The Land Of Hobbits
I was never a big lord of the ring fan growing up. I remember my friends at high school reading them, and I so tried to but the books were so big, and at that stage I seriously hated reading. I resent the fact that I had to spend all my school holidays reading books for the following year.
Fast forward 10 years, and I read them from cover to cover about 3 times in 5 years. I was hooked. I’ve been to NZ so many times, but for some idiotic reason I had never made the trek from Auckland to the movie set of Hobbiton. What a fool I had been.
The short version is, it’s amazing. The family who loaned their land to Peter Jacksons mammoth production kept the set afterwards, and turned it into an amazing tourist attraction. Lucky that they did, as they came back and filmed the Hobbits movies there as well. (Not that I’m a fan of ‘The Hobbit’ movies, talk about taking a short story, and spreading it over what really is a New Zealand infomercial on steroids).
It was an early start from Auckland, and luckily for me I was so damn tired, I pretty much slept all the way there. When you get to the car park you are ushered off to a guide to show you around the place. The guide we had was a film student who you could tell was still excited about the place even though he had worked here for years. To see the level of detail, and passion that they put into maintaining the place is amazing, and lets hope it continues for many years to come.
After the tour, and walk around, we went to the ‘Green Dragon’ for a libation. Then as part of the package I had purchase we went and had lunch as well. The early start meant we got there before the crowds. As we were finishing up you could see how busy it was getting, and very thankful for the early start.
Have a look at the photos below for how magical this place is.
Once again big thanks to Bush and Beach for their wonderful tour, and good humour.