Article Hobbiton Tours to Enchant Your Holiday
Out the windows you may spot a few especially picturesque meadows of cosy hobbit holes and forbidding rock formations which hide the Army of the Dead. Or you may even discover a path that looks suspiciously similar to that of the notorious Black Riders.
The black, volcanic plains of Mordor appear in the distance as you notice that the scene in your rear window is quite Shire-like. Despite what your roadmap may say, a drive across New Zealand will transport you to Middle Earth.
On New Zealand's North Island, a Tolkien-esque world of wonder awaitsIf you are a true Lord of the Rings fan, then you won't want to miss out on a magical Hobbiton Tour.
Reconstructions of the set, charming guides, and vibrant landscapes await at Matamata, one of New Zealand's most invigorating areas. As you are led through the rolling farmland to the movie set, you'll learn all about the filming of the movies as well as some special insight into the story itself.
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A stop at the Shire will have you feeling jolly and entranced, and you can even stop at the Green Dragon Inn for a special cider or ginger beer brew or two.
Bring layers and rain gear so that your visit isn't hampered by adverse weather, and sunblock is a handy thing to have on particularly bright days. Your camera is a must, not only for snaps of the Hobbit holes and Green Dragon, but also for riveting landscape shots.
New Zealand is teeming with Lord of the Rings fans, so be sure to book your tickets in advance. At $75 per tour, you'll have an informational bus ride from several pickup locations in Rotorua to get you properly informed and excited for the walking tour which takes place on site. After the hour-long tour, you'll be adequately sated and enchanted.
Warning to the wise: You will most likely feel the need to spend the following week re-watching the whole trilogy.