|| Hobbiton. The Hill & Across The Water ||
Here it is. My New Zealand highlight! - The amazing land of Hobbiton. Arriving near the town of Matamata, the landscape changed from highways and cityscapes to rolling green hills and yes, plenty of sheep.
The actual filming location is tucked away on a working sheep farm. After squealing with joy in the gift shop, we jumped on the buss and drove the short distance to the famous shire set. We were taken on a guided tour and given quirky facts about the film as we went. For example the tree above Bilbo's house on The Hill is actually artificial and cost $1 Million to create! Also around The Hill are many different sized Hobbit Hole doors, each created to emphasise the bigger or smaller characters.
At one stage the guide asked for a volunteer and from a group of about 25, would you believe it, only my hand shot up...
So I'm standing at the front of a Hobbit door and everyone is looking, camera waiting, and I have to push the door open, at this point there is a lot of suspense...So I push open the door annnddd there is nothing behind it. All the Hobbit Holes are only a front set! Apart from Bilbo's which has a little bit of hallway interior.
The rest of the day was pretty awesome, we got to try some homemade cider from the farm, delicious, we were snap happy with the camera and then attempted to not buy every souvenir in the store.