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A Visit to Hobbiton

Hobbiton

Today I visited Hobbiton, a colorful camp of Hobbit houses and gardens used in the filming of The Lord of the Rings film series. I had seen all the movies and thought, when in New Zealand! So I made my way through the countryside to the Shire. After parking my car and getting my ticket, I hopped on the 8:30am bus that led us to the set amongst rolling green hills and sheep pastures. Luckily, being the first tour of the day, we didn’t have a full tour and no other groups were in front of us as we explored the set.

Hobbiton

Right from the start, you are led through an enchanting little town that seems real in every way. A full vegetable garden was overflowing with fresh pumpkins, while nearby fruit trees with miniature ladders held apples in baskets below. Each winding, narrow path led to another Hobbit hole with a brightly painted doorway. Small accents made each house unique and every detail was thought of. You really felt transported into another world, one where the inhabitants were only 3 feet tall. Small clothes dangled from the clotheslines in the yard. Tiny brooms and garden tools lay next to the front door. One of my favorite things were the sweet mailboxes in front of every home. I adored it all and soon wanted a house with a blue circle door in front and a sod roof.

Hobbiton
Hobbiton

Near the end of the tour, everyone heads to the Green Dragon Inn for a free drink. It’s a cozy place, heavy with dark wood and golden lamplight. Old fashioned benches and chairs next to fireplaces invite you stay and relax. It’s the perfect ending to a wonderful tour. I didn’t know if it would be worth visiting the Hobbiton Movie Set, but I felt the experience was a treat while being fun with the right amount of wonder. If you plan on visiting New Zealand, I’d be sure to add this to your list of sights to see.

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Helpful Information:
At the time of this entry, my ticket cost $79 NZD (around $52 USD). Buy your tickets in advance online and remember to get them printed at the ticket window on arrival.

The tour lasts about two hours and is easy walking on dirt paths. Bring sunscreen as there is little shade, though umbrellas are provided.

Leave your tripod at home, the tour is fast moving and there is little room for photo equipment on the small paths.

Visit the store before your tour to avoid the crowds later. It can get very busy with long lines.

For an alternate version, there’s an evening tour with dinner included that looked even more magical with the set lit up beautifully.

For more information visit the Hobbiton Tours website.

7 Comments

  1. Hester says

    Supercool! And the sunshine made it even prettier. We had a moody and cloudy day back then…

    • Thank you! Yes, I was worried because it had been pretty gloomy the days leading up to it. Luckily the sun came out. 🙂 Thanks for sharing.

  2. JUNE HUCHINGSON says

    I WAS JUST THINKING ABOUT YOU THIS MORNING AND I WAS SO HAPPY TO RECEIVE ANOTHER ONE OF YOUR SHARINGS.
    HOBBITON … SO MAGICAL AND SO FILLED WITH SOUL. I LOVE THAT GREEN DRAGON INN.

    I HAVE TO SHARE WITH YOU THAT WHEN I SAW THE PLACE NAME “HOBBITON”
    MY FIRST THOUGHT WAS … “NOW WHERE IN THE HECK IS HOBBITON?
    THAT SHERI IS ALWAYS TAKING ME TO SOME OBSCURE PLACE I’VE NEVER HEARD OF BEFORE.
    THIS NEW SHERI PLACE, HOBBITON, HAS A WIERD NAME. IT SOUNDS LIKE IT’S INHABITED WITH HOBBITS.” … AND WHAT TO MY SURPRISE … IT WAS!

    I WANT TO BUILD A HOBBIT HOUSE WITH A BLUE ROUND DOOR AND A MAILBOX IN MY BACKYARD … FOR THE GRANDCHILDREN? OR, I COULD BUILD ONE UP IN THE BRUCE PENINSULA, ONTARIO, CANADA … LOTS OF SOD AND MOSS UP THERE … FOR THE GRANDCHILDREN, OF COURSE.

    I CAN’T WAIT TO SEE WHAT NEW PLACE YOU ARE CHOSING TO TAKE ME TO NEXT.

    LOTS OF LOVE AND BLESSINGS TO YOU.
    (BY THE WAY … JUST A WORD OF ADVICE … I UNDERSTAND YOU ARE TRYING TO AVOID THE TOURIST CROWDS … BUT … REMEMBER YOUR SOULMATE JUST MIGHT BE IN ONE OF THOSE CROWDS… BEING DRAWN TO THE SAME THINGS YOUR SOUL IS BEING DRAWN TO)
    JUNE

  3. Sheri; As always, your pictures inspire me to become a better photographer! These ones are brilliant – however I really liked the writing that you crafted to go with it – you are getting super good at writing – interesting, dynamic and fully supports the pics – exceptionally well done! Can’t wait! We will be there in just over a weeks time! Hugs & much luv – Bruce & Pat

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