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.
Damn so it really exists? When i was watching Lord of the Rings i thought it was fiction! I really wanna go there. Awesome pics
It does exist! and it’s so wonderful! Thanks for stopping by.
Excellent view. Quite a paradise on earth.
Verdant. Love the carved dragon. “Let there be dragons!” Was the beer good?
The beer was good! I got one to go but it exploded in my suitcase.
Thank you to let us have a glance on this amazing Hobbit’s Land !!
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I had no idea that Hobbiton was some place that could be visited. That is amazing. Thank you for sharing all those wonderful photographs. Great post.
Wow. How cute. Its beautiful. Incredibly beautiful place 💛
wonderful! Fantasy in real!
Beautiful pics mam
Magical indeed! Good to know this place truely exists.
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. 😛
So, so picturesque! The reflection of the doors is just great!
I rely like hope to see more of it in time to come and do keep me up to date on what is going on with you.!!
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! 🙂
Great pics!! Thanks!! It looks like an awesome place to visit!
It’s beautiful ! And very strange
I miss hobbits.
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Beautiful story and beautiful veritable country. Do have beautiful dreams!
Amazing pictures! Definitely already on my bucket list.
Fantastic! Can’t believe it’s a real place! Definitely want to go 🙂
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This truly brought a smile to my face as I have read the LOTR trilogy more times than I can count. Thank you for writing such a wonderful piece.
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?
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!
wow it’s just as beautiful as hobbitville should be! Thanks for the great pics 🙂
Very good pics ☺️
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Excellent photography, what a gorgeous place!
So beautiful! Hope I can visit there someday.
So cool. Wish I could go here someday 🙂 Lol on having to mask your excitement a little 🙂
Every moment in NZ has been so magical! We stopped at Glenorchy the other day and you can totally recognise where they filmed!!
Amazing photos. This place is definitely on my bucket List. 🙂
With its verdant and enchanting surroundings, this place looks magical!
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How cool this is! I would love to visit this place
uhh I have been dying to go here! I love all of your pictures
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wow it’s just as beautiful as hobbitville should be! Thanks for the great pics 🙂
It definitely is a magical place! Visited Hobbiton just few days ago and the detailing of the entire set is worth your while…
Oh my God! I wish I was there!
Breathtaking landscapes…definitely on top of my destination list ❤
I really wanted to visit when I was in NZ, but we ended up choosing Wai-oTapu thermal wonderland instead (which was amazing). If I’m ever back in NZ I will visit Hobbiton!
Do people really live there or just for tourist attraction? The place is really beautiful. The darker theme of LOTR didn’t give any justice to it compare to your bright and lively photos.
Really fun! NZ is on our list for this year!
Helo am new here
Wow!!! It’s wonderful!!! 😍
There I would happily buy housing
I love this!! I can’t wait to go!
Wonderful and awesome pictures…. sharing this post on twitter…😊
A new place for the bucket list! Your pictures are stunning! ❤
I’ve always thought that the actors were so tiny! Little did I know… amazing pictures by the way!!
Amazing place! Thanks for making me smile. 🙂 🙂
I visited hobbiton a couple of years ago, and it’s a brilliant place to visit, just like the films. Now if only they’d make Rivendell a place that you can visit….
Can’t believe you have been here it sounds amazing. So jealous!
Absolutely stunning! Definitely adding this to my bucket list!
These pictures are amazing! Great read.
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Love the pics!
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I want to go here one day… 🙂
Wow. I didn’t know this place is real.
Wow! It’s real. Definitely adding it to my bucket list. Thanks for sharing.
so. now I’m desperate to visit . What an incredibly beautiful and exceptional place.
This place looks like heaven, thanks for sharing!
I’m so excited for this, we’re going to New Zealand in December!
That is so cool! I always liked picturing Hobbit houses when I read the book, but this is even more than I ever pictured!
Oh wow, I would have never wanted to leave!!!
Beautiful pictures, I really want to go to NZ !!!
It is really so so amazing
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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.
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wow! Amazing! I’d love to visit it some time!!!
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I’ll be there in 2 weeks! Cannot wait:)
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!
My kids would go mad over this! Love it!
Would I be ok to share your post?
of course! 😉
Ha! this is so funny, just yesterday a friend of mine (who has been in NZ) recently, show me photos of the place!
I love your pics, they are so good!
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My dream place to live. Geeking out here, but this brings very nostalgic feelings.
Best photos of Hobbiton I have seen and I live in NZ. Lovely.
I’m going to Hobbiton in March!! This has made me even more excited
I’m visiting Hobbiton in March – this post has made me even more excited!
Beautiful! Love the pics. They really make me want to visit.
Beautiful landscapes and absolutely beautiful photography. How fun it must be to explore the Hobbit houses. I’m glad we got to experience it through your photography.
Just been rereading the Fellowship of the Ring, great post!
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This is on my bucket list of places to go!
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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.
Beautiful! As in the movies :)added to #travelbucketlist 🙂
Isn’t it really crowded at the location?
This is interesting
This is seriously so exciting ! Great post 👍🏽
Jealousy is beyond boiling point. So so lucky x
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 🙂
Wow! This actually exists? Amazing I love your blog !:)
I do love “Lord of the Rings”! Man, if I could go there, it would make my world!
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.
The photos are absolutely gorgeous! I can only imagine how beautiful it was in real life.
Magical place great photos. I had my honeymoon in NZ. My Wife and I want to go back when we look at your photos.
In what season you recommand to come here ?
The story of LOTR is fictional but the destination where things were shot is of course real.
That looks like such a cool place to visit! I’ll definitely be adding it to my vacation bucket list. Thank you!
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.
What a beautiful, enchanting place!
Oh WOW! I have only ever read about this and am truly impressed on how well you covered this place. It TOTALLY makes me want to go and write about it now, too! haha…
Awesome pictures. Loved it. Gr8 post
Looks like a really nice place….
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.
Amazing! This would be such a dream!
That’s so cool, awesome post very cool place hope I can visit one day.
My heart has been in Hobbiton at Bag End since I was 9 years old. I would love to create my own little Shire right here in the hills of rural Louisiana. Love your post. Thank you!
So very cute
Love the pictures. Need to make a trip there hopefully next year.
I went a couple of years back, I can still remember that cider and meat pie!
Love those door’s, nice tour…
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This is SO added to my bucket list…I want to go so badly that my heart hurts.
Wow! Magical place!
I dream must have become true! Wonderful place. Now it is absolutely on my bucket list. It is so wonderful ❤
It was amazing
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Ok now I’m determined to go here. Who knew this was a real place??!!
The place seems magical!
Amazingly portrayed..! 🙂
It looks like heaven to me
It’s really cute🙆♂️ I must go there, but first I have to properly watch Lord of the Rings
I’m curious: When were you here? Are these the rebuilt sets or the originals?
There should be a sign above the door saying STRICTLY NO WIZARDS.
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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Haha yes this really is a magical place! I live close to there and have already visited many times, I love drinking something in the pub its def the highlight of the tour!
oh that’s amazing! I absolutely love New Zealand. I often day dream about living there. Do you live in Matamata?
I would love to visit hobbitton. In fact it is on my bucket list to travel https://hamsavya.wordpress.com/2018/03/11/these-are-the-places-i-wish-to-visit-before-i-die/
Wow. Looks amazing.
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I can’t help myself. How Beautiful!
Go right ahead! Thanks for sharing!!!
Stunning. What a paradise!
It’s a dreamland.. Amazed to know that such places really exist.. wow!!!
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Such a cute place, I love the houses with thatched roofs.
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.
my best friend lives an hour away from there and I can’t wait to visit it when I see her
oh that’s AWESOME! You guys have fun! I wish I could join ya 😉
Would love to see this in real life! You are one lucky lady 🙂
Absolutely beautiful! I’m sure it was an amazing experience. The photos are fantastic!
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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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Oooh I love the warmth of these pictures! I was too busy fangirling at the details to take very many when I was there, so it’s great to see the place in detail through your eyes!
wasn’t it a surreal experience?! I felt like I was in the movie!
Wow what an amazing looking place. Reminds me a little of Þjóðveldisbærinn in Iceland which was used as part of the set in Game of Thrones… It’s not quite as elaborate as this site as its a historical site but I bet you’d get the same sort of feelings walking around both. Thanks for sharing!
oh that sounds so cool! Have you posted any pictures?
Yes I’ve got a slideshow gallery of our trip there on my blog; http://thewildertraveller.co.uk/iceland-road-trip-day-8 – its not quite the same thing but I get the same sort of vibe from it… I’ll hopefully be back there next year!
How wonderful! I tried to comment on your post but it wouldn’t allow me to for some reason. I’m so jealous you got to see the Northern Lights. I was in Iceland a few weeks ago–not during the season for it so I missed it. Love the picture you took of them!
omg ! is this real. I so want to go there. I did also write on 10 Exotic Game of Thrones Travel Destinations
let me know if you have seen these places too: https://thephalangirist.com/10-exotic-game-of-thrones-travel-destinations/
It’s real! you have to go, especially if you’re into movie/tv locations. Can’t wait to check out your post!!!
Thank you !
wonderful place :D, wonderful post too 😀
Really cool pictures !!
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Fantastic photos! I love NZ, hope to get to this area one day.
Cool, i thought it only appeared in the movie! Thanks for sharing!