dream come true and still brings a tear to my eye when I realize how lucky we are. The Hobbiton movie set is everything you want it to be and more, with rolling green hills, sheep, and Hobbit holes. Make sure New Zealand and Hobbiton are on the top of your travel list.