Journey To The Shire
Hobbiton is a fictional place in the center of Shire. It serves as home to many notable Hobbits such as Frodo Baggins, Bilbo Baggins, and Samwise Gamgee. These place along with its characters were encapsulated in the best-selling novels written by J. R. R. Tolkien. I am referring to the novels entitled “The Hobbit” and “The Lord of The Rings (LOTR)” trilogy.
The development of the Hobbiton set came about when Peter Jackson ran an aerial search of the best possible locations for the film. He saw the “Alexander Farm” and thought it was perfect.
For those of you who are not familiar with his craft, Peter Jackson is an industry triple treat – a director, screenwriter, and producer.
March 1999 marked the first construction of the site. About 37 Hobbit holes were created with plywood, untreated timber, and polystyrene. The set was rebuilt in 2011 for the sought-after films “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey”, “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug”, and “The Hobbit: There and Back Again”. Hobbiton ended up with 44 Hobbit holes, the Green Dragon, the Mill, a double-arched bridge, and the Party Tree.
Strict attention to detail was poured to ensure that everything is suited well for the movie. There was this one particular tree with 200,000 leaves on it. Peter Jackson felt that it had the wrong shade of green.
So, a woman was paid to hand paint everything for 10 consecutive days. Can you imagine this? This fact along with other nuggets will be shared during the set tour.
Inside The Renowned Movie Set
The massive and loyal following of Tolkien’s trilogies led to the public’s clamor for visiting the Hobbiton Movie Set. Fans and travellers alike do not want to miss this attraction once they visit New Zealand.
The Hobbiton Movie Set allows you to fully immerse yourself to the wonders of the Hobbit Holes and the entire Shire. It is a once in a lifetime experience that will tantalize your sight, smell, and all your other senses. Your guide is set to escort you to explain how the movie magic was made. Moreover, you will get a chance to fall in love with the Alexander Farm sheeps and with the view of the Kaimai Ranges.
The website‘s attractive description says it all: “You will be taken around the 12-acre set; past Hobbit Holes, the Mill and into the world-famous Green Dragon Inn, where you can sample our exclusive, specially brewed beverages to conclude your own Middle-earth adventure.”
You can choose from the Hobbiton Movie Set Tour, the Evening Banquet Tour, the Chinese Tour, and the Private Tour. Admission prices for adults start from NZD 79 while admission for children aged 8 and below are entirely free.
What are you waiting for? Book your tickets, now.
Address: 501 Buckland Road, Hinuera, Matamata 3472, New Zealand
Opening Hours: 8 AM to 5:30 PM
Contact Number: +647-888-1505