All that is gold does not glitter, not all those who wander are lost.” –J.R.R. Tolkien
Ever since my childhood it has been a dream of mine to visit The Shire from Tolkien’s Middle Earth. Something about the quaint hobbit holes, the lush countryside and the slow way of life is so appealing to me. Whenever I hear the Shire theme from the 2001 Fellowship of The Ring I’m immediately plunged into a sense of nostalgia and I can’t think of a better way to spend an evening than with a pint of cider at The Green Dragon Inn!
So, when I learned that the town of Hamilton in New Zealand actually kept and maintained the set of Hobbiton from the recent Hobbit trilogy, I knew that this was one Lord of the Rings pilgrimage I had to undertake..
Visiting The Hobbiton Movie Set in New Zealand
What is The Hobbiton Movie set?
If you’ve never heard of The Lord of the Rings then I question why you’d be reading this post in the first place, but just incase The Hobbiton Movie set was first created back in 1999 for the filming of The Fellowship of the Ring. What was once a working sheep and beef farm in the middle of the beautiful New Zealand countryside (north island) was transformed into the fictional village of Hobbiton in the Shire.
Where is The Hobbiton Movie Set?
Sadly, Hobbiton itself doesn’t really exist. But you can find the movie set at the aptly named: 501 Buckland Road, Hinuera, Matamata 3472, New Zealand.
Who is it for?
Honestly, I’m a huge fan of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, but you don’t have to be in order to appreciate this fabulous movie location. If you’re a fan of fantasy worlds per se – this is for you. The lengths that the team behind Hobbiton have gone to in order to create a fully immersive village is quite outstanding. I have no doubt that visitors will be left with a sense of awe at how real this Hobbit community feels and the magical Green Dragon Inn alone is enough of a reason to stop by.
What’s the damage?
There are lots of different types of tour that you can book, although sadly you are not allowed to stray from your tour group at any point (which is probably wise, as I’d most likely have tried to stay there). Children under 8 can visit for free, while adult tickets start from $84. I opted for the tour + lunch combo – although if you can get evening banquet tickets I’d recommend you do that – and it cost me an additional $36.00. This might seem like quite a lot of money to look around a set, but if you’re a fan like me it’s definitely worth it!
The Green Dragon
At the end of your tour you can sit back and relax in Hobbiton’s very own working Inn: The Green Dragon. Without a doubt, this was one of the highlights of the tour – particularly as we found Samwise Gamgee’s name carved into one of our chairs!
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