I am so excited to share these photos today! These are some of my absolute favorites from the entire trip- our day at Hobbiton! If you have even HEARD of Lord of the Rings, or The Hobbit, then you will recognize the scene of our next adventure.
Out tucked away in the rolling green hills of New Zealand’s north island, lies the original filming location of Hobbiton. The drive from Auckland makes a couple of hours fly by as you wind and curve through the beautiful hillsides in the gorgeous sunshine!
Excuse our slightly warped body parts- but I couldn’t bring myself to take off the wide angle lens and sacrifice showing any of New Zealand’s beauty!
The set was originally built on a sheep farm, and the owners of that farm run the tourist attraction that the set remains today. I simply cannot explain how magical it was to walk into this place! My fingers and toes were tingling with delight!
Looking up from the garden, you can see Bilbo Baggins’ house under his big oak tree. I’ll tell you a secret- the leaves are all artificial (around 250,000 of them)! The tree itself was cut down and brought from Matamata. Peter Jackson is obviously known for his attention to detail!
There are large hobbit holes, designed to make actors look small:
And small hobbit holes designed to make you look big!:
We eventually made our way up the hill to Bilbo’s house. We half expected to turn around and find Gandalf walking up the steps!
From the hilltop, we could spot The Green Dragon Inn below. We followed the map down to have a couple beers!
The Green Dragon Inn was such a popular place! We held our own in line for a brew, then scouted some seats by the fire.
Being proud and true “cat people”, we picked up a friend along the way.
We returned out of Hobbiton with one last walk through past the small, quiet houses. This was definitely the most magical day of my life! I hope they keep up this set for generations of Hobbit lovers to come. I have never been to Disneyland, but I am quite sure that this is the nerdy, grown-up version of that magic.