New Zealand: Hobbiton
So many little hobbit holes! That’s what you’ll find within this blog post because I made it to Hobbiton!
When we started planning New Zealand this was the first thing on my “need to see!” list. Basic information: Tickets are $85 NZ or $58 USD and you book your tours on the Hobbiton Tours website! They run frequently but, of course, make sure you book in advance! They make it easy enough with three pick up locations in Matamata, the LOTR-esque town, and Rotorua. On the drive through the bountiful hills which is the Alexander family’s sheep farm the driver shows informational videos and offers insight into the discovery of the area. And finally, you’re there. In Hobbiton.
Well, Hobbiton was…wet! As soon as we stepped off of the tour bus it started raining all over the lush green hills and studio set. Thankfully the tour is prepared for this and has a fully stocked umbrella area ready for the occasion. In a way, once it calmed down it almost made the set a little dreamier.
Besides the weather upon arrival and the crowds (as it gets extremely busy), it was a perfect wander through the Shire. It was exactly how I always pictured it: a tranquil landscape with pops of color, beautiful vegetation, and intricate details surrounded by New Zealand’s enormous lush topography.
The area is full of so many tiny perfectly situated details entailed to ensure individuality for every hobbit home as, of course, every hobbit is different.
No admittance! Bilbo and Frodo’s home in all it’s glory!
The tour winds its way up and through the hills of Hobbiton and through the Green Dragon for a complimentary “Southfarthing” adult beverage.
Alright so the specifics!
On our way from Coromandel to Rotorua we stopped at Matamata for the tour. This is what I spent for the entire second day on our trip:
- $19.94 breakfast (at the delicious cafe right next to the Tatahai Backpackers)
- $6.89 snack
- $10.51 lunch
- $ 57.29 Hobbiton ticket
- $~20 NZ drinks at hostel
So USD total: $94.63 and about $20 NZ cash (give or take a few bucks for a magnet or two)
Also here’s me looking really big, frizzy, and dorky in front of the first hobbit hole that I saw.
From the Shire we continued our journey to our next destination of Rotorua where we visited some roaring falls and rolled down a hill in a hamster ball! Stay tuned!
Until next time, friends!
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