A Shortcut to Hobbits

Hobbit 1After nearly five months in Asia, I made it to Middle Earth New Zealand!

I applied for my one-year working holiday visa online and bought a plane ticket and now I am in the land of Hobbits (and elves and wizards).

Of course, the first touristy thing I had to do was go to Hobbiton—better known as Matamata.

sign post

After the conclusion of the filming of the Hobbit trilogy, the owner of the farm where the Hobbiton set was built decided to make the location a tourist area. Now, there are 44 hobbit holes immaculately maintained where all geeks are free to revel in their geekdom. Even for non-geeks, the beauty of the area makes the trip worth it.

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Hobbiton is located three hours outside of Auckland and made for the perfect day trip to introduce me to this wonderful country!

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river

And, of course, no trip to the Shire would be complete without a pint at the Green Dragon!

Green Dragon