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One Travel Destination to Rule Them All

Hobbiton in Matamata New Zealand may very well be one of the most magical places on earth. It was the real set for the Lord of the Ring movies–perfectly perched in the unique farmland hills of the north island. The attention to detail is unreal–you can’t help but get butterflies in your stomach as you wander around.

At the end of the tour, you get to have a drink (and maybe a meat pie) and The Green Dragon Inn. Good George, a local brewing company, came up with the different varieties they offer there.

As you make your drive to and from this amazing destination, keep your eyes peeled. It’s one heck of a beautiful drive, and it doesn’t hurt to blast the LOTR soundtrack on your adventure. It also doesn’t hurt to mask your excitement from the locals a bit. Most of them are over the craze to visit NZ’s LOTR sites.

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183 comments

  1. Oh my goodness! I have to admit that I am extremely jealous of you right now! But I am also glad that you got to enjoy such a wonderful place! It’s my dream to travel there and visit Hobbiton. I mean, it’s Hobbiton, if given half a chance, I would live there. 😛

  2. Fantastic pictures!! Stunningly beautiful countryside! My mother was a big fan of the Beatrix Potter series of children’s books and loved to read them to my sister and I when we were young. They all take place in a setting that, in my mind’s eye, has always looked like this……with all the cute little doors hiding in the sides of hills, etc. Brought back those memories for me. Great post! 🙂

  3. Beautiful photos! I would definitely visit this place. Were there any rules about what you could do there, or anything else to do (like activities on the grounds) besides looking at the huts? What are you doing in the photos on the lawn?

    • Hi there,
      There really weren’t a ton of rules. New Zealand has a much different approach to that kind of thing than in the states. It was an amazing experience.
      You go on a guided tour, but you can wander around and take pictures. You can also stay for a while and drink and eat at the Green Dragon Inn. On the lawn, there were a few games like ring toss, etc…
      So, so much fun!

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  5. That is magical! Ok, kind of touristy, but it looks like a fun and relaxing place. Your link to the Green Dragon and the various brews has made me thirsty. ☺️. Thanks for the great tour and the beautiful photographs.

  6. It’s incredible the amount of detail that went into this. Hopefully, this will not be uncovered by future archaeologists as “proof” that a race of hobbits inhabited the Earth… Lol

    Thank you for sharing!

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  9. I love LOTR and when viewing your gorgeous picks simply could not tear my eyes away. I will definitely be making this trip sometime in my life. The question is…do I wait and hope my son also wants to go, or go on my own (with my husband) and hope my kid is more into Harry Potter? Such a dilemma! This kind of trip would take plenty of planning, but oh my, it looks amazing. Thank you for sharing.

  10. It looks so magical! I would love to visit this place. The problem is… I live over 17 000 km from New Zealand and would need to travel over 46hours changing planes twice, not to mention the costs 😉 I definitely have something to dream about now 🙂

  11. Good to see things haven’t changed much since Bilbo’s eleventy-first. I was worried invading Mordor forces would have somehow tainted my favorite little western shire.

  12. ClimbColombia

    I always wonder what Matamata was like before LoTR. The town now seems to exist only as a hobbit tourist destination. All the bars are hobbit themed and I wonder what happened to the real Matamata. The skate park by the I-site is pretty sick though.

  13. jnstigen

    I’m surprised that it looked like such a big place considering it’s a movie set. The photos were amazing! I would love to visit there myself.

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  17. This certainly seems like a great place to visit, and I’ve only heard great things from those who have spent some time there. Thanks for sharing with us and happy traveling!

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  21. The pictures are absolutely beautiful! It looks so picturesque and otherworldly. I’m actually debating on whether to get a work visa for Ireland or New Zealand but seeing all this I might just end up going to NZ!

    • I’m a novice about either country, but I’ve visited both. New Zealand really captured my heart. It’s so wild and small and full of the most spectacular nature. I have a few posts about Australia if you’re interested in seeing more pictures so you can compare through my wanderings. Good luck on your decision! Honestly, it would be amazing to live in either place.

  22. These photos are beautiful – and so inspirational! It has always been our dream to travel to New Zealand – mostly because LOTR is awesome! Also, love the idea of blasting the soundtrack on the way!! 🙂

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