Visiting the incredible Hobbiton

Before I put my foot on the plane to New Zealand my eyes were watery, but my heart was screaming “I’m going on a adventureeee!” Cliché? Maybe… But it was and still is very true. As many of you know, this sentence is from the movie Hobbiton. As a real big fan and in my spear time also a quirky hobbit, it was an absolute must to visit the actual set in the real Middle-earth on the most picturesque private farmland near Matamata.

“I’m going on a adventure” face 😀

The two hour guided tour takes you through the fascinating set that has been completely rebuilt. Also The Green Dragon Inn is OPEN!!! You get their special Hobbit beer there and yummy Hobbit dishes. When you finish your beer it’s an absolute must to do a little Hobbit dance with the Hobbit music they play there.

 As you can see from the pictures, the view there is also just incredible, looking from the rolling green hills of the movie set, which is still a working sheep and beef farm. You can also get to cuddle or bottle feed the pet lambs!

To end your pretty cool Hobbit journey, have a tea or coffee in the Shires rest café.

Here are also some fun facts about this crazy place:

When Peter Jackson spotted the Alexander Farm during an aerial search of North Island for the best possible location, he immediately thought it was perfect for Hobbiton. Nevertheless, a lot of work was still needed to be completed before it was up the director’s high standards.

Site construction started in March 1999 and filming commenced in December that year.

  1. The New Zealand Army was contracted to build 1.5km of road into the site and the initial set development.
  2. They actually have a real veggie garden there J
  3. Barberry hedges and trees were bought in and all of the gardens were nurtured throughout winter.
  4. 37 Hobbit holes were created.
  5. The oak tree overlooking Bag End was cut down and brought in from near Matamata. Each branch was numbered and chopped, the transported and bolted together on top of Bag End.
  6. Of course it died and all of the leaves fell off. So they imported new artificial leaves from Taiwan and individually wired them onto the tree. This is the most expensive tree in film history.
  7. Caterin was organised for up to 400 people a day, with three 2-course meals required for all of the cast and crew.